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Krishna’s ‘The Broken Ladder’ Receives Prestigious Book Prize

January 24, 2019

Anirudh Krishna, professor of public policy and political science, has been selected to receive the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize for his book, The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion.

The prize, awarded annually by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), recognizes interdisciplinary scholarship in South Asian studies “that promises to define or redefine the understanding of whole subject areas.”

Krishna will receive the prize and $1,000 at a ceremony during the AAS annual conference in Denver, Colo., on March 22.

In The Broken Ladder, Krishna presents a ground-level view of the missed opportunities and squandered talents of the poorer majority in India. He outlines possible solutions to social inequity and ideas for harnessing the potential of the nation.   

Coomaraswamy was a philosopher, historian of Indian art, and pioneering leader in introducing ancient Indian art and culture to the West. His wide-ranging scholarship encompassed Indian art, music, folklore and dance, as well as metaphysics, literature and even geology from a cross-cultural perspective. He was the first curator of Indian art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Krishna’s book was also on the short list for the New India Foundation’s Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Book Prize.