This is Vikram Chand;s second edited ;;book on the theme. In 2006, he;;;brought out Reinventing Public Service Delivery in India: Selected Case Studies (Sage) which this observer had the occasion to review then. As Senior Public Sector Management Specialist at the World Bank New Delhi office, Chand has had the opportunity to continu-ously and systematically observe and analyse government initiatives in various parts of the country.
Gujarat has been at the centre of media attention since March 2002 when a communal frenzy of the worst nature affected the state creating raw tensions between various groups. But Gujarat happens to be one of the fastest growing states of the Indian Union and is characterized by a long-term process of capitalist development, both in agriculture and industry.
Although complete in itself, the book under review has to be read in continuation of the author’s work published earlier this year, The Origin and Development of Islam (Orient Longman; 1980; pp. 247; Rs. 65). It appears that the two books were originally conceived as one.
The essays in the volume written over a period of about two decades reflect Basus rare gift for identifying interesting problems at the borders of economics, politics, sociology and philosophy, setting them up within parsimonious frameworks and then drawing sharp and incisive observations,