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. First published in , the best-selling India Unbound has been translated into several languages ‘Gurcharan Das has written a paean to liberalization (India.

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Gurcharan Gugcharan is an author, commentator and thought leader. Gurucharan Das gives a resounding account of his personal tryst with the Indian bureaucratic system prevailing at that time.

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 sweeping economic history of India from independence to the new millennium.

He also glosses over some sincere efforts of the state and provides little data driven or expert-driven approach allowing readers to reach So, I read the book a while back and although as a non-fiction book it was well written but as a history book it relatively disappoints. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is a great book to understand the political economy of post independent India till the onset of software revolution.

This is indeed a historic achievement, though paradoxically, the leadership in India sought to discipline the country on a socialist path of centralized control.

India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age

The book often diverts its attention to societal analysis, governance and sometimes even inxia advice, but somehow all of it manages to fit well with the overall narrative.


It also goes a long way in clarifying the need for the reforms and the a rather gritty struggle to enforce the same in a stealthy manner.

Nehru and his planners did not trust Indian private entrepreneurs, So they made the state the entrepreneur. He is very critical towards the state and socialistic principles at some portions of the book I feel differently about the book now. But he failed to do so. Oct 07, Anurag Chilukuri rated it really liked it. Reading the book was pivotal to many of my personal and professional choices. Overall, a must read to understand and appreciate the economic evolution of our country.

This elegant essay has something for everyone. Jul 28, Vibina Venugopal rated it really liked it. On the subtle art of dharma which interrogates the epic, Mahabharata. I also had some fun imagining that this might be inria more the case if he Through most of the reading I wanted to be critical of the book. The latter is now just a cesspool of communist decay. India stands within a small group of countries that has established a democratic nationalism gurchadan, however flawed that system might be.

Though I may not agree with some of the perspectives offered I can understand how and why – there is definitely a lot worth thinking and considering.

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ddas Nov 16, Sharath Chandra Darsha rated it it was amazing Shelves: The thesis of the book can be summarized as follows: Gurcharan Das has been able to convey the minute details of the License Raj just after India attained independence under Jawarharlal Nehru and how Nehru intended the welfare of the people of the co http: The tide turns with the account of the exciting days of reform.

He also concedes this disconnect by describinh his generation as “Macualays children” and not “Manus children”. As you would expect from any pro-liberalization person, the author has preached open markets and free trade, but the drawbacks of this has not been dealt with, particularly because the author has never experienced that side of the story owing to his background and professional life.


Capitalism is the single pill that cures everything! Defining and exploring the new mindset of the nation, India Unbound is the perfect introduction to contemporary India. His latest book, India Grows at Night: Dr Manmohan Singh was the Chairman of Reserve Bank inhe knew policies were wrong but still he did not indja anything. Of course you have to read Ramchandra Guha’s: One of the key realizations that I personally gained from dae account is the belief that one can gauge the progress of a nation by the currency of its generations.

He sets up a mixed economy which is a middle path between democratic rights followed by the Western countries and socialist ideology of the Soviet world. This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat And they both were in full favour of local make over foreign. The time when everyone was waiting to achieve the glorious heights that were promised and dreamed of during the stru This is one of those rare books, which talks sense and rationality cleverly avoiding the traps of hyper-active patriotism and still instilling a deep sense of belonging to your motherland!

And how the social, inia precepts and the post-scripts of the times influenced the structure and the direction of the economy. He has been proven right in saying that the software industry would recover form the dot com bust and forge ahead.