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The Rise of Goliath

The Rise of Goliath

Twelve Disruptions That Changed India

A.K. Bhattacharya
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What can best illustrate India’s journey in the last seven decades? Disruptions.

Almost every decade of India’s history since Independence has been marked by major disruptions.

India became independent through an act of disruption-Partition-that killed millions in communal violence and turned many more into refugees. The turn towards a model of state-led economic development delivered as big a shock to the economy as did the food crisis or the spike in crude oil price. If the Emergency in 1975 shook the foundations of India’s democracy, the unprecedented balance-of-payments crisis of 1990 turned India towards a path of economic reforms. Just as the reservation of jobs for backward castes changed the idiom of India’s politics, the movement for building a temple for Ram drove India closer to becoming a majoritarian state. No less disruptive have been the telecom revolution, the banking crisis, demonetization and the launch of the goods and services tax.

How did these disruptions impact India? How did they influence the rise of this Goliath?

This is the story of twelve disruptions that changed India. The book also provides a peek into the kind of disruptions India could face in the coming years.

Imprint: Penguin Portfolio

Published: Jul/2019

ISBN: 9780670091805

Length : 360 Pages

MRP : ₹699.00

The Rise of Goliath

Twelve Disruptions That Changed India

A.K. Bhattacharya

What can best illustrate India’s journey in the last seven decades? Disruptions.

Almost every decade of India’s history since Independence has been marked by major disruptions.

India became independent through an act of disruption-Partition-that killed millions in communal violence and turned many more into refugees. The turn towards a model of state-led economic development delivered as big a shock to the economy as did the food crisis or the spike in crude oil price. If the Emergency in 1975 shook the foundations of India’s democracy, the unprecedented balance-of-payments crisis of 1990 turned India towards a path of economic reforms. Just as the reservation of jobs for backward castes changed the idiom of India’s politics, the movement for building a temple for Ram drove India closer to becoming a majoritarian state. No less disruptive have been the telecom revolution, the banking crisis, demonetization and the launch of the goods and services tax.

How did these disruptions impact India? How did they influence the rise of this Goliath?

This is the story of twelve disruptions that changed India. The book also provides a peek into the kind of disruptions India could face in the coming years.

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A.K. Bhattacharya

In his four-decade-long career as a journalist, A.K. Bhattacharya has held leadership positions in several publications including Financial Express, the Economic Times, the Pioneer and Business Standard. At present, he is the editorial director at Business Standard. His fortnightly columns-New Delhi Diary and Raisina Hill-take a close look at the implications of policymaking and government affairs. A winner of Shriram Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism, 2017, he is also the general secretary of the Editors Guild of India. This is his first book.

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What can best illustrate India’s journey in the last seven decades? Disruptions. Almost every decade of India’s history since Independence has been marked by major disruptions. The Rise of Goliath is the story of twelve disruptions that changed India. The book also provides a peek into the kind of disruptions India could face in the coming […] Read More