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India: The Rise of an Asian Giant

India: The Rise of an Asian Giant

by Dietmar Rothermund


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An authoritative analysis of the political, economic, and social developments behind India’s dramatic rise in global stature

With growing economic might, new political influence, and changing social dynamics, India has emerged as a major world power in the twenty-first century. This book charts the important features of India’s development since its independence in 1947, assessing those forces that have contributed to the nation’s growth as well as those that have impeded it. Through the lens of India’s past, Dietmar Rothermund offers a new perspective on India today and a fascinating look into the nation’s future.

The author explores the diverse roots of India’s economic robustness, from agriculture to the export boom. He looks closely at the country’s democratic system, nuclear decisions, and alliance with the U.S. against terror. In his review of social changes, Rothermund discusses the institution of caste, the rise of a new middle class, the persistence of poverty, the media and Bollywood, and the significance of the global diaspora of twenty million Indians. In sum, he offers an impressive profile of India, an Asian giant whose role in the world’s future will surely be unique and important.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300158274
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dietmar Rothermund is professor emeritus of South Asian history, University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is author of many works on Asian history, including A History of India (with H. Kulke), now in its fourth edition.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vi
List of Maps     viii
Preface     ix
Prologue: The Giant's Ascent     xii
Building a Democratic Nation     1
The Emergence of National Coalitions     14
The Tensions of Federalism     34
A Role in World Affairs     45
The Argument of Power: Atom Bombs and Rockets     58
Liberalizing a Hidebound Economy     72
Sick Mills and Strong Powerlooms     87
Diamonds, Garments and Software     96
The Quest for Supercomputers     112
Agriculture: Crisis or Promise?     122
The Giant's Shackles: Water, Energy and Infrastructure     136
Caste in a Changing Society     162
The Boon of a Demographic Dividend     176
The Demand for Education     185
The New Middle Class: Consumers and Savers     196
The Persistence of Poverty     206
The Splendour of the Media     218
A Dynamic Diaspora     232
Epilogue: The Giant's Next Steps     241
Notes     246
Bibliography     260
Index     265

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