Inside The Real India
Arrow, Asian Studies
Paperback, Ed: 01, 2006, 9780099486824
AUD $27.23 ex, AUD $29.95 inc
Out of stock at: 18 May 2013 18:00
India is very close to becoming the second largest consumer market in the world, with a buying middle class numbering over half a billion. Yet at least 200 million Indians remain desperately poor. Illiteracy rates are high. Communal violence is widespread; corruption endemic. Brides are still tortured and burnt for dowries; the caste system has lost little of its power and none of its brutality. How are we to make sense of these two, apparently contradictory, pictures of India today? And how can we overcome the many misconceptions about India that are fed by the stereotypes created by foreigners and the myths about themselves projected by Indians? Pavan Varma, demolishes the myths and generalisations as he turns his sharply observant gaze on his fellow countrymen. 'A compelling journey through the paradoxes, myths and realities of India, by 'one of the country's most perceptive writers.' Guardian
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