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Although much has changed since the first edition's original publication, Robert Stern retains his belief in the remarkable continuity of India's institutions. This comprehensive introduction to modern India covers its caste and class systems; venerable faiths and extraordinary ethnic diversity; imperial past and post-Independence contribution to the global economy. Stern demonstrates throughout this study why India remains the most enduring democracy in the developing world. First Edition Hb (1993): 0-521-42105-5First Edition Pb (1993); 0-521-42106-3
The revised edition of Robert Stern's book brings India's story up to date. Since its original publication, much has altered and yet central to the author's argument remains his belief in the remarkable continuity of India's institutions. This is a comprehensive introduction to modern India in which the author explains its caste and class systems, its venerable faiths and extraordinary ethnic diversity, its imperial past and its post-Independence contribution to the global economy. While paradoxes abound, Stern demonstrates why India remains the most enduring democracy in the developing world.
Revised edition brings India"s remarkable story up to date in a comprehensive and readable introduction.
Table of Contents
Introduction: change, the societies of India and Indian society; Part I. The Changing Countryside: 1. Families and villages; 2. Varna, jati and caste, Muslim quasi castes and untouchability; 3. Class: primordial group representation, stimuli-response and patron'"client relationships; 4. Homelands, 'linguistic", 'tribal" and 'regional" states: nation provinces and bourgeois revolution; Part II. Change from Above: 5. British imperialism, Indian nationalism and Muslim separatism; 6. Political and economic development in the Indian Union and its international politics.