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The Elephant Paradigm: India Wrestles With Change is public intellectual Gurcharan Dasï¿½ musings on Indiaï¿½s awakening from an ancient civilization dipped in antiquity to the potential and spirit of the youth. It follows on the heels of Dasï¿½ India Unbound: From Independence to the Global Information Age, which talks about the transformation of the Indian economy from open to closed in the 1990s, but covers a whole range of subjects, from national competitiveness, panchayati raj, and the concerns, both philosophical and sacred, of the common man of India after the country entered the age of liberation, as the author calls it.
The title mentions the elephant in the Indian context to distinguish it from the tigers of Asia. While the Asian tigers may roar ahead, India will be similar in its movements and mannerisms to the wise elephant, which walks surely and steadily. Like the elephant, India will move ahead, but will take its time to measure and reflect upon its journey.
Indiaï¿½s transformation post-90s was remarkable and had multiple facets to it. The author uses the essay form to string together many of these varied facets to form a single thread of historic transition.
The Elephant Paradigm: India Wrestles With Change is divided into three sections. To begin with, the readers will be introduced to the context under which the changes occurred. Then, the readers are shown glimpses of the changes that occurred in both private and public lives, as well as the changes that didnï¿½t come about. And as the reader is taken along on a journey of the major economic, political, and social developments, they are reminded of the individual aspirations and beliefs that grounded the process. With a combination of wit and insight, Gurcharan Das presents to its readers the new India.
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