India Short Introductions!

Oxford India Short Introductions: Affirmative Action in India by Ashwini Deshpande from Oxford University Press (India).

Affirmative action has been the topic of a highly polarized debate, in which it is either demonized as the root of all evil or valorized as the panacea for eliminating discrimination. Sketching out the larger context of and debates around the issue, this short introduction analyses the rationale and implementation of affirmative action in India.

Discussing the 'why' and 'how' of affirmative action, with glimpses into its history and dynamics, the book offers a perspective on where India stands today. Using detailed empirical evidence, it assesses the success and limitations of affi rmative action in providing socio-political and economic justice.

Rs. 195, in paperback, 224 pages, ISBN: 9780198092087

The Right to Information in India by Sudhir Naib from Oxford University Press (India).

Access to information about government policies and their implementation is a powerful tool in the hands of citizens of any nation, and indispensable for the functioning of a healthy democracy. The Right to Information Act 2005 guarantees this right to Indian Citizens. This short introduction analyses the evolution of this landmark Act, the procedures involved in seeking information, the duties of information suppliers, as also the kinds of information exempted from disclosure.

Through in-depth comparative analyses of the law in various parts of the world, the book captures the strengths and drawbacks of the RTI Act, narrates success stories, and suggests policy measures to improve its implementation.

Rs. 225, in paperback, 224 pages, ISBN: 9780198089353

Monetary Policy by Partha Ray from Oxford University Press (India).

This short introduction provides a bird's eye view of the broad contours of monetary policy in India over the period 1934 to current times. Enriched by the author's experience of working at the IMF and RBI, the book provides an engaging account of the theoretical, empirical, and practical aspects of monetary policy.

From economic planning and bank nationalization, to monetary targeting and fi nancial sector reforms—the book shows how Indian monetary policy has been both innovative and diverse by responding to the requirements of different periods. It also examines the new challenges to monetary policy in the context of globalization, such as the spurt of capital infl ows and the global financial crisis.

Rs. 250, in paperback, 224 pages, ISBN: 9780198075417

The Poverty Line by S. Subramanian from Oxford University Press (India).

The income-poor population in any society is typically identified with reference to a poverty line. The evolution of monetary poverty lines in various concrete historical settings has been attended by several conceptual difficulties.

This book reviews and critically interprets India's poverty norms, the US Federal Government's poverty thresholds, and the World Bank's international poverty lines. It is a short introduction to the analytics and politics underlying the poverty line—a subject shot through with controversy and disputation, not least because the line plays such a crucial role in determining the measured magnitude and trends of a society's poverty.

Rs. 195, in paperback, 174 pages, ISBN: 9780198086086