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A 20 Million Billion Trillion Dollar Loss: The Story of India's Downslide Since Independence Paperback – 2 Jun 2014
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The above I quote because the author of this outstanding volume on the deplorable deficiency in improving the people’s plight in India did ‘witness’ the downslide that he has narrated.
Those of us who have seen at least some samples of the backwardness and poverty in the villages and towns of India during the time frame covered by the author cannot but agree with him to the thesis that India, despite having the potential and capacity of all round development of its vast population, not only failed to achieve that flowering of the nation as a whole but also to our utter dismay has made a lopsided development regressive in quality given the very poor standard of life of majority of its population owing to certain specific factors like Prime Minister Nehru’s wrong economic policy, ‘familocracy’ in the union and some states harming democracy and breeding corruption, perfunctory growth and rampant dishonesty in implementation.
The author has of course not disputed the almost spectacular economic growth leading to the prospect of India being counted as a world power. But then economic growth and economic development are no more looked upon interchangeably. Development means growth plus change. Professor Amartya Sen defines economic development in terms of ‘entitlement’ and ‘capability’. The author’s focus on regression relates to this value-based qualitative concept that has eluded Indian economic development.
There are many curious individuals including students and scholars who are interested in knowing at length the history of unfolding of the Indian democracy and the quality of its growth especially when at present times the ugly face of pervasive corruption has been causing a painful social pollution and degradation.
The book, “A 20 Million Billion Trillion Dollar Loss: THE STORY OF INDIA’S DOWNSLIDE SINCE INDEPENDENCE” by Professor SUDHANSU S. TUNGA, deals with that story “in perspective of all human activities like economy, politics, sociology, art, culture, and the like” during the period from the Indian independence in 1947 till 2011.
His writing is lucid and straightforward which makes the book a delightful read too.
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It is worth reading for those with interests to know about this subcontinent in real perspectives.
In sixties, when I was only in twenties, I thought India was moving in the right direction. Now I'm in my seventies, alas! I find India is riddled with corruptions, vested interests and over ambitious continued rule by 'Nehru - Gandhi dynasty'.