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Who or what is the Great Socialist in The White Tiger?

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Posted December 5, 2009 at 7:46 AM via web

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Who or what is the Great Socialist in The White Tiger?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 29, 2011 at 8:56 PM (Answer #1)

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In The White Tiger, the "Great Socialist" is not an actual person, but an amalgamation of corrupt politicians in India who claim to embrace the tenets of socialism.  As Balram continues to gain knowledge of the inner workings of business and politics in India, he understands that rich politicians are more than willing to make their fortune off the back of the lower classes in the country.  The progress that is sweeping the country is only for the benefit of the higher classes, while many are left living in poverty.  Balram calls the leading politician the "Great Socialist" as a mockery of the corrupted politics of the time.  So, the "Great Socialist" serves as a symbol and metaphor in the novel, and not necessarily an allusion to someone specific.

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