India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State

(Penguin Books, 2012)

Book Forum
June 11, 2013 12:00PM
Policy Center with Foyer
Featuring the author Gurcharan Das, Former CEO of Procter & Gamble, India; with comments by Swaminathan Aiyar, Research Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.


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“India grows at night while the government sleeps” is an Indian expression referring to the country’s impressive economic rise despite the presence of a large, burdensome state. Gurcharan Das will explain how India’s story of private success and public failure is not sustainable and that the country’s recent growth slowdown signals the need for a strong liberal state that would ensure accountability, perform limited and well-defined functions, and base itself on the rule of law. Swami Aiyar will discuss contemporary Indian society and the prospects of Das’s proposals.