Planet India

The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World

by Mira Kamdar

Number of pages: 352

Publisher: Scribner

BBB Library: Corporate Success, Technology and Globalization

ISBN: 9780743296861

About the Author

Mira Kamdar is an award winning author. She won the 2002 Washington Book Award. Her articles have appeared in Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, World Policy Journal and other international journals. Mira Kamdar is a 2008 Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society in New York and a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute. She was born in Seattle, Washington, received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She has lived in France, Japan, South Korea and India.


Editorial Review

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.

Book Reviews

"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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