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 Extent of Bonded Labor in India

The extent of bonded labor in India
DebabrataBandopadhyay

The Bonded Labor System (Abolition) Act was passed in 1976. Earlier, the President promulgated an ordinance abolishing the system on October 24, 1975. One can raise one's eyebrow today if one were told that after three decades of its operation (or non-operation), we do not know how many bonded laborers are still there. In Section 2 of the Act, there are 30 commonly known labor arrangements which are presumed under the prevailing social custom to have debtor-creditor relationship having ingredients of forced labor. Some of the then prevailing labor arrangement practices are still in vogue like, the munish system, nit majoor, Kamiya in eastern India, and vetti in Andhra Pradesh, Hali, holya ...

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