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The Narendra Modi government’s sudden demonetization of `500 and `1,000 notes in November 2016 failed to put a dent in the black economy but caused untold hardship to hundreds of millions of Indians. It has crippled the country’s economy for a long time to come. In this book, Arun Kumar, the country’s leading authority on the black economy, tells us why Modi’s gambit failed. He shows us the way in which the problem can be rooted out, provided the government has the political will and determination to act. Today, the black economy is estimated to be 62 per cent of GDP—or about `93 lakh crore ($1.4 trillion). Corrupt businessmen, corrupt politicians, and corrupt members of the executive (bureaucrats, police and the judiciary) are responsible for controlling the black economy and enabling its growth. If the black economy were to be dismantled and turned into a part of the ‘white’ economy, the country’s rate of growth would be 12 per cent. If it had not grown the way it has since the 1970s, India’s per capita income today would be approximately `7 lakh per annum ($11,000) and India would become the second largest economy in the world. If the black economy were taxed at current rates, it would generate `37 lakh crore in additional taxes and the union budget would show a surplus of `31 lakh crore instead of a deficit. The failure of successive governments to tackle the problem effectively has been the single biggest obstacle to eradicating poverty. It is the cause of both widespread policy failure and the inability of the nation to improve its living conditions rapidly
KEY SELLING POINTS
• The first major book on black money since demonetization.
• Written by the country’s leading authority on the subject.
• It has the potential to become a No 1 non-fiction bestseller.
• Will be reviewed everywhere, and the book is sure to be featured on TV and in Parliament.
About the Author
ARUN KUMAR is the country’s leading authority on the black economy and has studied, written about and lectured extensively on the phenomenon for nearly four decades. He was educated at Delhi University, Princeton University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. He taught Economics at JNU from 1984 to 2015.
His areas of specialization are Development Economics, Public Finance and Public Policy and Macroeconomics, and he has published widely in these areas, both in academic journals and the popular press.