With 1.1 billion residents,
the world’s largest democracy is poised to dominate the world stage. Vinay Rai,
one of India’s wealthiest men, gives an insider’s view into his country’s
dynamic transformation, revealing the forces and unique characteristics behind
India’s meteoric rise.
The buzzword of the twenty-first
century is India—and it’s not just a story of software, outsourcing, and
faraway call centers. With the economy soaring at 8 percent a year, India is a
medical and pharmaceutical front-runner, an R & D powerhouse, a rising
manufacturing hub, and an up-and-coming cultural trendsetter in areas from
fashion to film. And the world is taking note: Western companies from Lockheed
Martin to McDonald’s are moving in, Ford is setting up factories, Coca Cola is
heading to the countryside in rickshaws, and research centers for Fortune 500
companies are popping up everywhere. Meanwhile, the US military is forging
close ties, as India has become a key strategic partner.
Steel tycoon turned educator Vinay
Rai, who now runs one of India’s two private universities—with fifteen
campuses—couples with sociology professor William Simon to map out the rising
new India. This colorful, lively, forward-looking account of India’s stunning
world debut is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand India’s new
muscle on the global stage.
In Think India, you will learn:
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- One out of
every six people in the world lives in India
top trading partner is the United States
- India is
the fastest-growing free market economy
- India is
the world’s top destination for retailers
- India has the
world’s youngest workforce (over 500 million under twenty-five)