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.

On Human Rights*

On human rights
Justice P.N.Bhagwati

Spirituality, Equality, and Human Rights—a Few Personal Beliefs

The urge to do something for the people probably stems from the idealism of my youth when I joined the nationalist movement. There was a warrant against me and I had spent months away from home, politically underground. I have also been in jail. There was a kind of fervor in the air at that time—the country above all else, came first. Parents encouraged children, rather than stopping them, from leaving everything and joining the movement to free the country. It was a kind of spiritualism, not religiosity, that uplifted one from being selfish—we did not think only of ourselves, but for a larger humanity. This spiritualism is unifying—we were parts of ...

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