In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India
by Edward Luce
India is booming, poised to become one of the world's three largest economies in the next generation and to overtake China as the world's most ... Show synopsis India is booming, poised to become one of the world's three largest economies in the next generation and to overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2032. Well before then India's incipient nuclear deterrent will have acquired intercontinental range and air, sea and land capabilities. India's volatile relationship with its nuclear-armed neighbour, Pakistan, may yet prove to be the source of the world's next major conflict. And if you call anyone - from your bank to rail enquiries - your query may well be dealt woth by a graduate in Gujarat. Any way one looks at it, India's fate matters. And in "In spite of the Gods", Edward Luce, one of the most incisive and talented journalists of his generation, will assess the conflicting forces that are forging a new nation. Cutting through the miasma that still clouds thinking about India, this extraordinarily accomplished book takes the measure of a society that is struggling to come to grips with modernity. Drawing on historical research, existing literature and his own unparalleled access as the New Delhi-based, South Asia correspondent of the FT, this is a book that will enthral as well as educate and will remain the definitive book on the country for years to come.