Journalist-analyst Shankkar Aiyar scooped the news of India pledging its gold reserves to the Bank of England during its worst economic crisis since. Accidental India: A History of the Nation’s Passage through Crisis and Change by Shankkar Aiyar from Only Genuine Products. 30 Day. I read Accidental India last year. I enjoyed it since it visited parts of Indian history, linking it to the present. A narrative that can be done over and over again, to be.

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I hope that one day, as a nation, aiyra would appreciate and celebrate the achievements of those unknown IAS officers and department secretaries through our course books, films and documentaries. Despite the rampant corruption and mistakes made, we also have had amazing visionaries steering it through. Seven different stories – in a storytelling manner. Feb 23, Priyanka Kulkarni rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. There is not much story and whatever there is it’s written in a largely journalistic style rather than some literary style.

Karthik Certified Buyer 28 Dec, Imprint Aleph Book Company. A gentleman whom I met some years ago, but this chapter brings out the unwavering support Kurien had despite inddia blocks set up by politicians and academics. It is a book that I liked dipping into. Jan accudental, Moin Khan rated it really liked it. A Memoir of a Lost Home in Kashmir.

Must read for people wanting to know the major reforms that happened in our country. Nov 10, Raghubansh Mani rated it liked it. Shankkar Aiyar is clearly a master in making drab statistics becoming meaningful by providing context, critique and background to them. Today pasteurized milk and the milk trains are taken for granted. He majored in economics from Bombay University and has been a Wolfson Chevening Fellow at Cambridge University where he studied the lifecycles of emerging economies.


In crafting his narrative, Shankkar essentially looks at the rear-view mirror and traces the arc of missed opportunities and tragic failures. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? The shankkag of research and author’s pain must be saluted.

Oct 08, Masen Production rated it liked it. Facts do the talking.

Certified BuyerChennai. Journalist-analyst Shankar Aiyar scooped the news of India pledging its gold reserves to the Bank of England during its worst economic crisis since Independence.

Get to Know Us. There is no doubt that there were anachronistic policies that shackled India, fuelled corruption and generated inefficiency; but the fact is that the system was changed and made to deliver. Home Books Look Inside.

But as I read each chapter I was struck by the courage, skill and commitment by a host of personalities. This book has been written after intensive research. May 08, Douglas rated it it was amazing. Chalam, along with the help of IAS officer secretary S. Visit our Help Pages. When I got this book, I was not disappointed. 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.

A must read book for those interested in economic history,development economics. The book looked like it was 4 years old, I expected it to be in better condition. The History of the World’s Largest Democracy.


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This was his last interview. The book reviews some historic interventions in India: 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 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. Piercing, informative and a little sarcastic. But as I read each chapter I was struck by the courage, aiayr and commitment by a host of personalities.

Some of them are establishment favorites and some are downright whimsical. A must read for individuals who have cherished ‘India Unbound’ by Gurcharan Das.

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And it was the men and women chronicled in the book that made it happen. I read Accidental India last year. He lists out various examples to prove his point. Most importantly, it gives the unsung heroes of our political history their dues and talks about how some of them, against all odds, created a platform for all of us to thrive upon. Read it to know how far we have come, and how much farther we could have gone.