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.

The Buddha and the Caste System

The buddha and the caste system
Acharya Satya NarayanGoenka

I came in contact with Arya Samaj in my school days. My association with it opened my eyes to the many ills of Indian society—the biggest of which was the caste system. I am deeply indebted to the teaching of Arya Samaj for pointing me towards the right direction. This background helped me in examining the Buddha's teaching. I feel happy that I am able to write a few words in the volume that is being brought out in commemoration of Swami Agnivesh who has strived hard for the uplift of the downtrodden.

The Time of the Buddha

Two thousand and six hundred years ago, the Buddha challenged the caste system in India. He ...

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