IN RECENT MONTHS both New Scientist and the New Statesman have published special editions challenging stereotypes about India. In January the New Statesman offered its readers “everything you need to know about the new superpower” ranging from the economic boom to the sexual revolution. Earlier, New Scientist had been more measured: not only does India now possess the most sophisticated technology – nuclear power, satellites, etc. – but much of this is being used to enable the poorest sections of society to improve their lot. It was also pointed out that India’s president, a Muslim, is a top-ranking ...


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