Episode 285: The Life and Times of Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Our real heroes are often backstage. Montek Singh Ahluwalia joins Amit Varma in episode 285 of The Seen and the Unseen to discuss his life, his learnings and the liberalisation of 1991.

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3. The M Document — Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s legendary note from 1990.
4. The Importance of the 1991 Reforms — Episode 237 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan and Ajay Shah).
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16. The Origins of Political Order — Francis Fukuyama.
17. Political Order and Political Decay — Francis Fukuyama.
18. James Buchanan on Amazon.
19. Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech about our “tryst with destiny.”
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34. Elite Imitation in Public Policy — Episode 180 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan and Alex Tabarrok).
35. The Loneliness of the Indian Woman — Episode 259 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shrayana Bhattacharya).
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37. Beware of the Useful Idiots — Amit Varma.
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40. Managing Climate Change: A Strategy for India — Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Utkarsh Patel.
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43. Amit Varma’s tweet on velociraptors and turkeys.
44. The James Bond films.

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The illustration for this episode is by Nishant Jain aka Sneaky Artist. Check out his work on TwitterInstagram and Substack.