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An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions, by Drèze Jean and Sen Amartya . Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, pp. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Devashish Mitra and others published An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions by Jean Dreze and. BOOK REVIEW AN UNCERTAIN GLORY: INDIA AND ITS CONTRADICTIONS BY: JEAN DREZE AND AMARTYA SEN PUBLISHER: PENGUIN PUBLISHERS.
Further reforms like anti-corruption laws and accountability laws need to be conceptualized and implemented. Real wages have stagnated and sometimes deteriorated in the agricultural and manufacturing sector.
This has excluded that unskilled and marginalized populace from the fruits of development as evidenced in poor social outcomes and anthropometric indices. Rising income distribution inequality and stagnating real wages indicate that economic development did not translate into a robust physical and social infrastructure.
India performs abysmally on indicators like longevity, literacy, child malnutrition, maternal mortality as also physical infrastructure like power supply, water supply, sanitation, public transport. For the sake of pragmatism, the book lauds the maturing of democratic institutions in the country.
India has a multiparty polity, free and fair elections, a largely uncensored media and an independent judiciary.
However, entrenched social inequalities coupled with lack of an informed debate on inequality, ensures that a large proportion of the population continues to lack a voice in the development process of the country. Lack of accountability and pervasive corruption undermines the democratic fabric of the nation.
While comparing with its South Asian neighbours, the authors note that India has one of the lowest social indicators, better only than Pakistan. Human deprivation, of the levels of Sub Saharan Africa, exists in certain parts of the country.
In this respect, Bangladesh has done spectacularly well. With a similar demographic profile, similar social prejudices and colonial legacy as India, Bangladesh has managed to achieve higher life expectancy, child survival, universal immunization and lower fertility rates.
All this has been achieved with a substantially lower per capita income which indicates that factors other than economic development alone are at play here.
The authors also give a detailed account of the performance of Indian states supported by statistical evidence. They argue that states that promoted participatory development early on have reaped its benefits.
Success stories of states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh have been based on universal public service delivery demanded by an organized and aware public. Some other states which lack the tradition of public participation like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, meanwhile, have been unable to address issues of inequality and inadequate human development. Having thus painted a sobering picture of reality of Indian development scenario, the authors move on to analyse and prescribe solutions for specific sectors of public infrastructure, health, education, poverty and poverty.
Dreze and Sen forcefully advocate well run public utilities like power generation and distribution. They propose a balanced approach with participation of the private sector. They have advocated a roll back of regressive subsidies on electricity, fuel and fertilizer which is more often than not appropriated by the privileged section. They have lauded the efforts of the government for bringing into effect a Right to Education.
However, issues of teacher absenteeism, poor infrastructure, dualistic teaching cadre contract teachers and lack of support services leads to poor educational outcomes. Tools Request permission Export citation Add to favorites Track citation.
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