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The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young

Somini Sengupta
Format
Book
Published
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780393071009, 0393071006
Summary
"A penetrating, personal look at contemporary India--the world's largest democracy at a moment of transition. Somini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta to California as a young child in 1975. Returning thirty years later as the bureau chief for The New York Times, she found a vastly different country: one defined as much by aspiration and possibility--at least by the illusion of possibility--as it is by the structures of sex and caste. The End of Karma is an exploration of this new India through the lens of young people from different worlds: a woman who becomes a Maoist rebel; a brother charged for the murder of his sister, who had married the "wrong" man; a woman who opposes her family and hopes to become a police officer. Driven by aspiration--and thwarted at every step by state and society--they are making new demands on India's democracy for equality of opportunity, dignity for girls, and civil liberties. Sengupta spotlights these stories of ordinary men and women, weaving together a groundbreaking portrait of a country in turmoil."--Dust jacket.
Contents
  • Introduction: Aspiration, like water
  • "Hi-fi" : how to outrun fate
  • Gates : keeping out the lives of others
  • Guerrilla : paying for broken promises
  • Strongman : aspiration gets into politics
  • Facebook girls : speaking up, testing democracy's conscience
  • Apostates : when they dared to love
  • Curse : father frets about rape, daughter dreams of being a cop.
Description
244 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-244).
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