The Idea of India

The Idea of India


Sunil Khilnani’s exciting book addresses the paradoxes and ironies that have surrounded the project of inventing India—a project that has brought Indians considerable political freedom and carried their enormous democracy to the verge of being Asia’s greatest free state but that has also left many of them in poverty and that is now threatened by divisive religious nationalism. Khilnani’s superb historical analysis conveys modern India’s energy, fluidity, and unpredictability—in its democracy and its voting patterns, in its visions of economic development, in its diverse cities and devotion to village culture, and in its current disputes over its political identity. Throughout, he provokes and illuminates this fundamental question: Can the original idea of India survive its own successes?


264 Pages | ISBN13 9780143418009
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Sunil Khilnani
Sunil Khilnani
Sunil Khilnani is Avantha Professor and Director of the India Institute, King’s College London, and author of The Idea of India. Rajiv Kumar, an economist, is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He was secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and former director of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and a leading columnist. Lt Gen. (Retd) Prakash Menon is Military Adviser in the National Security Council Secretariat, and was earlier commandant of the National Defence College, New Delhi. Nandan Nilekani was co-founder and former CEO of Infosys and was chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) till March 2014. Srinath Raghavan is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and author of War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years, and most recently 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh. Shyam Saran was foreign secretary of India and has served as the prime minister’s special adviser and envoy on nuclear issues and climate change. Formerly ambassador to Nepal, Myanmar and Indonesia, he is currently Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board. Siddharth Varadarajan is former editor of The Hindu, a leading commentator on foreign policy and has edited Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy.
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