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.

Nuclear Energy—Hardly an Unmixed Blessing

Nuclear energy—Hardly an unmixed blessing

By concluding its nuclear deal with the United States of America (USA), India has achieved what no other country has been able to do so far. It has obtained the rights to engage in nuclear commerce with the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries without signing on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It does not matter that the US and the rest of the world does not recognize India formally as a Nuclear Weapons State (NWS) under the NPT. India had walked away without committing to nuclear disarmament. It is to be noted that the big five, the permanent members of the Security Council, officially described as NWS under NPT, are committed to nuclear disarmament, at ...

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