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The Gated Republic: India's Public Policy Failures and Private Solutions Kindle Edition
About the Author
SHANKKAR AIYAR is a prominent India-based political economy analyst, columnist and author. His path-breaking book Accidental India: A Nation's Passage Through Crisis and Change earned him acclaim as a public intellectual. His Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India's 12-Digit Revolution fetched him global recognition for this first comprehensive book which traces India's ambitious and controversial biometric identity platform.
A journalist for over three decades, Aiyar has covered every parliamentary election since 1984. His 1991 expose on India pledging its gold reserves to the Bank of England drew international attention to the crisis in the economy, which consequently compelled liberalization. Aiyar has analysed every Budget since 1991. The recipient of several awards for excellence in journalism, he has been Managing Editor at India Today and Head of the Special Investigations Team at the Indian Express.
Aiyar specializes in the interface between politics and economics and decodes the political economy for news publications and television channels. He has authored a study on India's socio-economic fault lines and its hundred worst districts. His investigation of twenty-five years of political corruption is part of an anthology. He has been a Wolfson Chevening Fellow at Cambridge University, where he studied the life cycles of emerging economies. He is a Visiting Fellow at the IDFC Institute.
Aiyar is currently working on his fourth book and also conducting policy research on evolving demographics and their implications for the next economy.
- ASIN : B08463QG7R
- Publisher : HarperCollins India; 1st edition (1 June 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 528 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 319 pages
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Mind you, the Indian state has always wanted to and was in the driver’s seat of national development for most of our independent history.
But 72 years later, millions upon millions of Indians still lack basic access to health, education, security and water. The failures are far too many to ignore any longer.
Suffice to say that, the Indian brand of socialism has failed its citizens. Apathy, incompetence and inefficiency continue to plague the public sector and a sense of despondency and fatalism has taken over the minds of those who man the system.
The author states that since the Indian state has failed miserably in many of its core functions, there is a vacuum in the delivery of essential services to citizens. This is increasingly being filled by the private sector. In many places, the writer also remarks that the services provided by the private players are in fact better than those provided by the state.
But the writer is not happy with this situation. He is not comfortable with the idea of the state losing its preeminence to the private sector. So the writer wants the state to take back control but get more effective and efficient.
However, one is tempted to ask why the inevitability of the private sector’s dominant role is not ideal.
Considering India’s many complexities and systemic issues, it’s not unthinkable that the state should not have performed these functions in the first place. Or at least, once the problems became apparent, the state should’ve willingly and proactively outsourced most, if not all developmental functions liked health, education etc to the private sector. It should’ve just retained the regulatory functions. Perhaps then we would have had better governance outcomes.
I’m not saying this would’ve been the best approach. All I’m pointing out is that the author has a pre-decided conclusion and then fits the facts to support it.
The writer also adopts a contradictory approach when it comes to comparing India’s public policy failures with the successes of other developing countries in the same areas. The author does acknowledge that India’s socio-economic problems are exacerbated by its size, incredible diversity, federal structure and lack of resources. However, he then goes on to cite examples of countries like South Korea, Finland, Singapore, Japan etc which do not share any of the problems listed above with India. Korea, Singapore and Japan are unitary states where the provinces have little to no control; they have mostly homogenous population and also, their size is less than many of India’s biggest states.
So though the writer has done commendable research into the historical origin of problems and their present magnitude, his conclusions have a left socialist-bias and the comparisons with other countries are lazy at best
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But the author also gives some hope with small examples but it"s long way to go. We call changes as reforms but in actual they are just correction of our past policies and decisions.
A must read for every Indian.