chapter  8
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It is these perplexing changes that have made the developing world enigmatic for students and observers and full of uncertainty and trial for those living there. The developing world keeps changing faster than academics can understand and theorise about it, and even faster than its people can become accustomed to its transient socio-political and cultural forms. A multiplicity of forces, meanwhile, keep cropping up with unabated strength and frequency. Political systems evolve and collapse; industrial projects are launched, revised, abrogated and launched again; populations shift and gravitate towards existing centres; cherished values are ridiculed and the ridiculous cherished; political religions and prophets come and go; and people rise up, but are subdued again-all in the name of state building, all the inevitable trials of national growth and development.