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 Civil Service and the Right to Dissent*

The civil service and the right to dissent
HarshMander

A powerful permanent civil service, selected on merit, is one of the legacies of colonial rule that India's post-colonial political leadership consciously chose to preserve in free India. The higher bureaucracy retains, even 60 years after Independence, many of its colonial cultural legacies of conspicuous trappings of power, including sprawling bungalows, liveried staff, flashing car beacons, and peremptory sirens. Despite these symbols, the transition of post-colonial India to a parliamentary democracy entailed the epochal transformation of the permanent bureaucracy (at least theoretically) from masters to servants. The people were now sovereign, and they exercised their sovereignty through public representatives elected through universal adult franchise. The bureaucracy was now the servant ...

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