In an Asia caught in rapid transition, no country is as fascinating to report on as India. Big, noisy, bulging at the seams, India’s economy and society move much like the traffic on a New Delhi road – states and sections of its people advancing at varying speeds and levels of discipline. For every high horsepower engine on the road, there is the cycle rickshaw and the humanly powered pushcart frustrating those who seek to travel more quickly. Meanwhile, a few intrepid riders do weave ahead, often by breaking the rules of the road or fixing them to their advantage.
But behind its warts and obvious confusion, a pattern is discernible of an India that warrants optimism. This is the India of resilience, of improvisation, a nation of multiple ethnicities in 29 states jelling as one, even as they steadily and confidently embrace the world outside.
INDIA RISING tries to chronicle that India, alongside its convulsions. It is a collection of anecdotes and observations of the significant events that marked the decade of Congress Party rule under Manmohan Singh, culminating in the rise of Narendra Modi. It is built around the access the writer enjoyed with some of the key decision-makers of the time and is targeted at the person who has a general idea of India, and perhaps is curious to know more. The reader is invited to begin anywhere, because the chapters are very nearly self-contained – like the traditional Indian village community that only needed to reach out of its territory for salt and matrimonial alliances.
Ravi Velloor is Associate Editor, The Straits Times, and writes its influential “Speaking of Asia” columns. An award-winning journalist, he has reported from across Asia and the United States in a career spanning 35 years. Formerly Foreign Editor and South Asia Bureau Chief of ST, Velloor previously worked with Bloomberg News, Time Inc. magazines, Agence France-Presse and United News of India. A Jefferson Fellow, he is a founding life-member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia and a co-founder of India Club, Singapore. Velloor and his wife, Geetika Abbi Velloor, live in Singapore.
Ratings and Reviews
4 Ratings &
A book of average quality
India Rising is nothing more than a narrative based upon the author's personal experiences as a journalist. There is no indepth analysis of any kind. Moreover, the author comes across as an apologist for Rahul Gandhi and for the Doon School and its old boy network, primarily because the author's son studied there.
At a time when the country is sharply divided into pro-Modi and anti-Modi camps, with both sides not willing to yield an inch to the other, Ravi Velloor’s India Rising, Fresh Hope New Fears, is a voice of sanity. Ravi is a journalist of the old school in the finest sense, in that he presents the achievements and failures of the previous UPA government without editorializing, allowing the reader to draw his own conclusions. Similarly, though he shares the public’s optimism of the NDA governme...