Year of India
Radio Open Source is gathering the threads of modern India in this series; the conversation starts off at Brown’s “Year of India,” then goes on the road from Bangalore to Trivandrum and Delhi.
Arundhati Roy, the "God of Small Things" novelist a decade ago, sees the middle-class market boom in India as a disaster for an impoverished majority of India's people.
A senior Indian commentator sees "fundamental weaknesses" in American strategy in Afghanistan, where the civilian kill rate is up in the Obama "surge" over the Bush years.
Pakistan's ominous and nuclear-armed instability is traced to an identity crisis at birth 60-plus years ago, by the Pakistani scholar Farzana Shaikh.
We're getting a personal take on the New India that we haven't heard before from NYT's India columnist, Anand Giridharadas.
Suketu Mehta in his great biography of modern Bombay, "Maximum City," has tracked (soul by soul, it feels) the change in Gandhi's beloved "nation of villages."
The writer Rana Dasgupta, in the second of our "Year of India" conversations, sees a rampant money culture and a knack for American ways driving India toward a pinnacle of power.
Gandhi's grandson and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi stresses the Mahatma's audacity of non-violence as a nation builder -- and an example for our our times.
Amitav Ghosh, Indian novelist of empire, and the American satirist Robert Coover draw hard lessons from the wreckage of Burma.
Anti-imperial novelist Amitav Ghosh marks the links between the 19th Century Opium Wars and our war in Iraq in his new epicSea of Poppies.