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An Uncertain Glory


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Preface vii 1 A New India? 1 2 Integrating Growth and Development 17 3 India in Comparative Perspective 45 4 Accountability and Corruption 81 5 The Centrality of Education 107 6 India's Health Care Crisis 143 7 Poverty and Social Support 182 8 The Grip of Inequality 213 9 Democracy, Inequality and Public Reasoning 243 10 The Need for Impatience 276 Statistical Appendix 289 Table A.1: E conomic and Social Indicators in India and Selected Asian Countries, 2011 292 Table A.2: India in Comparative Perspective, 2011 296 Table A.3: Selected Indicators for Major Indian States 298 Table A.4: Selected Indicators for the N orth-E astern States 330 Table A.5: Time Trends 332 Notes 337 References 373 Indexes 413

About the Author

Jean Dreze has lived in India since 1979 and became an Indian citizen in 2002. He has taught at the London School of Economics and the Delhi School of Economics, and he is now a visiting professor at Allahabad University. He is the coauthor (with Amartya Sen) of "Hunger and Public Action" and "India: Development and Participation". Amartya Sen is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998. His many books include "Development as Freedom", "Rationality and Freedom", "The Argumentative Indian", "Identity and Violence", and "The Idea of Justice".


"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 "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

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