Can India grow without Bharat? Can we reap the ""demographic dividend"" of a young population? How should we revive industrial employment? Is the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act affordable? Why have reforms sputtered despite the ""dream team""? How is growth so strong though reforms have stalled? How can populism be restrained? Can 8 per cent growth be sustained? Should we deploy forex reserves to build infrastructure? What must we do to renew our decaying cities? What is the solution to the coming water crisis? Who are India's tax reformers? Can bilateral trade agreements substitute for the Doha Round? Should SAARC have a common currency? Is ""fiscal responsibility"" working? Does monetary policy work? Can we really aspire to China's economic league - or is it all hype? How good is our foreign policy? The eminent economist Shankar Acharya provides forthright and provocative answers to these key issues about India's development.
Shankar S. Acharya: Graduate from Oxford (1967) and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1972), Dr. Shankar Acharya served as Chief Economic Adviser (in the rank of Secretary) to the Government of India for eight crucial years, 1993-2000, during which he was closely associated with the process of economic reforms. Currently he is Reserve Bank Chair Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. He lectures widely and is a consultant to international institutions.