Passage to India

Amitav Ghosh is a novelist, a journalist, a star among postcolonial writers. He’s a child of post-Independence India who sees all too clearly the dangers of empire — both in the past, in its indelible effect on present-day India; and in the present, in the Bush Administration’s war in Iraq. US news coverage of India seems to focus on outsourcing and economic globalization; Ghosh is headed back to India, and he’ll show us the full postcolonial Indian reality — the political, religious, social, and environmental changes in this country of 1 billion souls.

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