'India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition.' Mark Twain
The home of four major world religions, India has always been a melting pot of traditions, a crossroads of trading and cultural routes, taking pride in its multi-lingual, multi-ethnic status. Now, with massive economic growth and an increasingly nationalistic democracy, India is taking on a new and ambiguous role in the world. Sixty years after achieving independence, India is a fully-fledged nuclear power, but is home to 40% of the world's malnourished children. The economy is booming despite an enduring anti-materialist philosophy. At the forefront of some of the world's most cutting edge technology and research, India is also home to some of the most conservative and intolerant religious ideas in the world. But what do these changes and contradictions in India mean for us?
India 2010 gives a fascinating insight into the country's politics, economy, social organisation, culture, and relationships with other nations. The perfect companion to your travel guide, this detailed analysis of the country as it is today shows how it will develop in the future, and the dramatic effect that will have on the rest of the world.show more