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The economic liberalization of India, changes in global structures, and the rapid emergence of India on the global landscape have been accompanied by the dramatic rise in popular, public, and elite discourses that offer the promise to imagine India. Written mostly in the future tense, these discourses conceive of India through specific frames of global change and simultaneously offer prescriptive suggestions for the pathways to fulfilling the vision. Both as summary accounts of the shifts taking place in India and in the relationships of India with other global actors as well as roadmaps for the immediate and longer term directions for India, these discourses offer meaningful entry points into elite imaginations of India. Engaging these imaginations creates a framework for understanding the tropes that are mobilized in support of specific policy formulations in economic, political, cultural, and social spheres. Connecting meanings within networks of power and structure help make sense of the symbolic articulations of India within material relationships.

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Frontmatter

` Chapter 1. Imagining India in Discourse

Abstract
The story of a growing India that has emerged on the global stage as a leader is the theme of Das (2013) India grows at night: A liberal case for a strong state. The story of a new India and its burgeoning aspirations is a story of economic growth and integration into the global free market. The story of India stands in as an invitation to liberty constructed in the image of the free market. The narrative of India’s rise is a dominant narrative in discourses of and discourses on India. Essential to this narrative is imagination
Mohan Jyoti Dutta

Chapter 2. Discourses of Liberalization: Framing Economics

Abstract
The economic liberalization of India, changes in global structures, and the rapid emergence of India on the global landscape have been accompanied by the dramatic rise in popular, public, and elite discourses that offer the promise to imagine India on the fundamentals of the market.
Mohan Jyoti Dutta

Chapter 3. Innovation, Technology, and Development

Abstract
Imagination rides on the power of technology. The narrative of technology is one of transformation, often captured in the language of revolution. Technology thus is the key ingredient in the recipe of imagining India.
Mohan Jyoti Dutta

Chapter 4. Food, Health, Shelter, and Education: Public Provisions and Private Industry

Abstract
The basic necessities of food, health, shelter, and education enter into the imaginaries of a new India via the circuits of private enterprise, constructed in conversation with India’s historically developed public systems directed at the delivery of food, health, and education.
Mohan Jyoti Dutta

Chapter 5. State, Bureaucracy, and Politics: Contradictions in Interpretation

Abstract
The State is a key point of theorizing in liberal theory, and the liberalization of economic policies is attached to specific discursive articulations about state formation, the organization of the state, and the structure of the state
Mohan Jyoti Dutta

Chapter 6. Culture and Communication: Old and New

Abstract
The imagination of a new India or an emerging India is both an economic imagination and a cultural imagination. Culture and economy are intertwined. The elite stories of a transforming India are stories of a changing culture that have been brought about by the emancipatory forces of a free market.
Mohan Jyoti Dutta

Chapter 7. The Poor, the Rural and the Margins

Abstract
Poverty is simultaneously erased in the imaginations of India and framed as a salient marker in elite discourses imagining India. In multiple elite narratives, the poor are erased from the discursive space, with an overarching emphasis on urban technology-driven solutions. In these instances, the erasure of the poor is carried out through the omission of poverty as a framework in relationship to specific narratives of imagination.
Mohan Jyoti Dutta

Chapter 8. Epilogue

Abstract
In this concluding chapter, I will connect my analyses of elite discourses on India within an overarching framework that seeks to understand the theorizing of state, market, civil society, and politics in the image of the market
Mohan Jyoti Dutta

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