Wednesday, 27 May, 2009

Genetically evil

In The Caged Phoenix sociologist Dipankar Gupta convincingly argues that our many ills don’t stem from our being exotically culturally different but from bad politics, bad economics, and lazy scholarship that goes for easy answers (caste, religion) which are completely wrong. Such inputs would have produced a mess anywhere.

Yet, he leaves his readers – this particular reader, at any rate - with the (unstated) conclusion that we couldn’t have done so badly unless we were peculiarly rotten to begin with! So, we are hopeless.

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