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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Contemporary India

ISBN 9781403943125
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Contemporary States and Societies

A broad-ranging introduction to politics and society in India, set in a historical and cultural context. Written by two expert authors it assumes no prior knowledge but aims to provide a balanced and nuanced understanding of the key issues that have faced India since independence and the challenges it confronts in the 21st century.

KATHARINE ADENEY is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK.
ANDREW WYATT is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bristol, UK.

The Making of Modern India
The Diversity of India
Governing Structures
Social Change
Politics and Society
Nationalism and Culture
Political Economy
India and the World


This is the introduction to India that everyone needs, but which most other scholars have been deterred from writing by the sheer diversity of India and of the debates that surround it. Adeney and Wyatt are to be congratulated for pulling this off.' - Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford
'This is the one book I recommend as essential reading for anyone interested in today's India. Impressively up-to-date, it elegantly synthesises deep knowledge of India's politics with a sensitive feel for Indian society, culture, and the dynamics of its expanding economy and rising global influence.' - James Chiriyankandath, Institute of Commonwealth Studies
'With illuminating discussions of politics, culture and social change, Adeney and Wyatt's excellent book provides a highly informative gateway to modern-day India. An outstanding selection for courses on Indian politics and society.' - John Echeverri-Gent, University of Virginia, USA
'...a laudable, concise and informative introduction to contemporary India and its historical antecedents.' - Political Studies Review
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