This is a path-breaking book which examines India's highly controversial yet most successful state: Gujarat. It is difficult to argue with Gujarat's success- a consistently growing state income, massive contribution to India's coffers, and high marks in industry, agriculture, and higher education. How did Gujarat come to be India's second most industrialised state, a toast among experts on economic development? And what lies ahead? In 11 well-researched, well-thought-out essays, some of the country's leading experts on Gujarat give you the answers. Convincingly woven by editor, R. Swaminathan, "Gujarat: Perspectives of the Future" takes more than a cursory look at the industrial development that has swiftly taken place in the state. The volume goes deep into the phenomenon, providing analyses for various issues such as the macroeconomic framework for Gujarat's industrialisation and the dynamics of its corollary urban development. More importantly, the book examines the way forward: what challenges await Gujarat?
This book makes a compelling argument for a blueprint that will address the state's serious problems including environmental degradation, discrimination against women, poor health care and nutrition, and lack of quality basic education. A blueprint which will then, make Gujarat's remarkable development truly sustainable.
R. Swaminathan is a Senior Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation. A Ph.D. from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, he has over 11 years of experience in journalism, academics and research. He has worked with several leading newspapers and websites, including The Indian Express and www.rediff.com. He is a winner of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) award and a recipient of the University Grants Commission (UGC) fellowship. He has four books to his credit-Small Hands, Big Feet: New Forms of Labour Mobilisation; Mumbai Vision 2015: Agenda for Urban Renewal; Healthcare Issues in Large Federal Countries and Free Power to Farmers: Policy Implications for Maharashtra.