Synopses & Reviews
Nearly four decades ago, Dilip Hiros Inside India Today
, banned by Indira Gandhis government, was acclaimed by The Guardian
as simply the best book on India.” Now Hiro returns to his native country to chronicle the impact of the dramatic economic liberalization that began in 1991, which ushered India into the era of globalization.
Hiro describes how India has been reengineered not only in its economy but also in its politics and cultural mores. Places such as Gurgaon and Noida on the outskirts of Delhi have been transformed from nondescript towns into forests of expensive high-rise residential and commercial properties. Businessmen in Bollywood movies, once portrayed as villains, are now often the heroes. The marginal, right-wing Hindu militants of the past now rule the nominally secular nation, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their avatar, one whose electoral victory was funded by big business.
Hiro provides a gripping account of the role played by Indians who have settled in the United States and Britain since 1991 in boosting Indias GDP. But he also highlights the negatives: the exponential growth in sleaze in the public and private sectors, the impoverishment of farmers, and the rise in urban slums. A masterful panorama, The Age of Aspiration covers the whole social spectrum of Indians at home and abroad.
Praise for Dilip Hiro:
is a model political analyst. His approach is as incorrigibly nonpartisan as it is methodical."
The Sunday Times
Praise for Dilip Hiros Secrets and Lies:
"An extraordinary account
Hiro has fashioned a well-rounded, thought-provoking story about the Bush administrations bellicose preparations, the invasion and the postwar headaches."
Stanley Meisler, Los Angeles Times
Praise for After Empire:
"Dilip Hiro writes from an unabashedly un-American point of view. It is arresting to see a familiar subject assume an unfamiliar shape."
About the Author
Dilip Hiro is a leading expert on the Middle East and South Asia. He is the author of the bestselling Iraq in the Eye of the Storm; the Orwell Prizenominated Secrets and Lies; and Inside Central Asia, a Financial Times Best Book of the Year. He has appeared on NPR, Democracy Now!, and CNN. He lives in London.