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Publisher's Summary

P. V. Narasimha Rao (or PV, as he was popularly known) has been widely praised for enabling the economic reforms that transformed the country in 1991. From the vantage point of his long personal and professional association with the former prime minister, best-selling author Sanjaya Baru shows how PV's impact on the nation's fortunes went way beyond the economy.

This book is an insider's account of the politics, economics and geopolitics that combined to make 1991 a turning point for India. The period preceding that year was a difficult one for India: economically, due to the balance of payments crisis; politically, with Rajiv Gandhi's politics of opportunism and cynicism taking the country to the brink; and globally, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, its ally.

It was in this period that the unheralded PV assumed leadership of the Indian National Congress, took charge of the central government, restored political stability, pushed through significant economic reforms and steered India through the uncharted waters of a post-Cold War world. He also revolutionized national politics, and his own Congress party, by charting a new political course, thereby proving that there could be life beyond the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

The year 1991 marked the end of an era and the beginning of another. It was the year that made PV. And it was the year PV made history.

©2016 Sanjaya Baru (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Indian forgotten Economic Hero

I was born in the year 1991. It's obvious for someone like me to have a very little knowledge of the politicians of that generation.
I think the author has done a justifiable job in explaining the people of my generation the legacy of this Great politician and his works during his stint as the Prime minister.
Must say, I'm not surprised by the current day Congress politicians, who chose to ignore P.V. This book on P.V shows that there are good leaders outside the "First family" of the congress and the party is not just about the "Gandhis & their cronies".
Under his guidance and support I think Dr. Manmohan singh was able deliver One of India's finest Financial Budget.
Unsurprisingly, Dr.Singh was then, also a reluctant Finance minister.

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Liberation and the process

Even though PV's autobiography talks about a lot of topics covered in this book, what I really liked is the way the year 1991 is described and discussed in this book. This book also establishes the due credit PV deserves - oh boy what a statesman he is. This book draws a level about the linking and the nature of India towards a particular family - the adverse effect of such a belief on a country like India - the undemocratic approach followed by statesman and politicians to cloud the inefficiency of few people for their individual greatness. This book lives a lasting legacy of a great politician and a balancer - a true leader who is yet to get the credit he deserves.

Overall a must read for an Indian.

There are few topics which are repeated many times across the book - though they seem to be "in your face episodes" I guess the author needed them to make a point to drive the story...

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Must Read!

PV tenure as Prime Minister has changed the India’s vision and approach to deal with world.

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Superb listen!

Top class narration of a top class book. Very Intriguing listen regarding one of modern India's most important years.

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  • 22-08-18

Excellent book and performance

Well written book explaining the overall setup and story of the year. Narration as well is really good, kept me engaged.