C. P. Chandrasekhar is currently Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published widely in academic journals and is the co-author of Crisis as Conquest: Learning from East Asia (Orient Longman), The Market that Failed: Neo-Liberal Economic Reforms in India (Leftword Books) and Promoting ICT for Human Development: India (Elsevier). He is a regular columnist for Frontline (titled Economic Perspectives), Business Line (titled Macroscan) and the Web site of The Hindu (titled Economy Watch).

Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has authored and co-edited several books and more than 120 scholarly articles. She is Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS - and Trustee of Economic Research Foundation ( She was the Chairperson, Andhra Pradesh Commission on Farmers’ Welfare in 2004 and Member, National Knowledge Commission, 2004-09. She has consulted for many international organisations, including UNDP, UNCTAD, UN-DESA and ILO. She was awarded the NordSud Prize for Social Sciences 2010 of the Fondazione Pescarabruzzo, Italy, and the ILO Decent Work Research Prize for 2010.

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