Bara

Hardcover | August 30, 2016

byU. R. Ananthamurthy

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Ajji, can I have some water? ...Just a few drops will do, Ajji.With the searing sky above and the blistering earth below, like cactus the people of this parched terrain are determined to stay alive. Emaciated children scurry along, dejected farmers pawn their ploughs, weary women sleep on empty stomachsa. Would those perishing now have died anyway? Or is hungercalling them away prematurely?Filled with social concern, Satisha, the district commissioner, wants to help the afflicted. But he is caught between the politicians who are unwilling to declare the district drought-hit and the murky local realities where a religious outfit strives to protect cows, the desperate youth hold a deityresponsible for the failed rains, and petty activists seek to secure their own interests.Can the idealist Satisha win the game where corrupt politicians are rolling the dice and stand by his conviction to help the afflicted? Written during the Indian Emergency, Bara depicts the tortuous realities of Indian democracy, and captures the political and moral dilemmas of the educated middleclass.

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Ajji, can I have some water? ...Just a few drops will do, Ajji.With the searing sky above and the blistering earth below, like cactus the people of this parched terrain are determined to stay alive. Emaciated children scurry along, dejected farmers pawn their ploughs, weary women sleep on empty stomachsa. Would those perishing now have...

U.R. Ananthamurthy (1932-2014) was a distinguished Kannada writer and public intellectual. Samskara and Bharathipura are among his best known novels. He was honoured with the Jnanpith Award in 1994. Chandan Gowda teaches at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. He is presently completing a book on the cultural p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 11.02 × 7.48 × 0.98 inPublished:August 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199469407

ISBN - 13:9780199469406

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Author's NoteTranslator's NoteBara AfterwordInterview with U.R. AnanthamurthyAbout the Author and the Translator