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India Unbound (English) (Paperback) Price: Rs. 399

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.

Specifications of India Unbound (English) (Paperback)

University Books Details
Specialization B.A(English)
Book Details
Publisher Penguin
ISBN-10 0143063014
Edition 1stEdition
Number of Pages 632 Pages
Publication Year 2000
Language English
ISBN-13 9780143063018
Binding Paperback
Contributors
Authored By Gurcharan Das
Author Info 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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Jun 17, 2014

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Not what I wanted

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Dec 14, 2013

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A closer look inside India

India Unbound is one of the most detailed books that takes you through a journey from the British Raj to present day Political and economic insights,It is a must read if you are interested in the knowing socialistic model and its impact along with how and why bureaucracy and corruption has affected… (View complete review)
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Mohit S

Dec 5, 2013

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A beautiful analysis of contemporary India and it's economics.

This book takes one on a journey from the time of Independence to the present day India. The book is about Indian society and the successive government's economic policies. The book discusses the Nehruvian sociology alongside capitalism. Though all this sounds much to do with hard jargon of economic… (View complete review)
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ankit mackar

Jul 16, 2013

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india unbound-truly lives justifies its title

an amazing book, worth a read. You will see unfolding of different insights into the history of India and will gain much knowledge about the economic status of present and past india. For all the folks who see patriotism delved deep inside their heart, its a must read for them
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Madhukar Bangar

Jul 4, 2013

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Must read to know scocio-economic development of india

Awesome piece of writing... books visualizes the scocio-economic history of independent India... very engaging.. worth reading... This book is the quickest way to understand modern India's economic history.

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Amit Sharma

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Changed my view towards Top Business Houses of India...a must for MBA's

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 pr…
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Comprehensive history of India's transition from socialism to a liberal economy

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 inter…
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Amit Kumar

Apr 29, 2012

An awesome book.

I read this book when I was trying to learn the fundamentals of Indian Economy and boy I must say that I got really lucky. The author has explained Indian economy in such a way that I can bet on this book to be the best book for any beginner and even seasoned economist can also learn a lot from it. So if you wondering what is right or wrong with our economy, just go for this book and be assured that you will not regret even a single second spent on this book. Highly Recommended.
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Bandana H.

Nov 30, 2011

The title says it all

I read this book around 3 years ago. And it remains one of my all time favorites.
The story of India, how she changed and adapted, before independence, after independence and after liberalisation is spell-binding to say the least. The writing style and the content makes for an interesting and fluid reading. I just wish history books at school were written in such manner... would have been so much more interesting. Must read for all non-fiction lovers, and fiction enthusiasts (like me), who feel non-fictions are a bit to dry for your taste, hope this book will be enough to change your mind …
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Sumit Joshi

Jun 17, 2014

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Dec 14, 2013

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A closer look inside India

India Unbound is one of the most detailed books that takes you through a journey from the British Raj to present day Political and economic insights,It is a must read if you are interested in the knowing socialistic model and its impact along with how and why bureaucracy and corruption has affected and still affects the national growth. It also enlightens you with the great potential strength India has and how it can be used to make India one of the world economic powers.
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Mohit S

Dec 5, 2013

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A beautiful analysis of contemporary India and it's economics.

This book takes one on a journey from the time of Independence to the present day India. The book is about Indian society and the successive government's economic policies. The book discusses the Nehruvian sociology alongside capitalism. Though all this sounds much to do with hard jargon of economics, yet the book will find great admirers among the simplest (non-economic background) of readers who want to understand what went wrong with India after Independence, a country which has a history of 5000 years and has seen some great teachers like Chanakya. The book is a great learning of our past …
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ankit mackar

Jul 16, 2013

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india unbound-truly lives justifies its title

an amazing book, worth a read. You will see unfolding of different insights into the history of India and will gain much knowledge about the economic status of present and past india. For all the folks who see patriotism delved deep inside their heart, its a must read for them
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Jul 4, 2013

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Must read to know scocio-economic development of india

Awesome piece of writing... books visualizes the scocio-economic history of independent India... very engaging.. worth reading... This book is the quickest way to understand modern India's economic history.
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Husain Sodawalla

Jun 4, 2013

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Such a delightful book!

To give you a head's up, this book is going to make you cringe and feel at times awfully angry at the missed opportunities India's socialist fools let pass by! But, then as a balm you see the writer making a case for why Indians are touted as immensely entrepreneurial. Americans and lots of NRIs, have managed to achieve their 'American Dream' through favorable policies but Indians have kept the hope alive in extremely unsuitable economical climate by clinging on their dreams as if it's their dear life!
If I could ever meet the folks mentioned in this book, I would touch their feet and see…
 

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