India: Miracle, Interrupted

India’s once-booming economy has hit the skids. Are the country’s undeniable strengths enough to overcome its many problems?
Photograph by Subhash Sharma/Polaris

Indian scholars and authors like to write about something they call the “idea of India,” a loosely defined concept of national identity. It’s an attempt to impose a measure of coherence on the messiness of a country of 1.2 billion people. That messiness, however, is real. From the ground, it’s hard to imagine how a single idea could ever capture India’s reality.

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