*Why Growth Matters*

That is the new book by Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya.  I reviewed the slightly earlier UK/India version briefly and very favorably here, and next month it will be out under this new title in the U.S.  The subtitle is How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and Lessons for Other Developing Countries.  It is no surprise that they did not keep the India title — India’s Tryst with Destiny — for the US market.  Who wants to read about India per se?  Who knows what a tryst is?

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Maybe they should have called it "Tryst with Destiny" and issued it with a romance novel type cover.

My first thought was that "India's tryst with Destiny" sounds like a potboiler romance about 2 lesbian strippers.

Lesbian strippers is awfully specific.

Tits with Destiny?

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Perhaps Urso has a different destiny than you do?

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I've never met an American not awed by Nehru's "Tryst with Destiny". Shame they didn't keep the title – the American version sounds like one of a million other development economics titles (though, I think it's pretty good writing in general). "Tryst with Destiny" actually sounds like something memorable.

How many have you met?

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I suppose there's a selection bias in the Americans that have actually heard of Nehru and his Tryst with Destiny. But I also assume that the union between that selection and the audience of Bhagwati and Panagariya is someone similar in appreciation and outlook of India etc.

I lived there quite a while, many. A good handful of which are familiar with Indian history.

I agree with you, but then most development titles are written for an astonishingly narrow viewed and blinkered intellectual class. You certainly wouldn't want anyone even barely familiar with India to accidentally pick this up.

With the end of the Cold War, Development has replaced International Relations as the masturbation of the philistine pseudo intellectual who "cares."

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I think Mark Sanford knows a thing or two about a tryst.

The Cat in the Hat knows a thing or two.

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I would definitely read "India's Tryst With Destiny" if it were about two lesbian strippers. It would be time better spent than reading about the way that growth is the answer to all problems.
I don't doubt that growth is an answer to many problems, but like all things, it benefits some, harms others, and stops after a while. If you want to understand the future potential of growth, Google "Galactic-Scale Energy". There are some worthwhile associated links at Do The Math.

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Nehru's "Tryst with destiny" speech (on Indian's independence in Indian parliament - on midnight Aug 15, 1947) will actually be a familiar reference to the kind of readers who may buy this book India (although, it is a bit of a cliche' now ..). Agree that it is a phrase that won't travel well - kind of like how baseball references may not work well in South Asia ...

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