Distinguished economists provide knowledge of and insight into India's economic growth and development in this Festschrift to one of the country's key figures in economic reform, Montek S. Ahluwalia. A driving force in the liberalisation program of the past 20 years, Ahluwalia and his commitment to poverty alleviation and inclusive growth have inspired change and discussion, including the pieces in this compilation. A must-read for students of development economics and political economy, academics, and professionals interested in economic issues of developing countries, this collection of essays covers different drivers of economic growth and development and offers direction for India to become a major player in the global economy. Topics include poverty in India, urbanisation and employment, global imbalances, currency wars, innovation and public information infrastructure, and planning in a liberalised economy.
Sameer Kochhar is the president of the Skoch Development Foundation, the leading think tank on digital, social, and financial inclusion issues in India; the CEO of Skoch Consultancy Services; a consultant for several Fortune 500 companies; and the creator of the world's largest independent online knowledge repositories on financial inclusion, digital inclusion, and urban development. He is the chief editor of Inclusion; the editor of the books Building from the Bottom, Financial Inclusion, Growth & Finance, and India on the Growth Turnpike; and the author of Speeding Financial Inclusion. C. Rangarajan is the chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. He is the recipient of the Business Man of the Year Award, the Finance Man of the Decade Award, the Financial Express Award for Economics, and the Wharton-Indian Alumni Award for Outstanding Leadership. He is the author of India: Monetary Policy, Financial Stability and Other Essays; Indian Economy: Essays on Money and Finance; Perspectives on Indian Economy: A Collection of Essays; Select Essays on Indian Economy; and Structural Reforms in Industry, Banking and Finance. P. Chidambaram is India's minister of home affairs.