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The India Observatory is a Centre to develop and enhance research and programmes related to India's economy, politics and society. Its role is to support, facilitate and promote vibrant intellectual engagement between the UK and India, and to participate in wider international inter-disciplinary research and programmes with partners in Asia and beyond. More about IO »|


Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Growth, Policy and Institutions: Lessons from the Indian experience|

India has achieved remarkable progress over the last two decades, a process in which state institutions and reform has had a crucial role. Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India, will reflect on the Indian growth experience to distil his key lessons for growth and development in this IGC Growth Week 2014| public lecture.


The Bihar Story: Resurrection of the State, Inclusion and Growth|

Previously known for lawlessness, poverty, and absence of governance, the Indian state of Bihar has demonstrated a remarkable turnaround and is consistently amongst the fastest growing states in India. Jitan Ram Manjhi, Chief Minister of Bihar, discussed the process that led to this transformation and what it means for the people of Bihar in this IGC Growth Week 2014| public lecture.

Professor Amartya Sen

An Uncertain Glory: The economic and social condition of modern India|

Maintaining rapid as well as environmentally sustainable growth remains an important and achievable goal for India. In this lecture Amartya Sen argued that India's main problems lie elsewhere, particularly in the lack of attention that is paid to the essential needs of the people, especially the poor.

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