[Behind the Beautiful Forevers]
In chapter 16 “Black and White” of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo highlights many of Asha’s business ventures and other responsibilities in Annawadi. With the parliamentary elections impending, many Annawadians are hopeful about the election as it was their chance to be a legitimate part of the state.
Boo writes “Of course it’s corrupt, Asha told the deferential new secretary of the nonprofit. But is it my corruption? How can anyone say I am doing the wrong when the big people did all the papers – when the big people say that it’s right?” (376).
What did you find most notable about Asha’s rationalization about corruption? Why?