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Globalization Gap, The: How the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Left Further Behind by Robert A. Isaak

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Chapter 8. A Passage Through India

 

Even if the nine sheep, my home, and all the camels were drowned; even if I were left without children; even so it is good that the rain must fall.

 
 --An old Rajasthan folk song

India illustrates why a traditional sense of religious dependence can be used by politicians and those in power to keep the poor content with the status quo. The elitist software sector appears to be the exception that proves the rule.

What strikes one most in traveling through India, a human tapestry of over 1 billion people, is the anchoring in old ways and traditions offset by tremendous strides toward modernity.

Globalization serves to magnify this clash of past and present. One is overwhelmed by the extremes of some of the world's ...

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