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It is hard, too, not to feel frustration with the large numbers of foreigners and Indians who are still wont to see India through a purely spiritual lens.

A lot is written about American and French exceptionalism (neither of which sanctifies poverty, it should be added).

: The Congress Party's continuing love affair with the Nehru—Gandhi dynasty 6 Many Crescents: South Asia's divided Muslims 1 82 221 7 A Triangular Dance: Why India's relations with the United States and China will shape the world in the t wenty-first century 8 261 New India, Old India: The many-layered character of Indian modernity 300 Conclusion Notes Glossary Index 334 363 375 379 LITTLE, BROWN First published in Great Britain in 2006 by Little, Brown Copyright © Edward Luce 2006 The moral right of the author has been asserted. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior permission in writing of the publisher, nor be otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

I would like to express my profound thanks to: Shankar Acharya, Swami Agnivesh, Montek and Isher Ahluwalia, Mani Shankar Aiyar, M. Akbar, Sohail Akbar (and his delightful parents in Allahabad), Anil Ambani, Kanti Bajpai, Sanjaya Baru, Surjit Bhalla, Kiran Bhatty and Aslam Khan (`Karen and Islam'), Jagdish Bhagwati, Uday Bhaskar, Rahul Bedi, Farhan Bokhari, Michael and Jenny Carter, Ram Chandra (`Golu'), Vikram Chandra, Vijay Chautiawale, Ashok Chowgule, Stephen P. and Mariam Ram, Mahesh Rangarajan, Aruna Roy, Raman Roy, Rajdeep Sardesai, Navtej Sarna, Tesi Schaffer, Suhel Seth, Jyotirmaya Sharma, Ajai and Sonia Shukla, N. Singh, Mala and Tejbir Singh, Arun Singh, Ashley Tellis, Karan Thapar, Ashutosh Varshney and George Verghese.

Cohen, Tarn Das, Nikhil Dey, Jean Dreze, Gordon Duguid, Verghese George, Sagarika Ghosh, Omkar Goswami, Dipankar and Mala Gupta, Shekhar Gupta, Swapan Das Gupta, David Housego, Tony Jesudasan, Prem Shankar Jha, Vijay Kelkar, Sunil Khilnani, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Hanif Lakdawala, Ram Madhav, Moni Malhoutra, Kamal M, Harsh Mander, Ashok PREFACE ix Mehta, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vinod Mehta, Murli Menon, Khozem Merchant and Malavika Sanghvi, Anjali Mody, Raja Mohan, Jayaprakash Narain, Sunita Narain, Kishan Negi, Nandan Nilekani, T. I would like to underline my thanks to the following people who very kindly took the time to read this manuscript in full and correct errors of fact, judgement and grammar.

It is about the changing political economy and society of a country whose future will increasingly affect the rest of the world.

When reporting on India for the Financial Times I usually adhered to the detached and impersonal style that journalists follow.

That way the reader will more easily chime with the book's anticipation of India's rise to a much more significant global role in the first few decades of the twenty-first century.

These were Michael Arthur, Suman Bery, Ramachandra Guha, Andrew Davis and Jackie Shorey, and Krishna Guha. It was also a great pleasure and an intellectual stimulation to work with Tim Whiting and Steve Guise, my editors at Little, Brown in London and Kris Puopolo, my editor at Doubleday in New York.

Throughout the process of writing and researching this book, the help, expertise and encouragement of Natasha Fairweather, my agent at A. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to the Financial Times, which, apart from allowing me a year's leave of absence to research and write this book, is the ideal employer for a foreign correspondent.

No other newspaper permits its reporters such autonomy and latitude in pursuing their interests.

The space it makes available for serious stories about India continues to mark it out from most other publications.

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