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Assa Doron, Australian National University
Robin Jeffrey, Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore
Chair: Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India (Harvard UP, 2018) examines national assets and obstacles for achieving a cleaner India. The authors argue that obstacles that appear unique to India are volume, density, and the caste system. The authors will also discuss India’s assets, including old practices of frugality; recycling; global experience and science; and dynamic entrepreneurs, officials, NGOs, and citizens.