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Reshaping India in the New Global Context

Subhash C. Jain and Ben L. Kedia

This book traces the history of India’s progress since its independence in 1947 and advances strategies for continuing economic growth. Insiders and outsiders that have criticized India for slow economic growth fail to recognize all it has achieved in the last seven decades, including handling the migration of over 8 million people from Pakistan, integrating over 600 princely states into the union, managing a multi-language population into one nation and resolving the food problem. The end result is a democratic country with a strong institutional foundation. Following the growth strategies outlined in the book and with a strong leadership, India has the potential to stand out as the third largest economy in the world in the next 25 to 30 years.
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Chapter 4: India’s survival

Subhash C. Jain and Ben L. Kedia

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Political pundits and intellectuals, both in India and elsewhere, wondered if India could survive as a democracy given its huge diversity. But despite the challenges, it did. The chapter pinpoints major aspects of India’s success. Firstly, leaders who fought for India’s freedom continued to be active for a long time in post-independent India establishing a strong foundation for a democratic society with an appropriate institutional framework. Other factors include pluralism of religion, linguistic organization of states, administrative setup of the government through the selection of intelligent and capable individuals who kept the army away from politics, Hindi cinema and Bollywood movies which people enjoyed immensely throughout India, free mobility of people throughout the country, emerging communications technology and a common passion by Indians for the game of cricket. They have all been instrumental in maintaining the unity of the country.

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