I have not had an opportunity to read A New History of India by Francois Gautier (Har-Anand Publications, 2008) but I intend to since I got this brief review of the book in an email from a colleague. I post it below the fold with permission.
India’s contemporary problems go back to decisions made around 100 years ago — by one party, and subsequently by one family that controls that party. In doing the things they did, and the decisions they made, they nearly overturned and laid waste an Indian spirit and culture that has endured for millennia.
That’s the legacy we need to reclaim. For without the foundation of one’s past — the real past — we will never be able to build the future we want.
To make this happen, India needs a leader who combines within himself or herself the best qualities of an Abraham Lincoln, a Swami Vivekanand, a Sri Aurobindo, and a Lee Kuan Yew. India needs a leader who had demonstrated that he or she can lead. A leader, unlike other Indian leaders, whose personal ambitions begin and end with doing what is good for the nation.
The book by Gautier is essential reading for people to understand why India needs a change of leadership. We don’t have much time. We have to get that leader in power by 2014. We need a leader who will stop the rapid slide of the country into deepening poverty, and lead India out of the swamp that Congress has dragged India into.
The books informs you of the systematic plunder and the “planned poverty” of India, and it talks about the future that can be created. It’s about what can be termed “Mission 2014 to Reclaim India.” If you want to be part of this mission, you have to spend a few hours reading this book. The book will propel you to action.
I like the expression “planned poverty.” That’s what the Congress (and the UPA) does so well.
On my part, I plan to read the book. I will post excerpts from it on this blog. One of these days I will have to get in touch with Mr Gautier.