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Broken Ladder, The: The Paradox and Potential of India's One-Billion
Published by Cambridge University Press
This book explains the paradox of India's rapid growth and widespread poverty by looking at hundreds of life stories and the latest research.
Despite becoming a global economic force, why does India win so few Olympic medals and have so many people living in poverty? Why have opportunities not become available more broadly? How can growing individuals assist with the task of building a growing economy? Krishna presents a refreshingly unusual perspective of emergent realities, drawing on the stories of everyday lives, of people like you and me and those less privileged. Through decades-long investigations, living in villages and slum communities, the author presents eye-opening details of missed opportunities and immense untapped talent that can be harnessed, with tremendous consequences for equity and growth. Offering possible solutions for inequality and those in need, The Broken Ladder is a comprehensive and fascinating account of development strategies in a fast-growing, yet largely agrarian, developing economy.
1. Dollar economy and rupee economy; 2. Beyond 5-km villages; 3. Blue-polygon slums; 4. Preventing future poverty; 5. Plumbing a deep talent pool; 6. Attitudes, experiences, and information; 7. Democracy at the doorstep; 8. Looking ahead: growing the economy and developing individuals; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Anirudh Krishna's research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. He has written five other books and more than sixty journal articles. Awards include an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in 2011. Before returning to academia, Krishna worked for 14 years with the Indian Administrative Service, managing diverse rural and urban development initiatives on behalf of the government. He has consulted with the World Bank, the United Nations, national governments, and a variety of development support organizations.
Reviewer: Paul Doolan
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