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Past Issue • Jul-Sep 2009

The Other India: Realities of an Emerging Power

Balram Halwai, the eponymous White Tiger of Aravind Adiga’s Booker Prize-winning novel, is by his own declaration, “a self-taught entrepreneur.” His education in business, such as it is, owes nothing to American books, as he informs the Chinese Premier in the missive that forms the narrative frame of the novel. It comes instead from his years growing up in “an India of Darkness,” “a fertile place” that nonetheless “traps everything that is planted in it, suffocating, and choking, and stunting it.”


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