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[Perspectives] How do we sleep at night?

“What should keep us awake at night” is one of 13 essays by Amartya Sen in his new collection The Country of First Boys, essays which blend tongue in cheek humour and thoughtful reflections with a searing analysis of the threats and ills facing India. The title of this particular essay questions why the terrible deprivations that befall the lives of hundreds of millions of Indians do not routinely wake the privileged in India who do not have to sleep hungry or on the streets.

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