River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India's Future


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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.5 X 8.6 X 1.4 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Victor Mallet is a journalist and author who has reported for three decades from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, first for Reuters and then for the Financial Times. From 2012 to 2016 he was based in New Delhi as the FT's South Asia Bureau Chief, and is currently in Hong Kong as Asia News
Editor. His highly praised book on the south-east Asian industrial revolution and the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, The Trouble with Tigers (HarperCollins), was first published in 1999. He twice won the Society of Publishers in Asia award for opinion writing. In India, he was awarded the Ramnath
Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as a foreign correspondent for a 2012 feature about the rise of Narendra Modi.


"The book is well written and easy to read, even for a non-specialist audience...there is much to learn from River of Life, River of Death, and it is to be hoped that Mallet will repeat his journey down the Ganges in a decade or two to update us on the fate of this extraordinary river." -- Kenneth Bo Nielsen, University of Oslo, Pacific Affairs

"Victor is one of those rare foreign journalists who not only likes and understands India but, in addition, has the capacity to see its faults as well as impartially assess the efforts it's making to correct them. This means his coverage of India is always informed and thought-provoking. Even when sympathetic he's never biased. I, therefore, implicitly trust his views and I have always learnt a lot from his writing."--Karan Thapar, journalist, television commentator and interviewer

"To try and fathom the wonders and follies of India through a river is grand ambitionand Victor Mallet pulls it off!"--Gurcharan Das, author of India Unbound and The Difficulty of Being Good

"An extraordinary and fascinating combination of history, geography, environment, politics, religion, and much more. Written with affection for and understanding of a country of special importance. This is a river of unsurpassed significance on the world stage, whose flow and life is traced from the Himalayas to the Sunderbans and the Bay of Bengal. Not just the story of an often difficult past but also of hope for a possible healthy and attractive future."--Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at LSE

"The book, like the Ganges, is stately, somewhat meandering, but fascinating and nourishing, and well worth a visit." -- Peter Admirand, newbooks.asia