The Great Indian Middle Class

Author: Pavan K. Varma
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 9780143103257
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The Great Indian Middle Class. [An] Erudite, Thoughtful, Perceptive And Elegantly Written Study -Hindustan Times In This Powerful And Insightful Critique, The Author Examines The Evolution Of The Indian Middle Class During The Twentieth Century, Especially Since Independence. He Shows Us How The Middle Class, Guided By Self-Interest, Is Becoming Increasingly Insensitive To The Plight Of The Underprivileged, And How Economic Liberalization Has Only Heightened Its Tendency To Withdraw From Anything That Does Not Relate Directly To Its Material Well-Being. An Essential Read, This Fresh Edition Updated With A New Introduction Analyses The Transformation Of The Middle Class In The Decade Since 1997 And Seeks To Reconcile The Seemingly Dichotomous Aspects Of Our Economy And Polity.

Maximize Your Life

Author: Pavan K. Varma
ISBN: 9780670888948
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Maximize Your Life. In This First-Of-Its-Kind Book, Pavan K. Varma, Author Of The Best-Selling The Great Indian Middle Class, Teams Up With Journalist Renuka Khandekar To Show Its Why And How The Middle Class Should Engage In The Process Of National Development. Among The Problems And Possible Solutions That They Deal With Are: Inefficiency And Callousness In Public Institutions And What We Must Do To Make Them More Accountable How To Fight Corruption And Injustice Through The Judicial System And The Press How Small Acts Of Involvement Like Making One Person Functionally Literate Can Make A Difference How To Support Or Link Up With Existing Non-Government Organizations Or Set Up One Ourselves. The Author Gives Us Inspiring Profiles Of Ordinary People Who Have Made A Difference.

Becoming Indian

Author: Pavan K. Varma
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 0670083461
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Becoming Indian. Those who have never been colonized can never really know what it does to the psyche of a people. Those who have been are often not fully aware of or are unwilling to accept the degree to which they have been compromised. Till just a few decades ago, much of the world was carved into empires. By the mid twentieth century independent countries had emerged from these, but even after years of political liberation, cultural freedom has eluded formerly colonized nations like India. In this important book, Pavan Varma, best-selling author of the seminal works The Great Indian Middle Class and Being Indian, looks at the consequences of Empire on the Indian psyche. Drawing upon modern Indian history, contemporary events and personal experience, he examines how and why the legacies of colonialism persist in our everyday life, affecting our language, politics, creative expression and self-image. Over six decades after Independence, English remains the most powerful language in India, and has become a means of social and economic exclusion. Our classical arts and literature continue to be neglected, and our popular culture is mindlessly imitative of western trends. Our cities are dotted with incongruous buildings that owe nothing to indigenous traditions of architecture. For all our bravado as an emerging superpower, we remain unnaturally sensitive to both criticism and praise from the Anglo-Saxon world and hunger for its approval. And outside North Block, the headquarters of free India's Ministry of Home Affairs, a visitor can still read these lines inscribed by the colonial rulers: Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty. It is a blessing which must be earned before it can be enjoyed.

India S New Middle Class

Author: Leela Fernandes
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
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India S New Middle Class. Today India’s middle class numbers more than 250 million people and is growing rapidly. Public reports have focused mainly on the emerging group’s consumer potential, while global views of India’s new economy range from excitement about market prospects to anxieties over outsourcing of service sector jobs. Yet the consequences of India’s economic liberalization and the expansion of the middle class have transformed Indian culture and politics. In India’s New Middle Class, Leela Fernandes digs into the implications of this growth and uncovers—in the media, in electoral politics, and on the streets of urban neighborhoods—the complex politics of caste, religion, and gender that shape this rising population. Using rich ethnographic data, she reveals how the middle class represents the political construction of a social group and how it operates as a proponent of economic democratization. Delineating the tension between consumer culture and outsourcing, Fernandes also examines the roots of India’s middle class and its employment patterns, including shifting skill sets and labor market restructuring. Through this close look at the country’s recent history and reforms, Fernandes develops an original theoretical approach to the nature of politics and class formation in an era of globalization. In this sophisticated analysis of the dynamics of an economic and political group in the making, Fernandes moves beyond reductionist images of India’s new middle class to bring to light the group’s social complexity and profound influence on politics in India and beyond. Leela Fernandes is associate professor of political science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

