TataLitLive launches Yashwant Sinha’s ‘India Unmade’ at NCPA

Yashwant Sinha, former Union Finance Minister and External Affairs Minister who quit the BJP in April 2018 was in conversation with Siddharth Bhatia, Founder of The Wire on February 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm.


TataLitLive, along with a four-day festival in November focusing on literature, books, and their interaction with other forms of culture, conducts book launch events all through the year. This helps bookworms in the city busy all year-long and also leaves them with an experience craving for more.

In a recently held event, Former Finance Minister and External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha was present to launch his book ‘India Unmade’ and was in conversation with Siddharth Bhatia, Founding Editor of The Wire at NCPA, Nariman Point.

Being his witty best, Yashwant Sinha addressed the audience while introducing his new book and presented the names of the chapter which were Jai Kisaan? Hey Bhagwan, Break in India, GST- Gayi Sarkar Teri Taxation, Fiscal Deficit Disorder, Pradhan Mantri Attention Deficit Disorder Yojana. He started by saying that he is very disappointed in the way the current government is functioning and that stirred him to pen this book.

Emphasizing on Modi-led BJP governance and said,

I will say it repeatedly that in the next elections people will not vote according to what Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi did or not did it will completely depend on what promises were made and how many of them were actually delivered. The present government proudly boasts about how they got down the fuel prices whereas all these prices depend on international policies and the government doesn’t have any control whatsoever. It’s like when the farm yields good crop the government takes credit for a good monsoon.”    

He further added that the fact that the government is manipulating statistics is a topic of huge concern and in this phase of "raj of falsehood", somebody has to come out with objective truth which he clearly did in his book. 

People in business are scared of the administration but Yashwant Sinha doesn’t seem to be one of those, and while responding to the same, he proudly said that to every rule there are honourable exceptions. The fans and the audience then asked about what was the only good thing done by the present government, Yashwant Sinha sarcastically said ‘aviation’ indirectly referring to Rafael deal and how fugitive businessmen like Mallya and Nirav Modi escaped.

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The event was full of anecdotes by the sharp-witted Former minister where he explained that the construction sector has been hit badly while coining the term ‘Modern Ruins’ for the buildings of Greater Noida, and concluded with Siddharth Bhatia reading out the last paragraph from the book which said that the summation of Modi government is all about event management and in this process we lost the progress of half a decade. Adding to this, he mentioned that if we elect him in 2019, it will be a decade lost.