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The Indian Renaissance: India's Rise After a Thousand Years of Decline

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India's recent economic performance has attracted world attention but the country is re-awakening not just as an economy but as a civilization. After a thousand years of the decline, it now has a genuine opportunity to re-establish itself as a major global power.In “The Indian Renaissance”, the author, Sanjeev Sanyal, looks at the processes that led to ten centuries of fos ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published August 20th 2008 by World Scientific Publishing Company
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Arpit Bansal
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A well researched book on state of economic affairs of Indian subcontinent in past 1000 years and subsequent shift in economy of the country post liberalization in 1991 along with the road map to becoming an economic superpower. The author tries to establish throughout the book that "To take advantage of the world, one needs the right attitude towards innovation, change and risk-taking" with numerous anecdotes from history of India and the world. It is this attitude that lead to the decline of t ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as interesting as his latest work ie the land of seven rivers


Talkes about the middle class of India and how it grew and hhow it wil grew

fossilisation of ideas ( Kolkotta being an example )

India's demographic divident and how primary education and blue collar jobs will play an interlinking part in it


Quite obsolete and needs a updation ( its of 2008 period)

repetitive at some places

some times come as boring and one has to force through pages in between though in the last
Anand Rai
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was written in 2008. So many things have changed since then so this book needs a second edition. Many people have problem with first chapter and they stop reading after that. A friend of mine who is preparing for UPSC stopped reading after reading the statement that "Aryan Invasion Theory has largely been debunked". And she told me this that she couldn't read it any further. I tried to convince her sending her bunch of science papers and I was able to partially convince her that our History b ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being a recently selected and appointed civil servant, I must say, it feels as if I was reading the economic survey of the Govt of India while reading this book😁

Critics of the neo-liberal school of thought say that, the people of today have the advantage of hindsight when they retrospectively put the Nehru-Mahalobanis model in the docks.

Frankly I believe both the schools of thought have merit. It just totally depended on the acumen and foresight and the risk taking ability of the men at the helm
Abhishek Desikan
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Indian Renaissance is the tale of India's economy. Although Sanjeev Sanyal has written some excellent books on India from a historical and geographical perspective, he is an economist by profession, and his first book shows us that it's his forte as well. After a brief look at how India collapsed from being the country with the largest share of GDP in the world to one of the lowest, he centers most of the book around the liberalization reforms of 1991 as the focal point and the watershed mom ...more
Kaustubh Kirti
Sanjeev Sanyal presents a small but powerful description of how the Indian history would be recounted 50 - 60 years down the line. 1947 was the year when the country woke up to freedom however the poverty and malnutrition still plagued the country at large. Hindu rate of growth and the license raj prevented the economy to breathe. The common man had limited options even when it came to cars. This was the time when Rao and Manmohan were forced to open up the economy to meet the balance of payment ...more
Sylvester Kuo
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Being not familiar at all with Indian history, this book was quite a good read. Sanyal outlined the fall and rise of India and how socialist control accelerated the decline of India, it wasn't until the early 90s that India began to see improvement in standard of living and economic growth.

It is a good book to stock up examples of how capitalism is the only way to eliminate poverty and achieve prosperity, but the writing was inadequate and disengaging.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Starting off from a cleverly highlighted bird's eye historical review, the book builds up a very well woven story: everything good about India has come from a free market. I should confess that the book convinced me, at least for a couple of weeks after reading it.
The book is extremely well written and too nearly no effort to turn the pages. ighly recommended.
Tarun Tiwary
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. For a newbie like me the explanation of socio-economic factors leading to certain fate of a city or Nation as a whole really amazed me and created further interest into the subject. Analysis are lucid and interesting. No disappointment at all.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fresh perspective!!!

A good book to make sense of the rise, fall and now the current rise of India. Sanjeev Sanyal's writing is thorough, yet easy to read. Look forward to reading his other books.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sanjeev Sanyal’s appreciation of Indian economic history its rise, decline and reemergence make for a good read.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well thought-out and an extremely well articulated book.
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent analysis of India`s past and future based on clear socio economics ...more
Chirayu Batra
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I read two books of Sanjeev Sanyal back to back. His books will definitely give you a sense of pride about your country with a very optimistic outlook. This book explains how different factors such as demographics, culture, attitude, innovation, risk-taking capability, service sector growth etc. are contributing to India's growth trajectory. A special emphasis on the power of Indian middle class has been put and explained at length. It is a simple read, will improve understanding of various rela ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Turned out to be a little too verbose and monotonous.
Abhinav Agarwal
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Useful enough. But... Misleading title, dry and unengaging prose.

If a country is indeed seen as rising after a thousand years of decline, and if you put so in the title of your book, it stands to reason you are expected to devote some amount of reasoning and logic to that line. This book does not. Why the decline happened is only fleetingly touched upon, and without much conviction. The book's stronger sections are towards the latter part, especially when talking about the country's broken educa
Ayan Dutta
This is a 2008 written book , lot has changed . I felt the book needs an immediate revision to get the facts updated ( taking away 2 stars ) . The prognosis is quite good though and it's a brisk read !
Temple Dog
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thorough analysis of India's rise after Independence.

TD is neutral.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written, easy to read & has a positive tone to it. Topics addressed are a bit too wide for such a short book to do justice.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Boring. ( This, when I love books around history)
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
A good narrative, focuses on the importance of middle class and primary education revolution.
Raj Shenoi
An excellent read !!
Avinash Kamath
Same old, Same old rehashed stuff about India.
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Sanjeev Sanyal is an economist, urban theorist and writer. He grew up in Sikkim, Kolkata and Delhi before heading off to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He spent the tumultuous summer of 1993 in South Africa as it transitioned from apartheid, and then extensively travelled through Guatemala as it emerged from civil war. These experiences made him a keen observer of rapidly changing societies, an inter ...more