Contrary to Cynics, a lot has been achieved in India since independence, especially in the last 30 years. Yes, the view that India should have grown faster like several other countries is a valid point. The book offers kaleidoscopic perspectives of maturing of democracy in a bewilderingly diverse India, fault lines of governance, urbanisation, trade and industry, future of India-US relations and the vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. This collection offers a dispassionate discourse; it highlights what deserves to be applauded and doesn’t shy away from calling a spade a spade, if needed. A must read for those who want to figure out where India is heading to.
A historian by education, a diplomat by profession, Surendra Kumar has never been unconnected with what goes on in India even while serving in different continents thousands of miles away. Opportunities of working and staying in Mexico and Chile in South America, Syria and Libya in the Middle East, UK in Europe, Mozambique and Kenya in Africa and Hong Kong in East Asia and many official visits to Swaziland, Eritrea, DRC and Malta have given him an outlook to see the progress and developments in India in a relative terms.