India, In Spite of the Gods

Friday, June 22, 2007

India will have more English speakers than the United States by 2050. The country also has a booming tech sector, while three-quarters of the country lives in extreme deprivation. Edward Luce of the Financial Times tries to make sense of modern India and its rise to global power in his new book In Spite of the Gods.

In Spite of the Gods is available for purchase at


Edward Luce

Comments [2]

Gail Enid Zimmer from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, U.S.A.

I haven't heard this interview yet, but I have read Luce's book and thought it was very well-balanced and in accord with what I observed during two trips to India of more than a month each. When he calls for greater literacy as a solution to India's poverty, in which of India's many languages should its population be literate? English? I suggest that Vikas Tipnis read the book before passing judgement on Luce's knowledge of India.

Jun. 27 2007 01:40 PM
Vikas Tipnis from NJ

It is dismaying to listen to Edward Luce talk about India. His perspective, like that of many, both casual and learned Westerners, seems to have been derived from the view of the car window the he drove across the roads of India, both literally as well as metaphorically. For instance he misses the purchasing-power perspective on poverty wich would place the apparent disparities in very different and less dire light.

One must however argue, as he does, that modern India must raise literacy levels to catch up segments of the population that are not yet beneficiaries of life in the 21st century.

Jun. 22 2007 01:40 PM

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