Kolkata, Jan 21 (Agencies): Renowned British author and historian Patrick French in his second book on India, which he prefers to call a sequel to the first, traces the country's rise into global prominence.
    
'India: A Portrait', which was released recently, describes how India evolved into a prominent  nation of enormous promise and achievement despite having great contradictions and conflicts in the post-Independence era.
    
The author's first book 'Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division',  published in 1997, offered a radical reinterpretation of the events surrounding India's independence and partition.
    
The first book, French said, was essentially about how and why the freedom struggle developed the way it did and why it ended with the political settlement.
    
"But the new book is about what India is at this moment and the way it has transformed itself during the last 15-20 years," French told during the recent Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival here.
    
'India: A Portrait' begins with an account of how the Indian union was conceived and put together.
Focusing on the most recent changes, he gives a compelling narrative of the social and economic revolutions that are transforming India in fundamental ways.
    
On why he has chosen to focus more on India's economic revolution in the book, the 45-year-old award-winning writer and historian said that he feels that the country is now being driven by  economy rather than political movements.