Aravind Adiga’s award-winning The White Tiger is full of contrasts – ‘twinned pairs and dualities‘. These highlight, not all too subtlety, the widening gap – this ever-present divide – between the rich and the poor, between progress and under-development, between promise and hopelessness. The passages are abound with irony.
“We recognize that people are at the centre of sustainable development and, […] strive for a world that is just, equitable and inclusive” – Rio+20 Outcome Document, The Future We Want, 2012
Compare the above policy narrative with the below:
“My son walks 5 kilometres to his sister’s school to study English. He was going to be a doctor one day” – Solomon Vandy, Blood Diamond, 2006