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Indian Economy's Greatest Crisis

Release date: December 21, 2020
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Arun Kumar is a veteran Indian economist. He studied at the Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru Un... Read More

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Arun Kumar is a veteran Indian economist. He studied at the Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Princeton University, the US, and taught economics at JNU for three decades, until 2015. His areas of interest include public finance, development economics, public policy and macroeconomics. Kumar has written widely on these subjects, both in the popular press and in academic journals. At present, he is the Malcolm S. Adiseshiah chair professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. Some of the finest books authored by him include Indian Economy Since Independence: Persisting Colonial Disruption (2013), Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India: An Enquiry into Causes, Consequences and Remedies (2017), Demonetization and the Black Economy (2017) and The Ground Scorching Tax (2019).

'Desperate times call for desperate measures.' The outbreak of COVID-19 aptly justifies this expression as the world faces an unprecedented situation. But what is so unusual about the coronavirus, especially since viral attacks-H1N1, Ebola and Nipah-have taken place earlier as well? How has it affected India and the world? What are the socio-economic implications for India? How has India's response been to the coronavirus? What is more important-life or livelihood? How can India recover from the sudden economic shock caused by the pandemic?
This book is an attempt to answer these and many more such questions.
The coronavirus hit the world in December 2019 like a hurricane. What started as a medical emergency soon turned into an economic one. No global financial crisis has ever hit humanity as hard as COVID-19. The world, therefore, was caught ill prepared when the pandemic struck. The situation, to say the least, is worse than a war. The situation in India is no different: In terms of the number of cases reported, it is second only to the United States.
This book highlights the enormity of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on India. It critically examines the government's efforts to control the disease and mitigate its adverse effects on Indian economy and society. Making a compelling argument that an economy is not like a rubber ball, which, if dropped on a hard surface, will bounce back to its original position, the author provides incisive reasons to why economic recovery will be slow and not 'V-shaped'. He, however, cogently suggests that good governance, a robust public-health system, and clean and representative politics are key to bringing India's economy back on track.

'This book by Arun Kumar-which presents a detailed picture of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, and their socio-economic impact-is highly original. He spells out what is required to be done to deal with the pandemic. I sum it up as: Where the artistry of a goldsmith was needed, the hammer blow of a blacksmith was used, resulting in an economic collapse and widespread suffering, especially among the poor. The book presents the new normal we are headed towards and argues for the need to rethink our development paradigm to better prepare us to deal with similar future threats''The abiding image of 2020 is that of millions of migrants on the long walk home, revealing a deeper social and economic crisis that goes beyond just a COVID-19 lockdown. Arun Kumar expertly decodes the "eco-demic" of rising income inequalities and what needs to be done to emerge as a stronger and more egalitarian economy. This is the "new" India story that needs to be told.'

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Title: Indian Economy's Greatest Crisis
SKU: BK0425803
EAN: 9780670094554
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Release date: December 21, 2020

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