The Indian Rennaissance

Author: Sanjeev Sanyal
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9385890301
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The Indian Rennaissance. One thousand years ago, India was at the height of its power, influencing the world with its ideas and trade. Now, ten centuries later, India’s recent economic performance is once again attracting world attention as the country re-awakens not just as an economy but as a civilization. In The Indian Renaissance: India’s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline, Sanjeev Sanyal looks at the processes that led to ten centuries of decline. He also examines the powerful economic and social forces that are working together to transform India beyond recognition. These range from demographic shifts to rising literacy levels and, the most important revolution, the opening of minds and changed attitude towards innovation and risk—fundamental, if India is to take advantage of the twenty-first century.

The Great Indian Family

Author: Gitanjali Prasad
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The Great Indian Family. Examines the concept of family among middle class Indians.

Retro Modern India

Author: Manuela Ciotti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136704418
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Retro Modern India. Firmly situated within the analytics of the political economy of a north Indian province, this book explores self-fashioning in pursuit of the modern amongst low-caste Chamars. Challenging existing accounts of national modernity in the non-West, the book argues that subaltern classes shape their own ideas about modernity by taking and rejecting from models of other classes within the same national context. While displacing the West — in its colonial and non-colonial manifestations — as the immanent comparative focus, the book puts forward a unique framework for the analysis of subaltern modernity. This builds on the entanglements between two main trajectories, both of which are viewed as the outcome of the generative impetus of modernisation in India: the first consists of the Chamar appropriation of socio-cultural distinctions forged by 19th-century Indian middle classes in their encounter with colonial modernity; the second features the Chamar subversion of high-caste ideals and practices as a result of low-caste politics initiated during the 20th century. The author contends that these conflicting trends give rise to a temporal antinomy within the Chamar politics of self-making, caught up between compulsions of a past modern and of a contemporary one. The eclectic outcome is termed as ‘retro-modernity’. While the book signals a politics of becoming whose dynamics had previously been overlooked by scholars, it simultaneously opens up novel avenues for the understanding of non-elite modern life-forms in postcolonial settings. The book will interest scholars of anthropology, South Asian studies, development studies, gender studies, political science and postcolonial studies.

In Pursuit Of That Elusive Progeny

Author: Merlin Mythili
Publisher: Partridge Publishing
ISBN: 1482844559
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In Pursuit Of That Elusive Progeny. Compassion and empathy make human life endearing and worthy to live. The short stories in this book nudge the reader to empathize with the ordinary yet inspirational characters as they go through unfathomable struggles in their mediocre lives. Be it a young Shruti who relentlessly pursues her elusive motherhood, an old Ranjidham who has lived all her life waiting for something or somebody or Aditya’s mother who finally let’s go and embraces detachment, this book celebrates the dignity and courage of a motley of characters in the face of adversity.

Getting China And India Right

Author: Anil K. Gupta
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470441091
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Getting China And India Right. This book is the first strategic guide for multi-national corporations (MNCs)who are contemplating expanding into both China and India. Gupta and Wang explain how many MNCs view China and India solely from the lens of off-shoring and cost-reduction, and focusing their marketing strategies on only the top 5-10% of the population. This is a missed opportunity. China and India are the only two countries that constitute four realities that are strategically crucial for the global enterprise: Both provide mega-markets for almost every product and service Both have platforms that will dramatically reduce the company's global cost structure Both have platforms that will significantly boost the company's global technology and innovation base Both are springboards for the mergence of new fearsome global competitors. This book aims to shed light on the brutal competition for markets and resources in China and India as well as lays out the strategic action implications for those companies who want to emerge as the global players of tomorrow.