India: The Challenge of Change

India: The Challenge of Change

by James Traub

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Gr 6 Up A concise, clearly written account of the economic and political changes in India since its independence. Traub does not dwell long on history or social customs, which are covered more extensively in other books such as Galbraith and Mehta's India Now and Through Time (Houghton, 1980). Instead, he uses his opening chapters on history and religion as background essential to understanding the complexities of modernization in India today. Complexity seems to be the underlying theme of this book. Traub chronicles the problems of development in industry and farming and the growing differences between city and village life. He shows how the hold of India's past make it difficult for its people to break away from long-held traditions such as the caste system. Especially helpful is the author's method of contrasting and comparing India to other developing nations. This is an updated edition of the 1981 book to which has been added the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the recent Sikh uprisings, the Union Carbide gas leak and the rise to power of Rajiv Gandhi. Judith L. Olson, Lansdowne-Emrath Library, Lexington, Ky.

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