An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions is a book on Indian economics, penned by Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen, two of the leading economists in the country. The book analyses how India recovered from the after-effects of the 200-year long, exploitative British rule. Soon after gaining independence, the country embraced democracy with several political parties working in tandem, promoted freedom of speech and clearly defined the political rights of all citizens. This resulted in an economic boom, facilitating India's rise as the second fastest growing economy in the world. The book is available in the English language and can be ordered online in India. This edition of the book was published by Allen Lane on June 25, 2013.
Maintaining a steady economic growth while adhering to environmentally sustainable practices is a perfectly achievable goal for India. However, the authors argue that the goal seems farther than it actually is, because of the deep-seated sense of inequalities in the Indian society and the existence of similar divides on the economic front. As a result, the living conditions of the poor people seldom make it to the headlines of newspapers, keeping most of the other people ignorant to the plights of the citizens below poverty line. They also blame improper usage of public resources developed using revenues earned by the country through economic growth. After all, access to social services for all citizens is essential to ensure steady economic growth for the entire country. These services include medical care and vaccination against lethal and debilitating diseases, proper schooling and availability of essential resources like water, food, electricity and sanitation. In An Uncertain Glory, the authors state that in order to overcome these drawbacks, there needs to be a clear, unambiguous understanding of the economic conditions of the entire society among politicians.
This book received positive reviews, with the reviewer from The Economist calling it "excellent but unsettling". Jyoti Thottam, who reviewed it on behalf of New York Times, called it a "passionate, political work". Ramachandra Guha, who reviewed it for Economic Times, praised the book for its "elegant and restrained prose". This paperback edition of An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions has 448 pages. Its ISBN-10 number is 1846147611 and its ISBN-13 number is 978-1846147616.