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Ashoka Mody

Ashoka Mody

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Ashoka Mody, a visiting professor of International Economic Policy at Princeton University, previously worked for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of India is Broken: A People Betrayed, Independence to Today (Stanford University Press, 2023).

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  1. India’s Poor Will Not Be Wished Away
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    India’s Poor Will Not Be Wished Away

    Mar 14, 2024 Ashoka Mody highlights the authorities’ ongoing failure to provide an accurate picture of growing economic hardship.

  2. The Slow Death of India’s Secular Democracy
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    The Slow Death of India’s Secular Democracy

    Jan 19, 2024 Ashoka Mody identifies the key moments and players in the rise, normalization, and political victory of Hindu nationalism.

  3. Ashoka Mody on Indian corruption, growth, jobs, and more
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    Ashoka Mody on Indian corruption, growth, jobs, and more

    Sep 26, 2023 Ashoka Mody traces the roots of the lack of accountability in India, highlights shortcomings in human capital and gender equality, casts doubt on the country’s ability to assume a Chinese-style role in manufacturing, and more.

  4. India’s Fake Growth Story
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    India’s Fake Growth Story

    Sep 6, 2023 Ashoka Mody accuses the government of using faulty national accounting to cover up growing macroeconomic problems.

  5. Unlike China, India Cannot Be an Economic Superpower
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    Unlike China, India Cannot Be an Economic Superpower

    Jul 28, 2023 Ashoka Mody explains why the hype around the country’s neoliberal policies and growth prospects is misguided.

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    To Fight Climate Change, Protect Healthy Soil

    Juan Lucas Restrepo & Barron Joseph Orr explain how sustainable farming practices can reverse biodiversity loss and transform our food systems.
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    How to Protect the World from the Next Pandemic

    Winnie Byanyima & Joseph E. Stiglitz envision a global accord that applies the lessons of past health crises and includes binding commitments.
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    Strict Separation Is Not the Answer for Palestine and Israel

    Yanis Varoufakis warns against a two-apartheid-state solution that affirms the dangerous principle of ethnic exclusivity.
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    Preparing Now for the Next Disease X

    Tom Achoki, et al. propose several steps governments can take to establish robust and resilient response mechanisms.
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    To Protect Democracy, Protect Exiled Journalists

    Antonio Zappulla highlights the existential threats facing independent news outlets forced to relocate by repressive regimes.
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    The Economics of Health for All

    Mariana Mazzucato explains why pandemic prevention and preparedness must be embedded in economic policymaking.
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    The Dangerous Incoherence of US Trade Policy

    Stephen S. Roach warns that America’s latest tariffs against China raise the risk of a catastrophic superpower conflict.
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    A New Dawn for US-African Cooperation?

    Vera Songwe identifies three ways that the United States can ultimately help itself by helping the continent.
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    Raghuram G. Rajan and Rohit Lamba on Indian job creation, industrial policy, democracy, and more

    Raghuram G. Rajan & Rohit Lamba argue that India must place the highest priority on creating and owning intellectual property, advocate an alternative to interventionist industrial policies like subsidies, call for the decentralization of Indian governance at every level, and more.

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