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.

One Hundred Years of Violence

One hundred years of violence

Hind Swaraj, Gandhi's little book, completes one hundred years in 2009. The prognosis of civilization carried out in this book has been more or less on target. The last hundred years have been years of remarkable, if not sensational, violence, a feature associated by Gandhi with “satanic civilizations”. The book works within two antipodes—Hindustan and the domineering West. It argues against the creation of Englishtan—a Westernized Hindustan. This chapter is in celebration of a person who devoted his life to resisting modern-day violence, dressed always in the traditional ochre robes of a swami.

A hundred years ago, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi wrote an interesting book called Hind Swaraj (Gandhi 1938). He composed it on a ship en route ...

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