As India prepares to celebrate the 75th year of the Republic, what is a realistic assessment of our progress?
How far have we met our goals?
Do we describe it as ‘work in progress’ or take a ‘glass half empty’ view?
A few seem to harbour a preference for a ‘second Republic’. Either way, it is obvious that there are unfinished tasks and unfulfilled goals. The book, Rejuvenating the Republic, delves into these topics and examines the very idea of the Republic, the various perceptions about it and the ambiguities and dilemmas associated with it. It not only identifies the problem areas but also suggests much-needed initiatives in the form of ‘transformational interventions’. The author argues, with great conviction, that without addressing these issues squarely in the next few years, the vital foundations of democracy, development and governance will not see a paradigm shift.