This visionary and thought-provoking study is a must read for political leaders, policymakers, business executives, and leaders of civic society interested in India's long-term development. It presents a much needed longer term vision of Indian society and economy within which today's policy debates and actions must be anchored. The volume presents a persuasive case that if India succeeds in sustaining its recent economic success over the longer term (as many East Asian economies have done in the past), India can realistically aspire to become an affluent society within one generation. The study is being released just as the new Indian government is taking office in a political environment that presents a truly unique opportunity to put India into a longer term sustained growth trajectory with financial stability.
Chapter 12: Governance for a Modern Society: Combining Smarter Government, Decentralization and Accountability to People
Governance for a Modern Society: Combining Smarter Government, Decentralization and Accountability to People
India has much to be proud of in its first 60 years as an independent nation. Despite many people's apprehensions, it has managed to maintain itself as a vibrant, multiethnic and multireligion democracy. There have been, and continue to be, periodic episodes of conflict among different groups. But by and large, India has managed to deal with these within accepted democratic norms. Pervasive poverty and human deprivation have been a criticism of India's development, but even on these issues India has been making progress, most notably since the onset of the economic reforms starting in 1991. Indeed, there are excellent ...