Lutyens’ Maverick: Ground Realities, Hard Choices and Tomorrow’s India

by Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda

  1. ISBN: 978-93-5333-343-0
  2. Pages: 232 pages
  3. Date: 7 January 2019


Would India be better served by ‘One nation, two elections’? Why should Modi go boldly where no Indian politician has gone before, and reform political funding? Will the disinvestment of Air India erase doubts about NDA government’s will to reform? Can Pakistan’s new PM deliver a cooling of border tensions? Has the Supreme Court’s triple talaq judgement set the country on course to a uniform civil code? Is death penalty the only answer to the horrific rapes across the country?

These contentious questions are just a few of the myriad political, economic and social issues that four-time Member of Parliament Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda analyses in his latest book, Lutyens’ Maverick.

Backed by hard facts and indisputable numbers, this publication is the opinion of one of the most articulate voices in the Parliament today. Written in impeccable prose, Panda presents a scholarly survey of various events, tracing their origins and offering answers to them.


Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda is an Indian politician elected twice each to the Rajya Sabha (from
Odisha) and Lok Sabha (from Kendrapada, Odisha), serving eighteen years in the Parliament.
From a private sector background, he was involved with the foundation of the regional party Biju Janata Dal in 1997 and was its parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha for seven years. He came to be known as the face of the party nationally until his resignation from it (and from the Parliament) in 2018.

Panda has built a reputation as one of India’s few thinking politicians, who are a familiar face on
TV debates and newspaper op-ed pages as a rational, centrist voice. He is one of the most popular politicians in Odisha, with a large following among its youth. A licenced pilot since his twenties, he has often flown relief and rescue missions in the aftermath of natural disasters in Odisha.

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