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

Author: Pankaj Mishra
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView 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
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pankaj Mishra
ISBN: 0374173214 9780374173210 0312426410 9780312426415
OCLC Number: 67240266
Notes: Essays first appearing in slightly different forms in The New York Review of Books, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, and the Guardian Weekend Magazine.
Description: 323 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 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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"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 of Jawaharlal Nehru, occasions a brief history of the tumultuous post-independence politics Nehru set in motion. In Kashmir, just after the brutal killing of thirty-five Sikhs, he sees Muslim guerrillas playing with Sikh village children while the media ponder a (largely irrelevant) visit by President Clinton. And in Tibet he exquisitely parses the situation whereby the Chinese government - officially atheist and strongly opposed to a free Tibet - has discovered that Tibetan Buddhism can be "packaged and sold to tourists.""--Jacket.

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