Economics (19)
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    Sikkim Human Development Report by:

    Very little is known about Sikkim. This book outlines its development since it became a part of the Indian Union in 1975. It covers subjects such as population, poverty and planning; health, education and the status of women; land and agriculture; forest and environment; infrastructure for development such as industry, power and state finance; and governance for sustainable human development.

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    Social & Economic Profile of India by: Peeyush Bajpai, Laveesh Bhandari, Aali Sinha,

    This is the only book of its kind on India in Economic Geography. According to a reviewer, ‘there are some strong GIS systems, and there are strong spatial databases. This book is the first time these have come together in a satisfactory fashion.’

    A singular contribution of Social & Economic Profile of India lies in the quality of its presentation. A very complex and a very wide range of data and analysis has been put forward with remarkable clarity and in a very reader friendly way. This state of the art data and analysis gives an almost complete picture of the socio-economic conditions of India in just 173 pages consisting of 84 colour-coded maps with corresponding text in colour. This book is the work of great scholarship but made accessible to a wide section of readers. It tells the story of what India has achieved since 1991. The subjects covered are of enormous public interest and also extremely useful for the framing of public policies. This book is equally indispensable to all the state departments of the government and to Indian companies wishing to invest in particular areas as well as foreign corporate organisations that wish to invest in India. It goes without saying that the researcher will find this comprehensive body of data and analysis very useful. Anyone wishing to go deeper into a particular problem has been directed to go to the relevant sources.

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    Tamil Nadu Human Development Report by:

    This is Tamil Nadu’s first Human Development Report. Tamil Nadu has fared very well in human development among the states in India. It needs to be noted, however, that there are vast variations in the indicators of human development within the state itself.

    Factors contributing to human development are disaggregated in this Report, and analysed at the district level. This will enable readers to understand the regional disparities in Tamil Nadu and the reasons behind them. The Report not only puts within one cover, all the various aspects of human development in Tamil Nadu but also seeks to explain why the state has fared well in certain areas and not in others. It also highlights the policy interventions that will be required to correct the imbalances.

    Tamil Nadu Human Development Report is a balanced and objective account of the state’s performance and as such, will be of immense value to those planning for growth, social justice and equity in the state, as well as researchers and students of social sciences in university departments and other institutions.

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    Telecommunications Industry in India: State, Business and Labour in a Global Economy by: Dilip Subramanian

    Telecommunications Industry in India represents the first comprehensive study of a state-run enterprise in the telecommunications industry. The study traces over a period of half a century (1948-2009) the growth and decline of Indian Telephone Industries (ITI). At the heart of the monograph stands one central interrogation: How does the socio-technical system of production in a state-controlled firm shape the relations linking the four main actors: the state, management, union and workers?

    The original contribution of this book lies in combining business history and labour history within a single conceptual framework.  The author evaluates the broader conclusions about the telecommunications industry and public sector through the lens of an individual firm to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the dynamics of change in the globalizing Indian economy.

    The work is well in command of the literature on the global business history counterparts of ITI in the telecommunications industry. It is further strengthened by the use of French material on the subject which is now accessible for the first time in English.

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    The Politics of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Access to Medicines: World Pharmacy & India by: Hans Lofgren

    The pharmaceutical industry presents one of India’s most successful stories of economic expansion and improvements in public health. Indian firms have made possible affordable access to medicines in many developing countries, and Indian pharmaceuticals are exported on a large-scale to the United States and other highly regulated markets. This book examines the state of this important industry from different economic, social and political perspectives. Topics covered include the implications of the introduction of TRIPS-compliant intellectual property rights, the role of flexibilities under TRIPS, the system of marketing and price regulation, the role of Indian firms in exporting HIV/AIDS medications to Africa, the issue of free trade agreements, the role foreign pharmaceutical multinationals in India’s domestic market, and the sustainability of India as a major generics pharmaceutical supplier.

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    The Telecommunications Revolution: Mobile Value Added Services in India by: Mukesh Kumar, Ram Kumar Kakani,

    The telecommunications industry continues to grow at a formidable pace and within it, the mobile value added services (mVAS) industry displays impressive potential for influencing the lives of millions of people. Driven by technology and innovation, experts believe that the mVAS industry has even greater possibilities than electronic commerce (e-Commerce). The role of technologies and regulations is taken into account in the analysis of the Indian mobile telecom industry. This is followed by proposing possible business models and future scenarios for mVAS in India.

    The Telecommunications Revolution: Mobile Value Added Services in India studies the mVAS industry in depth. It compares mVAS trends in India with those in other parts of the world like the USA and Europe, Japan, South Korea and China.

    This lucidly written book will be of great interest not only to the student of telecommunications and business studies, but also to policy makers, industry professionals and the interested general reader.

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    Trade, Finance and Investment in South Asia by: TN Srinivasan

    This book contains an important set of papers covering subjects such as the impact of changing global trade policies on India; charting a free trade area in South Asia; India’s informal trade with Bangladesh and Nepal; India-Bangladesh bilateral trade; a plan to strengthen regional trade cooperation in South Asia with special reference to India and Pakistan; a comparative analysis of the Chinese and Indian experience of multinational and expatriate foreign direct investment; foreign direct investment and economic integration in the SAARC region and health policy challenges for India.

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    WTO Agreement and Indian Agriculture by:

    In India, the WTO Agreement has been dogged by controversy from the very beginning.  This volume attempts to capture this ongoing debate. An interesting feature of this book is that it is interactive. Nine papers on the subject have been interspersed with arguments and counterarguments on them to flesh out the various strands in the controversy making it comprehensible to the interested reader while placing a wealth of data before the expert.