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.

Caste—A Persistent Mind Disease

Caste—A persistent mind disease

Origin is always obscure and it has to be so when it comes to understanding phenomena like the caste system. In ancient days, we did not have the scripts we follow now and the system of reading and writing chronological accounts of happenings. Caste system prevailed in India before the invasion of Alexander. It cannot be decisively concluded as to what was the intensity of caste prejudices at that time. It is for sure that its origin lies with the migration of the Aryans who came mainly from Central Asia and were grazers and had knowledge of agriculture. One of the reasons for their attraction to India was the Gangetic plain where land was quite fertile with vast ...

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