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.

Justice for Peace—Challenges from Gujarat

Justice for peace—Challenges from Gujarat
Father CedricPrakash


“If you want Peace, strive for Truth and Justice,” asserted Swami Agnivesh while delivering the Keynote Address on the 5th anniversary celebration of PRASHANT, the Center for Human Rights Justice and Peace in Ahmedabad on October 2, 2006.

Swami Agnivesh highlighted the growing human rights violations in several parts of the country, and very specially, in Gujarat. He was convinced, he said, that unless civil society comes out together and forcefully, works for justice and stands up for the truth, we will never be able to have a society which is truly peaceful.

Gujarat, today, is a textbook case, if one deeply analyzes the way the social fabric has been eroded and if one dares look at ...

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