The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One Billion

2 May 2017
Full video of talk

Watch the full video (above) of the talk by Anirudh Krishna, based on his book 'The Broken Ladder', which delves into the lives of ordinary individuals to take a ground-up view towards answering questions about the potential of civic participation in the growth of India's economy.

Through decades-long investigations conducted on the ground, living in villages and investigating slum communities, Krishna reveals the eye-opening details of missed opportunities and the immense, but untapped, talent that can and should be honed, with immense consequences for both growth and equity. From presenting possible solutions to the problems of neediness and inequity, to mulling over ways of fixing inequalities of opportunity, his book provides a comprehensive account of India’s development strategies.

Anirudh Krishna is the Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and professor of political science at Duke University, USA. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness.

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