Jean Drèze has a rare and distinctive understanding of the Indian economy and its relationship with the social life of ordinary people.
Drawing experiences from travelling around the rural India and done fieldwork of a kind that few economists have attempted. This has laid a strong base for his invaluable contributions not only to public debates on economic and social policy but also to our knowledge of the actual state of the country.
Drèze’s insights on India’s issues like hunger, poverty, inequality, corruption, and conflict are all addressed and offered a unique perspective on the evolution of social policy over roughly the past two decades.
“Jholawala” has become a disparaging term for activists in the business media. In his detailed Introduction, the author persuasively argues for an approach to development economics where research and action become inseparably interconnected.