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An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions by [Dreze, Jean, Sen, Amartya]

An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions Kindle Edition

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"Sen and Dr?ze carefully explain such issues as health care, education, corruption, lack of accountability, growing inequality, and their suppression in India's elite-dominated public space. . . . Sen and Dr?ze also reveal how democracy in its simplest manifestation, the scramble for votes, can drive successful implementation of welfare programs such as the Public Distribution System."--Pankaj Mishra, "New York Review of Books"

One of "BloombergBusinessweek" Best Books of 2013, selected by Edmund Phelps


One of "BloombergBusinessweek" Best Books of 2013, selected by Edmund Phelps


"[A]n excellent but unsettling new book."--
"The Economist"



One of "Bloomberg/Businessweek" Best Books of 2013, selected by Edmund Phelps


One of "Bloomberg/Businessweek" Best Books of 2013, selected by Edmund Phelps


"It's an urgent, passionate, political work that makes the case that India cannot move forward without investing significantly--as every other major industrialized country has already done--in public services. . . . This book is . . . a heartfelt plea to rethink what progress in a poor country ought to look like."--Jyoti Thottam, "New York Times Book Review"

"Sen and Dreze carefully explain such issues as health care, education, corruption, lack of accountability, growing inequality, and their suppression in India's elite-dominated public space. . . . Sen and Dreze also reveal how democracy in its simplest manifestation, the scramble for votes, can drive successful implementation of welfare programs such as the Public Distribution System."--Pankaj Mishra, "New York Review of Books""

"After three decades of trawling the data compiled by central and state governments, Indian nongovernmental organizations, and international bodies, these longtime collaborators know--possibly better than any other commentators--how Indian governments since the 1980s have failed the vast majority of Indians, especially in health care, education, poverty reduction, and the justice system."--Andrew Robinson, "Science"

"[A]n excellent but unsettling new book."--"The Economist"

"[E]legant and restrained prose, and with an array of fresh examples."--Ramachandra Guha, "Financial Times"

"Sen and Dreze are right to draw attention to the limits of India's success and how much remains to be done. They are exemplary scholars, and everything they say is worth careful study."--Clive Crook, "Bloomberg News"

"Economists Dreze and Nobel laureate Sen compellingly argue that Indian policy makers have ignored the basic needs of people, especially those of the poor and women."--"Choice"

""An Uncertain Glory" is an excellent, highly readable, and exceptionally meaningful book."--S. Prakash Sethi, "Business Ethics Quarterly"

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From two of India's leading economists, Jean Drèze (Hunger and Public Action) and Nobel Prize-winner Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice), An Uncertain Glory is a passionate, considered argument for the need for a greater understanding of inequalities in India, despite economic development.



When India regained independence from colonial rule in 1947, it immediately adopted a firmly democratic political system, with multiple parties, freedom of speech and extensive political rights. The famines of the British era disappeared, and steady economic growth replaced stagnation, accelerating further over the last three decades to make India's growth the second fastest among large economies. Despite a recent dip, it is still one of the highest in the world.



Maintaining rapid yet environmentally sustainable growth remains an important and achieveable goal for India. Drèze and Sen argue that the country's main problems lie in the disregarding of the essential needs of the people. There have been major failures both to foster participatory growth and to make good use of the public resources generated by economic growth to enhance people's living conditions; social and physical services remain inadequate, from schooling and medical care to safe water, electricity, and sanitation. In the long run, even high economic growth is threatened by the underdevelopment of infrastructure and the neglect of human capabilities, in contrast with the holistic approach pioneered by Japan, South Korea and China.



In a democracy, addressing these failures requires not only significant policy change, but also a clearer public understanding of the abysmal extent of deprivation in the country. Yet public discussion in India tends to be constricted to the lives and concerns of the relatively affluent. This book presents a powerful analysis not only of India's deprivations and inequalities, but also of the restraints on addressing them - and of the possibility of change through democratic practice.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7218 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141975822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141975825
  • ASIN: B00DH4BL36
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
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