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|Description:||x, 388 pages,  pages of plates : color illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Global and medieval : India's schizophrenic economy --
The Burra Sahibs : the long tentacles of India's state --
Battles of the righteous : the rise of India's lower castes --
The imaginary horse : the continuing threat of Hindu nationalism --
Long live the sycophants! : The Congress Party's continuing love affairs with the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty --
Many crescents : South Asia's divided Muslims --
A triangular dance : why India's relations with the United States and China will shape the world in the twenty-first century --
New India, old India : the many-layered character of Indian modernity --
Hers to lose : India's huge opportunities and challenges in the twenty-first century.
'IN SPITE OF THE GODS is without question the best book yet written on New India: witty, clear and accessible yet minutely researched and confidently authoritative. Edward Luce has proved