The End of Karma

The End of Karma

Hope and Fury Among India's Young

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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.
A penetrating, personal look at contemporary India—the world’s largest democracy at a moment of transition.

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An award-winning New York Times foreign correspondent offers a personal assessment of contemporary India that details the significant changes that have occurred in recent decades as experienced firsthand by a Maoist rebel, an honor-killing victim, a teen girl who would become a police officer and other convention-challenging people.

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Endeavoring to understand her mother country, Sengupta highlights the lives and struggles of several people who reflect India’s changing profile. Seventy years a democracy and slated to become the world’s most populous country by 2022, India faces the wants and needs of a diverse population: class issues, inequality, corruption, and recent generations who believe they ought to be able to make their own fate, while others wait for electricity and water for all, see their jungles denuded, their land stripped of minerals, and their water polluted. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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As assessment of contemporary India details the significant changes that have occurred in recent decades as experienced firsthand by a Maoist rebel, a teen girl who aspires to become a police officer, and other convention-challenging people.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780393071009
Branch Call Number: 305.23509 Se569e 2016
Characteristics: 244 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm


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Nov 02, 2016

Sengupta spoke at the Sea Art. Museum not long ago--hers is a fascinating look at changing aspirations in India among the young generations and the dynamic with the growing economy, women's rights, education, technology's infusion in day to day life. A great read for gaining a sense of India's growing pains.


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