Book Summary

Power and Progress – Our 1000-year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity

“…To the best of our knowledge, how political and social power shape technological choices, and how institutions and technology choices together determine how much owners of capital, entrepreneurs, and workers of different skill levels benefit from new production methods, are original to this book. Using this framework, we reinterpret the major economic developments of the …

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Marginlands: Indian Landscapes on the Brink

Marginlands: Indian Landscapes on the Brink, by Arati Kumar-Rao, is a passionate environmentalist’s account of her journeys across India’s diverse landscapes for over a decade, and of the “slow violence” inflicted on the fragile environment and its impact on livelihoods. Combining journalistic reporting and storytelling, the five-part book narrates stories from Rajasthan’s Thar desert, to …

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Missing in Action: Why you should care about public policy

Title: Missing in Action: Why you should care about public policy Authors: Pranay Kotasthane and Raghu S. Jaitley Pages: 342 Price: Rs. 399 Publishers: Penguin The lives of citizens are governed by State policies and therefore it is extremely important to understand all aspects of policy making. Policies in a democracy are made by the …

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The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, by Amitav Ghosh

Book Summary by Ms. Sanika Potnis, Research Assistant, PIC-EECC In the aptly titled non-fiction book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, Amitav Ghosh raises an alarm about the violence and scale of the climate crisis. The author, best known for his work in fiction, departs from his literary path to address the invisible …

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India’s Strategic Culture: The Making Of National Security Policy, by Shrikant Paranjpe

Book summary by Ms. Koena Lahiri, Policy Research Associate, PIC India’s Strategic Culture: The Making of National Security Policy by Shrikant Paranjpe is a comprehensive exploration of India’s strategic culture and how it has evolved over time. This summary will provide an overview of the key themes and chapters in the book. The book begins …

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The India Way: Strategies For An Uncertain World, by S Jaishankar

Book Summary by Krishna Kaushal Shreedharan, Research Intern, PIC The general global geo-strategic matrix has changed due to the rise of Asia, USSR’s breakdown and Russia’s rebirth, Africa’s economic potential and America gradually losing its footing as the world hegemon. The seismic shift in technology and politics has made it so that power must now take …

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The Climate Solution: India’s Climate Change Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Book Summary by Pradeep Nair The Climate Solution: India’s Climate Change Crisis and What We Can Do About It “It was a dusty morning in Hyderabad in April 2016,” the author narrates in Chapter 4 of The Climate Solution. On that hot summer day, a construction worker prepares to go to work as usual. The …

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Unmasking Indian Secularism: Why We Need A New Hindu-Muslim Deal

Book Review by Abhay Vaidya and Praneet Shukla Seventy-five years after Independence, the need for an efficient, world-class judiciary and a trustworthy law enforcement machinery has acquired paramount importance for a nation like India, far more than ever before. The time has come for us Indians to focus our energies on giving ourselves these institutions …

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