From the vantage point of the cusp of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the authors invited to contribute to this volume look back upon India in the last century and provide a basis for the evaluation of that historical experi- ence. The trajectory we have traversed in the last hundred years or so also reflects on the future towards which we are heading. The authors include many who had, in the last few decades, an important role, either in shaping as active participants the course of developments they write about, or in analysing those development from an academic perspec- tive. If this volume generates questions not only about the past but also about the contemporary and the future, then it will have served its purpose.
B. K. Nehru, L. M. Singhvi, Pran Chop ra, Yashpal, Rajni Kothari, Kapila Vatsyayan, N. N. Vohra, A. K. Damodaran, Partha Sarathi Gupta, Arjun Sengupta, T. K. Oommen, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Anil Agarwal, Hiranmay Karlekar, Gurcharan Das, Uma Chakravarti, Rudrangshu