In Spite of the Gods by Edward Luce
The Strange Rise of Modern India

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As the world's largest democracy and a rising international economic power, India has long been heralded for its great strides in technology and trade. Yet it is also plagued by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and a vast array of other social and economic issues. Here, noted journalist and former Financial Times South Asia bureau chief Edward Luce travels throughout India's many regions, cultures, and religious circles, investigating its fragile balance between tradition and modernity. From meetings with key political figures to fascinating encounters with religious pundits, economic gurus, and village laborers, In Spite of the Gods is a fascinating blend of analysis and reportage that comprehensively depicts the nuances of India's complex situation and its place in the world.


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About Edward Luce

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Edward Luce is a graduate from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He worked as a speech writer for the treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, worked as the South Asia bureau chief for the Financial Times and is now based in Washington DC as the Financial Times's Washington Commentator.
 
Published November 24, 2010 by Anchor. 418 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Illuminating survey of modern India, a state struggling to take its place among world leaders while battling structural inequalities that impede its progress.

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The New York Times

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“India is not on an autopilot to greatness,” he remarks, even though “it would take an incompetent pilot to crash the plane.” Following the tradition of his British predecessors, Luce ends his book with some advice for India: Improve education, strengthen liberal democracy, develop a coherent en...

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The New York Times

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Greatness lies within its grasp, Mr. Luce argues, if it can figure out a way to restructure its inefficient agriculture, put millions of desperately poor people in jobs that pay more than a pittance, wake up to a potential H.I.V.-AIDS crisis and root out government corruption.

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In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce Little, Brown, £20, pp388 While researching this book, Edward Luce visits the Cow Product Research Centre near the central Indian city of Nagpur.

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BC Books

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In return, Luce has gifted India this book - In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India.

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Birmingham Public Library

It’s true that this is a painful reality for the country, but as Luce reminds us “…there is nothing in India’s history that could approximate to the mass killing Europe has suffered.” Luce doesn’t shy from the negatives of India, and they are plenty: corrupt politicians and civil servants, briber...

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