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Description - Being Indian by Pavan K. Varma

In the 21st century every sixth human being will be Indian. India is very close to becoming the second largest consumer market in the world, with a buying middle class numbering over half a billion. The Inidan economy is already the forth largest in terms of purchasing power parity. It is in the top ten overall GNP. Yet at least 200 million Indians remain desperately poor. Illiteracy rates are high. Communal violence is widespread; corruption endemic. Brides are still tortured and burnt for dowries; female infanticide is common. The caste system has lost little of its power and none of its brutality. ow are we to make sense of these apparently contrdictory pictures of India today? And how can we overcome the many misconceptions about India that are fed by western stereotypes and Indians' own myths about themselves. Pavan Varma turns a sharply observant gaze on his fellow countrymen to examine what really makes Indians tick. How, for example, does the indifference of most middle-class Indians to the suffering of the poor square with their enthusiasm for parliamentary democracy? How can a people who so supported Mahatma Ganddhi's strategy of non-violence during the stru

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099486824
ISBN-10: 0099486822
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Pavan K. Varma

A member of the Indian Foreign Service, Pavan K. Varma has served in Moscow, in New York and in Cyprus. He has been Press Secretary to the President of India and is currently director of the Nehru Centre in London.

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