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The Idea Of India

The Idea Of India

Sunil Khilnani
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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?

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Jan/2016

ISBN: 9780143418009

Length : 264 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

The Idea Of India

Sunil Khilnani

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?

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Sunil Khilnani

Srinath Raghavan (Author)
Srinath Raghavan was a former infantry officer in the Indian Army and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has studied and taught at King's College, London, and is the author of two highly praised books, War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years (2010) and 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh (2013). He is a recipient of the 2015 Infosys Prize (Social Sciences).

Rajiv Kumar (Author)
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 (Author)
Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and a leading columnist.

Lt Gen. (Retd) Prakash Menon (Author)
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.

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