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.

Unorganized Sector Labor—A Reality Check

Unorganized sector labor—A reality check

Swami Agnivesh is a rare human being who took to the life of a sanyasi, giving up his worldly attachments, to devote himself to the service of the poor and vulnerable of the world he knows. He is a religious practitioner who is not engaged in preaching or converting, nor in the rituals of temple-worshipping or public exhibition in pursuit of an abstract God and salvation. He just decided to work for the poor, the wretched of this earth—millions of those that afflict India, which is not shining or prospering, and who happen to comprise an overwhelming part of our population. I do not think that he believes that he can solve the problem of poverty ...

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