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"India Rising describes key aspects of the country’s development in the last 10 years, expressing fresh hopes but also new fears under Modi. Each chapter cuts a different slice into the complex reality which is India. Like a CT scan, the slices combine to give the reader a composite sense of the unfolding Indian drama. Importantly for Asia, it also looks closely at the strategic sweet spot India has found itself in, wooed by every major power. India is too big to be ignored." — GEORGE YEO, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore

"Insightful, accessible, thoughtful and entertaining — all at once. … To know what has brought India to this point, and its place in the world today, Velloor’s book is not only timely but essential." — ZOHER F. ABDOOLCARIM, Asia Editor, TIME

"With one fascinating story after another, Velloor lifts a veil on India’s complexities and makes it more comprehensible. He has provided an enjoyable path to understand the world’s fastest rising new great power." — KISHORE MAHBUBANI, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and author of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World 

"Ravi Velloor’s connections in India gave him access into the Delhi Darbar that was the envy of foreign correspondents." — SANJAYA BARU, Director of Geo-Economics, IISS and author of The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh

In an Asia caught in rapid transition, no country is as fascinating to report on as India. Big, noisy, bulging at the seams, India’s economy and society move much like the traffic on a New Delhi road – states and sections of its people advancing at varying speeds and levels of discipline. For every high horsepower engine on the road, there is the cycle rickshaw and the humanly powered pushcart slowing movement and frustrating those who seek to travel more quickly. Meanwhile, a few nimble riders do weave ahead, often by breaking the rules of the road or fixing rules to their advantage. But behind its warts and obvious confusion, a pattern is discernible of an India that warrants optimism. This is the India of resilience, of improvisation, a nation of multiple ethnicities in 29 states jelling as one, even as they steadily and confidently embrace the world outside. … 

INDIA RISING tries to chronicle that India, alongside its convulsions. It is a collection of anecdotes and observations of the significant events that marked the decade of Congress Party rule under Manmohan Singh, culminating in the rise of Modi… It is built around the access the writer enjoyed with some of the key decision-makers of the time. It is targeted at the person who has a general idea of India, and perhaps is curious to know more. The reader is invited to begin anywhere, because the chapters are very nearly self-contained – like the traditional Indian village community that only needed to reach out of its territory for salt and matrimonial alliances.

Weight 52.00 grams
ISBN 9789814642613
Size 152 X 227 mm, Limp with flaps
Extent 368 pp + 16 pp photos
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Illustrated or Black & White
Language English
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