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The Individual and Society by Department Delhi Department of English University of Delhi

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Zero-Sum Game

Bibhas Sen

Bibhas Sen works as an advertising professional and got the idea for his story from newspaper reports about the implications of the GATT Treaty. The story derives its title and basic idea from game theory which has application in a variety of fields including economics, operations research, military strategy, evolutionary biology and international relations. This amusing and well-constructed satire centres on the figure of Aryabhatta’s zero which is made to play a key role in the war of intellectual property rights that is sparked off by globalisation. It was first published in Katha Prize Stories(1994).

Noone would have imagined that the signing of the new GATT Treaty by India would trigger off a world-wide upheaval. ...

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