Sanjaya Baru and Vinay Sitapati in conversation with Surjit Bhalla


Two recent political biographies resurrect the enigmatic figure of P.V. Narasimha Rao, the ninth Prime Minister of India. Sanjaya Baru has recently written 1991: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Made History and Vinay Sitapati is the author of Half-Lion: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India. Rao’s legacy as the principal architect of economic reforms, his legendary political shrewdness, his reputation as a scholar and polyglot as well as his human frailties are the subject of this riveting session.