India 2039: An Affluent Society in One Generation

India 2039: An Affluent Society in One Generation

By: Anil Sood (editor), Harinder S. Kohli (editor)Hardback

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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.

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Harinder S. Kohli is President and CEO of the Centennial Group. He is also the Chief Executive of the Emerging Markets Forum and is on the Advisory Board of the Asian Institute of Technology. Prior to starting the Centennial Group, Kohli spent 26 years with the World Bank in a series of senior positions. He has led World Bank teams that participated in the Multilateral Working Groups of the Middle East Peace Process and developed a conceptual programme for Economic Development in the Middle East. This work became the foundation for the international development assistance to West Bank and Gaza after the peace accord. He is the principal author of the report of an Eminent Persons Group entitled Towards a New Asian Development Bank in a New Asia and of World Bank's report Infrastructure Development in East Asia and Pacific: Towards a New Public Private Partnership. In addition he has written articles and delivered speeches on Asian Economics, Private Capital Flows, Regional Economic Cooperation, Industrial Development, Enterprise Development and Privatization, Energy, Information Technology and the Middle East Economic Development issues. Prior to joining the World Bank, Kohli worked with the Union Carbide in India and the Pechiney Group in France. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School (elected Backer Scholar with High Distinction) and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University, India (First Class Honors). He is married to Paulina Ledergerber Crespo, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History. Anil Sood, in his 30-year career at the World Bank, occupied many senior positions including Vice President, Strategy and Resource Management, and Special Advisor to the Managing Directors. He has since advised chief executives and senior management of a number of development organizations including the African Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa, on matters of strategy and development effectiveness.


Foreword - Haruhiko Kuroda Preface Introduction: Determined Marathoner or Sporadic Sprinter? - Harinder S Kohli PART ONE: INDIA'S PROMISE AND IMPERATIVES TO ACHIEVING IT India's Promise: An Affluent Society in one Generation - Homi Kharas Realizing the Potential: Avoiding the Middle Income Trap - Homi Kharas Realizing the Potential: Managing Multiple Transformations Simultaneously - Harinder S Kohli Realizing the Potential: Overarching Imperative-Improving Governance - Harinder S Kohli PART TWO: MOVING TO A COHESIVE AND AFFLUENT SOCIETY Inequities and India's Long-term Growth: Tackling Structural Inequities - Michael Walton Urbanization and Public Services: Creating Functioning Cities for Sustaining Growth - Inder Sud Environmental Quality of India's Citizens: Meeting Needs and Expectations of a more Affluent Society - Harinder S Kohli PART THREE: MOVING TO A GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE ECONOMY Infrastructure for a Competitive Edge: Overcoming Bottlenecks and Keeping Pace with Exploding Demand - Harinder S Kohli Global Competitiveness through Technology - Vinod K Goel and R A Mashelkar Energy and Sustainability in Affluent India: Unleashing an Energy Revolution - Hossein Razavi PART FOUR: IMPROVING GOVERNANCE Role of the State and Governance - Bimal Jalan Governance for a Modern Society: Combining Smarter Government, Decentralization and Accountability to People - Inder Sud Governance and Administrative Reforms: Reforming the Public Administration and Civil Service - C M Vasudev, Hariharan Ramachandran, and Vivek K Agnihotri Notes References

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/12/2009
  • ISBN13: 9788132103097
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9788132103097
  • weight: 1270
  • ISBN10: 8132103092

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