Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation (Penguin Books), a New York Times bestseller, is now available in paperback. Author Nandan Nilekani delivers a definitive work about modern India and provides a fascinating new perspective on what’s really at stake in the world’s largest democracy.For the past several years the world has been transfixed by India’s meteoric rise to the global economic and political stage. From debates over outsourcing at Indian call centers to constant headlines covering this nation’s incredible economic growth, India has fully captured our attention.
This unstoppable growth has triggered tremendous social, political, and cultural change, and according to Indian software entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani, it’s now time to examine India’s recent evolution, solve its current challenges, and move forward as a nation into the future.
As a co-founder of Infosys, a global leader in information technology, Nilkekani uses his unique global experience and understanding to discuss the future of India and its role as a global citizen and emerging economic giant. Though India has only just begun to inhabit its role as a thriving nation in the world, Nilekani cautions that its future rests on more than economic growth; it also depends on reform and innovation in all sectors of public life.
With Imagining India, Nilekani charts the ideas that are crucial to India’s current infrastructure revolution and quest for universal literacy, urbanization, and unification; maps the ideological battlegrounds of caste, higher education and labor reform; and argues that only a safety net of ideas-from social security to public health to the environment-can transcend political agendas and safeguard India’s economic future.
A visionary look into the future of India by one of its preeminent business leaders, Imagining India reveals the central ideas and challenges that face India today-from within and as a part of the global economy.
Nandan Nilekani was listed as one of the one hundred most influential people in the world by Time in 2006 and 2009 and was named Forbes’s “Businessman of the Year” for Asia in 2006. He lives in Bangalore, India.
Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation
Author Nandan Nilekani
Forward by Thomas Friedman
Penguin Books, $17.00
February 23, 2010