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.

Peace—Imperative for South Asia

Peace—Imperative for South Asia
Admiral L.Ramdas

Three-fourths of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world will disappear, if we step into the shoes of the adversaries and understand their standpoint.

Mahatma Gandhi

Introduction

The South Asian scene in the past few decades has been one of constant unease and fear—fear that war might break out between the two most important neighbors, India and Pakistan. These two countries have fought three wars since partition of erstwhile India in 1947. They also fought a mini war in Kargil along the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in 1999. The most significant development in the strategic situation affecting regional and world peace were the nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan in May 1998, and the ...

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