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.

Water Harvesting in Arid Rajasthan and Himalaya—A Story of Community Action

Water harvesting in Arid Rajasthan and Himalaya—A story of community action
RajendraSingh

Introduction

This is a saga of complete ecological change through community action in the desert and semi-desert regions of Rajasthan, brought about by water harvesting.

Back in 1985, four young men resolved to take up the challenge of stalling the ecological disaster of desertification. However, before I talk about this, let me tell what was happening prior to the community action on water harvesting invoked in 1985, to see the impact of changes on the ecological front today. Also, let me relate clearly the role of water in climate change.

Environmental Scene in Rajasthan in 1985

In the semi-arid region of Rajasthan, especially in Alwar district, excessive drawing ...

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