Accidental India A History of The Nation s Passage Through Crisis and Change In Accidental India A History of the Nation s Passage through Crisis and Change noted journalist analyst Shankkar Aiyar examines India s ascent through the paradigm of seven game changers the econo

  • Title: Accidental India: A History of The Nation's Passage Through Crisis and Change
  • Author: Shankkar Aiyar
  • ISBN: 9788192328089
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Accidental India A History of the Nation s Passage through Crisis and Change, noted journalist analyst, Shankkar Aiyar, examines India s ascent through the paradigm of seven game changers the economic liberalization of 1991, the Green Revolution of the sixties, the nationalization of banks in 1969, Operation Flood in the seventies, the mid day meal scheme of 1982, theIn Accidental India A History of the Nation s Passage through Crisis and Change, noted journalist analyst, Shankkar Aiyar, examines India s ascent through the paradigm of seven game changers the economic liberalization of 1991, the Green Revolution of the sixties, the nationalization of banks in 1969, Operation Flood in the seventies, the mid day meal scheme of 1982, the software revolution of the nineties, and the passing of the Right to Information Act in 2005 He argues that these turning points in the country s history were not the result of foresight or careful planning but were rather the accidental consequences of major crises that had to be resolved at any cost.

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    1. A fascinating narration of watershed events in the Politco-Economic History since independence. The author sincerely believes that all major decisions relating to Indian Economy were taken when country's political masters were faced with a crisis. He lists out various examples to prove his point. According to the author, whether it was the Green Revolution in the late 60s, the White Revolution in the 70s or the opening up of the economy in early 90s, they were all born out of crisis. He comes up [...]

    2. Very well researched, that's the hallmark of this book. It's not just opinions and comments. But lots of facts, that too properly attributed with footnotes. The author convincingly argues out the central theme that links the chapters of the book -- that India has made progress, only because the government had no option but to make those long-overdue crucial policy decisions that brought about the changes for the betterment of the people.The government never acted until a festering problem degene [...]

    3. The book is a bodhi tree for those who wish to enlighten themselves with the nitty-gritties of Indian polity and policies.A brilliant critique is proffered in the book by the author regarding Liberalization, Green and White revolution,Nationalization of Banks,Mid-day meal scheme,RTI,Software revolution and both the bird-eye view as well as worm-eye view are presented for each turning points. A must read for individuals who have cherished 'India Unbound' by Gurcharan Das.

    4. Highly recommended to understand how politics in India's has shaped the country. A lot of motivation to be more vigilant about potential crises.

    5. What a nice book about the modern politics and decision making processes of India. It was a very good description of the political ideologies, struggles and thought processes of the Indian leaders and how they made and then persisted with the incorrect decision of moving towards socialism and closed markets. It is also a really informative but hilarious commentary on the general incompetence and non-alignment of objectives of the great Indian bureaucracy. Most importantly, it gives the unsung he [...]

    6. An exceptional review of India and how we got here unbiased and very bold account which goes into details of how the progress happened. A definite must read for anyone interested in this country.Shankkar Aiyar is clearly a master in making drab statistics becoming meaningful by providing context, critique and background to them. Though he comes down very strongly on successive post independent india governments, he gives credit where it is due. No this is not just right wing propaganda but a ver [...]

    7. A well written book with extensive references how successive Indian governments only make (mostly) sound policy and take decisive actions only when compelled by a crisis. This unfortunate truth is revealed by a n extensive examination of the green revolution, operation flood, the economic liberalization of the 90s and the RTI act amongst others.The narrative covers policies very well and talks about the motivations and the flaws of the different actors in each of those policies sustaining intere [...]

    8. Accidental India provides a very good illustration into how India has shaped up to what is today. How policy has gone by and the extreme inertia in the system that yields only under extreme situations.

    9. Logical analysis of events took place time to time in India.It led to in depth understanding of many issues and incidents that took place in India till date and also how our politicians' decision making affected its progress to modern India.

    10. A thoroughly well researched book. Facts do the talking. Insightful! Must read for people wanting to know the major reforms that happened in our country. Epilogue is for everyone to introspect.

    11. The book reviews some historic interventions in India:- the economic reforms of 1991 that almost doubled India’s “Hindu rate of growth” of roughly 3% to about 7%;- the Green Revolution that ended the spectre of famine and the “ship to mouth” existence that characterised food-aid to India;- the nationalisation of banks that helped reduce India’s poverty levels from 61% to 31% and boosted savings (now nearly 30%);- Operation Flood which made India the world’s largest producer of milk [...]

    12. Informative, Insightful, Delightful --- A product of quality researchMy first encounter with Shankkar Aiyar was in the pages of The New Indian Express back in 2012.His writing style immediately caught my attention. Piercing, informative and a little sarcastic. So I was looking to read more from him and this book was in my wish list for a long time.When I got this book, I was not disappointed. This book is truly interesting. It tells how our politicians/bureaucrats/countrymen tried to sabotage/pr [...]

    13. “I would not rate this as an outright scorcher BUT I do like the way the author has taken pains to evaluate India from a stand point 'of how it has emerged stronger as a Nation only due to crisis looming its sharp axe over Indian heads'. The crisis of Milk, Agriculture, Economy etc etc has all evolved & became runaway success thanks due to the looming crisis & not by design. The research is very detailed & the inference drawn merits the title "accidental India" (should be credited) [...]

    14. A superb book that talks of 7 'accidental' turning points in India's history like liberalisation of 1991, Green & White (Amul/dairy) Revolutions, Midday-meal scheme etcEach has a chapter of around 40 pages detailing d history, politics, bureaucratic delays bcoz of ego and apathy and then d crisis which forced d hand. The author is fair in stating d facts and offers intelligent opinions despite being critical.Also liked d no nonsense style and d purposeful flow unlike d trend of light books n [...]

    15. India's post independence history and chain of events is very poorly documented. We rely on a handful of authors to understand what transpired post 1947. Some of them are establishment favorites and some are downright whimsical. In this background, this book written in journalistic style comes as a fresh one. The book is very well researched. The author provides persuasive arguments without politicizing the events. It should be read as a history of modern India and how we have been forced to alt [...]

    16. A wonderful commentary on India's political economic history through post Independent India. White Revolution, Green revolution - how it was always a necessity which forced india to nudge ahead & be self reliant. Impact of Bank Nationalisation on the lives of ordinary Indians, IT revolution and it's success story, baby steps for RTI taken by NDA etc etc Well researched book & Shankar Aiyar doesn't misses any detail!

    17. Some exaggeration of ideas, events and people. Not on the same level as India Unbound. There is not much story and whatever there is it's written in a largely journalistic style rather than some literary style. I would give it 3.5 ratings.

    18. Every person who has lived through pre and post liberalization periods, even if mildly interested in history/politics, should read this book.The specific events covered in this book offer good rough overview on Indian politics over time.

    19. Very interesting read Succeeds in giving overview of important events and concern of India after independence. Probably current economic and political can be better understood after reading this book.

    20. One of the simple and no-nonsense book written about India . Since I am 80 born and saw how India shaped after the License Raj I can relate myself to the events in the book.

    21. An Extremely Insightful Book for Anybody , who wants to know , how the major changes in the country happened.

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