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India's political barrier to economic growth

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Economic expansion of India is one of the most important stories of our time, but how does a country of more than a billion people cope with the political challenge that comes with such rapid growth?

The Today programme's James Naughtie has just returned from there and in the first of his reports he looks behind the growth figures to the problems that the new India has to confront.

James asked a graduate at Nehru University in New Delhi whether India's political system needs to adapt. "Politics is the most important thing; it shapes everything around us," she told him.

"If there is a lot of corruption in politics they won't spend the money [on investment programmes]."


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