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Pragati January 2009: Ideas for India’s future

The January 2009 issue of Pragati is centred around ideas for India’s future: featuring an exclusive interview with Nandan Nilekani and a separate, independent review of his new agenda-setting book. “The moment you think of our people as human capital” he says, “automatically the challenge becomes how do we make sure they are healthy, educated, have roads to go to work and school, have lights to study at night, have jobs and can become entrepreneurs.” We couldn’t agree more. 

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To that list we would add how do we make sure they are safe and secure. In this issue we argue that terrorism must enter the agenda of electoral politics; that it is necessary for India and the United States confront the Pakistani terror machine; and that there is a need for a more cerebral and sophisticated approach towards responding to terrorist attacks. 

This year is unlikely to be a good one as far as economic reforms are concerned, but we argue that there is a strong case for India to move forward on the stalled process of liberalising its real economy. 

And why should those concerned about distressed farmers care about geology? And just what are our textbooks doing to the minds of our youth? Find out in this issue.

Pragati - The Indian National Interest Review 

Issue 22 - January 2009

Contents [Download 2.7 MB PDF]


Politicise terror

Electoral politics is the best way to punish bad policies

Rohit Pradhan

Put Pakistan on the table”

Terrorist aggression cannot be terminated by appeasement

Vanni Cappelli

The people have spoken

Democracy returns, and with it comes a new opportunity

Sushant K Singh


Essential readings of the month

Ravi Gopalan & Vijay Vikram


Human capitalism

A discussion on ideas for India’s future with Nandan Nilekani

Nitin Pai

Improving India’s anti-terrorist responses

The need for scenario planning and read teaming

Shaunak S Agarkhedkar


The empire strikes back

Thirteen reasons to feel gloomy about economic reforms in 2009 

Bibek Debroy

The biggest solo flight of them all

More reason to proceed with economic liberalisation

V Anantha Nageswaran

Underlying agrarian distress

Hydrogeology offers insights for irrigation policy

Suvrat Kher

Discarding ideological blinkers

India’s schools need an intellectual liberalisation

Renu Pokharna


National process re-engineering

Why reforms with a human face are possible and within reach

Harsh Gupta

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