India Rising Fresh Hope New Fears
by Ravi Velloor
In an Asia caught in rapid transition, no country is as fascinating to report on as India. Big, noisy, bulging at the seams, India’s economy and society move much like the traffic on a New Delhi road states and sections of its people advancing at varying speeds and levels of discipline. For every high horsepower engine on the road, there is the cycle rickshaw and the humanly powered pushcart slowing movement and frustrating those who seek to travel more quickly.
Meanwhile, a few nimble riders do weave ahead, often by breaking the rules of the road or fixing rules to their advantage. But behind its warts and obvious confusion, a pattern is discernible of an India that warrants optimism. This is the India of resilience, of improvisation, a nation of multiple ethnicities in 29 states jelling as one, even as they steadily and confidently embrace the world outside.
India Rising tries to chronicle that India, alongside its convulsions. It is a collection of anecdotes and observations of the significant events that marked the decade of Congress Party rule under Manmohan Singh, culminating in the rise of Modi It is built around the access the writer enjoyed with some of the key decision-makers of the time. It is targeted at the person who has a general idea of India, and perhaps is curious to know more. The reader is invited to begin anywhere, because the chapters are very nearly self-contained like the traditional Indian village community that only needed to reach out of its territory for salt and matrimonial alliances.
About The Author
Ravi Velloor is Associate Editor of The Straits Times, Southeast Asia’s most widely read and influential newspaper. The Straits Times is recognised for its Asian coverage and is among the last few newspapers to maintain a large network of overseas correspondents. Ravi was South Asia Bureau Chief and Foreign Editor of the newspaper until he assumed his current position in February 2015.
A 36 year veteran in journalism, Ravi’s career has spanned Bloomberg News, TIME Inc. magazines and the wire services Agence France-Presse and United News of India. A frequent panellist and moderator at public forums, Ravi’s interests span diplomacy, geopolitics and global business. Aside from commenting on contemporary events, he writes the weekly column Speaking of Asia.
Ravi is a founding life member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia and cofounder of India Club, Singapore. Aside from journalism his interests span country, southern, blues and folk music, reading and golf. Ravi and his wife, Geetika Abbi Velloor, live in Singapore.