The concept of affirmative action is not exclusive to India. It is a hot button issue all over the world and while it seems like a simple fix it is the age old saw of a government needing to protect its most vulnerable citizens while not impeding the rights of the rest of the citizens in the process. Tradition and inertia are hard forces to go against and the true story here is that Meera realize that she herself is important, regardless of the drama surrounding her, and that she find her way and learn to stand on her own.
I have to applaud the amount of technical talk in his novel. It was just enough to add to the story and not so much that the layman would be lost. There were also a lot of really terrific characters in book. Whether one likes them personally or not, they cover a wide range of human traits and emotions and they added greatly to the texture of this story.
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