The Indian Century

The Indian Century

In his opening essay, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote: “In the past four years, (the Indian economy) has grown at more than 8%. In the first half of 2006-07, the growth rate rose to nearly 9%. This is an impressive achievement for a democracy of over a billion people. Yet, this is not enough… We must work hard to make the growth process more inclusive and equitable."

That statement unknowingly laid the terms of the subsequent debates in the series. How could India balance economic growth and social concerns? We had free marketers crossing swords with those who believed the government must do more to control the market. There were calls for a better system of education and more financial inclusion.

But the underlying message in most of the essays was one of hope.

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