Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic

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India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic. Ed. by Arnold P. Kaminsky and Roger D. Long. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-0313-37462-3). E-book available (978-0-313-37463-0), call for pricing.

This two-volume set edited by Arnold P. Kaminsky (California State University) and Roger D. Long (Eastern Michigan University) "seeks to place India's evolution since independence in 1947 in its historical context and to demonstrate the persistence of tradition in the shaping of modern political, social, economic, and artistic forms" (ix).

The 251 entries are arranged alphabetically and are written and signed by the eighty-three international contributors. There is a topic finder in both volumes that organizes articles into fifteen browsable categories, such as "Diplomacy and Relations with Other Nations and Regions," "Medicine and Health," "Politics and Parties," and "Religion." The essays vary in length from a half page to ten pages, with the more in-depth articles addressing broad subjects like the "Economy," "Environment," "Literature," and "Population." Each entry concludes with a list of further reading and cross-references that direct the user to related topics. Readers can also consult an extensive sixty-four page selected bibliography in volume 2.

As the title of this source suggests, the articles provide information and statistics on the current situation in India, along with many topical entries on matters like 1984's "Bhopal Gas Disaster," "Bollywood," "Election of 2009," and the "Look East Policy. …

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