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Giving with a Thousand HandsThe Changing Face of Indian Philanthropy$
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Pushpa Sundar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470686

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470686.001.0001

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Are Indians Charitable?

Are Indians Charitable?

(p.54) 2 Are Indians Charitable?
Giving with a Thousand Hands

Pushpa Sundar

Oxford University Press

Taking the distinction between charity and philanthropy made in the first chapter, as the starting point, this chapter analyses the quantum and nature of giving in India in order to answer the question whether Indians are charitable or philanthropic. After discussing the culture of giving in India it analysed the nature of giving in India to conclude that while charity is alive and well, philanthropy is in short supply in India. It then argues that though philanthropy is lower than in developed Western countries, Indian philanthropy cannot be compared with American philanthropy for a variety of reason. It then describes the constraints to giving in India, and concludes that in spite of the constraints philanthropy is growing, and that a society needs both charity and philanthropy.

Keywords:   Charity, philanthropy, culture of giving, US philanthropy, constraints to giving, volume of giving, nature of giving

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