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A Western Journalist in India - The Ferengi's Columns
by Francois Gautier      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 8162 - Hardcover - 176 Pages (Year: 2001)
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Arise O India
by Francois Gautier

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This collection of articles represent the story of author's awakening to what feels is the true India, beyond the clichTs and prejudices the West seems to have inherited from colonial times.

India, for a foreign journalist, is a vast, diverse, difficult and often contradictory country. Most foreign correspondents are posted her for three, or a maximum of five years, too little a time to grasp the subtleties of the subcontinent. As a result, western correspondents, however talented and well-meaning they are, often leave with the same opinion with which they had arrived, having meanwhile fled their readers with near identical stories: How Christian are persecuted in India, the rise of the 'dangerous' RSS, the Human Right Abuses of the army in Kashmir, or some side feature on Medha Patkar and the Narmada Dam.

The author considers himself lucky: he came to India he had just turned nineteen, an age where the mind has not yet settled in hard and frozen patterns and was able to discover the country through more than twenty years of reporting from Srinagar to Kanyakumari.



 Table of Contents

CHAPTER I
Ayodhya

CHAPTER II
Kashmir : A Dead-End and a Solution

CHAPTER III
The Christians : A Minority in Moral Majority

CHAPTER IV
The Hindus : A Majority in Moral Majority

CHAPTER V
The Indian Media : A Hostile Force

CHAPTER VI
The (Unfriendly) Neighbours in Asia

CHAPTER VII
The West and India

CHAPTER VIII
Examples Not to Follow

CHAPTER IX
The False Gods

CHAPTER X
The Great Indian Myths

CHAPTER XI
The Rot of Bollywood

CHAPTER XII
India : Everything That It should not be

CHAPTER XIII
The Hidden Treasures

CHAPTER XIV
The Renaissance of India

Index

 


 About the Author

FRANCOIS GAUTIER, born in Paris in 1950, is a French journalist and photographer. He is the political correspondent in India and South Asia for ' Le Figaro ', the newspaper, which has the largest circulation in France and 'Le Nouveau Quotidian', one of Switzerland's foremost dailies. He is married to an Indian and has lived in India for the past 25 Years, which he says has helped him to see through the usual clichés and prejudices on India, to which he subscribed for a long time as most foreign journalists, writers and historians do. Francois, who writes the 'Ferengi's column' in the Indian Express, shuttles between Delhi and the international city of Auroville near Pondicherry, where he resides most of the time.


 

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