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.

Earth Democracy, Living Democracy

Earth democracy, living democracy

Humanity seems to be in a free-fall towards disaster. The ecological fabric of our existence is being torn apart, as the violence of corporate globalization combines with the violence of war on a planetary scale.

Alternatives beyond war, non-sustainability, and social and economic injustice are becoming a survival imperative. These alternatives need to combine our making peace with the planet and among people from diverse cultures. One is not possible without the other because the roots of terrorism, violence, and war lie in environmental and economic exclusion, and the insecurity it generates. People's security does not lie in larger military budgets, bigger bombs, and stronger police states. It lies in ecological security in economic security, cultural, and political security. ...

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