BOOKS OF THE WEEK

Midnights Descendants
By- John Keay

About the Book :
If British India had not been partitioned in 1947, its population would today be comfortably the worlds largest. At c1.5 billion, Midnights Descendants (the offspring of those affected by the midnight hour Partition) already outnumber Europeans and Chinese and they are growing faster than either. By 2020 they will constitute a quarter of the worlds entire population. As well as comprising the peoples of what is now called South Asia (the preferred term for the partitioned subcontinent of modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, plus Nepal and Sri Lanka) they are widely established across the globe. Midnights Descendants is the first general history ever published to treat the region as a whole. Correlating and contrasting the fortunes of all the constituent nations over the last six decades affords unique insights into the tensions and conflicts that divide what is being hailed as one of the worlds most dynamic regions. Written by a widely respected expert on the region, the book will be the first account to incorporate the rich story of South Asias transnational, or diasporic, peoples. It will examine attitudes towards their homeland of the 22 million overseas South Asians and will assess their contributions to the self-image of the parent states, to economic survival in the case of Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh and to Indias globalised achievement. Like Midnights Children, Midnights Descendants will be expansive and tumultuous in the great tradition of Indias narrative epics.

About The Author :
Author was formerly a special correspondent for the Economist and a documentary-maker for the BBC. He is the author of several books on the Indian subcontinent, including the bestselling India: A History.
   ISBN No. : 9780007565115   
   PRICE : Rs. 599.00   

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