The Difficulty of Being Good could have been written by my uncle, or your grandmother, or indeed you or me, as we think about and try to make sense of the many risks, the shearing dilemmas, the awful humiliations, the terrible defeats, the ethical conundrums and the complex machinations that always have and always will characterise politics – both in the public realm of power, law and violence, but also the private realm of incessant adjustment and interaction between individuals.
Vajpeyi, Ananya, "Epics and Ethics" (2009). History Faculty Publication Series. 5.
First published in The National on December 25, 2009: http://www.thenational.ae