When PV Narasimha Rao became the unlikely Prime Minister of India in 1991, he inherited economic crisis, violent insurgencies and a nation adrift. Despite being unloved by his people, mistrusted by his party, a minority in Parliament and ruling under the shadow of 10 Janpath, Rao reinvented India, at home and abroad. Few world leaders have achieved so much with so little power.
Vinay Sitapati is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at Ashoka University. He has a PhD in Politics from Princeton University and degrees from National Law School, Bangalore, and Harvard University. Professor Sitapati has written for publications as diverse as the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution, Economic and Political Weekly, International New York Times, and The Indian Express.