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As India turns 75, Innovating India unpacks 100 ideas that transformed a young democratic republic into a complex and thriving nation of a billion-plus people. With compelling urgency and the lucidity of a skilled narrator, Dinesh C. Sharma writes of an India newly independent in 1947 after the British colonial powers left it to its own destiny, of its subsequent wavering journey through the decades all the way to a raging pandemic and of the small and big innovations that paved the way for India. In doing so, he turns on their heads prevailing notions of innovation often propagated in a galaxy of books on the much used and abused narrative of jugaad that romance the idea of how the ‘poor’ innovate to get by. Very often, a bulk of the writing heavily focuses on technological, novel, IT or digital solutions and disruptions alone, most of which fizzle out as one-time wonders. Sharma does the difficult job of writing about the disruptions that revolutionized the way things were done in a particular sector and context. Covering policies, concepts, and institutions in areas such as, but not limited to, science, healthcare, education, governance, business, grassroots movements, agriculture, fashion, law and others, this is a book one needs to read to better understand India. Propulsively put together, with effortless prose, Sharma’s writing, with his decades’ long journalistic understanding of science, technology, environment, and communities, is teeming with stories and anecdotes of innovations that went on to change the lives of Indians forever. From software parks to shampoos sachets, jan sunwais to oxygen langars, Lijjat papad to mohalla clinics, the Chipko movement to Khabar Lahariya, this is also the story of the unknown, unsung people behind these innovations that are continuing to shape India as we know it.
 
 
 

Review

“Rich and insightful, this is the most definitive and exhaustive history of innovations in postindependence India.”– Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO

“Immersive and powerfully written. This is an exceptional book that everyone needs to read to better understand India.”-Nandan Nilekani, Chairman and Co-founder, Infosys; and Founding Chairman UIDAI (Aadhaar)

“Rejecting the cynical view that ‘jugaad’ has been India’s idea of innovation, Dinesh Sharma has put together an impressive list of very Indian innovation in the fields of science, technology, health care, governance and management that should boost national morale and motivate us to aspire to do more.”– Sanjaya Baru, analyst, columnist, former media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; author of India’s Power Elite

“Dinesh Sharma takes on the big management gurus, drawing our attention back to the forgotten innovators, pathbreakers and their ideas that helped shape contemporary India. This is, quite simply, unlike any book on Indian innovation out there.” – Sam Pitroda, Former Chairman, The National Innovation Council.

About the Author

Dinesh C. Sharma is a New Delhi-based award-winning journalist and author with over thirty-five years’ of professional experience. He has written extensively on science and technology, climate change, health, environment and innovation for national and international media, including The Lancet and Wired. He has been Science Editor at Mail Today, and Managing Editor at India Science Wire and is currently the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow (2020-2021). His book The Outsourcer: The Story of India’s IT Revolution was awarded the Computer History Museum Book Prize in 2016. He has also been a visiting faculty at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Ateneo de Manila University, Manila. Dinesh Sharma tweets at @dineshcsharma
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Indian Innovation Not Jugaad 100 Ideas That Transformed India

Indian Innovation Not Jugaad 100 Ideas That Transformed India

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  • ISBN: 9789392130038
  • Author: Dinesh C Sharma
  • Publisher: Roli Books
  • Pages: 352
  • Format: Hardback

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As India turns 75, Innovating India unpacks 100 ideas that transformed a young democratic republic into a complex and thriving nation of a billion-plus people. With compelling urgency and the lucidity of a skilled narrator, Dinesh C. Sharma writes of an India newly independent in 1947 after the British colonial powers left it to its own destiny, of its subsequent wavering journey through the decades all the way to a raging pandemic and of the small and big innovations that paved the way for India. In doing so, he turns on their heads prevailing notions of innovation often propagated in a galaxy of books on the much used and abused narrative of jugaad that romance the idea of how the ‘poor’ innovate to get by. Very often, a bulk of the writing heavily focuses on technological, novel, IT or digital solutions and disruptions alone, most of which fizzle out as one-time wonders. Sharma does the difficult job of writing about the disruptions that revolutionized the way things were done in a particular sector and context. Covering policies, concepts, and institutions in areas such as, but not limited to, science, healthcare, education, governance, business, grassroots movements, agriculture, fashion, law and others, this is a book one needs to read to better understand India. Propulsively put together, with effortless prose, Sharma’s writing, with his decades’ long journalistic understanding of science, technology, environment, and communities, is teeming with stories and anecdotes of innovations that went on to change the lives of Indians forever. From software parks to shampoos sachets, jan sunwais to oxygen langars, Lijjat papad to mohalla clinics, the Chipko movement to Khabar Lahariya, this is also the story of the unknown, unsung people behind these innovations that are continuing to shape India as we know it.
 
 
 

Review

“Rich and insightful, this is the most definitive and exhaustive history of innovations in postindependence India.”– Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO

“Immersive and powerfully written. This is an exceptional book that everyone needs to read to better understand India.”-Nandan Nilekani, Chairman and Co-founder, Infosys; and Founding Chairman UIDAI (Aadhaar)

“Rejecting the cynical view that ‘jugaad’ has been India’s idea of innovation, Dinesh Sharma has put together an impressive list of very Indian innovation in the fields of science, technology, health care, governance and management that should boost national morale and motivate us to aspire to do more.”– Sanjaya Baru, analyst, columnist, former media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; author of India’s Power Elite

“Dinesh Sharma takes on the big management gurus, drawing our attention back to the forgotten innovators, pathbreakers and their ideas that helped shape contemporary India. This is, quite simply, unlike any book on Indian innovation out there.” – Sam Pitroda, Former Chairman, The National Innovation Council.

About the Author

Dinesh C. Sharma is a New Delhi-based award-winning journalist and author with over thirty-five years’ of professional experience. He has written extensively on science and technology, climate change, health, environment and innovation for national and international media, including The Lancet and Wired. He has been Science Editor at Mail Today, and Managing Editor at India Science Wire and is currently the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow (2020-2021). His book The Outsourcer: The Story of India’s IT Revolution was awarded the Computer History Museum Book Prize in 2016. He has also been a visiting faculty at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Ateneo de Manila University, Manila. Dinesh Sharma tweets at @dineshcsharma

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