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This volume would not have been possible without the support of several people—and I am deeply grateful to each of them.

Dr Navroz K. Dubash and Dr Lavanya Rajamani, senior colleagues at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), who have been a constant source of guidance, encouragement and inspiration over the years; Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta who helped conceptualise the initial research project, and provided valuable inputs at various points; contributors to this volume, who collaborated patiently; and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments.

The groundwork for this volume was done as part of a research project that received generous financial support from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), and administrative and logistical support from CPR. My sincere gratitude to Dr Philippe Cullet, Ritwick Dutta, the late Ramaswamy Iyer, Kanchi Kohli, Manju Menon, T. Mohan, Dr Geetanjoy Sahu, and Shekhar Singh, who reviewed contributions to the project and provided insightful comments. I am also grateful to the participants in the Authors’ Work-in-Progress Workshop held in December 2013 at CPR for their helpful feedback.

And thank you, Ma, Baba and Didi—for your love, and Rishad—for being my rock, always.



Commonly Used Latin Phrases  List of Acronyms  Foreword by Pratap Bhanu Mehta  Acknowledgements  Introduction

Chapter 1   Chapter 2   Chapter 3   Chapter 4  Chapter 5   Chapter 6   Chapter 7  Notes on the Contributors