India Unbound (2020)

India Unbound The author describes the transformation of India in the s as she moved into the Information Age and the growing prosperity that has resulted
  • Title: India Unbound
  • Author: Gurcharan Das
  • ISBN: 0143063014
  • Page: 435
  • Format: None
  • The author describes the transformation of India in the 1990 s as she moved into the Information Age and the growing prosperity that has resulted.
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    1. Through most of the reading I wanted to be critical of the book I was disappointed that the wisdom that was characteristic of the Das who wrote The Difficulty of Being Good was not much on display in his exploration of the 2nd of the four foundational principles Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha of Indian life sic I could only conclude that it must be difficult for one man to take on the challenge of elucidating all four I also had some fun imagining that this might be even the case if he ver decides [...]

    2. This book is a precise thoughts of Gurcharan Das former CEO of PG, Hope, a business consultant,venture capitalist about India s economy and state of affairsHe points out that India s economy has been on the passive front until the information technology plunged India to forefront Companies like Infosys and schools like NIT have a big hand in shaping up this image of better India thus adding to 9.2% growth every year Now it seems as though India has a promising potential to become of the major ec [...]

    3. I have memories of Naipaulesque India people claiming cultural and spiritual superiority over the rest of the world while the country was consumed by poverty, the so called Indian socialists making a life and political career out of refuting everything in the world, leftist professors poisoning the minds of vulnerable uni students that they can remove the stupidity of the human nature by chanting slogans, all such nonsense only ended up in making India borrow food and pawn its gold Also on the o [...]

    4. This is a great book to understand the political economy of post independent India till the onset of software revolution Written in an easy to understand language yet so compelling and scholarly Read if you wanna know about the problems people faced during the license raj and why reforms were necessary Its not your standard economics book, it is mixed with a flair of story telling and author s own experiences thus making this a fascinating read It is just a casual read book still invokes interes [...]

    5. This is is a really insightful book chronicling India s journey post independence in the economic world The great thing is how Das uses his personal experiences to tell the story and goes into the philosophical fundamental aspects of India s growth journey Personally as someone with slightly left of centre views on fiscal matters this was very enlightening and I believe necessary, as Das is wholeheartedly pro capitalism in his ideas but he sells them well and address the problems with interestin [...]

    6. A well written book from the perspective of a businessman The book basically revolves around the travel experiences of Gurcharan Das encompassing his excellent observational and analytical skills The basic drawback of this book is that the hypothesis and conclusion drawn by the author is completely one sided Its a story of what he experienced by talking to his co workers, partners, rivals, analysts and other people from the corporate world True that India is shining, there is a great growth in G [...]

    7. India will never be a tiger.It is an elephant that has begun to lumber and move ahead It will never have speed, but it will always stamina Well I started my review with the quote by Gurchuran Das In my school days, i learnt about how my country is great in relation to its glorious and amazing history and how rigoursly we are maintaining this tradition by trying to attain a truly democratic and soverign society.For a nation to be great, there requires its development on all three fronts viz polit [...]

    8. This book was a birthday gift from my daughter This is great book which gives a history of the economic progress of India from pre Independence day till modern day s India What was an eye opener was In early 18th century, India was a leading manufacturing country in the world and it had 22.6 percent share of the world s GDP Because of the population and availability of the cheap labor, India lagged behind in technology and innovations The productivity was also poor due to these reasons and also [...]

    9. India Unbound is an excellent book for someone who wants to know about India s economic and social transformation in past 200 years Gurucharan Das writes a story in a very mind griping way Book communicates India s continuing rise from poverty to prosperity and the clash of visions that different leaders offered post Independence era The book is neatly divided into three different sections, primarily into India under leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and P.V Narismha Rao.First two se [...]

    10. wp p1S1Ns bpReluctantly, I ordered India Unbound by Gurcharan Das in first week of September I have never read any books related to economics or any of his books But once I started to read the book, I was so impressed by the way Das explained the economics of India in rather simple words.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 country but whic [...]

    11. A brilliantly written book that gives you than just a snapshot of the Indian economy The book by former director of Procter and Gamble takes you on a journey that brings you up close with factors and circumstances that have shaped the India we know today The book looks at the various socio economic and cultural conditions that have had a bearing on India and its economy, providing a number of snippets and anecdotes that help the reader in understanding the largest democracy of the world Though [...]

    12. I am impressed by the author s style of narration I can t think of any other book that deals with India s economic political history in such an insightful fashion The books is divided into three parts Pre independence and Nehru Era, Nehru Liberalization era and the post liberalization era It does total justice to the first two parts and makes for a really gripping read The third part is not as good as the first two parts, may be because, by the time he wrote the book the story was still unfoldin [...]

    13. A very readable account of India through its journey as an independent nation Informative yet gripping Objective yet personal If you are inquisitive about post independence India, but don t know where to start, start here.

    14. A businessman s understanding of India, from independence to the global information age The book is 80% a critique mostly criticism of the Indian polity and economy, with a handful of let ups when it took up case studies of successful Indian business houses The rest 20% is a pleasant memoir.

    15. Its one of the best book that somebody wrote about economy in India You don t have to be a student of economics to understand the simple concepts and facts stated in the book

    16. India Unbound is the name of the book I read last semester It is written by a person who was president of a multinational company P G in the 1980s when India was in socialist era Frustration of working in the era when Government did everything to stop private firms from working is visible Gurucharan Das author of this book is very intelligent man He has Philosophy degree from Harvard and has immense knowledge of economic and foreign policies of India since independence.He has exactly depicted wh [...]

