This collection analyzes and assesses the complexities of contemporary India's socio-economic reality from multiple perspectives. The contributors comprise eminent thinkers and grassroot activists from diverse fields like the judiciary, social development, environment, education, contemporary science, and art. Unlike the bulk of available literature on emerging India, which focuses mainly on the positives, these articles posit contrary views, necessary for a balanced, objective understanding of the issues.

The Other India: Realities of an Emerging Power talks of an India far removed from the India of glass and steel high-rises and air-conditioned schools; glistening malls and multiplexes; and fashion shows, Bollywood, and T20 cricket. It explores issues like the role of spirituality in social justice, conflicts associated with false religious identities including terrorism, the dangers of mindless destruction of nature and the consequent disempowerment of people dependent upon it, and so on. In this volume, dispassionate analysis of history and contemporary forces alternate with straight-from-the-heart narratives of grassroot activists. Candid despair shares space with encouraging stories of collective action bringing about real change.

This book will hold tremendous appeal for the general reader and will also be useful for academics and thinkers working in the fields of sociology, environment, education, human rights, law and justice, development issues, and politics.

India—21st Century Disconnects

India—21st century disconnects
TapanMitra

This happened in a village which I had known for 40 years. A largish village spread over 13 paras (habitats)—Mukherjeepara for Brahmins, Bosepara for Kayasthas, paras for Gharamis, Mondals, Sardars, Aakhans, and Bagdi fishermen, some Hindus, others Muslims. Winter afternoons, I work on my laptop under an enormous mango tree overlooking the fields, basking in the dappled vapors of the harvested paddy.

That afternoon, suddenly, there boiled across the field about 20 dark, hard-muscled young men, raucous, almost violent. I knew them all. Five years ago, I used to referee their football matches. They were all in their twenties and carried daunting loads of large, very poor families; all were bargadars, sweating blood on miniscule patches of other people's land. Most ...

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