The Picador Book of Modern Indian Writing

Review of The Picador Book of Modern Indian Writing, edited by Amit Chaudhuri, The New Statesman
Anyone turning to this anthology in search of a tradition is likely to be rather bewildered by the bedlam of languages, themes and genres. But perhaps there is method in this madness. So many of the pieces in this collection suffer the same absence of a tradition that, at some point, it seems churlish to insist on calling it an absence.

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Subcontinental Divide

Review of The Other Side of Silence, by Urvashi Butalia, The New York Times Book Review

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A Third Way for the Third World

A review of Development as Freedom, by Amartya Sen, published in The Atlantic Monthly.
Ultimately, this is the significance of Sen’s synthesis: in pairing the orthodoxy with its critique, in using the language of the establishment to challenge the establishment, Sen has stretched the boundaries of development far wider than development’s critics have themselves managed to do.

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