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Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future… (edição 2008)

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"India is everywhere: on magazine covers and cinema marquees, at the gym and in the kitchen, in corporate boardrooms and on Capitol Hill. Through incisive reportage and illuminating analysis, Mira Kamdar explores Indiaʾs astonishing transformation from a developing country into a global powerhouse. She takes us inside India, reporting on the people, companies, and policies defining the new India and revealing how it will profoundly affect our future -- financially, culturally, politically. The worldʾs fastest-growing democracy, India has the youngest population on the planet, and a middle class as big as the population of the entire United States. Its market has the potential to become the worldʾs largest. As one film producer told Kamdar when they met in New York, ʺWho needs the American audience? There are only 300 million people here.ʺ Not only is India the ideal market for the next new thing, but with a highly skilled English-speaking workforce, elite educational institutions, and growing foreign investment, India is emerging as an innovator of the technology that is driving the next phase of the global economy."--From source other than the Library of CongressWhile India is celebrating its meteoric rise, it is also racing against time to bring the benefits of the twenty-first century to the 800 million Indians who live on less than two dollars per day, to find the sustainable energy to fuel its explosive economic growth, and to navigate international and domestic politics to ensure Indiaʾs security and its status as a global power. India is the world in microcosm: the challenges it faces are universal -- from combating terrorism, poverty, and disease to protecting the environment and creating jobs. The urgency of these challenges for India is spurring innovative solutions, which will catapult it to the top of the new world order. If India succeeds, it will not only save itself, it will save us all. If it fails, we will all suffer. As goes India, so goes the world. Mira Kamdar tells the dramatic story of a nation in the midst of redefining itself and our world. Provocative, timely, and essential, Planet India is the groundbreaking book that will convince Americans just how high the stakes are -- what there is to lose, and what there is to gain from Indiaʾs meteoric rise.Includes information on advertising, agriculture, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bombay, George W. Bush, caste, children, China, consumerism, culture, employment, energy, entertainment industry, environment, film industry, food, health system, Hindus, HIV/AIDS, immigrants from India, Indian Americans, information technology, Internet, management, Muslims, nuclear power in India, offshoring (outsourcing), Pakistan, politics, religion, retailing, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, technology, terrorism and terrorists, villages, water crisis, women, etc.… (mais)
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Título:Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World
Autores:Mira Kamdar
Informação:Scribner (2008), Paperback, 352 pages
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Wie in de beschouwing over de opkomst van China en India zich alleen baseert op boeken als De aarde is plat van Thomas L. Friedman, bouwt een bijzonder positief beeld van de - voornamelijk technologische - ontwikkelingen in deze landen op.

Mira Kamdar schetst in haar boek Planeet India - hoe de snelst groeiende democratie de wereld verandert, een completer beeld.

"Tot op zekere hoogte is dit nieuwe India, een van een consumerende klasse die dankzij de revolutie in de informatietechnologie eindelijk het wereldtoneel bestijgt, een bedenksel van de media. Dat India nu internationaal een positief beeld weet uit te stralen, op de televisie en in het bewustzijn van de wereldgemeenschap, is in niet geringe maate een doelbewuste fabricatie. En wel door een deel van het verhaal - namelijk, het verhaal van een rijker, slimmer en machtiger India, een India dat meer op het Westen lijkt - tot het hele verhaal te bestempelen. Het resultaat is een afgestoft en opgepoetst beeld van India waarin geen plaats is voor de minder aantrekkelijke realiteit van het land: endemische armoede, een op hol geslagen HIV/AIDS-epidemie, een rampzalige aftakeling van het milieu, en een instortende stedelijke infrastructuur." (p.117)

Kamdar haalt 2 pagina's verder Anand Mahindra, vice voorzitter en managing director van Mahindra & Mahindra, erbij:

"Mensen landen voor het eerst in Mumbai met de hand een exemplaar van De aarde is plat. Dat hebben ze in het vliegtuig gelezen om zich voor te bereiden op hun reis naar India. Maar dan zien ze tijdens de landing al de sloppenwijken liggen en denken: hé, op welke pagina stond dat dan? Daar heb ik niets over gelezen.' Ik vertel zakenmensen die naar India komen dat in India vooral de mentaliteit is veranderd. De rest volgt."

