Home to a fifth of the world's population and the largest democracy in the world, India holds a prominent place in current events yet remains misunderstood in many ways by students, professionals and others who seek a single, authoritative source for information on this important region. The Encyclopedia of India meets this need, encompassing the history, cultures, geography and religions of India from ancient times to the present day. Across the four volumes of the Encyclopedia, readers are invited to explore India in a comprehensive reference work of more than 600 alphabetically arranged, illustrated articles. As India's role in global politics and economics continues to grow, readers will find the historical and cultural information contained within this work an indispensable tool to gaining a greater appreciation of India and its place in our modern world.
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"The depth and breadth of the articles covered in the encyclopedia are an essential source for understanding the rising importance of India, which is one of the world?s fastest growing economies. As India's role in world politics and economics continues to develop, readers will find this encyclopedia an indispensable tool for gaining an understanding and appreciation of India's influence in this modern global village of today. Perfect for multi-disciplinary curricula, from world history, economics and global trade to religious studies, the encyclopedia features numerous articles. The articles were written by international authorities from academia, international organizations, and Indian institutions and businesses. It is full of maps, illustrations, charts and photographs. The encyclopedia is full of information about India's history with its rich ancient traditions of culture and religion, down to the present day when it is becoming a leading world power. It will be especially useful for libraries in colleges and universities, libraries at think tanks and even for students who may want to know more about the culture and activities in present day India."
Indian Express, February 2006
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