Das, an Indian venture capitalist and columnist for the Times of India (and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India), uses his own experiences as a businessman. The nation’s rise is one of the great international stories of the late twentieth century, and in India Unbound the acclaimed columnist Gurcharan Das offers a. India Unbound (PB) by Gurcharan Das from Only Genuine Products . 30 Day Replacement Guarantee. Free Shipping. Cash On Delivery!.
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First two sections of the book describe how idealistic thinking of Nehru and Indira Gandhi led the country to poverty and socialist way of thinking. The hopes and desires that arose right after the independence were soon eroded when Nehru ignored the economic reforms and followed the path of USSR.
Das salutes Nehru for the democracy that he gave to India, but it came at the much larger cost of inefficient and bureaucratic governance that sucked the economic lifeblood of the nation. Indira Gandhi, greatly influenced by her father’s way of thinking almost led the country to the brink. During her leadership India was still grappling with a divide created by the castes which further hindered the path to the economic success. She tried to kill the competition through license raj, which further aggravated nation’s problems.
In my honest opinion, this book is beautifully crafted and must read for anyone who feels connected to India. Gurucharan Das made this book extremely interesting and informative by powerful usage of anecdotes and statistics.
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The nation’s rise ihdia one of the great international stories of the late twentieth eas, and in India Unbound the acclaimed columnist Gurcharan Das offers a sweeping economic history of India from independence to the new millennium. Das shows how India’s p India today is a vibrant free-market democracy, a nation well on its way to overcoming decades of widespread poverty.
Das shows how India’s policies after condemned the nation to a hobbled economy untilwhen the government instituted gurcharaan reforms that paved the way for extraordinary growth.
Das traces these developments and tells indiq stories of the major players from Nehru through today. Impassioned, erudite, and eminently readable, India Unbound is a must for anyone interested in the global economy and its future.
Paperbackpages. Published April 9th by Anchor Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about India Unboundplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 07, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: Through most of the reading I wanted to be critical of the book.
I was disappointed that the wisdom that was characteristic of the Das who wrote The Difficulty of Being Good was not much on display in his exploration ugrcharan the 2nd of the four foundational principles Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha of Indian life [sic].
I could only ddas that it must be difficult for one man to take on the challenge of elucidating all four. I also had some fun imagining that this might be even more the case if he Through most of the reading I wanted to be critical of the book.
I also had some fun imagining that this might be even more the case if he ver decides to turn to the third of the big 4! The reason for this criticality was that it was constructed as a personal history – it was supposed to be a growing up story for India, entwined with Das’s own. For most of gurchxran book this imbued it with a needless tragic sense and also made it seem artificial. The view seemed to be too one-sided, almost like a deliberately bourgeoisie history.
A patently absurd Freudian explanation that even the author seemed to know as just playing for the stands. In all, there seemed to be too much of being wise after the event and Das seemed reluctant to put behind his early enchantments and disillusionments with Nehru and his dreams, not seeming to realize that the models were the best ones available back then.
Then somewhere towards the end, Das gives up the pretense of telling his own story and plunges into a reflective and more clear-headed assessment of present day India, no longer overshadowed by the perceived failures of the past.
From being a depressing saga, the book suddenly leapt into the sunlight of such intense optimism and sudden lack of generalizations. The tide turns with the account of the exciting days of reform. The umbound and the personae are wonderfully captured and in spite of being a well-worn story it literally keeps the reader at the edge of the seat as it unfolds like a Bollywood drama, full of machinations and quick steps and side steps – a subtle dance that Das takes great pleasure in composing and unravelling.
From then on the writing takes on a breathless character, as if Das in his old age has recaptured the spirit that was supposed to awaken Independent India half a century ago.
That explains gurchaean title of the book, though he could just as well have titled it “Gurcharan Unbound” – after all, it was not just India that reinvented itself towards the end of this ‘personal history’.
In doing this Das vindicates his narrative choice – the narrative moods were meant to capture the turbulent see-saw of emotions that the nation itself went through. Das does it beautifully, it was just that Indja failed to appreciate it till the very end. View all 18 comments. This is a great book to understand the political economy of post independent India till the onset of software revolution. Written in an easy to understand language yet so compelling turcharan scholarly.
Read if you want to know about the problems people faced during the license raj and why reforms were necessary. Its not your standard economics book, it is mixed with a flair of story telling and author’s own experiences thus making this a fascinating read. It is just a casual read book still invokes i This is a great book to understand the political economy of post independent India till the onset of software revolution.
It is just a casual read book still invokes interest in social sciences and creates curiosity to know India’s journey so far. Jul lndia, Vibina Venugopal rated it really ibdia it.
