CONTENTS:- Introduction; Families and villages; Caste; Class; Homelands and states; British imperialism, Indian nationalism and Muslim separatism; The Indian union in a changing India.
The author has a great belief in the remarkable continuity and vitality of Indian social system and its resilience in the face of change. The book is a colorful, readable and comprehensive introduction to modern India. The author explains its long-lived and little understood caste and class systems, its venerable faith and extraordinary ethnic diversity, its history "The Jewel in the Crown" of British imperialism and its post-independence career as a major agricultural and industrial nation. India demonstrates how and why it remains the largest and most enduring democracy in the third world.