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Latest on CASI publications

Defying the Odds book coverToday FT‘s Amy Kazmin reviewed CASI’s latest publication Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs. She writes:

“the book offers fascinating, bottom-up insights into the gritty workings of India’s economy, and its twisting, bumpy roads to potential upward mobility.”

Read the full review here.

The Kindle edition of Defying the Odds is now available in the US on Be sure to get your copy! You can read more about the book on our website.

Also, don’t miss CASI Director Devesh Kapur’s latest op-eds. In an article for Business Standard, he discusses the trade-off between competence and loyalty in government bureaucracy and argues that the Modi government should take a risk by bringing in new talent. Read the story here.

Kapur also writes about the need to build stronger state institutions which are better at promoting public good in an article for The Economic Times published today. Read the story here.


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Getting India back on track

The Carnegie Endowment has partnered with Mint newspaper to produce a 10-part series on the post-election national agenda. The first piece in the series, written by Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment and member of the CASI International Advisory Board, highlights the challenges that the new government will face. CASI Director Devesh Kapur and Carnegie Associate Milan Vaishnav will explore ways of strengthening the rule of law in a later installment of the series. These articles draw from a new book Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform which will be released in June. New installments in the series will be published each Wednesday until mid-June and can be found on the Livemint website.

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