India is the world's largest democracy with nearly 70 years of independent existence.
Its unique and ever-changing nature has sparked a great degree of academic debate, both
before and since Independence. The beauty of India is that there are many kinds of Indias.
Understanding the fundamentals that have given birth to such multiplicity across various
segments is especially imperative in the present day, when the `Idea of India' is keenly
contested. Our nation has the world's largest youth population and is undergoing tectonic
social and political changes at present; therefore, understanding what directions India
may take in the future is essential for every thinking individual.
India Now and in Transition is an enquiry into possible futures, based on current
happenings. Featuring contributions from leading thinkers and scholars in diverse fields,
each essay in this volume critically analyses a major theme of India's present, to propose
the likely way ahead for our emergent nation. Covering the fields of politics and
governance, economics and development, security and foreign policy, society and culture,
and language and literature, the book shows that-while beset with both internal and
external challenges on many fronts-India isn't waiting for its moment, it's making its