Author: Jairam Ramesh
Publisher: India Research Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187943378
This collection of articles represents the corpus of Jairam Ramesh’s columns for India today. Writing under the nome 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 unusual suspects of Indian political life including the future of secularism, the obstacles facing economic liberalization and the intricacies of Budget making. This must read collection from one of India’s most prominent columnists showcases a globalizing India that is often talked about but rarely understood.
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS
Beyond the specific circumstances of the subcontinent, Mr. Ramesh’s argument captured well a wider sentiment. India, like many countries… wants to rebuff or keep at bay American pressure or influence.
-The Economist Global Survey –June 29th 2002
These are some of the best-informed , cogently-reasoned and most outstanding personalities in Indian public life. Jairam lights up Inidan politics and economics and how keeps up with such arrange of issue with consistent brilliance. I always wonder?
Jairam’s articles are excellently researched, clearly and pointedly written and are really first-rate. In some ways , the articles are quite unique in India and are world-class. They show a superb thinker, practioner and co communicator at work
- Bimal Jalan
Macro Economy: The Big Picture
Public Finances: India’s Edifice Complex
Farms and Factories: Hot Air, Cold Facts
Global Markets : Prince and Prejudice
Praise of Federalism: The State of the States
Partisan Politics: Prayer to a Jogi
Foreign Relations: Not For the Birds
C. East Asia
F. South Asia
International Disagreements: An India That is out of Step
Social Issues: The Way to Go
Notables: Men & Matters