– by Pavan K Verma
The truth about why the 21st century will be India’s! This book is a new and dramatically different inquiry into what India and being Indian mean in the new millennium. Such an inquiry is especially relevant today when the world’s largest democracy is also a nuclear power, a potentially major economic power poised to emerge as the second largest consumer market in the world, and a growing force in information technology. In the twenty first century, when every sixth human being will be Indian, the world will have to interact with Indians in many more ways than before. Yet misconceptions about India and Indians abound, fed by the stereotypes created by foreigners, and the myths about themselves projected by Indians. In Being Indian, Pavan K. Varma demolishes these myths and generalizations as he turns his sharply observant gaze on his fellow countrymen to examine what really makes Indians tick and what they have to offer the world in the twenty first century. Worth a read.. This book, which will stimulate reflection, discussion and controversy, is a must read for both foreigners who wish to understand Indians, and Indians who wish to understand themselves.