Somini Sengupta: The End of Karma: Hope & Fury Among India's Young
KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents:
Hope and Fury Among Indias Young
Hosted by Vijaya Nagarajan ...............................
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:30 PM
St. Johns Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
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Somini Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta as a child in 1975 and grew up in California. Returning thirty years later to India as the first Indian-American bureau chief for The New York Times, she found a vastly different country: one defined as much by aspirationat least by its illusionas by the strictures of sea and caste. The End of Karma explores this new India through the eyes of young people from different worlds: a Maoist rebel; a woman killed because she married the wrong man; a teenage girl who needles her father to let her become a police officer. Driven by aspiration, thwarted by state and society, the young are making new demands on Indias democracy for equality of opportunity, dignity for girls, and civil liberties. Sengupta dramatically spotlights these stories of ordinary men and women, weaving together a groundbreaking portrait of a land one of the planets largest in turmoil.
The End of Karma is the essential beginning for any reader who wants to under-stand the future of the worlds biggest democracy. With meticulously researched, grippingly told stories about youth in todays India, Senguptas quest to understand her daughters birthplace seized me like no other book coming from that country today. Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
Somini Sengupta is a veteran foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and winner of the prestigious 2003 George Polk Award for foreign reporting. She lives in New York City
Professor Vijaya Nagarajan teaches courses on Hinduism, Religion and Environment, Spiritual Autobiography, and Community Internships. Her scholarship has centered on the Kolam, a women's ritual art in southern India. She is currently working on a new book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Art in southern India---The Kolam (Oxford University Press).. She has been active in the American Academy of Religion and in the environmental movement in India and the United States, and she has been co-director of the Study of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Recovery of the Commons Project.
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