Jawaharlal Nehru was India's royal figure, its matinee idol, its most gifted prime minister. He combined a unique array of talents: compelling oratory, a brilliant. Tryst with destiny [S. Gopalan] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny Hardcover – 1 Jan Jawaharlal Nehru: A Biography - Vol. 1 (), Vol. 2 () and Vol. 3 (). Wolpert, who teaches Indian history at UCLA, met Nehru in the s.

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In , after a brief but brutal Liberation War, East Pakistan declared its independence as Bangladesh. Pakistan and India flags raised at the border: National flags — among the most powerful and recognisable symbols of nationalism — were hoisted at the border post of Wagah, separating the two parts of divided Punjab. The daily lowering of Indian and Pakistani flags at Wagah — one of the main crossing points between the two nations — has become an extraordinary, theatrical, and highly charged spectacle, attracting audiences from far and wide.

It represents a curious mix of aggressive jingoism and practical cooperation. These silent films, from the Centre's collections, show refugees moving between the new borders of India and Pakistan. The footage was taken on both sides of Punjab's border during About , people are thought to have died and more than 14 million people crossed the borders between India and Pakistan, in the single largest mass migration in human history.

Millions more fled their homes, seeking shelter in neighbouring regions where their co-religionists were clustered. The new borders between India and Pakistan were not published until after partition, and so many did not know whether their district was now in India or in Pakistan; and the uncertainty aggravated the chaos and panic.

But all other refugees had to rebuild their lives using their own networks of connections, and their meagre personal resources. Some did so with remarkable success. However, the poorest among them, as well as unaccompanied widows and girls, fared less well, living for years in very basic camps. Some of these camps still exist in India and remain home to refugee orphans and widows, particularly in divided Bengal, where refugees continue to flow across borders to the present day.

Colonel and Mrs Showers with dog , Jaipur, Colonel Showers was part of a long family line of officers in the British Indian Army from the late eighteenth century onwards. Mrs Showers, seen in this picture, first travelled to India in , attended the Delhi Durbar in December that year, and married Herbert Lionel Showers — then in the Political Service in Nainital — the following year.

Colonel Showers with dog , Jaipur, The richest collections in the archive at the Centre of South Asian Studies relate to the professional and social lives of Britons in colonial India. These materials reveal much about how power was exercised at different levels of government. The Centre's documents and images throw light on the relationships imperial officers developed with influential Indians to help them rule on the ground, aided by mapping and census surveys.

Princes, landlords, and chiefs were seen as bulwarks of British rule in this era, and the British carefully cultivated their loyalty. How deeply colonial policies transformed the subcontinent is a subject that historians continue to debate. Added Anderson: Even today, there is a lasting iconography around figures like revolutionary Chandra Shekhar Azad who many saw as striking back at a colonial state that subjugated Indians both physically and psychologically.

Skip to main content. Google Tag Manager. A tryst with destiny Freedom and Fragmentation: By Stuart Roberts. Jawaharlal Nehru, delivering his Tryst with Destiny speech. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye.

That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.

And so we have to labour and to work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world. At the stroke of midnight. On August 15, , at the stroke of midnight, India and Pakistan achieved independence from British rule — signalling the beginning of the end of the largest empire in history.

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Hundreds of thousands lost their lives and up to 14 million people were displaced in the single largest migration in human history. In its last decades, British rule in India faced resistance on many fronts, and in many forms. Ideas of Independence. Tensions between Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs began to escalate in the mids, amid widespread popular unrest and post-war hardship. India's Tryst with Destiny' is an economic policy book which supports more reforms and advocates a more active role for private players.

Also available under the name, 'Why Growth Matters: Bhagwati is considered to have started the intellectual support for reforms started in the s and more vigorously in India's Tryst with Destiny' is an economic policy book which supports more reforms and advocates a more active role for private players. Bhagwati is considered to have started the intellectual support for reforms started in the s and more vigorously in the s. Arvind Panagariya is current chairman of Niti Aayog of India.

