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Temptations of the West : how to be modern in India, Pakistan and beyond

Author: Pankaj Mishra
Publisher: London : Picador, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In his fourth book, following the acclaimed An End to Suffering, Pankaj Mishra brings literary authority and political insight to bear on journeys that are at once epic and personal." "Traveling in the changing cultures of South Asia, Mishra sees the pressures - the temptations - of Western-style modernity and prosperity, and adroitly teases out the paradoxes of globalization. A visit to Allahabad, the birth-place  Read more...
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Named Person: Pankaj Mishra; Pankaj Mishra; Pankaj Mishra
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pankaj Mishra
ISBN: 0330434675 9780330434676
OCLC Number: 62760742
Description: 438 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue : Benares : learning to read --
Allahabad : the Nehrus, the Gandhis, and democracy --
Ayodhya : the modernity of Hinduism --
Bollywood : India shining --
Kashmir : the cost of nationalism --
Pakistan : Jihad globalized --
Afghanistan : communists, mullahs, and warlords --
Nepal : the "people's war" --
Tibet : a backward country.
Responsibility: Pankaj Mishra.

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Old, new; rich, poor; rural, urban; Hindu, Muslim - India is a country of contrasts. This book explores this diversity, offering an exploration of the histories, politics, religions and philosophies  Read more...

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"Fascinating . . . Pankaj Mishra's travels are interwoven with pungent commentary on modern politics in South Asia. . . . This is not a gentle book, but it is a brave one."--"The New York Times Book Read more...

 
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