The Broken Ladder

The Broken Ladder

The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One Billion


"In contrast to other investigations, which have taken a top-down view of the developments in the country, Krishna presents a ground-up perspective, delving into the lives of ordinary individuals. Through decades-long research conducted on the ground, living in villages and studying slum communities, he reveals the heartbreaking and eye-opening details of missed opportunities and immense, but untapped, talent which, if honed, can have a significant impact on both growth and equity.

From presenting possible solutions to the problems of neediness and inequity to mulling over ways of fixing inequalities of opportunity, The Broken Ladder is a comprehensive account of India’s development strategies."

‘This is unquestionably the only book I know that so comprehensively and lucidly sets out the full picture of “the poor” in India’ - Philip K. Oldenburg

‘A compassionate, engaged and informed portrayal of the broken ladder which forces millions of Indians to “cope without advancing”’ - Harsh Mander

‘A masterly work grounded in decades of methodical research combined with unusual personal commitment and experience . . . reminiscent of Naipaul’s India: A Million Mutinies Now’ - Rakesh Mohan


416 Pages | ISBN13 9788184007626
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Anirudh Krishna
Anirudh Krishna
Anirudh Krishna is the Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and professor of political science at Duke University, USA. Before taking up academic life, he spent fifteen years in the Indian Administrative Service. Krishna has made a home in a village in central India, to which he returns for a few months every year.
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