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Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform

Bibek Debroy, Ashley J. Tellis, Reece Trevor Book June 9, 2014 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
 
A playbook for how Indian policymakers can return the country to a path of high and sustained economic growth.
 
 
 

India has fallen far and fast from the runaway growth rates it enjoyed in the first decade of the twenty-first century. In order to reverse this trend, New Delhi must seriously reflect on its policy choices across a wide range of issue areas.

Getting India Back on Track broadly coincides with the 2014 Indian elections to spur a public debate about the program that the next government should pursue in order to return the country to a path of high growth. It convenes some of India’s most accomplished analysts to recommend policies in every major sector of the Indian economy. Taken together, these seventeen focused and concise memoranda offer policymakers and the general public alike a clear blueprint for India’s future.

 

Reviews for this publication

“Congratulations to the authors and Carnegie.”

–Narendra Modi, prime minister of India

“I am going to read every part of this book. It will help us to do our job better. The book is well-timed and the title is apt.”

–Arun Jaitley, Indian minister of finance and defense

“Bibek Debroy and Ashley J. Tellis have brought together an impressive group of experts who provide a clear road map to move India forward in 2014. Anyone invested in the country’s success should read this book.”

–Arun Shourie, formerly India’s minister of disinvestment and minister of communications and information technology

“Focusing on a range of key issues, Getting India Back on Track has captured the scale and complexity of as well as the need for resetting India’s policies at the national and state levels. This excellent volume will be a very valuable resource to key policy framers and decisionmakers in India’s new government.”

–Naresh Chandra, former cabinet secretary and former Indian Ambassador to the United States

“It is rare to find a group of experts as accomplished and diverse as those represented in Getting India Back on Track. Their work builds a strong foundation for a real dialogue about India’s future at a time when a generational change in India’s leadership will set the course for decades to come. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace should be complimented for undertaking such a worthwhile project.”

–Frank Wisner, former U.S. Ambassador to India and former under secretary of defense for Policy

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Mint National Agenda 2014

 
Managing Strategic Partnerships
C. Raja Mohan June 17, 2014 Mint
 

Restoring the lost dynamism in India’s vital strategic partnerships must be at the top of the new government’s diplomatic agenda.

Dismantling the Welfare State
Surjit Bhalla June 10, 2014 Mint
 

It is time to dismantle the current welfare system and adopt new approaches in order to reduce poverty and boost India’s growth rate.

Correcting the Administrative Deficit
Bibek Debroy June 3, 2014 Mint
 

India’s administrative deficit may not be talked about as much as the fiscal deficit. But if it is not corrected, growth will not pick up.

Strengthening India’s Rule of Law
Milan Vaishnav and Devesh Kapur May 27, 2014 Mint
 

The next government must take immediate action to close the gulf between principle and practice in enforcing the rule of law.

Reforming India’s Energy Policy
Sunjoy Joshi May 20, 2014 Mint
 

The availability, access, and affordability of Indian energy faces an increasing risk from four formidable barriers.

Fixing India’s Healthcare System
A. K. Shiva Kumar May 13, 2014 Mint
 

With India at a crossroads, with a new government expected soon, the time is ripe to put healthcare reform at center stage.

India’s Quest for Jobs
Omkar Goswami May 6, 2014 Mint
 

If the average GDP growth rate does not grow, India will never generate a demand for labor that is even vaguely in line with its future supply.

Revamping Agriculture and PDS
Ashok Gulati April 29, 2014 Mint
 

India must bring efficiency to public expenditures if it is to alleviate poverty and extend true food security to its people.

Revisiting Manufacturing Policy
Rajiv Kumar April 22, 2014 Mint
 

To revive Indian manufacturing, industry and the government must implement a reform agenda together.

Getting India Back On Track
Ashley J. Tellis April 15, 2014 Mint
 

Progress in India requires a deep commitment to restoring the centrality of markets in economic decisionmaking.

India Decides 2014

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