Taking time out of his election campaign schedule, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released Infosys' chief mentor NR Narayana Murthy's book at his official residence in Delhi on April 20 evening.
In a way stretching what his party has been saying all these years, the prime minister said "for the people of India, this book is a message of inclusive growth". The book, A Better India, A Better World, contains 38 lectures that Murthy has delivered over an approximately six year period. Lectures before that were not taken as they would have been too outdated.
Murthy himself described the book as a "blueprint for better India, a better world." He too laid considerable emphasis on the need for more inclusive growth, saying despite the great resurgence of India in the recent past, "we have not lived up to the ideals of our forefathers. This is a book about creating an India we can all be proud of."
The book is the second for the Allen Lane imprint in India, part of Penguin India.
The launch which was held amidst tight security had a limited number of guests - 100 at best, and that included the author's family and friends and few IIT students. A few leading corporate figures like Religare's Malvinder Singh were present too. The PM was around to freely mingle with people during refreshments.