Are Indians Charitable?

Pushpa Sundar

in Giving with a Thousand Hands

Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9780199470686
Published online March 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780199088881 | DOI:
Are Indians Charitable?

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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

Chapter.  8586 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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