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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Venkitaramanan, managed to transport a kilogram of paddy seeds in spite of being stopped at the Palam Airport. That India has acted decisively only under the shadow of crisis is the theme of Accidental India. Highly aijar to understand how politics in India’s has shaped the country. Piercing, informative and a acckdental sarcastic.

Oct 08, Masen Production rated it liked it. 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. Aleph Book Company Genre: Reflections on the Nation in our Time. Iindia 16, Swet added it. This was his last interview. Kurien managed to negotiate this minefield and made his project a success.

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The journalist is married to Pinki Virani, a well-known Indian author and human rights activist. Sbankkar a columnist Aiyar specialises in the interface between politics and economics.


Feb 23, Priyanka Kulkarni rated it really liked it. The British Empire in India.

A must read for individuals who have cherished ‘India Unbound’ by Gurcharan Das. Nov 10, Raghubansh Mani rated it liked it. The author sincerely believes that all major decisions relating to Indian Economy were taken when country’s political masters were faced with a crisis.

Accidental India: A History of The Nation’s Passage Through Crisis and Change

His basic argument is that Indians had to make things worse before they could make things better. Aug 07, Sarthak rated it really liked it.

While explaining the “Milky Way”, milk revolution by Varghese Kurien, shankkaar states that this revolution came about “because of a man shankkar did not drink milk”. Jan 26, Arunkumar rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

I might not agree on some views BUT I must say that the author’s interpretation of crisis management is Bang-on.

Since I am 80 born and saw how India shaped after the License Raj I can relate myself to the events in the book. 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 shankkaar all of us to thrive upon.


He passed away last year.

According to the author, whether aiyr 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. But lots of facts, that too properly attributed with footnotes.

It’s not just opinions and comments. And so in this racy book, Shankkar chronicles the misguided policies, the misbegotten results and then the final acceptance of a rational solution after trying every other irrational option. The book reviews some historic interventions in India: The specific events covered in this book offer good rough overview on Indian politics over time.

Accidental India: A History of The Nation’s Passage Through Crisis and Change by Shankkar Aiyar

It is since long that I could read a summary of events – rather summary of events that changed the face of politics and economics or lack of it – spreading over 4 decades in a very crisp but inclusive of every aspect shamkkar the subject. But as I read each chapter I was struck by the courage, skill and commitment by a host of personalities. One of the biggest success stories of post-Independence India. To ask other readers questions about Accidental Indiaplease sign up.