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India Unbound is a narrative of India’s economic voyage, from 1943-1999 and the political revolutions and the ensuing hurdles, encountered on the way.
Summary Of The Book
Opening with a précis of 18th and 19th century India, the book is written as a potpourri of a memoir, historical facts, and commerce. Gurcharan Das believes India’s progress was engendered by economic reforms rather than political and has chronicled the events that transpired during 1943-1999, into three categories: Spring of Hope, The Lost Generation, and Rebirth of Dream.
Spring of Hope begins with the economically stifling years, when India was still under the dominion of the British and barely made any economical progress. Although the enhancement of railways was expected to boost the Industrial scenario, Das outlines the various facts that precipitated a slump in the Indian economy. Hope dawned after 1947, when India began her journey as a free country with Jawaharlal Nehru as the Prime Minister.
Nevertheless, Nehru introduced economic policies that fell somewhere in between those of the democratic west and the soviet world. These unique policies failed to foster any enterprise or entrepreneurship in the Indian industry, as the public sector was granted too much authority over business houses.
The Lost Generation refers to Indira Gandhi’s reign of power, when the Indian economy went through a disastrous phase and depleted all hope of betterment. She imposed the License Raj, binding every industry with red taped laws. Companies were not permitted to expand beyond the margin determined by the government, pricing was monitored and PSUs monopolized their sectors. Deterioration in quality and services ensued as a consequence of the MRTP and FERA Acts, which practically crushed trading and business houses.Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibi Hatao’, an election propaganda, to root out poverty in the country, was not only futile, but counter-productive and plunged the impoverished sections deeper into penury. Finally there was the declaration of an Emergency when India hit rock-bottom.
Rebirth Of Dream, alludes to a period of economic reforms made by P.V. Narasimha Rao, which founded the stepping stone to today’s thriving, free-market, Indian industry.
India Unbound was published in 2000 and is an international bestseller. It has been translated and published in several different languages and also filmed by BBC.
About Gurcharan Das
Gurcharan Das is an Indian born bestselling novelist, philosopher and thinker, who has experienced both the pre-independence and post-independence eras of Indian history.
Among novels, he authored, the bestselling novel, The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma and A Fine Family: A Novel. He also wrote a book of essays, The Elephant Paradigm India Wrestles With Change and the anthology, Three English Plays: Sahib/Mira/9 Jakhoo Hill.
Gurcharan Das has been widely appreciated for his language, especially in India. His work is versatile in nature, but generally follows a factual yet perhaps subtly opinionated style. Although his books might be weighty with intellectual or philosophical matter, Das’ graceful language rivets the readers thought to the end.
Gurcharan Das was born on October 3, 1943, in Lyallpur, which was earlier a part of India. Subsequent to finishing school in Washington D.C., he attended Harvard University, graduated with honors in philosophy, and then went on to study a management program in Harvard Business School. Das had a flourishing career - he went from being CEO of Procter & Gamble India and Vice President for Procter & Gamble India to being Vice President and Managing Director of P & G Worldwide for strategic planning. He retired in 1995 with a desire to write full-time, and at present resides in Delhi with his wife and children.
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The book divides the growth of Indian economy into 3 eras: 1942- 65, 66-91 and 91- 2005. At the beginning of each chapter, the book explores the socioeconomic effect of the policies of each era on the life of the author. Thus an interesting narrative acts as a preamble to the insightful commentary on the policies enacted then and their implications. A person in the present generation would have heard a lot of isolated information about the years before without much understanding the reasons and their implications well. Hardly does anybody know why India prefers being a closed economy. It answers a crucial question "how did Indian economy get to be so backward even after about 40 years of independence?" I believe it should be made mandatory for every economics and sociology student in our country. I feel it is a book to be read by all who wonder why our nation is the way it is.
I am thankful to Mr. Gurucharan Das for such a lovely composition. Why i call composition because the book was less like a text and more of a music composition. Like the rhythm of any music raises and falls and captures you from every corner, like the tones takes you into your control and you happily surrender yourself to the surrounding created by the music and then when it ends, you feel a different world around you, exactly the same way the book takes us to the 1947 and before. It teaches us the every possible situation that resulted our nation to attain independence....independence from primitive business policies and plans....what caused such changes. Which business houses and region brought the changes, the feudal system prevailed during a century ago and peoples view towards business and business houses. Struggle by the top business men, their hard work to produce goods and services, their arguments in every possible way to make our Government understand the pros and cons of their plans, scarcity faced by consumers, our dependence on bureaucrats and ministers watching the rest of the world grow in terms of GDP and NNP by keeping eyes closed and investors at their mercy. Well if i start speaking about this book then i am sure that i will end up writing another one to praise this great writer. He has written another great book "The difficult of being good", i read it in 2009 and this made me to decided to buy India Unbound.....Guys it is a must for all specially to all the MBA's....the net 373 pages will take you through a roller coster experienced by our economy and economic history...
I read this book after reading the Book by Bipin Chandar titled "India's struggle for Independence". In many ways it was confounding of sorts to me. Reading Bipin Chandra and Gurucharan Das was a complete contrast in many ways that one. The first hand narration of some stories from his work life are just too moving to read, especially if you can empathize with the entrepreneurship of state mind. how the License Raj era curtailed the dreams of so many. The part where the interaction of Gurucharan Das with Indiara Gandhi, the then PM of India was eye opener of sorts to me.
Gurucharan Das, so often, or mostly comes across as a very liberal in his views on policies, though he never suggests this as a panacea for all the issues India faces today. but I find it, at times too liberal. or maybe for the fact that the recent occupy wall street campaigns et.al. have kinda of made me wary of the effectiveness of capitalism and liberalism in the absolute form they exist today. I may want to differ with Grucharan Das a bit here and there but all in all I just had to agree with the views expressed in this book while reading.
How mixed economy caused has wrecked havoc and the Idealism based Foreign Policy is bad, and authors interaction with Henry Kissinger where Kissinger criticizes Nehru's Foreign Policies are some of the highlights of the book.
Read this book, Every Indian need to read this book, just to get an idea why India could have been a better story and why it is not.
This book provides a reasonable argument to questions in our minds as to why our country is still a developing economy.
It's interesting to read how India could leap to progress as the author throws light on the 1991 economic reforms,also quite shocked to know how the East India Company funded it's trade deficit by investing from India's trade surplus then!.
(Now, the scenario is reversed,our trade deficits are accruing year on year)
The author also talks about India's social system and how our low aptitude for co-operation affected our productivity at work.
An interesting book to read on India's transformation from a controlled economy to a liberal one.
I heard lot of good things about the book. But when I started to read it, it is not only good but the one of the most terrific book written on economic history of this great nation.
Analysis which will make you thrilled & ensure that your reading ride will continue upto the end. This book blends different variety topics like economics, history, management, political & social science.
Also book will give feeling of nervousness that a counntry with huge potential could not fly like other east Asian economoies like Japan & Singapore lost golden period of 60 years due to its poor politics & socialism fancies.
Kudos to Gurucharan Sir for their outstanding contributions to Indian literature.
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