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Stuart Corbridge & John Harriss 
India Today 
Economy, Politics and Society

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Twenty years ago India was still generally thought of as anarchetypal developing country, home to the largest number of poorpeople of any country in the world, and beset by problems of loweconomic growth, casteism and violent religious conflict. Now Indiais being feted as an economic power-house which might well becomethe second largest economy in the world before the middle of thiscentury. Its democratic traditions, moreover, remain broadlyintact.

How and why has this historic transformation come about? Andwhat are its implications for the people of India, for Indiansociety and politics? These are the big questions addressed in thisbook by three scholars who have lived and researched in differentparts of India during the period of this great transformation.

Each of the 13 chapters seeks to answer a particular question:When and why did India take off? How did a weak state promoteaudacious reform? Is government in India becoming more responsive(and to whom)? Does India have a civil society? Does caste stillmatter? Why is India threatened by a Maoist insurgency? Inaddressing these and other pressing questions, the authors takefull account of vibrant new scholarship that has emerged over thepast decade or so, both from Indian writers and India specialists, and from social scientists who have studied India in a comparativecontext.

India Today is a comprehensive and compelling textfor students of South Asia, political economy, development andcomparative politics as well as anyone interested in the future ofthe world’s largest democracy.
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Table of Content

List of Figures and Tables vii

Abbreviations ix

Preface and Acknowledgements xiii

1 Making Sense of India Today 1

Part I: Economy

2 When and Why Did India Take Off? 23

3 How Have the Poor Fared (and Others Too)? 47

4 Why Hasn’t Economic Growth Delivered More for Indian Workers? 80

5 Is the Indian State Delivering on Promises of ‘Inclusive Growth’ and Social Justice? 100

Part II: Politics

6 How Did a ‘Weak’ State Promote Audacious Reform? 121

7 Has India’s Democracy Been a Success? 140

8 Is Government in India Becoming More Responsive? 158

9 Has the Rise of Hindu Nationalism Halted? 177

10 Rural Dislocations:Why Has Maoism Become Such a Force in India? 197

Part III: Society

11 Does India Have a Civil Society? 221

12 Does Caste Still Matter in India? 239

13 How Much Have Things Changed for Indian Women? 258

14 Can India Benefi t From Its Demographic Dividend? 286

15 Afterword: India Today, and India in the World 302

Glossary 307

Bibliography 309

Index 361

About the author

Stuart Corbridge is professor of development studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

John Harriss is director of the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Craig Jeffrey is professor of human geography at the University of Oxford.
Language English ● Format EPUB ● Pages 343 ● ISBN 9780745665351 ● File size 2.3 MB ● Publisher John Wiley & Sons ● Published 2013 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 2664550 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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