This collection of essays by 13 scholars deals with the surprisingly emotionally weighted perceptions that Americans and Indians have of each other. The highlight of the volume is the introduction by Nathan Glazer, who concludes on an optimistic note. The reduction of the U.S. presence in India, the growth of the Indian middle class and the links between India and the United States being formed by America's growing Indian immigrant community will create a "less hallucinating" vision of the United States in the Indian mind. On the U.S. side, when India is no longer seen as dependent on U.S. aid and as Americans become more aware of Indians as entrepreneurs, as professionals and as fellow Americans, their own view of India will change. In turn, these more positive images will reinforce each other.
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