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Books about the future of India

. Books about the future of India

India's Century: The Age of Entrepreneurship in the World's Biggest Democracy
by Kamal Nath (Author)

In a short time, India has proven itself a major economic power, generating billions for its citizens and for the international community. How did India become a global market mover? And just as important, how can the Western world tap into the vast resources of commerce that India has, mine its phenomenal growth potential in a wide array of industries, and create a profitable relationship with the world’s largest democracy?

Few authors are as qualified to answer those questions as Kamal Nath. Known at home and throughout the world as the face of twenty-first century India, as well as a major architect of India’s reform, Mr. Nath has spent his entire professional life within the corridors of power, helping to shape the policies that have catapulted his nation to world prominence.

In India’s Century, Mr. Nath goes beyond the “flatworld” view to reveal the roots of the Indian economic miracle. With a compelling blend of economic analysis, political insight, and cultural observation, he traces his nation’s emergence from colonial rule in 1947 through four decades of planned economies, the gradual liberalization of India’s economy in the 1990s, and finally, the rise of the Indian global giant.

Nath also explores his people’s unique can-do attitude (also known as jugaad) and the ages-old entrepreneurial spirit that is once again free to express itself at every level of Indian society. Along the way Minister Nath provides understanding for businesspeople and world policy makers attemptattempting to formulate strategies for forging a mutually beneficial engagement with India in the twentyfirst century.

India’s Century is must reading for business strategists, public policy makers, and every thoughtful reader who wishes to understand more about the world’s largest, most vibrant democracy and the role it is likely to play on the global stage in the years ahead.

Winning in the Indian Market: Understanding the Transformation of Consumer India
by Rama Bijapurkar (Author)

India is on the brink of a consumer revolution. With the government implementing increasingly laissez-faire policies to open up the domestic market and with a burgeoning middle-class population, the long-term potential is spectacular. However, India's complex consumer structure and characteristics are proving to be a challenge to many successful global companies. India ranks in the world's top ten countries in terms of population and GDP, but ranks below 100 in percapita income. Never before in history have so many low-income people been subjected to such overwhelming economic progress and the effects of globalization and technological advances.

Winning in the Indian Market: Understanding thje Transformation of Consumer India provides CEOs and business leaders with a factual and holistic insight into Consumer India. It identifies the key business strategies, mindse4ts, and assumptions which global corporations should be taking on board.

The Rise of India: Its Transformation from Poverty to Prosperity

by Niranjan Rajadhyaksha (Author)

The Risk of India: Its Transformation from Poverty to Prosperity is an extremely interesting read. The book speaks not only to the mind and intellect but also to the heart as it clearly demonstrates that economic development is above all a question of people. It also shows that the Indian society, and particularly its youth, is much more open to changes than its political and bureaucratic class, and would welcome a third wave of reforms that would help the poor to benefit from economic progress. I strongly recommend this book. It offers a very unique and rich description of today's India from the author's perspective and many well chosen anecdotes. - Colette Mathur, Director World Economic Forum

This fascinating work weaves together a set of seemingly diverse events into an intricate tapestry capturing the essence and purpose of emerging India. It is also an inspiration to people in "Challenged" economies that the power of honest entrepreneurship can bring about a greater transformation than the best intentions of any government. Well-researched and well-written, this book is a good guide for developing countries to leverage the potential of people and its inherent strengths. It also brings out the challenge for India that more reforms are necessary, not less. - Nandan M Nilekani, CEO & Managing Director Infosys Technologies Limited

The Rise of India is an insightful and engaging story of India before and after the 1991 reforms. There are many academic tomes on India's reforms but none is as comprehensive, lucid, and earthy. Practicing "soft hearts, hard heads" Philosophy with anecdotes and personal experiences, the author builds a compelling case for further liberalization and reforms. This book is a must read for all policy makers, students of economics, and activists of all stripes. read, understand, and become part of the revolution-a continued rise of India! - Parth J. Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society

Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism
by Muhammad Yunus (Author)

In the last two decades, free markets have swept the globe, bringing with them enormous potential for positive change. But traditional capitalism cannot solve problems like inequality and poverty, because it is hampered by a narrow view of human nature in which people are one-dimensional beings concerned only with profit.

In fact, human beings have many other drives and passions, including the spiritual, the social, and the altruistic. Welcome to the world of social business, where the creative vision of the entrepreneur is applied to today's most serious problems: feeding the poor, housing the homeless, healing the sick, and protecting the planet.

Creating a World Without Poverty tells the stories of some of the earliest examples of social businesses, including Yunus's own Grameen Bank. It reveals the next phase in a hopeful economic and social revolution that is already under way - and in the worldwide effort to eliminate poverty by unleashing the productive energy of every human being.

India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age

by Gurcharan Das

The growth of India’s economy over the past decade is one of the great business stories of recent times. In India Unbound, Gurcharan Das, a prominent Indian columnist and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India, offers a fascinating history of India’s economic past and a clear-eyed vision of its future.

Das shows how India’s policies after independence in 1947 condemned the nation to a hobbled economy and widespread poverty. In 1991, however, the government instituted sweeping reforms that have made the nation one of the most vibrant markets in the world. Weaving memoir with history, anecdotes with biographies and theories, Das offers readers a singular look at how India has risen to become a leading player on the international stage. Impassioned, erudite, and eminently readable, this book is a must for anyone concerned with the global economy and its future.

Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices

by Chitrita Banerji (Author)

In Eating India, Bengali food expert Chitrita Banerji takes us on a thrilling journey through a national food formed by generations of arrivals, assimilations and conquests. In her mouth-watering prose, she explores how each wave of newcomers — ancient Aryan tribes, Persians, Middle Eastern Jews, Mongols, Arabs, Europeans — brought innovating new ways to combine the country’s rich native spices, poppy seeds, saffron and mustard to the vegetables, fish, grains and pulses that are the staples of the Indian kitchen. She travels across the country, visiting traditional weddings, tiffin rooms, city markets, roadside teaspoon cafes, tribal villages and an industrial size temple kitchen, to find out how India’s turbulent history has shaped its people, in particular its cuisine.

Culture and the Making of Identity in Contemporary India
by Kamala Ganesh (Editor), Usha Thakkar (Editor)

This collection of 17 original essays, provides insights into the many ways in which the interrelated issues of culture, identity and `Indianness' are expressed in contemporary times. The contributors map and evaluate the developments in their respective fields over the past 50 years and cover the topics of art, music, theatre, literature, philosophy, science, history and feminism.

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