Item description for Kautilya Today: Jairam Ramesh on a Globalizing India by Jairam Ramesh...
This collection of articles represent the corpus of Jairam Ramesh`s columns for India Today. Writing under the name de guerre of Kautilya, originally the author of India`s greatest ancient work on statecraft, Ramesh brings his renowned intellect and humour to bear on the events and characters that have dominated public life over the past five years. Here the reader will find the pressing economic, social, political and intellectual concerns that grip both India and the wider world analyzed in an unprecedented combination of brevity and clarity. Hollywood, exchange rate mechanisms, federalism and international affairs are discussed alongside the usual and unusual suspects of Indian political life including the future of secularism, the obstacle facing economic liberalization and the intricacies of Budget-making. This must read collection form one of India`s most prominent columnists showcase a globalizing India that is often talked about but rarely understood.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2002
Publisher India Research Press
ISBN 8187943378 ISBN13 9788187943372
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More About Jairam Ramesh
Jairam Ramesh has an academic affiliation as follows - Future Earth Engagement Committee.
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A Pleasant surprise of a book, coming from a politician! Apr 28, 2003
I bought this book from the Strand Book Stall in Bangalore after reading a few good reviews of the book on the net. The book is some 490 pages long, and has almost a 100 chapters/essays the author wrote under the name 'Kautilya' for India Today over a four year period from 1998 - 2002. The articles in the book are all dated, but instead of in chronological order they are arranged thematically.
The surprising thing I realized on reading the book (I have read through half the book) is that it is surprisingly well informed, well-researched, and offers a wealth of information to someone wanting to understand the Indian economy beyond the sound bites that the commercial rags (most Indian newspapers) carry. You get to read about such varied topics as Bose-Einstein condensates, John Nash, and more mundane topics as disinvestment, rupee fluctuations, etc... Mr Ramesh is relatively unbiased and appreciates Yashwant Sinha's efforts to open up the Indian economy.
Even while I do not agree with at least a few opinions that Mr Ramesh has, on the Gujarat riots for example, his anti-Hindutva rhetoric, his reluctance to be truthful about the consequences of Nehru's socialist legacy and Indira Gandhi's corruption institutionalizing rule, his articles still make for interesting reading.
One complaint I have is with the spelling erros in the book. Evidently some over eager, under qualified opy editor took it upon himself to over-hyphenate words in the book. Read the book to understand what I am talking about.