Backstage : The Story behind India’s High Growth Years

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Author: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Publisher: Rupa (INR 595, 464PP)

Tracing the spectacular trajectory of Ahluwalia’s life from its humble beginnings in Secunderabad to the corridors of power in New Delhi, this book is a classic insider’s account of how the India story was shaped and scripted. Ahluwalia played a key role in the transformation of India from a state-run to a market-based economy, and remained a constant fixture at the top of India’s economic policy establishment for an unprecedented period of three decades.

The book traverses the politics, personalities, events and crises in India’s recent history. It goes behind the numbers to bring alive the politics of reform, and how policy change was pushed through—at first, slowly, under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and then much more boldly in 1991 when the opportunity provided by a severe balance of payments crisis was seized for wide-ranging reform.

Narrated with wit, humour and remarkable intellect, Backstage is a definitive contribution to India’s economic and political history by one uniquely positioned to write it.

About the author: Montek Singh Ahluwalia served as one of India’s senior economic policymakers for three decades, and played a crucial role in the country’s turn from a state-run to a market-based economy. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour.

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