Gunnar Myrdal's 1968 Asian Drama represented the culmination of nearly a decade's research into independent India's social and economic development. Purporting to be a comparative study of Asian economic problems, Myrdal's three-volume investigation centers primarily around planning and agrarian reform in the countries of South Asia. Greatly anticipated by Indian planners, the enormous and prevaricating study urged a "big push" for and an "institutional approach" to development, considering the remaking of economic and social institutions in tandem. Asian Drama was widely panned by Indian audiences, yet its eschewal of prevailing developmental dogmas gives it enduring relevance fifty years on.


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