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

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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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "India remains a mystery to many Americans, even as it is poised to become the worldʼs 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 Indiaʼs 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 Indiaʼs 600,000 villages. Yet amid all these extremes exists the worldʼs largest experiment in representative democracy-and a largely successful one, despite bureaucracies riddled with horrifying corruption."--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 Indiaʼs rise, even welcoming it into the nuclear energy club, hoping to balance Chinaʼs 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 ʺhers to lose.ʺ
Cataloging source
DLC
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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In spite of the gods : the strange rise of modern India, Edward Luce
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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
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
25 cm.
Extent
x, 383 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780385514743
Lccn
2006014227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)68373240
Label
In spite of the gods : the strange rise of modern India, Edward Luce
Link
Publication
Note
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
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
25 cm.
Extent
x, 383 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780385514743
Lccn
2006014227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)68373240

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