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1991

How P. V. Narasimha Rao Made History
Written by: Sanjaya Baru
Narrated by: Avinash Kumar Singh
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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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.

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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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Era of economic self assertion for India

A good narration of a great leader PV Narsimha Rao and his policies who did not get much credit despite being catalyst of India's unexpected economic growth.

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Excellent insight of the great P.V's achievements.

Excellent insight of the great P.V's achievements. Nation need to know about the great man.

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Political Account of 1991

The book provides an insight into the politics behind the economic reforms of 1991. PV Narsimha Rao's role highlighted in the book shows how PV can be argued as the best INC PM ever. Too Good.

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Including; not limited to the economic reforms

Though it is a bold move by the author to present us with internal and external political experience of 1991 India, the economic reforms, the most seminal decision of 1991 should have been given in more detail.

That would have been even a better service to the Father of the Nation.

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informative and in detail

I was born in 84 and did remember most of the things mentioned in the book. but it was great to know and refresh the crucial year and its political envirnment. the book was in depth and detailed out each critical situation with out being biased. Narration was perfect too.

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Very informative of happenings around 1991

I liked the book and enjoyed the narrative. Very informative of happenings around 1991 and the role played by our forgotten leader and hero P V NARASIMHA RAO sir ! I am proud to be a Telugu guy and feel very unhappy that P V NARASIMHA RAO sir was not given due credit for all the work he has done. Hope many people read/listen to this and get to know and appreciate his life and efforts. Also I hope audible version of "The insider" will be available soon.

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Amazing book

This is an Amazing book and must read one. I was 18 in 1991 and I voted first time and that too after PV became Prime Minister. Knowing PV from my elders and deciding to vote for congress at that point of time, I am glad that my vote was positive. As I saw the great change happened and consequently understood it in the next 10 years I am glad Sanjay Baru actually added a better perspective to it. Thank you Sanjay Baru. And thank you PV garu. You always live in our hearts and minds.

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A must listen for Indian

If someone want to know our true leader, they should read it or book like it.

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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.