The story of a rising India has surprised the world but also captured its imagination. It is said that no other democracy has ever achieved levels of sustained economic growth comparable to India's over the last two decades. Exploring India's growing global importance and its domestic and external challenges, this unique volume examines the complexities of India's political, economic, and social evolution in the coming decade.
Combining lively discussions with background essays contributed by a galaxy of prominent individuals from different spheres of life - distinguished scholars, policymakers, economists, corporate leaders, journalists, educationists and film-makers - the book offers compelling insights into the democracy, economy, and society of an emerging power.
'By the end of the next decade we will be the world's largest nation. We already are the world's largest multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic democracy. The success of the Indian experiment in nation building and in the social and economic empowerment of a billion people is vital for the very future of mankind in the 21st century.' Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
1. Shaping Our Future 2. India: The Next Decade - Imperatives and Reflections Section 1: Democracy: Challenges and Prospects 3. Aspects of Democratic Accountability in India 4. Indian Democracy: An Audit 5. Seeing the State in India 6. Our Democracy – The Challenges that it Must Address 7. Political Reforms and Economic Prosperity 8. Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Mass Crimes in India: A Challenge to Our Democracy 9. Introductory Remarks 10. Presentation 1: A Liberal Constitutional Democracy 11. Presentation 2: Script vs. Performance 12. Discussion 13. Concluding Remarks Section 2: Economy: Growth and Equity 14. Agriculture and Rural Development: Policy Issues for Growth and Equity 15. India’s Northeast: Looking Within, Stretching Eastward 16. Our Economy – How Growth Can be Combined with Equity 17. Another India is Possible: Basic Needs, the Unorganised Sector and Science in India 18. India: A Partnership Agenda for the Next Decade 19. Growth with Equity: Understanding Ecological Poverty 20. Economy: Growth and Equity 21. Social Equity: Can Market Reform Society? 22. Achieving Economic Growth with Equity 23. Introductory Remarks 24. Presentation 1: Bottom of the Pyramid 25. Presentation 2: Growth with Equity – The Essence of Development 26. Discussion 27. Concluding Remarks Appendix – Growth and Equity: The Way Forward Section 3: Society: Changing Values 28. The Enemy Within 29. Opening Remarks 30. Presentation 1: Learning to Deal with Our Contradictions 31. Presentation 2: Restoring Positive Values and Rejuvenating Mass Movements 32. Discussion 33. Concluding Remarks Section 4: India and the World 34. India and the World 35. Vision, Conviction, Strategy, and Will: The Four Deficits in India’s Foreign-Military Policy 36. India and the World 37. Opening Remarks 38. Presentation 1: India and the New World Order 39. Presentation 2: Emerging Great Power? 40. Discussion 41. Concluding Remarks 41. India: The Next Decade - Imperatives and Reflections