Now it seems as though India has a promising potential to become of the major economic power…Its sad that it took more than fifty years after Independence for the country to see the dawn of economic progress. He feels that government is actually hampering the growth of the country in the name of bringing about development and new policies that never see the light of execution…He has given a personal account in chapter one where his grandfather feels, had India been under British raj there would have been more progress to the country.
Guecharan I still doubt that though. He says that Indian are skeptic about the reforms on a global front for the basis irregular cultural views and in turn has resulted in depleted state of affairs in the rural part of the country which forms the larger junk of India.
The social status is not evenly distributed resulting in a disarrayed social hiatus. International monetary fund forced India to bring about changes that is explained well in the book. He gives practical and logical strategies for the development. V Narasimha Rao’s policy to open up Indian market for foreign investment and trade By the end of world war I predictably India had everything to move forward with Industrial revelution unfortunately that never happened, he reasons out that Agriculture and the industry never went hand in hand which let out the other.
Inspite of the green revelution without the back up from industry failed misery in the path of development Even now because of poor policies its difficult for the country progress inspite of high investments.
By denying foreign investments India has deprived itself from the benefits cutting edge technolgy and world class competition. Indian generations were betrayed by its rulers by advocation of wrong methods of development thereby ruining its future prospects.
Education ia another aspect that India didn’t pay attention ,especially to girls India went wrong Firstly gucrharan advocating wrong design for brininging about development with nothing really been done for developmentnext in the name upliftment of the poor couldn’t work much on the contrary indka were left as such.
While even China did a better job inspite all the civil problems in improving the standard of living I was wondering when the leaders knew that nothing much was happening for the country’s progress why did none dared to put an end to those strategy and planning and thinking about something new.
By reading all these I was wondering okay now what to be done, that’s when Das optimistically points out that India has realised that economic progress is the only way to bring change in the face of the country to go ahead in facets of the generation Now the country has realised that its all about the revolutionary ideas that will help the country to think out of dws box rather following the outdated policies, Many private entepreneurs are on gudcharan move slowly but steadily building up India in a inxia way According to him the Liberal revolutionopening up to new foreign trade and investment and boom in Information technology is the key that should be put in level for the country to go ahead.
India has failed bigtime in building up the human quotient in terms of harnessing their abilities which would bring about the needed outcome. He says its high time that India stops battling between the conservative Nehruvian socialist infia ridden views and new global capitalism.
I do not think that an overnight change that he has described is feasible but like his optimism for a change is definitely on the card He has written the book in an autobiographical style, reflecting upon the policies of the government like a common man might feel when he reads about the policy by the leaders.
Sometimes thinking about its implications and future. In that aspect the book is been able to built the intimacy with the reader.
Even for a person with less knowlede in economy and politics nothing seemed jargon. I have memories of Naipaulesque India: Also on the I have memories of Naipaulesque India: Also on the other side of the coin, how within months of liberalization, our living rooms were flooded with Bold and the beautifuls, Remingtone steels, making every other aunt choose daquiri for lipstick shade; How Pepsi became the holy water and eventually how India became the land that launched half a billion mobile phones.
And how the social, cultural precepts and the post-scripts of the times influenced the structure and the direction of the economy. He vividly paints the reasons for the failure of so called Indian socialism and how it choked the Indian economy for 40 years since her independence. Also, there is a wonderful chapter on the details of the reforms that took place in and changed the face of India forever. He further charts the challenges facing the economy and how to go about dealing with them.
Having been a witness to both the sides of the economy I can relate to the sentiments of the book without any effort. It covers the economic core in the vast background of Indian social, political and cultural horizons without ever drifting into academic jargon or staying too away to be shallow. India Unbound is an accomplishment, a must read for anyone keen on India in general and post-modern market India in particular.
Aug 12, Jerry Jose rated it liked it. Though India achieved political independence init missed the liberalization bus of Asian Tigers and had to wait till to obtain some comparable economic independence.
India Unbound | Gurcharan Das
Gurcharan Das captures this economic journey in this autobiographical narrative, through his life and that of people around him. But in that ambitious effort, I found him to be doing more gurchwran a personal unbounding than that of India as a whole. According to Das, the economic timeline of India went through a series of crest Though India achieved political independence init missed the liberalization bus of Asian Tigers and had to wait till to obtain some comparable economic independence.
According to Das, the economic timeline of India went through a series of crests and troughs. Gandhi distrusted technology, though not businessmen and wanted smaller companies over bigger corporations; Nehru on the other hand distrusted businessmen, not technology, and preferred public firms over private establishments.
And they both were in full favour of local make over foreign.