India is everywhere - Indian studios produce animated features and special effects for Hollywood movies; Indian software manages our health records; and Indian customer service centres answer our calls. A country of English speakers and a free-market democracy, with the youngest population on Earth, India is not only the fastest growing market for the next new thing, but a source for the technological innovation that will drive the global economy. Yet, India is also in a race against time to bring the benefits of the twenty-first century to the 800 million Indians who live on less than £1 per day, and it must do so in a way that is environmentally sustainable and politically viable on a scale never before achieved. If India succeeds, it will not only save itself, it may save us all. If it fails, we will all suffer. As goes India, so goes the world. Like CHINA, INC, published in 2006 by S&S, PLANET INDIA will capture and catalyze the growing interest in this rising power. With in-depth research, interviews and provocative analysis, Mira Kamdar offers a penetrating view of India and its cultural and economic impact on the world. From Bollywood to the Indian diaspora to India's effect on global politics she reports on the people, companies and places shaping the new India. Kamdar examines the challenges India faces while celebrating India's tremendous vitality and the opportunities this Asian democracy has to shape its own and all of our destinies.
"kamdar makes her case for India by quoting interviews with Indian leaders and citing a bevy of facts and figures. In the latter part of the book, she does introduce some negative factors, particularly when she addresses the problems of India's 600,000 villages, its urban slums, and the millions of Indians who are living on less than $2 a day." Foreign Affairs
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Now, the world is noticing a process of profound recalibration in which the rise of Asia is the most important factor.
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India’s diverse population includes Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, Zoroastrains, Jews, and animists.
A developing country, India is divided among a tiny affluent minority, a rising middle class, and 800 million people who live on less than $2 per day.
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India is becoming an important centre for research and development for scores of major multinational companies.
We much pay attention to where India is heading: we are all likely to end up there, sooner or later.
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