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Rethinking Development and Politics: Essays on India, China and Global Change


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AuthorMeghnad Desai (Edited by Marika Vicziany)
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2019
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
BindingPaperback with flaps
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Essays by one of India’s biggest intellectuals on globalization, the economies of India and China, and developments in Indian economy, politics and culture since the 1991 reforms.

Meghnad Jagdishchandra Desai has been an outstanding scholar, policy advisor and public intellectual in India, Britain and many other countries. He is also a world-renowned commentator on globalization and de-globalization. This volume brings together his unpublished and difficult-to-access essays spanning some four decades of thinking. In Desai’s own words, the essays ‘all relate to political economy but in a global context as well as against the background of the tensions between national strategies and globalization.’ Arranged thematically in three sections, they examine globalization; the rise of China and India as large economies and power centres in the late twentieth century and the early twenty-first; and the political economy and cultural politics of India over twenty-five years since the reforms of 1991.

This is a book for everyone, including scholars and students, interested in the fundamental ways in which the political, cultural and economic landscape of India and the world has evolved since the late 1980s.

About the author
Meghnad Desai was born in Vadodara, Gujarat. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Bombay, and completed a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught economics from 1965 to 2003 at the London School of Economics, where he now holds the post of Professor Emeritus. He has authored over twenty books, including The Rediscovery of India; Politicshock: Trump, Modi, Brexit and the Prospect for Liberal Democracy; and The Raisina Model: Indian Democracy at 70. He was made Lord Desai of St Clement Danes in 1991, and was awarded the Bharatiya Pravasi Puraskar in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2008. He divides his time between London, Delhi and Goa.Marika Vicziany is Professor of Asian Political Economy, former Director, Monash Asia Institute (MAI) and former Director, National Centre for South Asian Studies at Monash University. She is a specialist on India with over three decades of experience working on Indian economic development, mass poverty and regional security.

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