Planet of Slums
Mike Davis <em><i>Verso, 228pp, £15.99</em>
Seventy per cent of the world's Christmas decorations are produced in China, and many Chinese now view the festival as an unofficial holiday. On 25 December, in cities across the country, shopping malls are festooned with Christmas trees.
East Timor's history is repeating itself as Jakarta colludes with the west to crush another resource
Mishima's Sword: travels in search of a samurai legend
Christopher Ross <em>Fourth Estate, 262pp,
Just when it seemed it was all over for Marx, the Chinese Communist Party has had a spectacular chan
Observations on whales
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Yiyun Li <em>Fourth Estate, 224pp, £14.99</em>
Religion - Behind the prosperous facade lurks an ugly strain of Hindu fundamentalism, argues Ziauddi
Indian cinema has a global future in its sights
1,080: population in millions 2005 . . .
3.3: area in millions of square km . . .
2 and 7: India's rankings in the world in terms of population and area respectively . . .
My friend Priya is 20 and lives in Mumbai. She's not religious but accompanies her mother to the temple every morning. She wears a vest top to college but covers herself in a jacket when she leaves the house.
The books that first made me want to see India were by E M Forster, Jan (then James) Morris, and V S Naipaul.
Introduction - India's dream of national strength and wealth is now a reality: its superpower status
Sam Alexandroni listens in at a Mumbai espresso bar
Attitudes - Despite the overexcited media it's not likely to happen any time soon
Writing - Since Midnight's Children, Indian writing in English has been lauded for a new self-confid
When I moved back to India three years ago, I took a lease on a farmhouse five kilometres from the boom town of Gurgaon on the western edge of Delhi.
International relations - Everybody wants to know the new player in the game of global supremacy. Ca
Roughly 40 foreign companies set up business in the country every month, but unless it addresses its
With more than half of its population under 25, India's strength is its youth
Observations on immigration. By Dollan Cannell<br />
Indians have never had such choice. The hundreds of millions of electors can pick from an array of politicians whose appeal may be rooted in caste, communism, nationalism, language, occupation or region. Two hundred and thirty parties contested the most recent national elections.
The boom - The economy will overtake that of the US by roughly 2050: along with China, India will do
Kashmir - You might expect a humanitarian disaster to blur the rigid Line of Control that divides Ka