Das, an Indian venture capitalist and columnist for the Times of India (and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India), uses his own experiences as a businessman. The nation’s rise is one of the great international stories of the late twentieth century, and in India Unbound the acclaimed columnist Gurcharan Das offers a. First published in , the best-selling India Unbound has been translated into several languages ‘Gurcharan Das has written a paean to liberalization (India.

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Gandhi distrusted technology, though not businessmen and wanted smaller companies over bigger corporations; Nehru on the other hand distrusted businessmen, not technology, and preferred public firms over private establishments.

It presents a glowing future in the face of the recent economic liberalization. Want to Read saving….

I was actually sad this book ended. There are no second thoughts that British Raj looted India but it did set up the institutions which helped India in post Independence. He says Pandit Nehru was not wrong when he went for socialism instead of free market economy but he says Indira Gandhi must have known better. This book has given a glimpse onto economic conditions of india while the other two were ggurcharan more oriented towards political and foreign policies of independent india and Nehru’s in particular.

The chapter “Rise and Rise of a middle class” has some has an erroneous classification of middle class as old and new.

A very detailed account of the transformation of india over the 60 years of independence. Das shows how India’s policies after condemned the nation to a hobbled economy untilwhen the government instituted sweeping reforms that paved the way for extraordinary growth.

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See our Returns Policy. Many of the caricatures are flimsy, and many of the generalisations pe Re-read India Unbound after 8 years.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Through most of the reading I wanted to be critical of the book. The basic drawback of this book is that the hypothesis and conclusion drawn by the author is completely one sided. This distinction of old and new middle class is inia. He says its high time that India stops battling between the conservative Nehruvian socialist caste ridden views and new global capitalism. It was a failure leading to corruption, non-accountability of public employees and less returns for tax payers money.

He sets up a mixed economy which is a middle path between democratic rights followed by the Western countries and socialist ideology of the Soviet world. He takes a dae personal approach citing examples he himself has experienced, conversations he had, and the situations he had to face as a manager and a businessman. As you would expect from any pro-liberalization person, the author has preached open markets and free trade, but the drawbacks of this has not been gurcharxn with, particularly because the author has never experienced unbojnd side of the story owing to his background and professional life.

True that India is shining, there is a great growth in GDP and income is sky rocketing, ghrcharan the disparities and inequality present within this huge country has conveniently been forgotten by the author. Aug 13, Richa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Overall, i agree with the central thesis of this book that indian economic liberalisation has begun in earnest and has unshackled the people to strive for a better life.

From the Trade Paperback edition. The author gurchsran 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. Also by Gurcharan Das.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Even for a person with less knowlede in economy and politics nothing seemed jargon.


I do not think that an overnight change that he has described is feasible but like his optimism for a change is definitely on the card What difference globalization has made? It also provides brief information about moments that require detailed treatment and can do with a little watering down on the jargon frontier. The juxtaposition to Japan for instance is indicated in this book and worthy of reflection.

The author also make some astute observations about the direction of indian business. This particular chapter has many such conceptual mistakes. But the read felt a bit blunt in that realm, though it had its appeasing traits. You don’t have to be a student of economics to understand the simple concepts and facts stated in the book! Indira Gandhi started programme of Garibi Hatao but it was Amiri hatao. Jul 20, Sneha Divakaran rated it really liked it.

India Unbound

If Bombay respects women, Delhi looks on them as sex objects. So while the year might bethe society may in fact be living out the ‘s by comparison to say the United States an example, don’t quote me on it.

This elegant essay has something for everyone. It can be unbonud as a personal account of a tumultuous period and its effects on a well established upper middle-class native family who thought apart from the norms of society at time. Also one has to keep in mind that Nehru and his economic policies were as much 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.

India Unbound can best be described as the economic history of India.