This title weaves together substantive knowledge of Indian politics, economics, and culture with fascinating stories of everyday people. As a BBC correspondent, Lak is known and connected. He also writes for a number of other internationally known periodicals, giving him a wide reach and access to potential reviewers. He has also written for "The Economist", "Time", "The Independent", "The South China Morning Post", and "The Globe and Mail". Unlike other India books, Lak argues that India has already arrived as a global superpower and that its religion, politics and history have propelled it forward, not hindered it. He writes beautifully and as an expert in this region he has covered for the last twelve years. With its increasing economic importance in the world, continued friction with Pakistan, and a large immigrant population in the US, UK, and Commonwealth countries, India is the next new thing.In beautiful prose and street-level reporting, Daniel Lak argues that India has become a global superpower because of its religion, caste, politics, and poverty and not in spite of it.