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India Rising - New Wealth
First broadcast February 2007

An small Indian child eating from a bowl of rice and an Indian model walking down a catwalk

This landmark series explores the what globalisation and a decade of economic reforms have done to India and the way that it sees itself.

George Arney has known India for 30 years. He compares the India he knew to the India that exists today. Is the rapid change beneficial, and if so, who has seen the benefits? How do the old and the new Indias reconcile with the other?

Part One: New Wealth

Among the most visible and palpable changes to strike India is both the ability and willingness of its consumers to spend.

This new materialism is shown in the new urban skyline, the luxury apartments, and the shopping malls.

But is this all change for the better, or are there costs, too?

These programmes are part of a BBC World Service season, India Rising

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