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The author of the book: Mira Kamdar
ISBN: 0743296850
ISBN 13: 9780743296854
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 952 KB
Edition: Scribner Book Company
Date of issue: February 20th 2007

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India is everywhere: on magazine covers and cinema marquees, at the gym and in the kitchen, in corporate boardrooms and on Capitol Hill. Through incisive reportage and illuminating analysis, Mira Kamdar explores India's astonishing transformation from a developing country into a global powerhouse. She takes us inside India, reporting on the people, companies, and policies defining the new India and revealing how it will profoundly affect our future -- financially, culturally, politically.The world's fastest-growing democracy, India has the youngest population on the planet, and a middle class as big as the population of the entire United States. Its market has the potential to become the world's largest. As one film producer told Kamdar when they met in New York, "Who needs the American audience? There are only 300 million people here." Not only is India the ideal market for the next new thing, but with a highly skilled English-speaking workforce, elite educational institutions, and growing foreign investment, India is emerging as an innovator of the technology that is driving the next phase of the global economy.

While India is celebrating its meteoric rise, it is also racing against time to bring the benefits of the twenty-first century to the 800 million Indians who live on less than two dollars per day, to find the sustainable energy to fuel its explosive economic growth, and to navigate international and domestic politics to ensure India's security and its status as a global power. India is the world in microcosm: the challenges it faces are universal -- from combating terrorism, poverty, and disease to protecting the environment and creating jobs. The urgency of these challenges for India is spurring innovative solutions, which will catapult it to the top of the new world order. If India succeeds, it will not only save itself, it will save us all. If it fails, we will all suffer. As goes India, so goes the world.

Mira Kamdar tells the dramatic story of a nation in the midst of redefining itself and our world. Provocative, timely, and essential, "Planet India" is the groundbreaking book that will convince Americans just how high the stakes are -- what there is to lose, and what there is to gain from India's meteoric rise.

DID YOU KNOW?

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India is the world's fourth-largest economy.

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By 2034, India will be the most populous country on Earth, with 1.6 billion people.

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India's middle class is already larger than the entire population of the United States.

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One out of three of the world's malnourished children live in India.

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India is home to the biggest youth population on earth:

600 million people are under the age of 25.

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72,000,000 cell phones will be sold in India in 2007.

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India just edged past the United States to become the second-most-preferred destination for foreign direct investment after China.

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In 1991, Indians purchased 150,000 automobiles; in 2007, they are expected to purchase 10 million.

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By 2008, India's total pool of qualified graduates will be more than twice as large as China's.

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By 2015, an estimated 3.5 million white-collar U.S. jobs will be offshored.

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India is the largest arms importer in the developing world.

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American corporations expect to earn $20 to $40 billion from the civilian nuclear agreement with India.

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In 2007, there are 2.2 million Indian Americans, a number expected to double every decade.

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Twenty-nine percent of India's population speaks English -- that's 350 million people.

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Ebook Planet India: How the Fastest Growing Democracy Is Transforming America and the World read Online! Born to a Gujarati father raised in Burma and India and a Danish-American mother raised on a farm in Oregon, Mira Kamdar has navigated between different localities and identities her whole life. As a four-year-old, she asked her mother: “Which way am I half? Up and down? Or sideways?” She is still trying to find the answer to this question.Educated at Reed College, the Johns Hopkins University, and the University of California at Berkeley, Mira Kamdar studied philosophy with Jacques Derrida, Jean-Francois Lyotard and Michel Foucault and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the politics of mimesis in Diderot under the direction of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. Unhappy teaching in America’s hinterland, she made her way to New York in the late 1980s where she began writing on current affairs and joined the World Policy Institute.




Mira Kamdar’s first book was a critically acclaimed memoir, Motiba’s Tattoos: A Granddaughter’s Journey from America into her Indian Family’s Past (Public Affairs 2000; Plume 2001). It was a 2000 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection and won the 2002 Washington Book Award.
Her latest book is Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the World’s Largest Democracy and the Future of our World (Scribner 2008). The book has been translated and published in over a dozen foreign editions, including Hindi, Chinese, Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and French.
Mira Kamdar’s work has appeared in publications around the world, including Slate, The Washington Post, The Times of India, Daily News & Analysis, Outlook, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, World Policy Journal, Tehelka, Seminar, the Far Eastern Economic Review and YaleGlobal. She writes on issues that concern her deeply: globalization, climate change, agriculture and the food crisis, sustainability, consumption, violence, India, France and the United States.
Perfectly bilingual in French, she provides expert commentary to CNN International, Bloomberg TV, the BBC, MTV Iggy, National Public Radio, TV Ontario, Public Radio International, Radio France, TV 5 Monde and FR 3. A contributing editor to The Caravan magazine and a member of the editorial board of World Policy Journal, she writes the “Mot de l’Inde” column for Courrier International and blogs for Le Monde Diplomatique’s “Planète Asie” and the Huffington Post.



In 2010 – 2011, Mira Kamdar will be affiliated with the CEIAS (Centre des Etudes de l’Inde et l’Asie du Sud) at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) as a Fulbright Senior Scholar under the auspice of the Franco-American Commission for a project on Enlightenment images of India as they contributed to the construction of European identity.

Mira Kamdar is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and an Associate Fellow at Asia Society in New York. She is a regular speaker on India and international affairs for university, business and community audiences and, circling back to her days as a budding academic, is teaching again in Montreal, New York and France. Her ambition is to continue to make a living as an essayist at large in the world, to bring philosophy back into her life and work, and to play jazz violin as brilliantly as Stephane Grappelli. She lives in Paris.


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