India Today

An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic

by Arnold P. Kaminsky and Roger D. Long, Editors


Vast and varied, India is a country of contrasts. On the one hand, one out of three of the world's malnourished children lives in India. On the other, a McKinsey Global Inc. report suggests that if India continues its recent growth, it will be the fifth largest consumer economy in the world by 2025.

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September 2011


Pages 864
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Countries and Regions

Containing almost 250 entries written by scholars from around the world, this two-volume resource provides current, accurate, and useful information on the politics, economics, society, and cultures of India since 1947.

With more than a billion citizens—almost 18 percent of the world's population—India is a reflection of over 5,000 years of interaction and exchange across a wide spectrum of cultures and civilizations. India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic describes the growth and development of the nation since it achieved independence from the British Raj in 1947.

The two-volume work presents an analytical review of India's transition from fledgling state to the world's largest democracy and potential economic superpower. Providing current data and perspective backed by historical context as appropriate, the encyclopedia brings together the latest scholarship on India's diverse cultures, societies, religions, political cultures, and social and economic challenges. It covers such issues as foreign relations, security, and economic and political developments, helping readers understand India's people and appreciate the nation's importance as a political power and economic force, both regionally and globally.


  • 240 A–Z entries on the social, political, cultural, and economic development of India since 1947
  • Contributions from more than 100 distinguished international scholars from five continents
  • A chronology of major domestic, regional, and world events in and involving India from 1947 to 2010
  • A "Guide to Related Topics" to allow readers to trace main themes across related entries
  • An extensive Selected Bibliography containing multicultural and multidisciplinary materials and scholarship on the growth and development of the Republic of India from 1947 to the present


  • Brings together the latest scholarship on the multifarious strains of India's diverse cultures and economy in the 21st century
  • Offers up-to-date perspectives on life in the Republic of India
  • Covers a wide range of subjects including intellectual, political, economic, and social/cultural issues
  • Provides current data and perspective couched in historical context when appropriate
Author Info

Arnold P. Kaminsky, PhD, is professor of history at California State University, Long Beach, CA, and former chair of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. He was the founding director of the Yadunandan Center for India Studies at CSULB. A specialist on modern India and South Asia, his published works include The India Office: 1880–1910 and a number of articles and book chapters on the administrative history of India. Kaminsky has received numerous grants and fellowships to advance his research and engage in curricular design of Asia in the schools. He recently worked with the National Knowledge Commission of India to establish teacher education and higher education leadership collaboration between CSULB and Indian universities.

Roger D. Long, PhD, is professor of history at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. His research focuses on India during the 20th century, particularly during the 1930s and 1940s, with special reference to the nationalist movement. He has edited a number of volumes, including The Founding of Pakistan: An Annotated Bibliography; The Man on the Spot: Essays on British Empire History; Charisma and Commitment in South Asian History: Essays Presented to Stanley Wolpert; The Political Career of Muhammad Ali Jinnah; and 'Dear Mr. Jinnah': Selected Correspondence and Speeches of Liaquat Ali Khan, 1937–1947.



"This resource provides up-to-date information on the political, cultural, and economic specifics of the Indian society, from its declaration of independence in 1947 to the present day. Approximately 250 entries, written by notable worldwide scholars, represent a concise overview of the progress and the growth of this diversified modern nation. . . . Successful at nurturing an appreciation for and an understanding of life in contemporary India by providing a clear, solid foundation describing its challenges and its development, this reference is recommended for libraries serving high school and college students."Booklist

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