The End of Racism

The End of Racism

The affirmative ac­tion dilemma in the United States arises out of a conflict between two important social goals: equality of rights for in­dividuals and equality of results for groups. The first, which Martin Luther King articulated when he called for us to be judged...

Here a Hut, There a Hut

Saki Naka is north of Bombay airport, a densely packed area that might just stand for 21st-century urban India. Grimy workshops and matchbox shacks alongside gleaming glass structures—the banks and outsourcers at the leading edge of India’s rosy service industry. The...

Austin on my Mind

Take an entire floor in a building in one of the largest universities in the United States. Plaster it with posters, several in Hindi. Set out several tables, with books and handicrafts for sale. Draw up a tight schedule of talks and workshops. Throw in about 150...

Respect, by the Numbers

I don’t know if it matters to Subroto Roy, the head honcho of the increasingly high-profile Sahara group here in India, but I’ve just decided I’m never going to travel on Air Sahara. Nor will I buy his magazine (Rashtriya Sahara), nor watch his channel, nor even...

Relief that Isn’t

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen and heard enough about the destruction to life and property in Gujarat. I don’t want to tell you about it all over again; for various reasons, I think that is a futile exercise. But I know that what happened there is on a lot of minds: I...