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.

Appointing the Judges

Appointing the judges
Justice V.R. KrishnaIyer

Swami Agnivesh, the vibrant wonder of social and spiritual activism during our times, has devoted his total personality for the transformation of Indian society with a world vision and humanist mission. For him, spiritual nexus is a fraternal factor in bringing all true religions together. In his life, he breathes the truth of the words of Vivekananda, the volcanic sadhu—“Religion is the manifestation of the divinity already in man.” Be you Hindu, Christian, or Muslim, you belong to humanity as a unity and must banish acrimony, antagonism and goddist conflicts in a dynamic camaraderie. The art of living and the science of being consist in the realization of the higher being latent in every person regardless of creed ...

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