Deze contrasten mocht ik in april zelf zien in Hyderabad, één van de zeven grootste steden in India.

Sloppen en tenten op de stoep van moderne kantoorgebouwen, speciale economische zones of op begraafplaatsen in het zicht van ommuurde, gloednieuwe appartementencomplexen. Kamdar schrijft in Planeet India niet alleen over de overweldigende positieve ontwikkelingen in de technologie, media, onderwijs, maar ook over de immense uitdagingen rondom voedselvoorziening, waterhuishouding, infrastructuur van wegen en steden, klimaatveranderingen, verstedelijking, bewapening, de rol van de vrouw, en dergelijke. De pauw op de omslag van Planeet India staat daarom niet alleen symbool voor pracht en praal, maar ook voor de roep van de pauw die de start van het moessonseizoen aankondigt en veranderingen in het landschap en vruchtbaarheid brengt.

Kamdars zorgen over oprukkende Westerse bedrijven als Wall Mart en Carrefour die traditionele Indiase gewoonten op het gebied van voedselbereiding, arbeidsverhoudingen, en dergelijke zullen bedreigen, deel ik wel. Waarom zouden we overal ter wereld hetzelfde moeten eten en drinken? Is de Amerikaanse droom ook verplicht de onze? Ik kan me diverse protectionistische maatregelen van de Indiase overheid daarom goed voorstellen. Planeet India is een boek van hoop en vrees, en dat is eerlijker dan alleen de bright side of life te belichten. ( )
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"India is everywhere: on magazine covers and cinema marquees, at the gym and in the kitchen, in corporate boardrooms and on Capitol Hill. Through incisive reportage and illuminating analysis, Mira Kamdar explores Indiaʾs astonishing transformation from a developing country into a global powerhouse. She takes us inside India, reporting on the people, companies, and policies defining the new India and revealing how it will profoundly affect our future -- financially, culturally, politically. The worldʾs fastest-growing democracy, India has the youngest population on the planet, and a middle class as big as the population of the entire United States. Its market has the potential to become the worldʾs largest. As one film producer told Kamdar when they met in New York, ʺWho needs the American audience? There are only 300 million people here.ʺ Not only is India the ideal market for the next new thing, but with a highly skilled English-speaking workforce, elite educational institutions, and growing foreign investment, India is emerging as an innovator of the technology that is driving the next phase of the global economy."--From source other than the Library of CongressWhile India is celebrating its meteoric rise, it is also racing against time to bring the benefits of the twenty-first century to the 800 million Indians who live on less than two dollars per day, to find the sustainable energy to fuel its explosive economic growth, and to navigate international and domestic politics to ensure Indiaʾs security and its status as a global power. India is the world in microcosm: the challenges it faces are universal -- from combating terrorism, poverty, and disease to protecting the environment and creating jobs. The urgency of these challenges for India is spurring innovative solutions, which will catapult it to the top of the new world order. If India succeeds, it will not only save itself, it will save us all. If it fails, we will all suffer. As goes India, so goes the world. Mira Kamdar tells the dramatic story of a nation in the midst of redefining itself and our world. Provocative, timely, and essential, Planet India is the groundbreaking book that will convince Americans just how high the stakes are -- what there is to lose, and what there is to gain from Indiaʾs meteoric rise.Includes information on advertising, agriculture, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bombay, George W. Bush, caste, children, China, consumerism, culture, employment, energy, entertainment industry, environment, film industry, food, health system, Hindus, HIV/AIDS, immigrants from India, Indian Americans, information technology, Internet, management, Muslims, nuclear power in India, offshoring (outsourcing), Pakistan, politics, religion, retailing, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, technology, terrorism and terrorists, villages, water crisis, women, etc.

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