Appleby’s Bihar

Bihar, in 1950 was described as the second-best governed state in the very famous Paul Appleby Report. From that point, from that benchmark where Bihar is today in terms of its absorptive capacity?

This is worthy of exploration, why a state like Bihar has not been able to catch up with the rest of the world?”

Bibek Debroy talks about the systematic deterioration in the condition of Bihar over the years and the lack of accurate data on Paul Appleby assertions.

“The Bihar administration was considered to be one of the best in India by Paul Appleby in the fifties, but Bihar is now synonymous with everything that could be called bad about administration.” This is another such quote from a journalistic piece and I needn’t name the author.


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