Gurcharan Das on Anna Hazare and the need for civic engagement by average Indians

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International best-selling author and public intellectual Gurcharan Das speaks with Emory professor of religion Paul Courtright on activist Anna Hazare and his legacy of exposing the growing middle class and its intolerance for corrupted politics. As India's middle class is expected to reach 50 percent of the population, Das is reminded of Alexis de Tocqueville and his advice to Americans on engaging in politics at the neighborhood level.

Das visited Emory as a Halle Distinguished Fellow in September 2012 to give a public talk, "India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State."