It was nice to be with the celebrity author yesterday in the book release function at Crossword Bookstore.
Dr Seshagiri, ex DG of NIC and considered one of the key architects of the 1984-89 computer revolution (and also nick named “Rajiv Gandhi’s Computer Boy”) talked about some unknown stories coming to light, thanks to the book; for example, contrary to what many believe ,the liberalized computer import policy was finalized by Mrs Gandhi in 1984; she could not live to see the policy see the light of the day; and Rajiv Gandhi only announced it on her birthday (Nov 19, 1984) after Indira Gandhi’s tragic death on October 31, 1984.
Dr Ramachandra Guha, the renowned historian talked of his Foundation funding key book writing projects that focus on the history of post-independent India. His observation that history in India got frozen at the mid-night of Aug 14, 1947 (when India obtained Independence) was a deep observation. I am glad Guha and Nandan Nilekani are addressing the issue through such book writing projects. May their tribe multiply!
I only talked of the pleasant surprises in the book; “long” revolution emphasizing the deep roots going back to 50’s (unlike many youngsters who think that Indian IT is only post Y2K), history book being so “lively to read” and the author giving a scholastic touch to the book (instead of a journalists’ account).
It was an enjoyable evening at Crossword Bookstore