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The Gated Republic: India's Public Policy Failures and Private Solutions by [Shankkar Aiyar]

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'Formidable—I would even say grand canyonesque—in its width, depth and sweep ... done in a quintessentially Shankkar Aiyar way, with rapier sharp insight, laser-precision analysis, dollops of sardonic humour and delightful turn of phrase sparkling on every page.' – Rama Bijapurkar, The New Indian Express

'In five swiftly narrated chapters, Aiyar lists the malaise in India’s key public services sectors: water, health, education, power, law and order, pulling from history, research, committee reports, plan documents, national surveys, and reportage to create his narrative.' – Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta, The Hindu

'A gut-socking book ... This book is a must have and must read for all those interested in policy formulation and execution ... engaging and well researched.' – Seetha, The Hindu Businessline

'Superbly researched and brilliantly argued, perhaps the best in living memory. A must read for every serious student of policy and politics ... Aiyar is a brilliant and insightful commentator.' – Srivatsa Krishna, Business Standard

'An impressive combination of historical analysis, policy initiatives, cited research and individual case studies of private responses. This would seem to be quite a challenge to coherence, but I found it superbly addressed. The power of this book is that anyone interested in addressing these questions is enriched and equipped at the end of reading it.' – Rathin Roy, India Today

'A compellingly uncomfortable book ... a must read for public policy experts, politicians and civil servants.' – V. Anantha Nageswaran, Swarajya

'India’s citizens have shut themselves away in an illusory Gated Republic of private solutions to government failures because they have failed to hold their leaders accountable. This book forces them to face up to this stark reality.' – Srirang Samant, Loksatta

'Argues that the failure of India’s public sector to deliver on its most essential functions has created a massive gap, which the private sector has had no choice but to fill.' – Grand Tamasha Podcast with Milan Vaishnav

'Looks at how despite the tremendous successes of the Indian state, it has also failed to deliver on a number of fronts – water, health, security – that many see as fundamental to the very idea of a government. The book offers an important glimpse into the gap between intention and outcome and lays bare some of the truly disturbing failures of independent India.' – Rohan Venkataramakrishnan, Scroll

'Aiyar's mastery of the historical detail – on both the public and the private side of the story – is distinctive.' – Mihir S. Sharma, Biblio

'Aiyar's new book examines what he believes is the root cause of all our present-day problems: the inability of states to fulfil five critical obligations.' – Jane Borges, Mid-Day

'A detailed excursion through failures [of public service provision].' Siddharth Singh, Open

'How persistent disillusionment with a failing system is driving Indian masses away from government services.' – Financial Express

'Shows how failures of public policy are forcing many Indians to invest in the pay-and-plug economy for the most basic services' – Hindustan Times

'A sense of history, a neat turn of phrase, a journalist's penchant for good copy – Shankkar Aiyar's columns and books never fail to prod and provoke. Amidst the structural change India is experiencing, this disturbing book should make citizens demand more from their governments.' – Bibek Debroy

'Shankkar Aiyar has surpassed himself with his latest book. With his knowledge of the political economy, he presents the stark reality – that Indians are paying twice for basic services, first as taxes, then as fees. This, alas, further removes the pressure from the government to provide basic public services. This book is a must-read for India's politicians, policy-makers and her people.' – Nandan Nilekani

'Politicians and economists in India often think the solution to the country's many problems involves coming up with one government scheme after another. In this engaging new book, Shankkar Aiyar details how such statism has repeatedly failed. He explains how the government just doesn't have the capacity to deliver and why the private sector offers more effective, if not always adequate, solutions. It is a book rich in anecdotes and ground reporting – a must-read for understanding the state of the Republic.' – Ruchir Sharma

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

Seventy years since it became a republic, India has come a long way. But it is still failing on some key fronts.

Piped drinking water for all continues to be a pipe dream; homes and businesses are haunted by power outages; the lack of proper primary health care renders the poorest more vulnerable; millions of children coming out of schools lack rudimentary skills; and the security of lives and enterprises, a source of great anxiety, depends on private contractors.

Indians are seceding from dependence on the government for these most basic of services and are investing in the pay-and-plug economy. They have internalized the incapacity of the state to deliver these and are opting for private providers despite the costs. But can India sustain private republics amidst public failures in a landscape scarred by social and economic fault lines? What are the possible solutions? Can government reinvent itself?

The Gated Republic presents an interrogative view of the history and future of private India.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN : B08463QG7R
  • Publisher : HarperCollins India (1 June 2020)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 528 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 319 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

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