India's Next Leap Forward: Essays on Its Socio-Economy


Edited by Gurdip Singh and Sameer C. Mohindru
294 Pages. Published by Reading Rooms for 7Clicks Media
ISBN 978-93-85232-08-4.

India is on the cusp of the third generation of economic reforms. From information technology to consumer goods; big brands to start-ups, rural development to smart cities; Make in India to Digital India, the country is taking the next leap forward, but challenges remain.

For one, India's population continues to grow swiftly. Everyday, close to 85,000 babies are born, or 30 million newbies are ready to join the workforce annually. Population growth makes it imperative to have faster economic growth, which comes at a steep cost environment. If China's experience is anything to go by, rampant economic growth can spell ecological disaster.

Herein lies the challenge for the next leap forward - learn lessons from the path taken by other developed countries and emerging markets. Urbanize but also provide urban ameneties in rural areas in order to keep a check on large scale migration from villages and mofussil towns to the cities. Build smart cities but also be smart enough to tackle eco-hazards.

These are some of the many issues which are taken up by academics, researchers, businessmen, consultants, educationists and management professionals in this anthology of essays on India's socio-economy. India's Next Leap Forward is a sequel to an earlier compendium of essays, "What's Up ! What's Down !", put together by the journlist duo of Mohindru & Singh in 2013-14. Written in an easy to read style, it makes a complex subject interesting for the Aam Aadmi, particularly those preparing for competitive examinations.