The anti-corruption campaign has shown that a desperate public demands an immediate solution. Citizens have got a taste of direct democracy which is frightening for the privileged manipulators of the system, but liberating for the poor who are usually manipulated. While what the future holds cannot be predicted, the prize at this juncture of the history of Indian democracy is indeed so great that the compulsion in favour of the Jan Lokpal Bill is overwhelming.

Those who oppose the current pattern of high growth are often branded as anti-development. In this article two well-known dissenters state why they oppose the present mode of industrialisation in India and set out an alternative path, starting with a few practical steps.

The World Bank has been promoting the public-private partnership model based on management contracts in developing countries. In such contracts, all the risks are borne by the government while the companies do not invest a penny.