India A Portrait (Hardcover)
|Author: Patrick French|
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|In only six decades since independence, India has gone from a place associated with some of the most wretched poverty on Earth to one that, economically, could dominate the 21st century. French examines the cultural foundations that have made possible a stunningly accelerated transformation from listless planned economy to capitalist and entrepreneurial powerhouse.|
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A monumental biography of the subcontinent from the award-winning author of The World Is What It Is.
In only six decades since independence, India has gone from a place associated with some of the most wretched poverty on earth to one that, economically, could come to dominate the twenty-first century. In this penetrating study, Patrick French examines the cultural foundations that have made possible a stunningly accelerated transformation from listless planned economy to capitalist and entrepreneurial powerhouse. French paints a vivid, surprising picture of life where violence, corruption, and caste prejudice continually find new outlets even as millions have escaped poverty. He gives voice to an astonishing cast of characters: from Maoist revolutionaries to Mafia dons, from chained quarry laborers to self-made billionaires. He delves into the personal lives of the political elite, including the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, one of the most powerful women in the world. And he travels the vast terrain to discover how Nehru’s vision of a democratic, secular India has managed, despite confl ict and setback, to hold this vast, implacably diverse nation together.
Patrick French’s India is a thrilling revelation.
Patrick French studied English and American literature at Edinburgh University before setting off to follow Sir Francis Younghusband's footsteps across Asia. Between 1991 and 1992, he edited the quarterly magazine "Tibet News", and has sat on the executive committee of the Tibet Support Group UK. During the 1992 general election, he was a Green Party candidate for Parliament.