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In spite of the gods : the strange rise of modern India, Edward Luce

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In spite of the gods : the strange rise of modern India
Title
In spite of the gods
Title remainder
the strange rise of modern India
Statement of responsibility
Edward Luce
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "India remains a mystery to many Americans, even as it is poised to become the worldÊ1⁄4s 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. In In 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 is sure to be acknowledged for years as the definitive introduction to modern India. In Spite of the Gods illuminates 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 IndiaÊ1⁄4s 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 IndiaÊ1⁄4s 600,000 villages. Yet amid all these extremes exists the worldÊ1⁄4s largest experiment in representative democracy-and a largely successful one, despite bureaucracies riddled with horrifying corruption."--From source other than the Library of Congress
  • 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 been encouraging IndiaÊ1⁄4s rise, even welcoming it into the nuclear energy club, hoping to balance ChinaÊ1⁄4s influence in Asia. Above all, In Spite of the Gods is 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 Êohers to lose.Êo
  • Includes information on Afghanistan, agriculture, Bhimrao Ambedkar, Ayodhya, Bangalore, Bangladesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Brahmins, Buddhism, bureaucracy, George Bush, caste system, cattle, China, Christians, British colonialism, Congress Party, corruption, Dalits, democracy, economy, education, elections, electricity, equality, Indira Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Great Britain, Gujarat, health care, Hindu nationalism, Hindus, Hinduism, industrialization, information technology, Japan, jobs, Kashmir, Kerala, literacy, lower castes, marriage, military, modernity, Narendra Modi, Mumbai (Bombay), Muslims, Jawaharlal Nehru, New Delhi, nuclear weapons, Pakistan, police, politics, poverty, Punjab, riots, roads, science, secularism, separatist insurgencies, Sikhs, Manmohan Singh, Soviet Union, taxes, television, terrorists, United States, upper castes, urbanization, Uttar Pradesh, Atal Behari Vajpayee, villages, water, etc
Summary
Drawing on his own experiences and insights as the South Asia correspondent for The Financial Times, the author analyzes the conflicting political, economic, social, cultural, and religious forces that are shaping the modern nation of India and assesses the country's potential to become one of the next global superpowers. 25,000 first printing
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
170287
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
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Luce, Edward
Dewey number
954.05/3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HC435.3
LC item number
.L83 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • India
  • India
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the strange rise of modern India
Label
In spite of the gods : the strange rise of modern India, Edward Luce
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-367) and index
Contents
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 affairs 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 21st century -- New India, old India : the many-layered character of Indian modernity -- Hers to lose : India's huge opportunities and challenges in the 21st century
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
x, 383 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780385514743
Lccn
2006014227
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), map
System control number
  • ocm68373240
  • (OCoLC)68373240
Label
In spite of the gods : the strange rise of modern India, Edward Luce
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-367) and index
Contents
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 affairs 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 21st century -- New India, old India : the many-layered character of Indian modernity -- Hers to lose : India's huge opportunities and challenges in the 21st century
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
x, 383 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780385514743
Lccn
2006014227
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), map
System control number
  • ocm68373240
  • (OCoLC)68373240

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