Lunch With a Bigot: The Writer in the World
Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, and Nobody Does the Right Thing, all also published by Duke University Press.
The Mines of Jadugoda
In Jadugoda, in an area that was formerly a part of Bihar, and where the author spent a part of his boyhood, uranium mining has claimed many victims. Most of them are from India’s aboriginal population and there is little sharing of information about the dangers of radioactive waste. A large number of youths are born deformed, their bodies stunted and their minds undeveloped.