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The Emergence of Modern India
The Emergence of Modern India
By Arthur Lall
Columbia University Press, 1981, 288 pp

Arthur Lall held important Indian government positions, first under the British and later under Nehru, and he was a key administrator in modern India for several decades. He begins by drawing together some of the main threads in Indian life as they have developed over the past several thousand years, devotes much of the book to the years under British dominion, and concludes with a look at post-independence India. He sees the burden of poverty and the failure of people and politicians to recognize the need for efficient government as India's greatest weaknesses; its greatest strengths are its ability to synthesize seemingly irreconcilable elements, and its rejection of power as a legitimate base for international relations.