India Grows at Night
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India Grows at Night

Sub title: A Liberal Case for a Strong State

Author: Gurcharan Das

Indians wryly admit that ‘India grows at night’. But that is only half the saying; the full expression is: ‘India grows at night… when the government sleeps’, suggesting that the nation may be rising despite the state. India’s is a tale of private success and public failure. Prosperity is, indeed, spreading across the country even as governance failure pervades public life. But how could a nation become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when it’s governed by a weak, ineffective state? And wouldn’t it be wonderful if India also grew during the day—in other words, if public policy supported private enterprise? What India needs, Gurcharan Das says, is a strong liberal state. Such a state would have the authority to take quick, decisive action; it would have the rule of law to ensure those actions are legitimate; and finally, it would be accountable to the people. But achieving this will not be easy, says Das, because India has historically had a weak state and a strong society.

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Penguin Books India


20 Sep 2012


Allen Lane



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Non-Fiction, Current Affairs, Politics





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