India is positioned to have the leading role in human development in the coming decades. The pace and pathway for this development will naturally be impacted by government policies. While the world pays a great deal of attention to economic policymaking by the Union Government sitting in New Delhi, less attention is paid to the economic and development priorities of India’s twenty-eight states. Yet, in India, states collectively play a far larger role in defining India’s development path than the national government. In turn, states face unique challenges in implementing necessary reforms due to demographic and electoral considerations. The capital outflow from China as well as increasing urbanization provides India the perfect context to grow. The central government should provide the states with the necessary policy structure to grow. India and all her states must act. 

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