Through this book Chetan Bhagat has made his foray into non fiction for the first time and he has done reasonably well too. This book titled What Young India Wants is a collection of essays and columns written by him in The Times of India newspaper albeit with minor changes. Through this book Bhagat expresses his opinion on the current state of affairs in India. There are separate sections on society, politics and youth. Also included are two short stories on contemporary issues written by him and his great Indian dream. Through this book Bhagat has suggested many ways to improve the condition of India. He has highlighted many serious issues plaguing the country. There is also a touch of humour though. By reading this book you will get to know a lot about the problems facing the country. I was very impressed by his suggestions on improving the country. Education, corruption, health, politics, agriculture--almost everything that is troubling the country is discussed. His ideas are very impressive. By reading this book you will also be inspired to do something for the country.
Though the book lacks in-depth analysis of problems but it makes for a good read. There are catchy titles for each of the essays. The language is also very easy to understand.
Bhagat has also raised many issues that no one else has done till yet. He criticises the millionaires of India saying that they owe their success to their connections and not to innovation. As this book has been written in 2012 issues like corruption, insider trading etc that are making headlines currently are given more importance. He has also made us remember that in India common people are not valued. How else could Warren Anderson escape so easily after the Bhopal gas tragedy? He has rightly said that people in India are cheaper than fish. The plight of the farmer has also been highlighted. I too agree with him that we must nourish the nourisher first. We have already heard of many incidents of farmers being duped by rich people and politicians.
Bhagat is very much favourable towards foreign investment. But he is not afraid to say that corrupt corporates should be dealt with strictly. He has also pointed out that had the Bhopal gas tragedy taken place elsewhere it wouldn’t have been dealt with so leniently. What happened to BP due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
Bhagat has a few brave ideas and has appealed to us to foster change in our country. But one drawback is that he hasn’t stated very clearly as to how to implement them.
I would recommend this book to those who are interested in politics and bringing about a change in the society. Happy reading!