'Hitchiker's guide to democratic palsy'

Book review of Despite the State: Why India Lets Its People Down and How They Cope

Book cover
Premium

Book cover of Despite the State: Why India Lets Its People Down and How They Cope

Suhit Kelkar
It is a truth generally known in India that success comes to most Indians not because of the state, but despite the state. Most Indians simply cannot rely on their governments  — local, state or Union  — to lift them or at least push them some of the way towards the fulfilment of their aspirations or even many basic needs. At best, the Indian state offers indifference and at worst, existential pain to most of its citizens. These hapless folks, trapped in the jaws of government “process” or bad decisions, look forward with anxiety or outrage to loss of cash

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Feb 19 2021 | 10:29 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on business-standard.com are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to read more on Business-Standard.com