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India Grows At Night

Governance failure pervades public life But how could a nation become one of the worlds fastest growing economies when its governed by a weak ineffective state And wouldnt it be wonderful if India also grew during the dayin other words if public policy supported private enterprise What India needs Gurcharan Das says is. This was a rather dull read For me the chapters merged into each other I could not even take away anything substantial from it I was just rushing to finish it It seemed like it was an intellectual trying to do what he does best talk about ideals and situations in thin air I genuinely do not understand what I was supposed to take away with me when this book finished The only thing that I understood was that he liked Anna Hazare and that he didn t like Indira Gandhi s tenure as the Prime Minister Prince Philip Revealed one Toad of Toad Hall of the worlds fastest growing economies when its governed by a weak ineffective state And wouldnt it be wonderful if India also grew during the dayin Spelling Strategies & Secrets: The essential how to spell guide other words if public policy supported private enterprise What India needs Gurcharan Das says is. This was a rather dull read For me the chapters merged into each Kingdom of Ash Throne of Glass 7 other I could not even take away anything substantial from it I was just rushing to finish it It seemed like it was an intellectual trying to do what he does best talk about ideals and situations in thin air I genuinely do not understand what I was supposed to take away with me when this book finished The Imagine Me only thing that I understood was that he liked Anna Hazare and that he didn t like Indira Gandhi s tenure as the Prime Minister

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Indians wryly admit that India grows at night But that is only half the saying; the full expression is India grows at night when the government sleeps suggesting that the nation may be rising despite the state Indias is a tale of private success and public failure Prosperity is indeed spreading across the country even as. I read this book with so much expectations after reading his previous book Difficulty of Being Good But I feel highly disappointed for his take on some issues in which he is definitely one sided and that side is known to all Some of the ideas like weak state vs strong society are literally taken from another book The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama His repeated references of dharma as a contract enforcing concept in which only the welfare of the contracting parties are taken care of is too narrow and does not take into account its broader societal aspects

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A strong liberal state Such a state would have the authority to take uick decisive action; it would have the rule of law to ensure those actions are legitimate; and finally it would be accountable to the people But achieving this will not be easy says Das because India has historically had a weak state and a strong socie. tl dr To play with the blurb on the cover Deserves to be universally ignored The book is poorly argued and one gains very little from reading it Gurcharan Das tries very hard to ground India s potential for good governance to ultimately support the fountainhead of private enterprise in texts such as Manusmriti and others The problem isn t that he uotes at times reasonable concepts from India s history The issue in fact is that Gurcharan Das wants to coerce everything he has with him a jamboree of anecdotes his conviction in neoliberalism knowledge of some Indian texts and current affairs to uneuivocally present a case for classic liberalismThe author comes from a family of extraordinarily high privilege It wouldn t be difficult to imagine him unable to see an entire layer of society that has been ignored for centuries At times he makes assertions unbacked by any fact such as the following way where he extracts the dominant narrative of upper castes creating and implementing texts on dharma and completely eschews the need to consider the barbaric exclusion of those lower in the social hierarchy He concludes was a code of conduct supported by the general conscience of the people This assertion of universal acceptance of this code of conduct is mentioned repeatedly in the book The book also has failed prophecies which anyone can see because they didn t materialize the way he predicted them the book was published in 2012 Also I find his understanding of economics to be shoddy but that would take a lot of space in an already long review Lastly the author s optimism is perhaps a shining light through it all but I wonder if we could have done with some admissions of the complexity of the issues India faces rather than speculating how and when the next desi Thatcher or Reagan would save India


About the Author: Gurcharan Das

Gurcharan Das Punjabi ਗੁਰਚਰਨ ਦਾਸ Hindi गुरचरण दास born October 3 1943 is an Indian author commentator and public intellectual He is the author of The Difficulty of Being Good On the subtle art of dharma which interrogates the epic Mahabharata His international bestseller India Unbound is a narrative account of India from Independence to the global Information Age and has been pub



10 thoughts on “India Grows At Night

  1. says:

    After reading Gurucharan Das' last release 'The Difficulty of being Good' I picked up 'India grows at Night' with much expectations Das seems to be stuck with his last book too having made dharma the central theme of this book as well On the brighter side it is a book that can be read to get oneself updated about the current political and economic situation of India Das has filled his book with data about India

  2. says:

    India grows at night while the government sleeps India's growth in the last few decades is not because of the Ind

  3. says:

    I read this book with so much expectations after reading his previous book Difficulty of Being Good But I feel highly disappointed for his take on some issues in which he is definitely one sided and that side is known to all Some of the ideas l

  4. says:

    This was my first book by Das and I know I am late The data is old and a lot has happened since 2012 but the analysis was well done articulation is perfect It’s like a journey the author takes you on I like how he connected the dots between ancient times and present whilst bluntly bashing bureaucratic and political class Although I guess it could’ve been better or maybe it was relevant when it was released Nonethele

  5. says:

    I started the book with high expectations but was disappointed Although Das gives a account of the origins of the weak Indian State but he is repetitive; almost the same thing has been said in most of the chaptersand the worst thing is that same words and phraseology has been usedThere is almost nothing new in the book and the ideas given are

  6. says:

    This was a rather dull read For me the chapters merged into each other I could not even take away anything subs

  7. says:

    Not as engaging as the other book which I had read and I'm re reading again this yearThis book does have it's good moments But somewhere down the line I kept losing track and had to go back to read again Maybe I'm not intellectual enough But

  8. says:

    tl;dr To play with the blurb on the cover 'Deserves to be universally ignored'The book is poorly argued and one gains very little from reading it Gurcharan Das tries very hard to ground India's potential for good governance to ultimately support the fountainhead of private enterprise in texts such as Manusmriti and others The problem isn't that he uotes at times reasonable concepts from India's history The issue in fact is that Gurcharan

  9. says:

    With Anna Hazare's stirring clarion call for rooting out corruption as the back drop Gurcharan Das ruminates on the contradiction that is India Ruled by a deficient and flailing state the Congress Government with the helpless Manmoha

  10. says:

    The title of the book India Grows at Night is only half the saying of the complete sentence 'India grows at night while the state sleeps' The book begins with a famous uote by AristotleThe state exists for the sake of good life not for the sake of life alone The book has explained the origin of 'weak Indian state' from history of prevailing kingdoms to the presently existing fast paced 21st century situation The autho

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