By Rana Dasgupta

Capital is a compelling biography of a seriously very important megacity, and the consequences of surprising and all-consuming capitalist transformation.
At the flip of the twenty-first century acclaimed novelist Rana Dasgupta arrived within the Indian capital with a unmarried suitcase. He had no goal of staying for lengthy. however the urban beguiled him - he fell in love and in hate with it - and, fourteen years later, Delhi has develop into his home.
Capital tells the tale of Delhi's trip from walled urban to international urban. it's a tale of utmost wealth and gear, of land grabs and a cityscape replaced virtually past popularity. every thing that used to be gradual, intimate and idiosyncratic has develop into quick, titanic and usual; each element of existence has been affected - for the negative, the center sessions and the super-rich.
Through a chain of interesting own encounters Dasgupta takes us contained in the intoxicating, occasionally terrifying transformation of India's fastest-growing megacity, providing an unbelievable 'report from the worldwide future'.

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We're seeing it right now in the [for­ mer J Soviet Union. The same guys who were communist thugs two years back, are now running banks and [are] enthusiastic free mar­ keteers and praising Americans" (Z Magazine, 10/95). S. corporate political culture he so frequently criticizes on other issues. In his mind, the revolution was betrayed by a coterie of "communist thugs" who merely hunger for power rather than wanting the power to end hunger. In fact, the communists did not "very quickly" switch to the Right but struggled in the face of a momentous onslaught to keep Soviet socialism alive for more than seventy years.

And through much of the year, families that depended solely on the seasonal sugar harvest lived close to starvation (Monthly Review, 3/96). How does that victimiza­ tion in prerevolutionary Cuba measure against the much more widely publicized repression that came after the revolution, when Castro's communists executed a few hundred of the previous regime's police assassins and torturers, drove assorted upper- class moneybags into exile, and intimidated various other opponents of radical reforms into silence?

I n the 1 980s, scores o f people were murdered in Germany, Belgium and elsewhere in Western Europe by extreme rightists in the service of state security agencies (Z Magazine, March 1 990). S. corporate­ owned media. As with the earlier strategy of tension in Italy, the attacks were designed to create enough popular fear and uncertainty so as to undermine the existing social democracies. Authorities in these Western European countries and the United States have done little to expose neo-Nazi networks.

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