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Straits Times Press launches new book India Rising written by veteran Straits Times journalist Ravi Velloor, capturing an evocative portrait of India in transition

Straits Times Press launches new book India Rising written by veteran Straits Times journalist Ravi Velloor, capturing an evocative portrait of India in transition

Singapore, 15 April 2015 – Straits Times Press, the book publishing arm of Singapore Press Holdings, today launched India Rising, a new 384-page book by veteran Straits Times journalist Ravi Velloor, consisting of anecdotes and observations of the significant events that marked the decade of Congress Party rule under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and culminating in the rise of Narendra Modi.

India Rising is the result of the access which Velloor enjoys with many of the key decision-makers of the time.

Velloor is Associate Editor of The Straits Times and writes its weekly “Speaking of Asia” columns. An award-winning journalist, he has reported from across Asia and the US in a career spanning 35 years. Formerly ST’s Foreign Editor and South Asia Bureau Chief, he previously worked with Bloomberg News, Time Inc., Agence France-Presse and United News of India. A Jefferson Fellow, Velloor is also a founding life-member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia and a co-founder of India Club, Singapore.

India Risingwill be launched by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at The Pod, National Library Board on Thursday, 21 April. The State Bank of India, Singapore, is the event sponsor and the National Library Board is the venue sponsor.

Of his take on India today, Velloor says: “Big, noisy, bulging at the seams, India’s economy and society move much like the traffic on a New Delhi road – states and sections of its people advancing at varying speeds and levels of discipline.

“For every high horsepower engine on the road, there is the cycle rickshaw and the humanly powered pushcart slowing movement and frustrating those who seek to travel more quickly. Meanwhile, a few nimble riders do weave ahead, often by breaking the rules of the road or fixing rules to their advantage.”

Velloor adds: “But behind its warts and obvious confusion, a pattern is discernible of an India that warrants optimism. This is the India of resilience, of improvisation, a nation of multiple ethnicities in 29 states jelling as one, even as they steadily and confidently embrace the world outside…”

India Rising tries to chronicle that India, alongside its convulsions.

Susan Long, General Manager of Straits Times Press says: “India Rising is an evocative portrait of India in transition. Straits Times Press is delighted to publish Ravi’s fine work.”

Warren Fernandez, Editor of The Straits Times, said: “Ravi knows India like few other correspondents and he has a knack for telling a good story. This book is a worthy addition to our growing list of authoritative accounts on events in our region by seasoned ST correspondents.”

The book has already garnered praise from many, including Singapore’s former Foreign Minister George Yeo, who contributed a lengthy foreword.

Some of the comments include:

“Each chapter cuts a different slice into the complex reality which is India. Like a CT scan, the slices combine to give the reader a composite sense of the unfolding Indian drama. Importantly for Asia, it also looks closely at the strategic sweet spot India has found itself in, wooed by every major power. India is too big to be ignored.”
Mr George Yeo, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore.

“Insightful, accessible, thoughtful and entertaining – all at once. … To know what has brought India to this point, and its place in the world today, Velloor’s book is not only timely but essential.”
Zoher F. Abdoolcarim, Asia Editor, TIME.

“With one fascinating story after another, Velloor lifts a veil on India’s complexities and makes it more comprehensible. He has provided an enjoyable path to understand the world’s fastest rising new great power.”
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and author of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World, and Can Singapore Survive?

“Ravi Velloor’s connections in India gave him access into the Delhi Darbar that was the envy of foreign correspondents.”
Dr Sanjaya Baru, Director of Geo-Economics, IISS and author of The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh.

The book will be sold at all major bookshops at S$34.90 (inclusive of GST) and on from 15 April.


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Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times underwent a major redesign across all platforms in July 2015, when it celebrated its 170th anniversary. This revamp is part of its continuing efforts to refresh its products, maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing readers with news as it happens on all platforms, from its website at, Apple and Android apps to social media. 

The Straits Times is a member of three regional and global networks - Asia News Network, the Climate Publishers Network and the Impact Journalism Day alliance of newspapers - and it has won multiple international media awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa), Society of News Design and Wan-Ifra. It swept 11 awards at the Asia Media Awards 2015, including three Gold for Best News Website (, Best Data Visualisation Project and Best Lifestyle Mobile Service, and five Silver. The paper's school outreach initiatives have won regular top awards, which included the 2015 World Young Reader Prize given by Wan-Ifra, and Best Young Reader programme award by Panpa.

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