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.

Empowering Women—The SEWA Experience

Empowering women—The SEWA experience
Ela R.Bhatt

As Bhagvad Gita puts Work as central to person's life—“Karma,” it is the work, which holds the universe in balance. In other words, one who eats without putting in due work, is a “thief”. As we have seen while working with poor women, that, Work is most crucial to their lives. It gives meaning to their life. Work forges her individual identity. It provides livelihoods that produce goods and services, and thus builds a society, a nation.

But poverty breaks down the said balance. It disturbs the universe. In poverty, we see exploitation, discrimination, the divide and rule policy, intimidation, fear, and hierarchical institutions at every stage of life of the individual, community, and environment.

Poverty is an on-going ...

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