Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century
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    Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century (English, Paperback, Nandan Nilekani)

    Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century  (English, Paperback, Nandan Nilekani)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: PENGUIN POPULAR CLASSIC
    • ISBN: 9780143417996, 0143417991
    • Edition: 2012
    • Pages: 544
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    Description

    Imagining India: Ideas For The New Century is a book that provides the readers with insights into the major issues prevalent in India and the future of the nation.

    Summary Of The Book

    Imagining India: Ideas For The New Century is written by the co-founder of Infosys, Nilekani, who tells the readers about the motivation behind this book. He says that even though the nation has seen tremendous growth in recent times, there are certain roadblocks preventing it from reaching its full potential. Despite being the fastest growing democracy in the world, India possesses the second largest slum worldwide.

    He goes on to explain that the major barrier to growth is the disagreement between businessmen and politicians on the current problems faced in India. Nilekani then tells the readers that such conflicts in ideas are very difficult to move past, to find common ground. This is because the incentives of entrepreneurs, governments, the poor, and the middle class are poles apart.

    The Indian government has recently begun to redistribute wealth as a means of tackling the issue of inequality. Nilekani explains that the government has not paid attention to the crucial role played by access. He states that individuals should have access to clean water, jobs, capital, good schools, social security system, and health facilities, regardless of their income.

    Nilekani traces the effects of access denial to the reason why individuals find it difficult to break free from the income class they are born into, as they are denied capital to start businesses. He goes on to tell the readers that the country needs to undergo reform, where the citizens should be given chances to be a part of the economy. He then explains that people have two choices, either to be united by their horizontal aspirations or divided by their vertical differences.

    In Imagining India: Ideas For The New Century, the readers are also reminded that the country’s greatest economic strength is in its democracy. The author concludes by telling the readers that the main reason for him continuing to remain motivated towards a bright future for the country is the ‘can-do’ spirit, which is prevalent at large in the nation.

    About Nandan Nilekani

    Nandan Nilekani is an author and entrepreneur.

    Nilekani was born on 2nd June, 1955, in Sirsi, Karnataka, India. He completed his schooling from St. Joseph High School Dharwad and Bishop Cotton Boys’ School. Nilekani finished his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He then started working for Patni Computer Systems, where he met N. R. Narayana Murthy. He co-founded Infosys and has held the post of the CEO, from 2002-2007. Nilekani currently holds the post of the Chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India. He has been presented the Transformational Idea of the Year Award by NDTV Indian of the Year. He is married to Rohini Nilekani and they have two children together.

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      • 2012
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    Brilliant book for Essay section of the Civil Services Exam

    The book Imagining India is a very well structured and very well researched book. The book is unique blend of perspectives of various scholars from myriad fields and the authors vision to look at India in a changed face in the 21st century. The book aptly describes the way in which an Engineer's mind really functions.

    The author puts in a neo liberal perspective but at the same time very well justifies the perspectives that he believes in. The book may not be very convincing to a lot of rea...
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    Hitesh

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    4 Nov, 2013

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    Not good

    Mr. Nilekani's views as expressed in book relating to business ideas are very refined and that is very interesting to read also.
    But when one reads the social and political views they are biased, ambiguous and haphazard.
    Thus, not a very interesting book
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    Sankalp Wadhwa

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    31 Dec, 2014

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    very biased and negative

    i have bought this book and i find it very biased and it clearly visible,his support to congress and its leader. he has described every wrong doing of the congress with word government and all the right steps with individual names like Rajiv Gandhi or Nehru.

    This book does not provide the solutions of the problems,which he has described in very haphazard way.
    Though some facts are good but overall the flow of the topic is not there beacuse of which user find himself hard to make any image of...
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    akash aggarwal

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    1 Mar, 2014

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    Truly Mesmerising......

    Personally I picked up this book with a prejudice that I am about to be loaded with 'stuff' on India....But truly, every word is chiselled to perfection...please do read this to have the answers to all the "why" and "how" of India.....
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    Rishabh Didwania

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    14 Dec, 2014

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    Imagining india

    A Great idealism has been expressed.I would say this type of genre is new to me and i would call it an interlouge=interview+travelogue.He has visited no of experts when he has written this book.Show his depth of commitment.South bangloreans are unfortunate to not have a representative of such calibre
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    Ranjith Sreenivas

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    4 Jun, 2014

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    Breaking all stereotypes

    We couldn't expect a politician turned entrepreneur (philanthropist) to write such a great book connecting all quarters of people. Its a good read for the people who want to see India as it is. A perfect topping for Civil Service Aspirants for Essay Paper
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    Hari Krishnan

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    8 Mar, 2014

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    A very good book which deserves the read

    I got this book a few days back and after reading some pages(50 ), I definitely like the way he thinks about the problems persisting in India and the possible solution of it.
    I will recommend this book to each and everyone who dream about a better India and want to make some efforts in achieving the goal.
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    Devendra Meena

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    12 Feb, 2014

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    Inspiring Book

    this book is very inspiring. A must have for all the people who have a sense of responsibility towards their society.
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    shashank chandra

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    9 Oct, 2013

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    An Engaging read

    It is a real surprise from a personality like Nandan Nilekani to write such an insightful book on India's present which is the amalgamations of its past stands and past people's ideas. He gives a brief description on the society right from its colonial era to the modern IT era. He analyses each and every bit and it is not a breeze when reading our country's past. He gets deep into how businesses were looked at in the past and how they have transformed themselves in the present and what kind o...
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    Vivek

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    15 Mar, 2013

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    Not a page turner, but full of insights

    The book brings a lot of personal insights of Nandan Nilekani. It is quite broad in its focus and covers everything from IT to Language politics in India. At times I feel the author carefully constructs a middle path by accepting Nehruvian socialism as necessary idealism in India's initial years while criticizing the autarky. The author tries to make the book accessible to all but I felt a more focused approach could have been better.
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    Harishanker Panicker

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    11 Feb, 2013

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