INDEX
Abhiyan Sanskriti Manch (activist group),
xiii
Academia, language of, 104
Activism, xiii, 34, 36–37; leftist, 80–83;
protestors, 7–8
Ahmad, Imtiaz, as a parent in Patna, 104–6
Ajneya, Sachchidananda Vatsaya, 77
Allahabad, 83
Anurag Kashyap, ix
Ashoka the Great, in textbooks, 16–17
Ashraf, Mohammed, 55–59. See also Sethi,
Aman
Auster, Paul, xxii
Beckett, Samuel, xv
Berger, John, xviii
Beur Jail, 1–2
Bihar: Biharis, 41–43, 49, 54, 57; in au-
thor’s childhood, 12; during Emergency,
86; famine, xii, 36–37; government, 4,
17–18, 20, 22; history of, 16; in liter-
ature, 19, 32, 39, 42; open defecation
in, 34–36; poetry, 96; poverty, 51–52,
70–71; present-day, 19; “the real Bihar,”
39–40; as state, xvii–xviii; students,
78–80, 104; violence, xvii–xviii, 29, 35.
See also Patna
Bookstore, secondhand, xi
Boyk, David, 33
Brahmin, xvi
Brando, Marlon, in Patna, xxi–xxii,
35–37
Britain, 21, 26; British rule, 25, 63
Buddha, 15, 19, 51
Buddhist art, 2
Buddhist sites, 7, 18
Cardenal, Ernesto, 85
Caste, 11; play about, xvi; problem of,
xvi, 33, 35, 54, 67, 80; rat-eating, 5, 10;
scheduled caste, 75; upper caste, 6, 86,
96. See also Musahars
Champaran, 5
Chandragupta I and II, 17–18
Chatterjee, Upamanyu, 29
Chaubey, Jagdish Narayan, 77–79
Chowdhury, Siddharth, 30, 35
Corruption, xvii, xxi, 104
Crime, xvii
Dalits: impoverished, 11; massacre of, 85;
workers, 10
Dalrymple, William, 35
Das, Arvind N., xvii–xviii, 80
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