India Express: The Future of a New Superpower

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Viking Canada, 2008 - History - 314 pages
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India Express is a fast-paced analysis of India's potential role as 'Asia's America'. Daniel Lak has covered the region for two decades and draws on his detailed knowledge of the country's lesser-known byways to bring together a complex canvas of interviews, anecdotes, statistics and history. From the ghats of Varanasi to the campus of IIT Kharagpur to a polling booth in rural Bihar, Lak argues that India's plural democracy, its rule of law, entrepreneurial talent and military might are together fashioning a country that is globally respected and increasingly influential. What marks this book out from the many voices proclaiming India's nascent superpower status is Lak's clear-sighted grasp of the agents and forces of change in the country today. Acknowledging India's uninterrupted engagement with democracy as unique in the region, the author points out that the growing political heft of the urban middle classes, linked to a historic strengthening of liberal institutions in the country, is part of a process whereby key blocs of voters exchange their political support for government patronage.

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An interesting study of post-reform, post 1991 India where the Author argues that India is the only country that can take on the mantle of "Asia's America" and also perhaps the world's next America. Read full review

INDIA EXPRESS: The Future of the New Superpower

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BBC journalist Lak (Mantras of Change, 2005, etc.) examines the subcontinent's culture to discern the reasons for its economic success story.He identifies the reforms of 1991, which helped ease ... Read full review

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Y2K and India
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Indias online revolution
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New economy old problems
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Copyright

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Daniel Lak is a former reporter with the BBC who reported on the Indian sub-continent for the last twelve years, working from Pakistan and New Delhi. He reported on the founding of the Taliban in 1995, Kurdish refugee crises in Iran, India's war with Kashmir, and the hijacking of an Indian aircraft by Islamic militants in what later became known as a dry-run for 9/11. Lak now lives in Toronto reporting for the BBC from the Americas and making short documentaries.

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