Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen. An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions. Princeton: Princeton University Press. USA. 2013. 448 pages. $ 29.95.

Rafat Mahmood


The spectacular performance of India in terms of economic
growth has generally been a source of pride for the Indians as a nation,
in addition to attracting significant international applause. Drèze and
Sen, on the contrary, question the justification of lauding Indian
performance in their book, ‘An Uncertain Glory: India and its
Contradictions’. In their book, they focus on the performance parameters
that actually reflect standards of living of Indian population. Their
analysis portrays a shockingly dismal state of affairs for a vast
majority of citizens of the country. The book disillusions the reader
about the projected image of Indian development through a detailed yet
objective discussion on specific issues plaguing the social sector of
the country. The discourse throughout is substantiated by extensive
statistical evidence, in addition to a comprehensive statistical
appendix given at the end of the book.

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