Geographical Dictionary of India
Geographical Dictionary of India : B.L.C. Johnson : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170945666)
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With a billion people inhabiting a land ranging from sandy
desert to rainforest, from the world’s highest ranges to some of its most
extensive plains, India presents an amazing diversity of landscapes and patterns
of human occupation and activity. The vast and varied physical and human
geography has now been packed into this unique encyclopedic reference work — the
first-ever of its kind — by a noted scholar who has travelled and researched the
region for close to six decades.
The Geographical Dictionary of India encompasses in
alphabetically arranged entries:
India’s states, districts and cities, describing their
physical, demographic and economic characteristics — population numbers,
growth trends, density, languages, religions, primary, secondary and tertiary
economic functions, levels of economic development — and infrastructure;
communications, health, education.
Elements that constitute agriculture and industry: crops,
irrigation, multipurpose projects, minerals, manufactures.
Physiographic regions, mountain peaks and ranges, hills,
plains, rivers, etc., which are located, described and related to the
districts they occupy.
Wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and tiger projects,
as well as places of particular historical interest are noted.
In addition, the author’s Introduction provides the
reader a remarkably succinct overview and context of geographical India as a
whole, and numerous cross-references help the enquiring reader to explore
B.L.C. Johnson is Emertitus Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra, where he was Head of the Department of Geography. He is a graduate of the Universities of London and Birmingham, and wrote his PhD thesis on
The Agricultural Geography of East Pakistan. Over the past six decades he has travelled the length and breadth of India, first as a war-time officer in the Indian Army, then as an academic researcher, tourist and adviser to the Australian Government on development projects.
Professor Johnson’s publications include: South Asia (1981), India: Resources and Development
(1983), Bangladesh (1982), Pakistan (1979), Sri Lanka: Land, People and Economy (co-author M. Scrivenor) (1981), all with Heinemann Educational Books,
Development in South Asia (1983) with Penguin Books, and two works of fiction:
Asoka: His Own Man (1997) with Ajanta, Jaffna, Bloody Jaffna (1998) with Minerva Press.
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