Author: B L C Johnson
Publisher: Vision/Orient paperbacks
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170945666
With a billion people inhabiting a land ranging from sandy desert to rainforest, from the world’s highest ranges to some of its most extensive plains, India presents an amazing diversity of landscapes and patterns of human occupation and activity. The vast and varied physical and human geography has now been packed into this unique encyclopedic reference work-the first-ever of its kind-by a noted scholar who has travelled and researched the region for close to six decades.
The Geographical Dictionary of India encompasses in alphabetically arranged entries:
India’s states, districts and cities, describing their physical, demographic and economic characteristics –population numbers, growth trends, density, languages, religions, primary, secondary and tertiary economic functions, levels of economic development-and infrastructure; communications, health, education.
Elements that constitute agriculture and industry: crops, irrigation, multipurpose projects, minerals, manufactures.
Physiographic regions, mountain peaks and ranges, hills, plains, rivers, etc., which are located, described and related to the districts they occupy.
Wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and tiger projects, as well as places of particular historical interest are noted.
In addition, the author’s Introduction provides the reader a remarkably succinct overview and context of geographical India as a whole, and numerous cross-references help the enquiring reader to explore related interests.
This encyclopedic dictionary brings modern India to your fingertips. A most valuable and original work of reference.
-Andrew Gosling, National Library of Australia
An outstanding achievement. Here is a veritable goldmine of information about today’s India, an essential source for the scholar, businessman, student, diplomat, traveller and inquiring citizen.
-Professor Robin Jeffrey, La Trobe University, Australia
Guide to the Use of the Dictionary
Morphology and Physiographic regions
Rivers and Water Resources
The Structure of the Economy
Horticulture and Plantation Agriculture
Resources for industry
Chemical and Allied Industries
Economic Development and Market Potential