Somini Sengupta is the United Nations correspondent for the New York Times. She’s the author of the new book The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Youngwhich tells the story of a huge demographic challenge facing India today, where 365 million people are between the ages of 10 and 24. It is the youngest country on the planet, and through storytelling and reporting Somini puts the experiences of India’s young into the broader context of the country’s political, social and economic challenges.
Somini was born in Calcutta, but came to the Canada and then the USA at a young age. She joined the New York Times in the mid 1990s and she tells some powerful stories from her reporting in Africa in the early 2000s, including Liberia, Congo and Darfur. We kick off discussing her new book, and a term she coined to describe India’s youth generation.