Atanu Dey On India's Development

Matters may not have improved much


“A demoralized, timid, and hopeless mass bullied and crushed by every dominant interest and incapable of resistance.” Who said this about whom and when?

At first glance, it appears that it must have been said by some astute observer of contemporary India. The “every dominant interest” could refer to the interests of the Congress political party. Actually, that statement was made by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961 in an interview he gave to Norman Cousins. The Indian masses have not come all that far in the nearly 50 years since that assessment. I wish I could argue otherwise.


  1. I was just wondering if you will be re posting the articles you wrote at the Asian correspondent blog. I wanted to read a series you wrote about the IITs and was not able to find them here. There were some other ones I wanted to read as well. Please let me know.

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