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In Spite of the Gods The Rise of Modern India

ISBN-10: 1400079772
ISBN-13: 9781400079773
Edition: 2008
Authors: Edward Luce
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

India remains a mystery to many Americans, even as it is poised to become the world’s third largest economy within a generation, outstripping Japan. It will surpass China in population by 2032 and will have more English speakers than the United States by 2050. InIn Spite of the Gods, Edward Luce, a journalist who covered India for many years, makes brilliant sense of India and its rise to global power. Already a number-one bestseller in India, his book issure to be acknowledged for years as the definitive introduction to modern India. In Spite of the Godsilluminates a land of many contradictions. The booming tech sector we read so much about in the West, Luce points out, employs no more than one million of India’s 1.1 billion people. Only 35 million people, in fact, have formal enough jobs to pay taxes, while three-quarters of the country lives in extreme deprivation in India’s 600,000 villages. Yet amid all these extremes exists the world’s largest experiment in representative democracy—and a largely successful one, despite bureaucracies riddled with horrifying corruption. Luce shows that India is an economic rival to the U.S. in an entirely different sense than China is. There is nothing in India like the manufacturing capacity of China, despite the huge potential labor force. An inept system of public education leaves most Indians illiterate and unskilled. Yet at the other extreme, the middle class produces ten times as many engineering students a year as the United States. Notwithstanding its future as a major competitor in a globalized economy, American. leaders have beenencouraging India’s rise, even welcoming it into the nuclear energy club, hoping to balance China’s influence in Asia. Above all,In Spite of the Godsis an enlightening study of the forces shaping India as it tries to balance the stubborn traditions of the past with an unevenly modernizing present. Deeply informed by scholarship and history, leavened by humor and rich in anecdote, it shows that India has huge opportunities as well as tremendous challenges that make the future “hers to lose.”

Preface
Introduction
Global and Medieval: India's Schizophrenic Economy
The Burra Sahibs: The Long Tentacles of India's State
Battles of the Righteous: The Rise of India's Lower Castes
The Imaginary Horse: The Continuing Threat of Hindu Nationalism
Long Live the Sycophants!: The Congress Party's Continuing Love Affair with the Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty
Many Crescents: South Asia's Divided Muslims
A Triangular Dance: Why India's Relations with the United States and China Will Shape the World in the Twenty-first Century
New India, Old India: The Many-Layered Character of Indian Modernity
Conclusion: Hers to Lose: India's Huge Opportunities and Challenges in the Twenty-first Century
Notes
Index

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