Eye of the Tiger Podcast #2

Sarah Berg


  1. Marxist

  2. The White Tiger

  3. “The Poverty of Indian Ideology.” Jacobin, jacobinmag.com/2013/12/the-poverty-of-indian-ideology. Accessed 7 Jan. 2019.

  1. This article by Yahya Chaudhry is a review of The Indian Ideology by Perry Anderson. It describes how despite corruption, poverty, and violence, Indian intellectuals continue to spout exceptionalism and deem their country an example of democracy, and that meanwhile, Westerners largely ignore the religious divide in the country. Chaudhry summarizes Anderson’s argument as “India’s secular democracy, which is eagerly marketed as the world’s largest and most diverse, but in reality is soiled and riven by chauvinistic politics, religious parties, a calcified caste system, and the ongoing catastrophe of Kashmir.” Anderson selects the leaders of Gandhi and Nehru as examples of Indian leadership that fed into this problem. He argues that Mohandas Gandhi valued religion over politics and democracy, so much so that he defended the caste system. He helped Hinduism dominate India’s political world rather than focusing on secular anti-colonialism when forming a national Indian identity. Anderson paints him as a hypocrite for championing liberal ideas but not acting on them due to his extreme passiveness. Anderson points to Nehru as a privileged leader who bowed to Gandhi’s authority. He worked to persecute Muslims and socialists. These arguments are incredibly relevant to The White Tiger because the novel centers on the themes of India’s corruption and attempts of appearing as a democracy while silencing oppressed voices and relying on a strict caste system. The main character, Balram, struggles with transitioning from a lower caste to working a respected job for members of the higher caste, and recounts his experiences interacting with members of both castes. He also is largely critical of the Indian government and its masquerade as a democracy.




Colin Taylor-McGrane


  1. Marxist Lens

  2. White Tiger

  3. Goodman, Peter S. “Investors Are in Retreat, and the Poorest Countries Are Paying for It.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/business/federal-reserve-india-interest-rates.html.

  4. This article is talking about how in developing countries such as India, many wealthy investors are moving their money to developed nations such as the United States, causing massive inflation in India widening the economic inequality there. The relation between this article and the story is the fact that the much of the narration in the story reflects upon the differences between the rich and poor people in India. This article gives insight into how the wealthy elite members of Indian society are in many ways responsible for the growing income inequality plaguing the nation.


Ariana Flores


1. The Marxist Lens

2. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

3. Slater, Joanna. “India's Pollution Refugees: People Are Fleeing Delhi Because of the Toxic Air.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 16 Nov. 2018, www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-pollution-refugees-people-are-fleeing-delhi-because-of-the-smoggy-air/2018/11/15/26dc1250-e1f1-11e8-a1c9-6afe99dddd92_story.html?utm_term=.eff17f61dbb5.

4. This article brings to light the dire state that New Delhi's air quality has come to and emphasizes the idea that not everyone has the money to buy air purifiers or facemasks to make it through the “pollution season”. This emphasizes the advantages of the upper class in The White Tiger because they contribute to the air pollution where their automobiles, but they are not the ones who feel the effects of those negative contributions. There is a world beyond the tinted window, but the wealthy choose not to look into alternative energy resources. Although workers may die off, they are replaceable, which perpetuating the cycle of servanthood.

Comments (12)

Boubou Magassa (Student 2019)
Boubou Magassa

The marxist lens was the perfect choice for this book because of the clear social classes displayed in the book. We see how his master has struggles too even though he is rich. I really liked the opening I don't know if it was intentional, but it sounded like the goosebumps theme.

Ashley De La Cruz (Student 2019)
Ashley De La Cruz
  1. They used the Marxist lens to show how each character, depending on their status, had each behavior for a reason. Basically, a lot of the people within groups don't want others to leave or succeed.
  2. I really liked how the conversation went on so smoothly and everyone was bringing up many points, it had a rhythm. You do a good job bringing up questions and analysis that will bring up a conversation from the rest.
Catherine Long (Student 2019)
Catherine Long
  1. The Marxist lens was used, they were able to connect it to the book through the caste system that India uses and how people could try to manipulate it a bit.
  2. The production was smooth. They seem to have great chemistry when talking about the book. Giving chances for everyone to speak and give opinions/thoughts.
Matthew Milligan (Student 2019)
Matthew Milligan
  1. You guys used the marxist lens to talk about the difference in classes that the main character sees as he visits Delhi. I like the quote you guys used about the characters living in "separate cities" given the different circumstances they find themselves in. You also talk about how the character attempts to assimilate into wealthy society.
  2. I like the music you guys had in the beginning. Also all speakers seemed even and clear, which made listening easier.
Rebecca Snyder (Student 2019)
Rebecca Snyder

The marxist lens in present in the way they describe the dynamic between social classes in the society in India. They talk about the conflict and judging between classes, specifically in the way the classes talk about eachother. They did a good job of analyzing very small moments but finding larger meaning in what those moments were saying. This gave a more full picture of the novel and fostered deeper connections that they made in their flow of conversation.

Meymey Seng (Student 2019)
Meymey Seng
  1. This lens is used by their idea that it brings up a contradiction in the revolution, that money and class play together in society with the setting being in the Indian economy, taking advantage over servants for the wealthy.
  2. Something I liked about the production is the fact that everyone had an equal speaking role, and all of them connecting points. It makes the podcast flow like a story.
Carolina Ortiz (Student 2019)
Carolina Ortiz
  1. They use the Marxist lens to paint the picture of the society in the book, the way that the classes interact, and use as a connection for the way that the characters in the book act.
  2. I liked the way that they had a lot of details from the book in the podcast, I think that it's a good summary of the section they read without them having to explain everything.
Salsabeel Elbakhadaoui (Student 2019)
Salsabeel Elbakhadaoui

I think your group did a great job with the marxist lens and connecting it to the book, even though a lot happened you still managed to explain everything through the lens as well as tell us about the events in the book. I enjoyed the suspenseful music in the beginning.

Sean Johnson (Student 2019)
Sean Johnson

This podcast was relayed to the reader through a marxist lens, which is reasonable since this book is about the caste system as well as social structure. The cast members take advantage of this reality and catalyze off of it.

The production was ight.

Deja Winfield (Student 2019)
Deja Winfield

how did they use the literary lens? they did the Marxist lens and gave details of how the Marxist lens was shown in the book without constantly having to say what lens they were using. I feel as though a more detail explanation of the Marxist lens would have allowed for a clarification. it would have helped the reader understand the examples more clearly.
what did you like about the production of the podcast? they seem to work so well together. Everything goes smoothly in there recording, there aren't any long pauses. Everyone seems to be very comfortable with one another. Great job!

Leah Bradstreet (Student 2019)
Leah Bradstreet
  1. The podcast uses the Marxist lens to theorize the behavior of the characters in these pages. A lot of different themes came from this lens and it has a lot of insight into the contradictions and atrocities of the novel. They do a very good job of breaking down what happened in the novel using their lens.
  2. I liked the way the book club made connections not only with the main character and those around him but between groups of different classes.