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The Nineties were a character-altering decade for independent India, and yet the most unchronicled. Works of contemporary history are scarce in our country. So the 1990s remain largely unexamined.

We decode the decade of Infosys, Mars bars, Pokhran, SRK and MTV. Was economic freedom a panacea for all ills? How does an open capitalist economy retain the principles of a welfare state? It has been 20 years since globalization opened our horizons. It was a time when we leapfrogged into an open economy and suddenly had a plethora of choices.

In this special issue, we revisit this momentous decade to understand its merits, its chaos and what we could not see then.