27 January, 2021

Hear That Chug-Chug?

Sometimes it takes the objectivity of a foreigner to see the potential within us. Lak holds up the light.

AP
Hear That Chug-Chug?
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
It would be the understatement of the new millennium to say that India is not an easy country to unravel. Foreigners who claim to understand it are mostly pirouetting on thin ice. This is not because our society is closed or our polity less transparent, but because ancient civilisations are naturally complex and their cultures obstinately opaque. It thus requires a great deal of patience, humility and persistence to attempt to size up what India is about. Daniel Lak’s latest book is a credible and sincere effort to do that.

I say this because Lak has spent nearly two decades in India as a journalist for the BBC. During this period he had the opportunity to travel extensively through the length and breadth of the subcontinent, and to meet a wide range of people from very diverse backgrounds. He has brought to his natural instincts as a journalist the kind of actual exposure that is indispensable to board the India Express.

Lak’s essential thesis is that India’s democratic credentials and the concomitant growth of liberal...

unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


In this article:

More from Pavan K. Varma


Latest Magazine

February 01, 2021
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section