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While the nation’s newspapers, journals, business magazines, TV channels and the internet continue to churn out reams, airtime and gigabytes of information about India’s business houses—India Inc.—in this one-of-its kind book, Prof. R. Vaidyanathan delves deep into India Uninc. and presents a persuasive case for why the latter is really what is at the heart of our economy, ...more
Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published January 20th 2014 by Westland (first published 2014)
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Gunjan Gupta
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a management student we are bombarded with the Western Theories and how economy works. This book breaks the stereotypes and helps us to embrace our Indianess.
It discusses that how narrow minded we have been and how we have been ignoring the Uninc. sector which is actually responsible for the growth of India. We Indians are too busy in discussing the organized sector and what policies can help them but we are completely unaware of this fact that the so called Organized Sector just contributes
Ankur Kulshrestha
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Prof Vaidyanathan's book delves into a part of the Indian economy that we traverse every living minute of our lives, and yet seem to understand little about. The informal economy generates more GDP, savings and jobs that the formal one and Prof sets the tone of his book arguing just that, despite obviously limited data on India UnInc. In one of the great paradoxes of our times however, it is the smaller formal sector of the economy that gets the attention of the policymakers, while the larger on ...more
Vinayak Hegde
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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More like 3.5 stars. Indian Uninc is a well written book (though sometimes it feels quite dense and heavy with statistics). It makes a case for the government to recognise and help out the 'unorganised service sector' with proper regulation, access to credit, better contract enforcement, lesser day-to-day bribing/corruption and less licensing. The author argues that the dice is heavily loaded against the sole propriterships and partnerships. He also argues with numbers how the self owned businss ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting book on the unorganized sector of the Indian economy - which is in fact the largest and fastest-growing sector, but sadly gets no attention.

Its share in national income, savings, capital formation, exports, employment, growth rate of the Indian economy has not been adequately recognized. Major reforms at State level are needed to facilitate this sector.

His points about 'nationalization of families' simultaneously with 'privatization of business' in the West were eye-opening.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Its a great book. A lot of data has been presented by the author. Moreover, probably for the first time someone has attempted a comprehensive study of the most neglected sector of our economy. The statistics are beautifully presented to show the importance of this sector.
But there are some generalisations made by the author which are not exactly correct. Like he has criticised the government efforts almost everywhere. In my opinion, he fails to understand the importance of administrative space c
Rajthilak S
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The one think which I like in this book is the indigenous content. Professor has written this book after many years of experiences in Indian unincorporated sectors. The content of the book is simple and easy to understand. But a layman like me, it is difficult to read all the data. I felt some of the data are repeating which I felt that the need of stressing its importance. Anyways the book will give different outlook about Indian economy.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
not the most engrossing book that I've read. but definitely it opens your mind to trends that are ignored by media, experts, government etc. I loved the way Prof slaps the government for barely disguised extortion. one other chapter that resonated was the one on charitable giving and how it's become more of show off rather than the silent giving that has been prevalent in India since eons
Priyank Aggarwal
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book delves into a phenomenon which is experienced every day in our lives, of how the India Uninc. strongly participates in the economic well-being of our country and still left out from received the due accolades.

But I did not like the dry, humourless writing style of the book, which in turn makes reading of the book a forced effort.
Sujith Philipose
"India & China are not Emerging economies, we are Re-Emerging economies" - Prof R. Vaidyanathan
"We are the best ape-ers of the world" - Prof. FlipFlop
"India is an elephant, not a tiger" - Prof. Shiju AH
Chaitalee Ghosalkar
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
All stats and no fun facts makes India Uninc a dull book
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent primer to understand India's economy and business culture. This compact but important book provides introduction to how India's small and medium businesses work, why they survive and thrive. The ingrained part is best summed by culture and civilization, centuries of traditions that are built from ground. Prof. Vaidyanathan is sharp, clear and at his usual acerbic best when required. His wealth of experience understanding economics both in east and western world allows us glimpses of ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Great premise for a book. Some remarkable data points to make the core argument as well. Two things strike a sour note - (1) The strident, hectoring tone Prof. Vaidyanathan takes throughout the book - it starts off feeling refreshing and endearing (like a crabby old uncle you love), but after 200 pages, starts grating, and puts you off; (2) The editing. There are some serious editing issues in the book. Much material is repetitive. Some of the data is inconsistently labeled. All the data shown i ...more
Nikhil Pimputkar
The author, a professor at IIMB, offers a wealth of information on an uncharted territory, India Uninc. He deals with some myths about our economy that have always surrounded us and led us to believe that the corporate sector is the great backbone of the Indian economy. The truth, as with all myths, is quite different. This is not in any way to dismiss the corporate sector or its deserved place, but to indicate that they get more attention than due.
The book is a must read for anybody who aspire
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it

Not exactly the easiest of reads due to the nature of the subject- which is talking about the vastly unaccounted working Indian class from an economical lens. But the author drives the point through examples and lucid illustrations as to why any policy planning is moot without taking into account the so called Unincorporated Working class.

Must read for anyone with interest in social entrepreneurship or economics
Vineet Pandey
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a sort of book which one may call an eye-opener. All the claims made by the author in this book are backed by sound stats from genuine sources. A must read for anyone interested in how our economy functions and the role of society in the Indian economy. The only problem with this book is that it has too much stats, more than what is needed otherwise this book is an absolute gem.
Kunal Aggarwal
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Too heavy on financial data I think but concepts explained pretty nicely. I was reading it to understand the current economic structure of the poor which it explains pretty well through private and partnership firms in India and their contribution. A really nice book if you are preparing for Civils or are planning to go for Publi policy work in future.
Anandh Sundar
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For those who seek a deeper understanding of Indian economy beyond the Sensex and India Inc, this book is a data driven incisive analysis and will leave you thinking long after you have put it down.
Worth a repeated read
Pravin Sharma
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
One of those truths hidden in plain sight. This book feels like a rant though and could have done with better editing.
Meera Mukundan
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book that eschews all the hype surrounding FDI in Indian economy!
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
A peek into the unorganised sector and it's importance in Indian economy, but seems to be one-sided and a little exaggerated view of the real picture.
Amithanand D'silva
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A a very in-dept insight on the small scale sector and its value to the Indian Economy, the author has done a lot of research and has backed it with well researched numbers.
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