It’s not just weak State capacity that hobbles India’s fight against COVID
The reason why public healthcare is not funded is it’s not high on the government’s list of priorities
May 10, 2021 / 11:03 AM IST
The pain and devastation of the second COVID wave has called into question the effectiveness of the Indian State. India Today magazine’s cover story is titled ‘The Failed State’. Shekhar Gupta has harked back to development economist Lant Pritchett’s description of India as a ‘flailing state’. India’s weak State capacity, on which volumes have been written over the years, is supposed to be the culprit.
But is that really so? In October 2019, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...