9780521735179

Poverty Amid Plenty in the New India

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521735179

  • ISBN10:

    0521735173

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-02-20
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

India has one of the fastest growing economies on earth. Over the past three decades, socialism has been replaced by pro-business policies as the way forward. And yet, in this 'new' India, grinding poverty is still a feature of everyday life. Some 450 million people subsist on less than $1.25 per day and nearly half of India's children are malnourished. In his latest book, Atul Kohli, a seasoned scholar of Indian politics and economics, blames this discrepancy on the narrow nature of the ruling alliance in India that, in its new-found relationship with business, has prioritized economic growth above all other social and political considerations. This thoughtful and challenging book affords an alternative vision of India's rise in the world that its democratic rulers will be forced to come to grips with in the years ahead.

Author Biography

Atul Kohli is the David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs and a Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He has edited and authored numerous books including The State and Poverty in India (1987), Democracy and Discontent: India's Growing Crisis of Governability (1991), and State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery (2004).

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Political Change: Illusions of Inclusionp. 19
Backgroundp. 19
Pro-Business Tiltp. 27
Managing a Narrow Ruling Alliancep. 59
Conclusionp. 76
State and Economy: Want Amid Plentyp. 79
Backgroundp. 80
Policies and Economic Growthp. 92
The State and Distributionp. 121
Conclusionp. 142
Regional Diversity: To Him Who Hathp. 144
Overviewp. 146
Neo-patrimonialism in India: Uttar Pradeshp. 160
Developmental Tendencies at the Helm: Gujaratp. 179
Social-Democratic Politics in Command: West Bengalp. 192
Conclusionp. 209
Conclusionp. 212
Referencesp. 229
Indexp. 241
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