In preparation for this summer, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about India. On this page I’ll share facts/information that I have come across while reading, as well as links to relevant books and/or articles.
First, I’d like to share a hugely important and influential philosophy paper. The paper is called “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” and written by Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer: http://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/1972—-.htm. I think about its argument and its repercussions quite a bit these days.
The best book I’ve read, thus far, related to India is Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (http://www.behindthebeautifulforevers.com.) Highly recommended. It illustrates the complexity of poverty, kinship, friendship, incentives, good, evil, etc. and shows that none of these things is easily defined.
As (almost) always, the best place to start for a broad overview is wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_India.