If capitalism has to work in developing economies, including India, it has to become more inclusive, it has to understand and deliver property rights to more people. That’s what Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, adviser to 40 governments, told me last week as we discussed the future of capitalism in India. For this, he said, governments need to first study the laws that govern property rights and then change them so as to reflect their country-specific realities. The conversion of squatter rights to legal ones, for instance.
Opinion in The Indian Express, October 29, 2007