India’s elite institutions are facing a credibility crisis8 min read . Updated: 20 Feb 2018, 04:43 AM IST
The events of the last 12 months suggest that we should no longer take the health of India's apex institutionsElection Commission, RBI, Supreme Courtfor granted
The realities of India’s institutions are captured most evocatively by Lant Pritchett’s notion of a “flailing" state. Pritchett’s term refers to the fact that India’s public institutions have a Jekyll and Hyde quality to them: an exclusive set of elite agencies that are high-functioning and a patchwork of lower-level institutions that are not. As Pritchett wrote: “the head, that is the elite institutions at the national (and in some states) level remain sound and functional but this head is no longer reliably connected via nerves and sinews to its own limbs."
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