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The Elephant Paradigm: India Wrestles With Change

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A mixture of Memoir, economic analysis, social investigation,political security and managerial outlook being thrown in to the understanding of India.
301 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin India (first published November 12th 2002)
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Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The book is a combination of various articles written by the author over the years. Possibly from mid 1990s to 2002. The author essentially is of capitalist mind and offers solutions based on that model. The author also tries to convince people that capitalism must be sold to people like "Fabian socialism" of Nehru was sold to masses in 1950s. Even though acknowledging the short comings of the capitalist ideology, the author debates that it is the best system forward.

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Abhinav Gupta
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!!
Focuses effectively on the main issues like autonomy of local government and importance of free trade and competition.
Erica Mukherjee
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: indian-history
Gurcharan Das’s The Elephant Paradigm is a collection of essays about the India of the 1990’s. As with all collections, some essays are stronger than others. In this mixed bag of a book, Das talks about India’s economic opening, her protectionist past, the benefits of meditation, needed education reforms and everything in between. This slim volume, less than 300 pages, manages to touch on a wide array of Indian public and private life, but each brush is so fleeting that it is difficult to get a ...more
Rajendra Dave
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
It is a disappointing book from the author that I greatly admire.

It may have something to do with the fact that the essays that were topical in 2002 appear to be stale and overtaken by subsequent events. Also, there are many repetitions,natural in a set of essays written over a time period of many years, but irritating when read as a collection. The editors could have a done a better job.

The book itself is about the progress made by India in the last decade of twentieth century and its unfinish
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
"The Elephant Paradigm" by Gurcharan Das is quite simply a collection of essays. It ranges over a vast area covering subjects as varied as panchayati raj, national competitiveness, the sacred and philosophical concerns of the average Indian consequent to India's entry into the age of liberalisation and globalisation. The essays largely analyse India's transformation in the 1990s from a closed to an open economy. While the author believes that India may never roar ahead like an Asian tiger but it ...more
Jinesh Parakh
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Mr Das intelligently compared India as an Elephant which has just come out of slumberness and like an Elephant ,its progress and stability will last long ,unless like other East Asian economies who are limping like a Tiger but soon going to exhaust thier steam.With various examples from corporates,worlds, and his personal experience Mr Das put up a strong argument on how India will move for its betterment with global economy and competetive market at one hand and red-tape & bureacracy on the ...more
Vish Patil
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
The book is amazingly written, although most parts have been read earlier in either a column or article written by him. Of the four books India Unbound, India Grows At Night, The Difficulty of Being Good and this one, I rate this the least. For anyone who is reading Gurcharan Das for the first time, this is as refreshing as the other three books.
Ankit Sahu
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good account of how changes are perceived in India. Many examples have already become irrelevant with the recent policy changes, but nonetheless, they provide a thorough insight of the popular mindset which prevailed a decade ago.
Masen Production
“Another Gurcharan Das which gives a alternative perspective to Modern India and changes that it is undergoing in the past 2 decades. A fine perspective and at times you tend to fully agree with his rationale....”
Saurabh Srivastava
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Economic,Social,political,environmental..what more..Complete India coalesced..
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Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Dayanand Prabhu
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not even close to India Unbound by the same author. Ends up sounding like a capitalistic rant, indicating how anything and everything should be made into private sector. worth avoiding.
Venkatesh Chittarvu
An Interesting take on Laissez Faire Capitalism in India.
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Gurcharan Das (Punjabi: ਗੁਰਚਰਨ ਦਾਸ, Hindi: गुरचरण दास), (born October 3, 1943), is an Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. He is the author of The Difficulty of Being Good: On the subtle art of dharma which interrogates the epic, Mahabharata. His international bestseller, India Unbound, is a narrative account of India from Independence to the global Information Age, and has been pub ...more
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“India is not a tiger, and change will always be slower than in East Asia. India is an elephant which has stirred from its slumber and has finally begun to move ahead with a degree of determination. However, unlike a sprinting tiger that runs out of steam, the elephant has stamina.” 0 likes
“We have also realized that our biggest failure over the last fifty years has been of administrative and institutional incompetence and our inability to implement rather than of ideology.” 0 likes
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