The New India Foundation (NIF) has announced the shortlist for the first Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize for the best nonfiction book on modern India. The list of six books includes The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion by the Sanford School's Anirudh Krishna, professor of public policy and political science.
“With memoir, oral history, political theory and public policy all represented on it, the shortlist reflects the Foundation’s ecumenical charter of recognizing high-quality nonfiction regardless of genre and ideology,” said Ramachandra Guha, chairman of the selection jury for the prize and a NIF trustee.
In The Broken Ladder, Krishna presents a ground-level view of the missed opportunities and squandered talents of the poor in India. He outlines possible solutions to the social inequity that could harness the potential of the nation.
The prize is named in honor of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. She was an Indian freedom fighter, social reformer, feminist and driving force behind the creation of several national cultural institutions, such as the National School of Drama and the All India Handicrafts Board.
The winner of the prize will be announced at the Bangalore Literature Festival during the last week of October.
The NIF matches public-spirited philanthropy with ground-breaking scholarship. It sponsors high-quality research on aspects of independent India, through fellowship, lectures, and book publishing.