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

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

by Somini Sengupta

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“[A] sharply observed study . . . richly detailed portraits.”—Economist

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393292879
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 62,188
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Somini Sengupta, a George Polk Award–winning journalist, covers the United Nations for The New York Times, for which she was previously the bureau chief in Dakar and New Delhi. She was born in Calcutta and lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Aspiration, Like Water 1

"Hi-Fi": How to Outrun Fate 25

Gates: Keeping Out the Lives of Others 57

Guerrilla: Paying for Broken Promises 89

Strongman: Aspiration Gets into Politics 113

Facebook Girls: Speaking Up, Testing Democracy's Conscience 143

Apostates: When They Dared to Love 163

Curse: A Father's Fears, a Daughter's Dreams 185

Epilogue 213

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 227

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