In the time between 1998 and the publication of this text, India held two national elections and began the second phase of economic reforms. This work examines these political, economic, social and cultural developments in India from 1998 to the end of 2000.
Table of Contents
Preface, Editors’ Note, Map of South Asia, Map of India, Introduction, Politics in India’s Decentered Polity, The Indian Economy: Pushing Ahead and Pulling Apart, From Bangalore to Silicon Valley and Back: How the Indian Diaspora in the United States Is Changing India, The Subordinate Caste Revolution, The Challenges of India’s Health and Health Care Transitions, Representing India: Indian Literature on the World Stage, 1998–2000: A Chronology, Abbreviations and Glossary, About the Contributors, Index
Alyssa Ayres is Assistant Director for South and Central Asia Policy Programs at the Asia Society, where she has worked since 1998. In this capacity, she is responsible for the research, design, fund-raising, implementation, and outreach of programs concerning the foreign policy and politics of South Asia and for the development of a new program area focused on Central Asia. Ayres has helped establish the Society’s presence as a neutral forum for discussion and exchange on U.S.-Iran relations—one of the only such fora in the United States. She is Project Director of the joint Asia Society–Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on India and South Asia.
Philip Oldenburg is Associate Director of the Southern Asian Institute at Columbia University, where he also teaches in the political science department. He has edited or coedited eight previous volumes in the India Briefing series and is the author of the Asia Society’s Asian Update “The Thirteenth Election of India’s Lok Sabha (House of the People).” His current research is on the grassroots foundations of state legitimacy in India.