The art of learning

I’m almost done with reading a fascinating book, Half Lion: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India by Vinay Sitapati, a political scientist, journalist and lawyer. The book has compelled me to rethink my assumptions about the former prime minister. More on Rao some another day. For now, I’ll stay away from the light this book shines on his political astuteness and focus instead on his passion for learning. In the tumultuous months after Indira Gandhi was assassinated and Rajiv Gandhi won the popular mandate to take over as prime minister, he wanted the “old guard” out—Rao included. Gandhi had his trusted aides around him and made his contempt for Rao apparent. Rao was 63 years old then, 23 years older than the new prime minister. Computers were just a novelty…


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