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‘This collection of essays by a number of scholars from India and Europe addresses economic, political and social issues of great contemporary significance. The most attractive feature of the volume is the comparative and inter-disciplinary approach which gives it its distinctive orientation. Munshi and Abraham have held diverse but important themes together in an exemplary manner’

- Andre Beteille, Chairman, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

‘This is an outstanding book on an issue easier talked about than acted upon. The editors have brought together in this rich volume a wide variety of essays which focus on India and Europe and clarify that it is necessary to contextualise good governance. The comparative perspective has the additional advantage of extending the analysis beyond the realm of the ...

NGOs as Partners in the Process of ‘Reform’: Are they the Yogis or the Bhogis of Development?1
NGOs as partners in the process of ‘reform’: Are they the yogis or the bhogis of development?
Why NGOs?

On Saturday, 20 April 2002, the Prime Minister of India inaugurated in New Delhi a national conference on ‘The Role of the Voluntary Sector in National Development’. Speaking to a large group of bureaucrats and politicians, with a token sprinkling of Delhi-based voluntary-wallahs, he lauded their efforts ‘for carving out a space’. Mr Vajpayee wanted the ‘relationship of benefactor and supplicant’ to be changed ‘to one of partnership where the Government acts as a facilitator’ (The Hindu 2002b). This is all that is to be expected nowadays, including the careful selection ...

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