In 70 Policies that Shaped India: 1947 to 2017, Independence to $2.5 Trillion, Gautam Chikermane explores the changing landscape of India’s policymaking by tracking the creation and evolution of individual policies. 70 Policies is a short but rigorous analysis of the laws, rules and regulations that have brought India towards becoming the world’s fifth largest economy. It is equally a tribute to, and criticism of, how these policies shaped the economic landscape, the tugs-of-war between various interest groups, and above all, its impact on people.
Although it is focused on economic policy, the book goes beyond and explores the impact of external influences, including legal, political and administrative, on policies. From factories to finance and land acquisition to taxes these 70 policies have defined India’s economic journey over the past seven decades. This book is essential reading for lawmakers, policymakers, policy analysts and students. 70 Policies captures the successes and failures of the past and provides the foundations with which to envision India as a $10 trillion economic powerhouse.
Gautam Chikermane is Vice President at Observer Research Foundation, and Associate Senior Research Fellow (India Desk) at Italy’s ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale). His areas of research are Economics and Politics, with a focus on G20 nations. Earlier, he has held leadership positions at some India’s top newspapers and magazines — Hindustan Times as Executive Editor (Business), The Indian Express as Editor Special Projects, The Financial Express as Executive Editor, and Outlook Money as Executive Editor. He was the New Media Director at Reliance Industries Ltd. and has served three terms as a Director at Financial Planning Standards Board India and one as its Vice Chairman. A Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center (Fall 2001), he is the author of Tunnel of Varanavat (Rupa, 2016); The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi (Rupa, 2014); and Five Decades of Decay (Rupa, 1997). A student of Dhrupad under Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar, he lives in New Delhi and Pondicherry.
Book launch by Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.
Welcome remarks by Samir Saran, President, ORF.
Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the President of India
Manish Tewari, former I&B Minister
Shamika Ravi, Director of Research, Brookings India
Sunjoy Joshi, Chairman, ORF
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