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“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Howard Roark in New Delhi"

In an article with the heading above, Jennifer Burns traces the growing interest in Ayn Rand's novels and ideas among the new generation in India. The article has been published on the website of the "Foreign Policy" magazine, a publication from the Newsweek stable.

She writes: "Not only do Indians perform more Google searches for Rand than citizens of any country in the world except the United States, but Penguin Books India has sold an impressive number of copies -- as many as 50,000 of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead each since 2005, a number comparable to sales there by global best-seller John Grisham. And that's not counting the ubiquitous pirated copies of her works that are hawked at rickety street stalls, sidewalk piles, and bus stations -- an honor that Rand, a fierce defender of intellectual property rights, probably would not have appreciated."

Jennifer Burns is assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia and author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right. For the article, she interviewed many individuals in India, including some of us associated with the 'Ayn Rand in India' initiative.

1 comment:

  1. Here's another reference to Ayn Rand in Delhi: The Hindustan Times reports on the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in an article titled "Ayn Rand, ear-ringed men and twiggy models".

    Referring to designer Prashant Verma's show it writes: "Starting off with a homage to Ayn Rand, the High Priestess of Capitalism (and former US Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Alan Greenspan’s ‘fashion guru’), Verma underlines his USP as a worshipper of the cult of individualism by flashing Rand's line ‘It’s so hard to find someone to admire’, on the screen. After that, one figures that the only name for his show could be, ‘Ego’."

    Read the full article here: