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Imagining India : the idea of a renewed nation

Author: Nandan Nilekani
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2010.
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"India's recent economic boom has triggered tremendous social, political, and cultural change. The result is a country that, while managing incredible economic growth, has also begun to fully inhabit its role on the world political stage. In this far-ranging look at the central ideas that have shaped this young nation, the author offers an original interpretation of the country's past, present, and future. He traces  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nandan Nilekani
ISBN: 9780143116677 0143116673 9781594202049 1594202044
OCLC Number: 430051364
Notes: Originally published in India : Allen Lane, 2008.
Description: xii, 514 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1. India reimagined. Ideas that have arrived --
India, by its people --
From rejection to open arms: the entrepreneur in India --
The Phoenix tongue: the rise, fall, and rise of English --
From maneaters to enablers --
Home and the world: our changing seasons --
The deepening of our democracy --
A restless country --
pt. 2. All aboard. Ideas in progress --
S is for schools: the challenges in India's classrooms --
Our changing faces: India in the city --
The long roads home --
Erasing lines: our emerging single market --
Moving deadlines --
pt. 3. Fighting words. Ideas in battle --
The sound and the fury: our biggest fights --
Jostling for jobs --
Institutions of sand: our universities --
A fine balance --
pt. 4. Closer than they appear. Ideas to anticipate --
ICT in India: from Bangalore one to country one --
Changing epidemics: from hunger to heart disease --
Our social insecurities: the missing demographic --
The forest for the trees: India's environment challenge --
Power plays: in search of our energy solutions --
The network effect --
The awakened country.
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"India's recent economic boom has triggered tremendous social, political, and cultural change. The result is a country that, while managing incredible economic growth, has also begun to fully inhabit its role on the world political stage. In this far-ranging look at the central ideas that have shaped this young nation, the author offers an original interpretation of the country's past, present, and future. He traces the efforts of the country's past and present leaders as they work to develop new frameworks that suit India's specific characteristics and challenges. He charts the ideas that are crucial to India's current infrastructure revolution and quest for universal literacy, urbanization, and unification; maps the ideological battlegrounds of caste, higher education, and labor reform; and argues that only a safety net of ideas--from social security to public health to the environment--can transcend political agendas and safeguard India's economic future."--Publisher's description.

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