The rise of India

Authored by: Areendam Chanda

Routledge Handbook of Major Events in Economic History

Print publication date:  January  2013
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415677035
eBook ISBN: 9780203067871
Adobe ISBN: 9781135080808


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While India started out the twentieth century as the “Jewel in the Crown,” for most of the post-independence period, India's economy laid claim to a range of unenviable metaphors such as “Hindu rate of growth,” the “license Raj,” and the “lumbering elephant.” It would not be unfair to judge the twentieth century as a lost economic century except the past 25 years have been an entirely different story from the economic history of India from 1900 to 1985.

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