India is the world's largest democracy and its seventh biggest country with one-sixth of the global population, comprising an unparalleled diversity of ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. India is also the world's fourth largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity and even as it gains recognition as an emerging modern power, India's rich civilization goes back many thousands of years.
The scope of this concise encyclopedia encompasses important people, places, and events in India's past and present (till 2004), as well as entries on the country's different schools of philosophy, culture, religious leaders, important branches of government, and the economy. The author's masterly introduction provides a rich overview with many an insight and is supplemented by a chronology, maps, and an extensive bibliography. With more than two hundred new entries - most pertaining to the recent years - the second edition captures the rapidly evolving situation without neglecting the country's ancient past.
Table of Contents:
- Abbreviations and Acronyms
- Encyclopedia Entries
About the Author:
Surjit Manshing recently retired as professor of International Politics at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and teaches part-time at the American University in Washington, D.C. earlier, she was a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. She took her masterís degree in history from Delhi University and her Ph.D. in international relations from the American University, Washington, D.C. She has taught at universities in the United States, Italy, and India. Before assuming an academic career, she was a member of the India Foreign Service.
Professor Mansingh is the author of Indiaís Search for Power: Indira Gandhiís Foreign Policy (Sage, 1984), Diplomatic History of Modern India (with Charles H. Heimsath, Allied, 1971), numerous papers in learned journals, and the revised edition of Heimsathís Teacherís Introduction to India (Educational Resources Centre, 1994). She has organized conferences and edited their proceedings in Indian and Chinese Foreign Policies in Comparative Perspective (1998), Nehruís Foreign Policy: Fifty Years On (1998), and Prospects for India-United States Relations: The Next Ten Years (2000). She is currently engaged in a study of India and China as rising powers and the implications of this for the United States.
Professor Mansingh is widely travelled and lives alternately in India and the United States, a pattern established decades ago along with her late husband, Professor Charles Heimsath. They have two sons, Arjun and Kabir.