The Rise of the Rest of India

How States Have Become the Engines of Growth

Author: Ruchir Sharma
September/October 2013
Foreign Affairs

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When Nitish Kumar became chief minister of the dirt-poor Indian state of Bihar in 2005, kidnapping was said to be the leading industry in the capital city of Patna. People searching for stolen cars were advised to check the driveway of a leading politician, who reportedly commandeered vehicles for "election duty." Although known for his soft-spoken manner, Kumar cracked down hard.

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