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.

Secularism in India—A Minority Perspective

Secularism in India—A minority perspective
Asghar AliEngineer

India became a secular democratic state in 1950 when its Constitution was promulgated on January 26 of that year. It was, in a way, the fulfillment of a promise made by the Congress leaders during the freedom struggle. Thus, on promulgation of the Constitution, all citizens of India, irrespective of their caste, creed, color, and sex got equal rights and became equal before law. It was a great social revolution for the people of India in a caste-ridden hierarchical society where large number of people were treated as untouchables.

India had met with great tragedy at the time of its independence as it was divided into two nations—India and Pakistan. Mr M.A. Jinnah believed that Hindus ...

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