This book is all about evaluating the effects of those reforms and replying to critics arguing against those reforms based on the social indicators. Also, through this book, authors advocate a significant role of private players in education, health, and industry. At few places in the book, authors have criticized Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze for having the view that growth has done relatively little for the upliftment of masses. Bhagwati and Panagariya mention about the socialism under the Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

Although much celebrated as a socialist, Nehru emphasized on production in many speeches and he thought that only more production can provide enough resources to eradicate poverty. Also, criticisms on the basis that Indian planners pursued growth as an end are refuted by the authors as they cite reports from First Five Year Plan drafted by the Planning Commission which gives due emphasis to education and health sector. According to authors, socialism under Indira Gandhi was of different hue and too many permits and licenses were introduced which pleased the ultra-left section of Indian politics, but in the end proved detrimental to the growth.

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With fewer resources available, the spending on public goods — with social implications — took a hit and India did not show much improvement in social indicators.

Citing statistics, authors claim that after , a much larger proportion of the population has been lifted above BPL. Comparisons with Bangladesh and China were discussed. In the case of Bangladesh, authors say that West Bengal which has a shared history and geography outperforms Bangladesh.

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They argue that Bangladesh has better health indicators at the time of independence. In the tumultuous decades of the s and s, these indicators took a hit but present conditions hint towards the return to the post-independence condition. They argue along similar lines for comparisons with China and say that China had a head start of many years.

Taking the example of one more myth propagated by few that due to reforms, India is now in the Gilded Age that was in the United States in the late nineteenth century. In the second and third part of the book, authors talk about Track 1 and Track 2 reforms.

By Track 1 reforms, they mean reforms in regulations and infrastructure which help in ease of doing business. These reforms include labor laws, land acquisition laws, infrastructure, higher education and agriculture. Authors argue that ease in regulation will help in increasing the firm size.

Large and medium firms are known to provide better salaries and facilities as it has been proved in the case of China. Authors also want foreign universities to be allowed to open campuses in India. Even though few faculties might move to these universities from premium institutes like IITs and IIMs, in the end, it will benefit Indian students only. It may also help in the return of educated Indians employed in universities abroad.

Track 2 reforms are in the area of employment, adult education, food security, health care and elementary education. Here also authors argue for a more active role by the private sector as the decades of experience has proved governments to be ineffective in providing these necessities with the presence of massive corruption.

In many areas authors, argue against targeted redistribution of in-kind benefits because as long as these benefits are available at the market price the beneficiary always has an option to sell these for a price. They argue more in favor of cash transfer. This book was structured in a way that it first argues against the myths and then it builds the case for more reforms. Free from too many economic jargons and with technical terms explained wherever possible, this book does not need any prerequisite.

To know the views contrary to the authors of this book, a book by Amartya Sen is recommended. Oct 11, Hrishikesh rated it it was amazing.

Excellent book. Great understanding of indian economy. Must read for anyone even remotely interested in understanding the nation's economy and its various issues. The book presents pandit nehru in a surprisingly positive light. I confess that this has caused me how to re think my views about nehruvian economics.

It has also revealed to me certain mistakes in the reasearch methodologies used by left wing economists. After having read a masterpiece like 'Uncertain Glory', I was waiting to see how 'Tryst With Destiny' could challenge this.

In some cases, the collision was head-on, like the south-asian comparison of health indicators, Cash Transfers, Health Care and Education. Some arguments were convincing especially the myth-busting.

But perhaps the most astonishing was that I saw myself reviewing my stance on labor laws, something i didn 3.

But perhaps the most astonishing was that I saw myself reviewing my stance on labor laws, something i didn't think I'd do. But most arguments are just in the place of 'good-but-not-convincing-enough' Like the arguments for Cash Transfers.

However, I still stand with dreze and sen on healthcare and education. While both agree that government isn't doing great on those, one calls for increased spending to make it better, other calls for private intervention. My view is that most people who argue for private intervention forget the case of U.

While people in US are currently fighting against the insurance industry and student loans, indian intellectuals are still emphasizing on how privatization would make people here better-off. And also most countries that are doing well on social indicators is because of well funded welfare states as illustrated in Uncertain Glory But in concluding thoughts, I'd say this is a must-read for anyone interested in public policy despite your views to get a well-rounded awareness on policy debates.

