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Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
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Nov 19, 2009

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Mr. Meta shows how powerful, useful and vital a journalist can be to society. Where no one is in the position of power to change such entrenched problems as the Rent Act, or resolve Hindu-Muslim racism and violence in Mumbai, the author brings to light these issues and their roots in personality, history, and politics in a way that opens a way to their solution. Moreover, no Indian could do what Mr. Meta does without being criticized, but since he is essentially an outsider considered 'cosmopolitan' because he his American although he looks Indian.

For a master stroke of penetrating and soulful journalism and a sophisticated anecdotal snapshot of Mumbai, plunge right into to this indian tale

I didn't give this book five stars because the author synthetically and uselessly lays an abstraction, like a caul over his work. A piece of vaguery so cerebral it makes no sense at all called "individual multiplicity." Moreover, the author admits only part way to his own complete inundation in the intellectual and historical swamp of democratic 'post-marxism.' He did not adequately note the dangers of the Indian blind conviction of the inherent goodness of democracy (often trying to do things democratically just to prove that democracy is somehow superior to some other form of managing government). Meanwhile he ignores that the morality of market forces and global capitalism that in Mumbai raised one of the poorest societies in the world 40 years ago into a relative paradise.

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