Since 2001, India has gained new attention as an emerging world power with a rapidly growing economy, a world-class science and technology sector, and a huge English-speaking labor pool. After a period of escalating tension with neighbor Pakistan, wide-ranging peace talks are underway. Within India, there is an unprecedented mood of optimism about the future. At the same time, the nation wrestles with difficult questions about the place of secularism in society, the role it sees for itself globally and within Asia, and the reality that millions of Indians still live at the subsistence level. This volume of India Briefing examines India's changing fortunes through chapters that cover the economy; the twists and turns of domestic politics; labor in the large informal sector; the cultural roots of Hindu nationalism; the foreign relations rollercoaster; the business of Bollywood; and a special chapter on the range of new resources about India available on the web.
Foreword; Map of South Asia; Map of India; Introduction. India Briefing: Takeoff at Last? - Philip K. Oldenburg and Alyssa Ayres; Politics: The BJP Falls from Power - Niraja Gopal Jayal; Indian Economy: New Pathways to Growth and Development - Isher Judge Ahluwalia; India's International Relations: The Search for Stability, Space, and Strength - Amitabh Mattoo; The Cultural Background of Hindutva, Richard H. Davis; Work and Wealth - Renana Jhabvala; The Business of Bollywood - Manjeet Kripalani; Downloading India: A Guide to Online Resources - Mary Rader; A Chronology - Irawati Parnerkar; Abbreviations and Glossary; About the Contributors; Index.