IndiaContinuity and Change in the Twenty-First Century
India
Continuity and Change in the Twenty-First Century
India has been catapulted to the centre of world attention. Its rapidly growing economy, new geo-political confidence, and global cultural influence have ensured that people across the world recognise India as one of the main sites of social dynamism in the early twenty-first century.   

In this book, research leaders John Harriss, Craig Jeffrey and Trent Brown explore in depth the economic, social, and political changes occurring in India today, and their implications for the people of India and the world. Each of the book’s fourteen chapters seeks to answer a key question: Is India’s democracy under threat? Can India’s Growth be sustained? How are youth changing India? Drawing on a wealth of scholarly and popular material as well as their own experience researching the country during this period of major transformation, the authors draw the reader into key debates about economic growth, poverty, environmental justice, the character of Indian democracy, rights and social movements, gender, caste, education, and foreign policy. India, they conclude, has undergone some extraordinary and positive changes since the early 1990s but deeply worrying threats remain: increasing authoritarianism, growing inequality, entrenched poverty, and environmental vulnerability. How India responds to these crucial challenges will shape the world’s largest democracy for years to come.
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  • November 2020
  • 400 pages
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Table of Contents
Map
List of Tables and Figures
Abbreviations
About the Authors
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Making Sense of 21st Century India
Economy and Environment
2. When and why has India’s economic growth accelerated?
3. How ‘inclusive’ is India’s economic growth?
4. Why isn’t India doing better at realizing ‘inclusive growth’?
5. Can India’s economic growth be reconciled with sustainability and environmental justice?
Politics
6. Has India become the Hindu Rashtra?
7. Is India’s democracy at risk?
8. Why hasn’t democracy made Indian governments more responsive?
9. Is there a countermovement against neoliberalism in India?
Society
10. Is India witnessing a social revolution?
11. Does caste still matter in India?
12. Why does gender inequality persist in India?
13. Can youth transform India?
Afterword
14. Afterword: is India now a ‘Leading Power’?
Glossary
References
Index
About the Author

John Harris is Professor Emeritus of International Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Craig Jeffrey is Director of the Australia India Institute and Professor of Geography at the University of Melbourne.

Trent Brown is DECRA Research Fellow in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne.

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Reviews

"This book asks some of the most compelling questions about politics, society and the economy in contemporary India, and offers answers with historical depth, a comprehensive engagement with the latest scholarship on the subject, and nuanced analysis. An indispensable guide to understanding the multiple complexities of India today."
Niraja Gopal Jayal, Jawaharlal Nehru University

"A crisply written account of key issues in the study of contemporary India. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars and students alike."
Rob Jenkins, City University of New York

“As a book that covers a tremendous range of issues and refuses to fall for easy explanatory traps, India: Continuity and Change in the 21st Century offers an original, unique and comprehensive coverage of the economy, society and politics in 21st century India.”
Philippa Williams, Queen Mary University of London

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