A Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction?
Rohit Azad, Shouvik Chakraborty, Srinivasan Ramani, and Dipa Sinha
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The General Elections of 2014 saw a resounding victory for the BJP. Projecting Narendra Modi as a decisive leader, the BJP promised sweeping changes from the Congress-led UPA governments. Its election campaign was built on the planks of sabka vikas (development for all) and freedom from corruption, along with improved governance. So, did the NDA-II government deliver on its promise of development? Or, as Amartya Sen asserted, did India take a ‘quantum leap in the wrong direction’?

A Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction? compares the promises made during the run-up to the 2014 elections and the outcomes over the past five years. Each chapter of this book assesses different policies like demonetisation and GST; policies in the sectors of employment, agriculture, banking, and foreign affairs; its initiatives in the areas of health, education, environment, on gender, and for the marginalised sections. It assesses the government’s successes in the area of governance and in addressing corruption.

Moving away from partisan debates that resort to propaganda and provide no answers, the authors rely on an assessment of available official data and other reputable information, and thereby let the facts speak for themselves. This book asks whether, in the past five years, Indian economy and polity has progressed, stagnated, or regressed.

Rohit Azad teaches Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Shouvik Chakraborty is Assistant Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Srinivasan Ramani is Associate Editor at The Hindu.

Dipa Sinha teaches at School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi.

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Rohit Azad, Srinivasan Ramani, Shouvik Chakraborty, and Dipa Sinha


1. Modi Sarkar: The Truth about Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas
Rohit Azad

2. Breaking Bad: India’s Banking Distress
Prasenjit Bose and Zico Dasgupta

3. The NDA-II Regime and the Worsening Agrarian Crisis
Arindam Banerjee and Ishan Anand

4. Employment Under the NDA-II Regime: A Reality Check
Subhanil Chowdhury


5. School Education: Denials and Delusions
Kiran Bhatty

6. The Price of Freedom: The NDA-II Government’s Report Card on Higher Education
Ayesha Kidwai

7. Painting a Picture of Ill-health
Indranil Mukhopadhyay and Dipa Sinha

8. Big-Bang Programmes for Women’s Welfare: An Evaluation
Sona Mitra

9. Samajik Nyay and Samajik Samrasata?
Amit Thorat

10. Environmental Policies Delinked from Aam Aadmi: Is the Mask of Environmentalism Falling?
Shouvik Chakraborty


11. Suit-Boot ki Sarkar and its ‘Battle’ against Corruption
Roshan Kishore

12. Aadhaa(r) Adhura Welfare: A Critical Assessment
Anmol Somanchi

13. The NDA-II Government’s Foreign and Security Policy: A Critical Assessment
Happymon Jacob

14. Damaging the Public Sphere: A Toxic Legacy of the NDA-II Regime
Srinivasan Ramani

Notes on the Contributors

Release Date : 27-Feb-2019 Venue : Alliance Francaise de Delhi.
1. One Man, Many Realities | Business Today (Fortnightly), New Delhi, 2 June 2019
2. The True State of Development | Economic & Political Weekly New Delhi, 20 April 2019
3. Leaning on facts for an appraisal | The Hindu, New Delhi, 14 April 2019.
4. The Modi years | Frontline (Fortnightly), Chennai, 10 May 2019
5. A Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction?: Browse Non-Fiction | The Hindu, New Delhi, 3 March 2019
6. Sen: Ayushman Bharat neglects primary healthcare, sector needs radical change.
7. Amar Ujala | New Delhi, 28 February 2019
8. Hindutva and exclusion connected, says Amartya Sen | The Hindu, Hyderabad, February 2019
9. A data-driven look at NDA's policies, but selective in its critique | First Post, Tuesday, 30 April, 2019
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