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Despite the State : Why India Lets Its People Down and How They Cope - Paperback

Despite the State : Why India Lets Its People Down and How They Cope - Paperback

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The story of democratic failure is usually read at the level of the nation, while the primary bulwarks of democratic functioning the states get overlooked. This is a tale of India s states, of why they build schools but do not staff them with teachers; favour a handful of companies so much that others slip into losses; wage water wars with their neighbours while allowing rampant sand mining and groundwater extraction; harness citizens right to vote but brutally crack down on their right to dissent. Reporting from six states over thirty-three months, awardwinning investigative journalist M. Rajshekhar delivers a necessary account of a deep crisis that has gone largely unexamined

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