ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Political Narrative on the Electricity Sector by an Outsider

Electrifying India - Regional Political Economies of Development by Sunila S Kale, Stanford University Press, 2014; pp 237, Rs 2,569.

Two decades after the first wave of reforms and a decade after the Electricity Act 2003, another edition of reforms is expected to be rolled out by the new government. Universal access to electricity continues to remain elusive even after six decades of Independence. Governments have been rolling out various programmes to meet this challenge. In these times, this book which presents the development of the sector with a political perspective is more than welcome.

With the advent of reforms, there have been many books for the general audience on the electricity sector. Most of them have been written by retired officials and a few by academicians, who had close links with the sector. This book by a young political science professor in the International Studies Program at the University of Washington is different on many counts. This includes her long stay in the US (for her education and current job), the political science background and absence of direct links with the electricity sector. Thus, we have this outsider’s comparatively fresh look at the sector with some interesting insights and frank criticism. This book is an edited and updated version of a longer doctorate thesis that the author had submitted in 2007.1

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