Jul 19, Rajtanil Solanki rated it liked it. It boldly negates the myths deliberately created to support particular ideology which sometimes not always fit to create economic prosperity. The obsession to particular ideology to create an utopian world of egalitarian society does not seems to have patience to even generate the resources for it, thus they end up or are satisfied by creating uniformly deprived societies.

The book awakens us to undo the historical blunders committed over the years. Oct 04, Varang Kapadia rated it really liked it. The book correctly debunks a lot of myths that has lynched over the Indian Economy. It also rubbishes the mediocre and baseless viewpoints of certain policy makers in the country.

It provides a solid statistical model for each myth getting debunked. Overall an person with economics curiousity will love it! The book is a bit leftist, supports a political party in an unsaid way so don't let it form an impression on you. Read it with a neutral mind and you'll know the economic shortfalls and shortco The book correctly debunks a lot of myths that has lynched over the Indian Economy.

Read it with a neutral mind and you'll know the economic shortfalls and shortcomings of our country. Apr 07, Naveen rated it liked it.

The book has been divided into three parts. First part details the authors' replies to the myths being perpetuated in recent times regarding the economic policies followed since independence. Second part deals with reform measures suggested by the authors to take India to a higher growth trajectory so that social goals can be achieved.

Third part deals with reform measures in the socio-economic policies and how the goal of welfare of the people can be achieved. In my opinion the first part is the The book has been divided into three parts.

In my opinion the first part is the weakest in terms of the arguments put forth by the authors. Some of the myths that they seem to bust are not so serious or compelling that they deserve a mention here.

But after that the book attains a completely different level in terms of the content and arguments put forth by the authors. The third part is also excellent in terms of measures suggested but i think more could have been written.

Maybe the authors kept it short in the hope that the measures for growth as suggested by them are adopted and succeed, and then the enhanced revenues will enable us to think of newer measures for the welfare of the people. Overall a good read. Jan 09, Yatin Patel rated it liked it. I would be surprised if you have not puked on it.

Well, control your biles because Mr. Bhgwati and Panagariya have delivered the rocking punch to the ribs of all these leftist myths cultivated around Indian Economy. The book is not an easy read like India Unbound of Gurucharan Das but it surely is high on facts and logic.

It surely paints things objectively and presents an optimistic view based on the assumption that in India there is a perceptible will and power to push for reforms. It also gives the much needed voice to right-of-central brand of economics. Read it for the fact that this is going to be the flavour of Indian Economy for next few years. Dec 15, Palash Bansal rated it liked it Shelves: From the defence perspective, not a very convincing one, though some points and arguments were well framed and logically expressed.

From the attacking perspective, a very cheap attempt must say. Their stringent stand against Sen and Dreze were not very well encapsulated and leaves the reader wondering how such emminent scientists get involved in a cat fight!!

Overall I liked their expression of various facets of Indian economy an pretty much what one would expect on reading the name of the authors. Overall I liked their expression of various facets of Indian economy and of growth in general. Though I do not subscribe to their view fully. It certainly made an impact on me, from the view that it did change my mindset towards the importance of growth. Would be interesting to read one of Sens and Drezes book now!

Jan 11, Praseetha rated it liked it. Debunking the myths - yes true in some cases , however some of the listed 'myths' do not logically categorize as a myth. Why would anybody want to believe this and why would anybody spend effort on explaining that it is a myth!

Anybody who knows the post-colonial status of India would evidently know that growth is required. However good proposals towards the way forward for India, though there is a an Debunking the myths - yes true in some cases , however some of the listed 'myths' do not logically categorize as a myth.

However good proposals towards the way forward for India, though there is a an impression of blind belief in privatization assuming public systems are and will ever be that efficient. Mar 17, Arvind rated it liked it Shelves: While the writers are highly respected economists, the book disappointed me with the lack of depth.

For example, electricity reforms have just one page devoted to it.Must read for anyone even remotely interested in understanding the nation's economy and its various issues. Get A Copy. Details if other: At the stroke of midnight Three figures stand next to an early border post between new nation-states of India and Pakistan: The geographical challenges of the border between India and Pakistan — which runs across vast expanses of desert, mountain, glacier and forest — are extreme.

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