    17. An absolutely joy to read and a must read for anyone trying to understand Contemporary India I was actually sad this book ended.Here s my review from my blog June 2007 SPOILER ALERT I finished reading the book a few weeks ago, and I m officially declaring it as one of my favorites I m sure many great men and women have reviewed this book much objectively and eloquently than I could ever hope for So this is not going to be your traditional review, in fact I m not quite sure what this is just tha [...]

    18. Not a perfect book by any means, in particular the rail against Socialist policies of Nehru and the single pointed demonizing of the Indian bureaucracy seem a little simplistic and one sided Although the author rejected the whole concept of Mixed economy of India after independence as idealistic and wish fulfilling, his whole hearted endorsement of economic reforms as the panacea for all perils seems much the same Also one has to keep in mind that Nehru and his economic policies were as much a p [...]

    19. They say that the measure of a civilization is how it treats its women Since coming to Delhi I have met many women who long for Bombay My wife explains that Bombay gives women dignity If Bombay respects women, Delhi looks on them as sex objects In Bombay, she can take a taxi at midnight in Delhi a girl cannot walk freely on the street in the evening It seems that it takes than education to bring civilization pg 231 It took Ramesh Chauhan decades of sweat, toil, and brand building in a protected [...]

    20. This was suggested to me by a friend when i shared my enthusiasm about reading India after gandhi and a work on Nehru by Walter Crocker Those two books instilled in me a huge respect for Nehru for preserving democracy and free speech in our country when all the socialist oriented nations were paradoxically killing social liberalism This book has given a glimpse onto economic conditions of india while the other two were much oriented towards political and foreign policies of independent india an [...]

    21. After reading the book, I came to know the importance of 1991 economic reforms It was so sad to know that policies introduced by Nehru and his contemporary leaders with good intentions in fact had a negative impact on our economy Nehru and his planners did not trust Indian private entrepreneurs, So they made the state the entrepreneur It was a failure leading to corruption, non accountability of public employees and less returns for tax payers money Moreover, Indira Gandhi made the situation eve [...]

    22. India unbound is an interesting commentary on the socio economic and political landscape of India and the way it has influenced the mindset and lives of the Indian citizens over the period of 50 years starting from 1947 to 1999 The author has to be congratulated for his ability to traverse the complex issues of politics, society and business and to relate them finely with the prevailing social conditions and with the aftermath of the government policies The book is a great mix of a memoir, analy [...]

    23. Well written, but biased arguments in favour of capitalism, understandably because of the author s background He tends to sell capitalism and free market practices as a panacea to all ills of the country Doesn t hesitate in calling Nehruvian socialism foolish We must give credit to the great man for protecting the nascent Indian industry against foreign players, especially given the context of recently being emancipated from the clutches of imperialism The book portrays market as though it opera [...]

    24. A very detailed account of the transformation of india over the 60 years of independence.A very important factor for a political book is to remain neutral and analyse deeply the cause ie not just stating facts and calling them a mistake.Das analyses the cause for the mistakes and describes the situation at the time and the mindset of the politicians with which the policies where laid out.Throughout the book,the reforms of 1991 are stressed on a lot and the book can be divided into before 1991 an [...]

    25. Re read India Unbound after 8 years Feels like meeting an old friend whom you remember having a deep connection with, but whom you no longer relate to As I ve told many, many people since I first read the book I first discovered Government and Policy with India Unbound, a few months before I joined college Reading the book was pivotal to many of my personal and professional choices I feel differently about the book now Many of the caricatures are flimsy, and many of the generalisations perpetuat [...]

    26. India Unbound can best be described as the economic history of India The ideas and the facts presented in the book very intricately weave a story around how the economics of India developed through the citing of personal experiences and cultural and psychological reasons for the same The book is written from the perspective of a former CEO and one can feel that the account is biased to a large extent It is a rant against the mixed economy model adopted by the Indian state at the time of Independ [...]

    27. 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 Gurucharan Das has told the story in first person and as such has vastly limited the scope of the book While the book promised an economic history of India, it does begin on a positive note but later on becomes restrictive.He also glosses over some sincere efforts of the state and provides little data driven or expert driven approach allowing readers to reach co [...]

    28. A bit dated edition but still relevant I like the style in which Mr Das writes as there is a human element as well as an emotional element always even in his business books The book not only gives a first hand account of the troubles of doing business in India post Independence but also provides some lovely insights and trivia on the various business communities Here is a person who has not only seen the changes happen but has been an active agent of change The data and forecasts in the book can [...]

    29. One of the best among recent books on India In this master piece, Gurcharan Das has simplified the modern History of India since independence in very interesting ways He has explained the psyche of common Indians with catchy tag lines such as Ranting in English, Chanting in Sanskrit The book has also explored the political economy of the country A must book for everyone who wants to learn about Indian politics, policies and economics I have often gifted this book to my near and dear ones.

    30. A great overview of India s economic history since independence, through the economic reforms of 1991, right to the initial years of the new millennium Gurcharan Das takes a balanced look at India s chances of becoming a solid new global presence by evaluating the state of affairs through social and political conditions that pretty much uniquely Indian right now.

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