Independent India turns 70 on Tuesday. It is an ancient civilization and a youthful republic. India has more global clout now than it did at 50, the result of its hefty economy and palpable new self-belief. Once pious and retiring, India has become forceful and outgoing—hungrily acquisitive of assets, opportunities, even new alliances (Hello, Washington!). The country is unrecognizable from the one that the war-worn British left on Aug. 15, 1947.
A woman of Indian origin, Nina Davuluri of New York, is the new Miss America. In the first wave of news about her winning this arguably outdated concourse, there was an almighty collision between two American cultural strains. The first celebrated her ascent to tiarahood, seeing hers as a triumph of diversity and assimilation (values that have not always marched in lockstep in this land).
Before we turn to a remarkable family history, it may be worth highlighting a fact that the author chooses not to touch upon. Nowhere in “Ants Among Elephants,” the story of an Untouchable family in India that spans most of the 20th century, does Sujatha Gidla explain that her first name means “woman of good caste” in Sanskrit. The omission is a tease, since she and her family are mala, among the lowliest in the caste system of Andhra Pradesh, a southern Indian state.
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