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Gujarat-Governance For Growth And Development
By Bibek Debroy, [Bdebroy@gmail.com]

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About the Book:

“Gujarat's macroeconomic growth story has been commented upon. This is not just about a double-digit GSDP growth in the last 10 years. It is also about an even more remarkable double-digit growth in agriculture. However, questions are often raised about this growth. Isn't this just about industry and manufacturing? What about the social sectors? What about deprived segments of the population and deprived geographical areas? Haven't they been bypassed?

Growth isn't the same as development.

This book isn't about Gujarat's growth alone. It is about development too. It isn't just about vibrant industry. It is also about the perceptible improvement in social sectors, especially noticeable after 2007. It is a story of education and health, water, electricity and roads. It is a story of how these benefits have trickled down and how deprived segments have been main-streamed. That Gujarat model, so to speak, has implications for other States too, since it is about governance, efficient public expenditure, decentralisation and participatory planning. The focus of this book, deliberately not written in an academic style, is to draw attention to that development template. While there can be disagreement about what the Gujarat model represents, and what it does not, and about what made the Gujarat model work, before any debate, there ought to be a statement of the facts. That's what this book sets out to do”.

While reviewing Gujarat’s progress one has to keep in mind the disastrous effects of the 2001 earthquake. Further the State, like its peers, had to cope with the recessionary trends in the Indian economy till about 2002-03 and post Lehman crisis in 2008.

The attached PDF file has a preview of Bibek Debroy’s book. It includes Growth, Fiscal consolidation, Physical infrastructure, Education, Health, Governance, STs and extremist violence, The environment, In Conclusion. The book also has photographs and maps.

Bibek Debroy is Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, Contributing Editor with the Economic Times, Visiting Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian studies, National University of Singapore. He is an economist, columnist, author and worked for the government, for an industry chamber and for academic (teaching and research) institutes.

To read preview in PDF format click here.

The book is published by Academic Foundation (www.academicfoundation.com). Cover price Rs 795, USD 39.95. Email books@academicfoundation.com. Tel 91 11 23245001/2/3/4.

To buy book online http://www.academicfoundation.com/n_detail/672.asp

Since this book is about Gujarat here are a few links of published articles on growth and development in the State.

1.  Agriculture be like Gujarat by Shankar Acharya in Business Standard 14/7/2011

2.  Electricity Lessons from Gujarat MINT editorial 17/6/2012

3.  Worldwide villages by Uday Mahurkar in India Today 12/10/2007

4.  India’s Guandong says Economist 7/7/2011 

5.  Good ideas from Gujarat are neither communal or secular by Sumit Gulati in The Economic Times 3/5/2012

6.  Why Gujarat’s hunger stats might be misleading by Rupa S in Wall Street Journal 5/9/2012

7.  The Gujarat miracle: There is no denying the major economic advances the state has made under Narendra Modi  by Arvind Panagariya in The Times of India 22/9/2012

8.  What works and what doesn’t work in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat by Binoy Prabhakar and Mitul Thakkar in The Economic Times 1/7/2012 

9.  Food fortification scheme by Uday Mahurkar in India Today 16/7/2007 

10.  Concrete jungles - A mainly rural country is ill-prepared for its coming urban boom. Praise for governance in Surat in Economist 29/9/2012

11.  The Gujarat poverty numbers by Bibek Debroy in The Economic Times 7/7/2012

12.  Gujarat Reaps a Rich Harvest. New agricultural techniques have changed the lives of farmers in arid Banaskantha by Uday Mahurkar in India Today 20/4/2012

13.  E-Mamta: Gujarat's mobile tech helps reduce infant & maternal mortality, to be adopted across the nation by Indu Nandakumar & Shruti Sabharwal in The Economic Times 22/3/2012

14.  A green rising. Check dams in Gujarat by Uday Mahurkar in India Today 4/7/2010

15.  To see over 150 pictures on Gujarat

No state or Country, even the most developed ones, can say that they have met every aspiration of its citizens, provided perfect governance, food to eat, health facilities, a house to stay, education etc to all. Growth and development is a journey not a destination.

We have to believe that there is always a better way of doing things. It is this belief and the challenge there from that can spur individuals and governments to excel infinitely.

Compiled by Sanjeev Nayyar, editor www.esamskriti.com.

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