John Samuel (Global Advisor on Democratic Governance, UNDP), reviewed the book, and M G Radhakrishnan, India Today and other eminent scholars, media personnel and economists highlighted their perspectives. A. Suhair, Vakkam Maulavi Foundation moderated; Archana Rath, Programme Associate, Institute for Sustainable Development and Governance introduced the session, and Jobin Thomas, State Coordinator, Institute for Sustainable Development and Governance gave the vote of thanks. This was followed by an open discussion.
Open Space, the youth initiative organized the event.
‘In dealing with India’s multitude of problems, there may well be a temptation – but not a serious reason – for India to give up or reduce its long commitment to democracy, for which so many people have fought and out of which so much good has already come to the country. It is deeply disappointing that more use has not been made of the opportunities offered by political democracy to solve the problems that so many Indians continue to face. The success of a democracy depends ultimately on the vigour of its practice, and with that in mind, the book presents material for informed and reasoned public engagement. The important task is not so much to find a “new India”, but to contribute to making one.’
- Chapter 1, ‘A New India?’
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