Atanu Dey’s book “Transforming India” now available on Flipkart

“Transforming India: Big Ideas for a Developed Nation” by Atanu Dey is now available for sale on Flipkart for Rs 200.

If you care about India’s future, then this is a must-read book. Here is more about the book and Atanu:

Book Summary of Transforming India

Have you ever wondered-

  • Why is India so poor?
  • Is India a free country really or is it under “British Raj 2.0” post 1947?
  • How can it become a rich nation?
  • How will India meet the challenges it faces in energy, urbanization, transportation and infrastructure?
  • What will it take to fix India’s dysfunctional education system?
  • Where should the focus of rural development be – rural people or rural areas?
  • Why does the “license permit quota control raj” inevitably lead to rampant public corruption?
  • Should government run businesses at massive public losses?
  • What can you do to make a difference and bring about positive change?

If you have, then this book is for you.

It is about India’s possible transformation from a very poor, impoverished, “Third-world” nation to a rich, developed, dynamic country by 2040. For us to make that happen, we must intelligently ask and honestly answer questions such as those. This book is an attempt at addressing them and outlining a course of action. We must act but awareness and understanding have to precede action. We have to understand precisely what has impeded India’s progress to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. We have to rescue and transform India – we owe it to ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.

Atanu Dey received his PhD in economics from University of California at Berkeley. He is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and Rutgers University (computer science), and of Nagpur University (mechanical engineering.) As a Reuters Fellow at Stanford University, he developed a model for catalyzing rural economic development called RISC. On his blog “On India’s Development” at, he writes on a wide range of topics such as education, technology, economics and politics. Atanu lives in the San Francisco Bay area and works as the chief economist at NetCore Solutions in Mumbai.

12 thoughts on “Atanu Dey’s book “Transforming India” now available on Flipkart

  1. heartiest Congratulations to Atanu for writing book on very important topic. I have immediately ordered to buy this book and wish that everybody should read it. and my recommendation is based on the Title of book and the topics covered.

    However, Transformating India into a developed nation by 2040 is not transformation. It is change. Transformation is most of the time quantam leap and happens in ‘donot know that donot know’ zone. and that requires thinking from the future instead of thinking from the past as most of the time our mind is habituated to. Thus if we talk of transformation, it is possible to achieve miracles in 1 or 2 years time.
    In fact, the kind of awakening happening around us backs up the possibility of achieving the big result in short time as i think, we are on the verge of crossing the critical mass wanting India to be a developed nation and superpower at the earliest.

    once again congratulations to Atanu for writing book instead of his (may be) hectic work schedule in his company.

  2. “Is India a free country really or is it under “British Raj 2.0″ post 1947?”

    never thought about that – solid question though

  3. There are no dearth of ideas, it is what we do with those ideas that’s imp. All Bengal’s earlier leaders were from great educational institutes but you could see the condition of Bengal today. Atanu, pl gather all bongs from bay area and see if they can channelize investments into Bengal, this is the time. If Bengal transforms, whole India will. I can vouch for that!

  4. I am changing my city for higher education (MBA in RM) in 4 days and flipkart will take 8 days 🙁

    Will order from college in Bhubaneswar….

    I want to recommend this to other people also. I have read his blogs completely. Since you are not direct author of the book (but surely would have read book in draft), you can shade light on one doubt of mine.

    What is new in this book that is not covered in his blog that anyone can read in free ?

  5. Navin,

    Thanks for your kind congratulations. I hope you receive the book soon since I do believe that I have addressed the point you raise.


  6. StatSpotting:

    Once you start considering the post-1947 era as British Raj 2.0, everything that is happening makes perfect sense. The book is actually an elaboration of that and what we have to do for India to become actually independent.


  7. Biplab Das:

    Agree that ideas are a dime a dozen. But all ideas are not created equal.

    About channeling investment to Bengal — my concern is India, and certainly not restricted to any specific state (even the one that my ancestors came from but which I have only occasionally visited.)

    I do believe that if India is transformed, no state in India will be untouched by that transformation.


  8. Yayaver:

    Sorry that the lead time for receiving the book is so high. Glad that you are proceeding to do get your MBA. Congratulations on that. And don’t forget to pass the message in the book around to your fellow MBA students 🙂

    What’s new in the book? Nothing radically new, actually. Indeed, the same can be said of most books since they are a collection of ideas that are out there — but expressed differently.

    Reading my blog will give a fairly good picture of what my position is on most matters. But my blog has 1800 articles. It is not easy to sort through it. Besides the book complements the blog in the sense that it brings my ideas to people who do not read blogs.


  9. Vishall:

    The book will be available on various formats — eventually.

    Right now, we are struggling with one major problem. The printers did not do a very good job of it. The cover is unattractive, and the quality of the paper and printing should have been much better.

    A second printing is in the works and when that happens, we will distribute the book over all accessible channels.


  10. “It is politicians who created the underworld dones according to their convenience and crushed them in cold blooded encounters”. It is a well known fact. But who will give the solution. It is like “fence eating the crop”.

  11. Surely the book should be online. Given the valuable document it could be. The wider the ideas spread the sooner its adoption. Perhaps you should consider this.

    In these digital times it is the easier course too. And if as is claimed that if there is nothing original there, nothing to be lost by someone copying it, in fact the issue of copyright becomes an oxymoron.

    The benefits of putting it on the net are obvious, the civic sensed are looking to the net for ideas and inspiration and it would be wonderful to have a start point to improving India.

    All readers of this blog, for instance would surely benefit from reading it. Kindly consider making an electronic copy widely available to interested readers….