Since the Indian economy was liberated from bureaucratic, socialist controls in 1991, it has developed rapidly. A country once renowned for the backwardness of its industries, its commerce and its financial market is now viewed as potentially one of the major world economies of the twenty-first century.
But there are many questions which need to be asked about the sustainability of this rapid economic growth and its effect on the stability of the country. Have the changes had any impact on the poor and marginalised? Can India's democracy contain the mounting resentment of those left out of the new economic order? Can a high growth rate be sustained with India's notoriously corrupt and inefficient governance? Can the development of its creaking infrastructure be speeded up? How is India going to feed itself unless agriculture is reformed?
This timely book will answer these questions through interviews with industrialists and cricketers, God men and farmers, plutocrats and former untouchables. Full of fascinating stories of real people at a time of great change, it will be of interest to economists, business people, diplomats, politicians, as well as to those who love to travel and who take an interest in the rapid growth of one of the world's largest countries, and what this means to us in the West.
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Superb...The book's key strengths are its readability, its determination to look beyond the obvious, and Tully's ability to think laterally across a number of issues simultaneously. - Times Literary Supplement
A rounded and balanced account of the real India...incisive...each story reveals [Tully's] knowledge and insight - Time Out
[Tully] is sympathetic but clear-eyed in his assessments of India's prospects - The Times
Astute analysis - Economist
In Tully's company, a tour round India is an unpredictable and enlightening ride - Metro
Superb... The book's key strengths are its readability, its determination to look beyond the obvious, and Tully's ability to think laterally across a number of issues simultaneously. - Times Literary Supplement
Sir Mark Tully was born in Calcutta, India in 1935. He was the Chief of Bureau, BBC, New Delhi for twenty-two years and is an acclaimed author and the regular presenter of the contemplative BBC Radio 4 programme Something Understood. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2005, and was knighted in the New Year Honours list in 2002. In addition to his distinguished broadcasting career, he has written several books about India, including No Full Stops in India, India in Slow Motion (with his partner and colleague Gillian Wright), and The Heart of India. He lives in New Delhi.