Fine imprint Amartya Sen's collection of essays provides a delicate understanding of contemporary issues that haunt India
EXCERPT THE SYSTEM makes sure that some young people, out of a huge pool of the young, manage to get privileged education. The picking is done not through any organized attempt to keep anyone out (indeed, far from it) but through differentiations that are driven by economic and social inequality related to class, gender, location, and social privilege. The privileged, to their credit, by and large do very well—they don't waste opportunities. Their well-earned success comes, first, in the educational establishments themselves, and then in the world at large, impressing Indians and foreigners alike. The country then celebrates with abandon the nation's triumphs . Furthermore, not only do the first boys do well in life, they can also relish— of course with becoming modesty the homage they receive for having done their country proud . Meanwhile, the last boys, and particularly the last girls, can't even read, not having the opportunity of going to a decent school—or any school at all. But even they, when they learn about the great accomplishments of well-educated Indians, also celebrate their achievements and take pride in India's success . So everyone, it appears, is happy, and no one jumps up and down in anger.