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 in step with contemporary issues. The chapters were easy to read and accessible. He passed away last year.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Accidental India by Shankkar Aiyar. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Accidental India , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 12, Anil Swarup rated it really liked it. 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 A fascinating narration of watershed events in the Politco-Economic History since independence. He comes up with pretty fascinating observations. While explaining the "Milky Way", milk revolution by Varghese Kurien, he states that this revolution came about "because of a man who did not drink milk".
How ironic. He also mentions that "Politicians tend to choose a solution that is electorally profitable, bureaucrats choose that which is convenient and public accepts that which is morally satisfying". Nov 21, Pradeep Nair rated it it was amazing. 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 Very well researched, that's the hallmark of this book. The government never acted until a festering problem degenerated into a full-blown crisis and the authorities were forced to act.
India would have reached much greater heights if government had listened to the right suggestions and took the right decisions at the right time. Feb 21, Abhinav Srivastava rated it it was amazing. 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. May 08, Douglas rated it it was amazing. Highly recommended to understand how politics in India's has shaped the country. A lot of motivation to be more vigilant about potential crises. Feb 23, Priyanka Kulkarni rated it really liked it. Brilliant Read! Here's my review. May 24, Rohan Garg rated it really liked it. 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 What a nice book about the modern politics and decision making processes of India.
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. I hope that one day, as a nation, we would appreciate and celebrate the achievements of those unknown IAS officers and department secretaries through our course books, films and documentaries.
Dec 11, Santosh Mathew rated it it was amazing. An exceptional review of India and how we got here 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 An exceptional review of India and how we got here No this is not just right wing propaganda but a very honest look at the progress in the last 70 years with ample prelude before independence too. He gives credit where it is due, esp where modern readers least expect read chapter on RTI. Even the epilogue of this book is a classic with some shocking statistics.
Nov 01, Vinayak Hegde rated it really liked it Shelves: kindle-unlimited. 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 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.
The narrative covers policies very well and talks about the motivations and the flaws of the different actors in each of those policies sustaining interest in what is usually a dry boring subject. The checks and balances and the interactions between the interactions between different parts of the government are very well covered.
A quite good read of Indian policy making and it's history. Oct 06, Deepanshu Aggarwal rated it it was amazing. This 'Story', as the author believes, is not a structured process in a policy paradigm, but a collection of 'aberrations' or accidents that were brought into existence by crises staring at the country's doorstep.
This book contains seven such 'accidents' - economic liberalisation, bank nationalisation, green revolution, white revolution, midday meals scheme, growth of IT-software industry and the Right to Information RTI Act. He shows how India went to the brink of a crisis before enacting those revolutionary acts.
He discusses the problems faced by the country in and the opportunities that lay ahead. Mar 22, Naved Ali rated it really liked it. I enjoyed reading it. Digging down the history of India. Some accidents which made politicians to finally implement something positive for our country. Aug 07, Sarthak rated it really liked it. 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.
May 01, Kumar Subham rated it really liked it. Easy read, narrative movement, detailed accounts. More than change-stories, the book is about the political, economic and mental battles that our policymakers underwent while bringing a major policy reform in India. 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.
A thoroughly well researched book. Facts do the talking. Must read for people wanting to know the major reforms that happened in our country. Epilogue is for everyone to introspect. Feb 13, Vijay Gopal rated it really liked it Shelves: india.
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 economic liberalization of , the Green Revolution of the sixties, the nationalization of banks in , Operation Flood in the seventies, the mid-day meal scheme of , the software revolution of the nineties, and the passing of the Right to Information Act in 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. Asked by: Madhu. Change in India is governed by Newton's law where governments and governance remain in a state of inertia unless impacted by an external force. That force is normally what we call a "crisis". Whether it was the Green Revolution or the reforms. Even
India's transformation is not orderly but accidental: Shankkar Aiyar
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