Anand Giridharadas on India Calling

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Anand Giridharadas discusses what it was like to return to the land of his ancestors amid an unlikely economic boom. In India Calling: An intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking, Giridharadas profiles the entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and Indian families who are responding to this economic upheaval.


Anand Giridharadas

Comments [8]

Wakjob from USA

Indians runed the USA. India is only being 'transformed' because 10 million Indians are in the U.S. Raping it dry.

Jan. 06 2011 03:07 PM
Sanyu from Brooklyn

I would like to counter the point the Leonard mentioned about not seeing a movie depicting Indian farmer life in Bollywood a decade or two back. It is important to understand that Indian cinema is more extensive and broader in its scope than just Bollywood (if it is a term being interchangeably with any cinema coming out from India). Infact there is/was a thriving "parallel cinema" that has co-existed with more mainstream cinema both in Bollywood and in regional movies.

Jan. 05 2011 02:00 PM
tom from Asotia

What of beauty is being lost for this great change? I can see it. Can your guest see it? The shopping mall will never replace the village square.

Jan. 05 2011 01:55 PM
Er-nay from UWS

When or what was the defining moment or event that coused India to "flip"?

Jan. 05 2011 01:46 PM
S Block from NYC

India was thriving and trading with a wonderful economy before colonization screwed it up, and caused poverty? Are you joking? Nobody needs to know any specific history to realize that is revisionist and nationalistic crap. And racist to boot, BTW.

Human rights thrive in the West like no place else, as well as an understanding of markets and free trade. Yes, Western history is not all peaches and cream. But neither is the history of any place else. At least we have some peaches and cream.

I'm sure that Indian history has its share of bright shining moments. But also it's share of brutality on the basis of age, gender, caste, and religion. The idea that Europeans are the source of all things bad about the LDCs is laughable.

Minds are like parachutes, they only work when they are open, right? So if public radio is supposed to be so intellectual and open, please present ideas that are at least superficially inclusive.

Jan. 05 2011 01:42 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Would you comment on the current persecution of Christians in India? Thanks.

Jan. 05 2011 01:40 PM
sanych from out there

I find the title “India Calling” rather revealing.

A quick background -- once I traveled abroad in a group of about 40 Americans. All were successful professionals or business people.

18 of us were Indian-American. While they all traveled on the US passports, they all identified themselves as Indians first. One song that was popular with them was the song by Raj Kapur – “I have India in my Heart” -

Well, in the last 20 years we had an explosion in the number of Indians in this country with the proliferation of H-1B visa (cheap labor "temp" visa). Go to any office park, stop at any interstate rest areas, etc. and you can see it. Even on this program we have two Indian guests. All of this while the country is witnessing the destruction of American middle class.

So, my questions – do Indian-Americans have dual loyalty? And are American people being fooled by allowing the country to be overrun by people whose loyalty lies elsewhere?

Jan. 05 2011 12:56 PM
sumukha from Short Hills, NJ

Every time i visit India, i see the gap between my father and his generation who grew up at the peak of Nehru's socialistic idealism and the current urban young generation who are extreme consumerist and devoid of any idealism what so ever. Todays upwardly mobile Indians aren't really politically conscious and only try to figure out a way around issued caused by a bad Government, unfair police and a slow and inefficient judicially. Somehow being politically active is synonymous to rowdyism and best left to roughs and hooligans. There is a vast stretch of middle class who have never bothered to vote. Changing/improving the state of their national institutions is just not part of their agenda, they just need to figure out ways to get around it and make money. most upper middle class don't even bother to apply to any of the higher educational institutions except a few elite ones. they are sending them to US, western Europe and Australia for undergraduate school. And hence they have no interest in improving the country's government schools and public as well as private colleges. I know it is easy to pass judgement siting here in US, but the onus is on the billion plus Indians to do something about it and not on the expatriate who visit once in a while.

Jan. 05 2011 09:24 AM

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