For both these reasons I tried hard to decline Outlook’s invitation to review this volume. But a persistent books editor wouldn’t let me be. I can understand why. It would be difficult to find a reviewer for this volume: its list of 202 contributors reads like a who’s who of commentators on the Indian economy.
This volume is unique because the editor has succeeded in persuading some very prominent actors on the Indian economic stage to stand aside and write about things they do, people they know, or what is happening. So we have Ratan Tata writing about the House of Tatas and Narayana Murthy writing on software exports. Amartya Sen has penned an entry on democracy and social welfare, while P. Chidambaram has contributed the entry on fiscal policy reforms since 1991. Other "celebrity" contributors include, among others, Montek Ahluwalia, Bimal Jalan and Y.V. Reddy.