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Now, Just Do It

Dreze and Sen fail to specify how to translate analysis into action

Now, Just Do It
Now, Just Do It
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THE problem in India is not that people do not know what ails the economy. Not even what should be done to mend our economy. No, not even that we are unsure of the ways of doing it. The problem is of actually doing it. We all know what exactly is to be done. We all know how to do it. We just won't do it. Rather, we just don't seem to want to start doing the right things.

Curious as this may sound, this is exactly the stage India's economy has reached today. And sadly, much of the literature on India's development, including the excellent volume under review—Indian Deve -lopment: Selected Regional Perspectives—seems to have no solution at all to this conundrum. As the book rightly claims, its purpose is not to find authentic answers to familiar and well-rehearsed questions, but to ask a quite different set of questions itself.

Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze, two of the most influential commentators on India, have for quite a while now been telling us that one must explore different questions such as: Why...

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