Sunday, December 30, 2018

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY 30TH DEC 2019

Of Counsel
The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy
By - Arvind Subramanian  
About the Book
For nearly four years, Arvind Subramanian stood at the centre of economic policymaking in India. Through the communication of big ideas and the publication of accessible Economic Surveys, he gained a reputation as an innovator. Through honest pronouncements that avoided spin, he became a figure of public trust. What does it entail to serve at the helm of the world's fastest-growing economy, where decision-making affects a population of more than a billion people?
In of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy, Arvind Subramanian provides an inside account of his rollercoaster journey as the chief economic advisor to the Government of India from 2014-18, succeeding Raghuram Rajan as captain of the ship. With an illustrious cast of characters, Subramanian's part-memoir, part-analytical writings candidly reveal the numerous triumphs and challenges of policymaking at the zenith, while appraising India's economic potential, health and future through comprehensive research and original hypotheses.
Charged with the task to restructure an insecure and fragile economy, Subramanian's trusteeship has seen the country through one of the most hotly contested and turbulent periods of economic governance and policymaking in recent decades-from the controversial recall of 85 per cent of circulated currency during demonetization to a complete overhaul in taxation with the introduction of the GST. Subramanian also addresses the overleveraging of public-sector banks, the fraught links between the state and private sector ('stigmatized capitalism'), the changing relationship between the state and the individual, and the ever-pervasive, life-threatening issues surrounding climate change.
Recognized as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers according to Foreign Policy magazine, Arvind Subramanian's Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy is a deep-dive into the man, the moments, the measures and the means.
About the Author
Arvind Subramanian is currently a professor of public policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, having served as an economist at the IMF as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is the author and co-author of several books, including Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance and India's Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation, among others.
ISBN : 9780670092093
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Saturday, December 15, 2018

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 15 DEC. 2018

The Line of Control 
Travelling with the Indian and Pakistani Armies
About the Book
Happymon Jacob was given the unique opportunity to see the border between India and Pakistan from both sides. He travelled with the armies of both countries and could study what is effectively the ground zero-the location where entrenched animosities as well as sudden surges of comradeship are enacted. This is one of the most fortified places on the planet.
Jacob writes, 'I was keen on getting into their world, the world of men in uniform, fighting each other and yet respecting each other. It was a curious world. It had breath-taking adventure, mind blowing stories and unforgettable heroism. I loved it, and I was welcome.'
This vividly told, fast paced narrative brings the border area to life. Jacob was given unprecedented access by the Indian and Pakistani armies and he explores how the border is seen-both in the popular imagination and by those who exist in its shadow. He chronicles the lives of civilians and soldiers, their courage and resilience in the face of constant danger and the extraordinary similarities between the two sides.
About the Author
Happymon Jacob is an associate professor of disarmament studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a columnist with The Hindu, and hosts a weekly show on national security at the Wire. He has been a participant in several India-Pakistan track-two dialogues, and directs the Chaophraya India-Pakistan Dialogue (India Chapter). He was former visiting professor at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris and a senior global challenges fellow at the Central European University in Budapest. Jacob is the author of Line on Fire: Ceasefire Violations and Indo-Pak Escalation Dynamics (Oxford University Press, December 2018).
ISBN : 9780670091270   Price : Rs. 599.00
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