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India 2039
An Affluent Society in One Generation

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Harinder S Kohli - Emerging Markets Forum and Centennial Group Holdings, Washington DC, USA
  • Anil Sood - Centennial Group Holdings, Washington DC, USA


January 2010 | 300 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book paints a bold and inspiring scenario of India becoming an affluent society by 2039, that is, within a generation from now. It makes a persuasive case as to why such a scenario could be plausible. Even more importantly, the book very appropriately and frankly assess the many hurdles – political, social, policy and institutional – that the country must overcome to realize this vision and lift millions of Indians from relative poverty today to enjoy the fruits of a modern and inclusive affluent society within 30 years or so. Its agenda of inter-generational issues is central to India avoiding the middle income trap that so many other countries have fallen into. However, India can successfully tackle this trap only by addressing, and addressing urgently and head on, the various facets of governance highlighted in the book.

Features unique to this study
- unlike other vertical studies that treat a topic in depth but on its own, this book tries to connect the dots between the key issues that could decide the future of Indian society
- it has a longer 30-year perspective, with a corresponding emphasis on challenges that require long gestation to address
- it offers a projection not of what will be but of what India’s potential is.
Haruhiko Kuroda
Foreword
 
Preface
Harinder S Kohli
Introduction: Determined Marathoner or Sporadic Sprinter?
 
PART ONE: INDIA'S PROMISE AND IMPERATIVES TO ACHIEVING IT
Homi Kharas
India's Promise: An Affluent Society in one Generation
Homi Kharas
Realizing the Potential: Avoiding the Middle Income Trap
Harinder S Kohli
Realizing the Potential: Managing Multiple Transformations Simultaneously
Harinder S Kohli
Realizing the Potential: Overarching Imperative-Improving Governance
 
PART TWO: MOVING TO A COHESIVE AND AFFLUENT SOCIETY
Michael Walton
Inequities and India's Long-term Growth: Tackling Structural Inequities
Inder Sud
Urbanization and Public Services: Creating Functioning Cities for Sustaining Growth
Harinder S Kohli
Environmental Quality of India's Citizens: Meeting Needs and Expectations of a more Affluent Society
 
PART THREE: MOVING TO A GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE ECONOMY
Harinder S Kohli
Infrastructure for a Competitive Edge: Overcoming Bottlenecks and Keeping Pace with Exploding Demand
Vinod K Goel and R A Mashelkar
Global Competitiveness through Technology
Hossein Razavi
Energy and Sustainability in Affluent India: Unleashing an Energy Revolution
 
PART FOUR: IMPROVING GOVERNANCE
Bimal Jalan
Role of the State and Governance
Inder Sud
Governance for a Modern Society: Combining Smarter Government, Decentralization and Accountability to People
C M Vasudev, Hariharan Ramachandran, and Vivek K Agnihotri
Governance and Administrative Reforms: Reforming the Public Administration and Civil Service
 
Notes
 
References

It is particularly well timed, not because India`s transition to high growth is now widely acknowledged, but because it provides a warning of the danger of this growth sputtering out if India gets enmeshed in what the study calls "the middle income trap."

Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India

This is a remarkable book in terms of process as well as product…The product is impressive. Instead of an obsessive (and often ritualistic) focus on poverty by the elite in India, the book focuses on affluence: How can India become an affluent society within one generation? This is where the elite can honestly work for… [The book] presents long-term perspectives of an affluent India.

South Asia Economic Journal

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.

Bimal Jalan
Member of Parliament & Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India

This report makes a valuable contribution to identifying the priorities and policy prescriptions which will be necessary for the Indian economy to realize its full promise.

Ratan Tata

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