List of Figures and Tables vii
Preface and Acknowledgements xiii
1 Making Sense of India Today 1
Part I: Economy
2 When and Why Did India Take Off? 23
3 How Have the Poor Fared (and Others Too)? 47
4 Why Hasn’t Economic Growth Delivered More for Indian Workers? 80
5 Is the Indian State Delivering on Promises of 'Inclusive Growth' and Social Justice? 100
Part II: Politics
6 How Did a 'Weak' State Promote Audacious Reform? 121
7 Has India's Democracy Been a Success? 140
8 Is Government in India Becoming More Responsive? 158
9 Has the Rise of Hindu Nationalism Halted? 177
10 Rural Dislocations:Why Has Maoism Become Such a Force in India? 197
Part III: Society
11 Does India Have a Civil Society? 221
12 Does Caste Still Matter in India? 239
13 How Much Have Things Changed for Indian Women? 258
14 Can India Benefi t From Its Demographic Dividend? 286
15 Afterword: India Today, and India in the World 302
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