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.

Define Terrorism, and You Could Be Targeting Your Own Leaders

Define terrorism, and you could be targeting your own leaders
JawedNaqvi

Terrorism, or what passes for it, is not going away soon. A good start in understanding it would be to look for an acceptable definition of the contagion. Left to itself, the Indian state is quite capable of declaring Bhagat Singh a terrorist and Lal Kishan Advani a nationalist hero. So we have to sift for the definition of terrorism to reconcile its origins, say, in the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution with the latest assault on Mumbai.

What marks out the guillotining of Marie Antoinette with the attack on Mumbai? In another raging context, is Hamas a bigger terrorist than the Israeli state? The ...

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