India's Century

India's Century

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Author: Kamal Nath
Publisher: Tata McGraw Hill
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 230
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0070223738


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’ 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 “flat world” 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 attempting to formulate strategies for forgoing a mutually beneficial engagement with India in the twenty-first 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 year ahead.


Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Planet India 1

Here and Now 12

There and Then 32

Modern Times 48

The Gap Years 62

Mind over Matter 78

The Buzz of Factories 96

At India’s Service 118

The Challenge of Global Trade 134

View from the Outside 148

The Obstacle Race 164

Twenty Twenty 182

As For Me 200

Notes 215

Index 220

Sources 229