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 Struggle of an Artist*

The struggle of an artist

People mostly think of struggle in terms of money and food. But the struggle of an artist is of a different nature. His struggle is in his work, in dealing with the pain and anguish of terrible things that happen around him all the time. The media talks all the time about the gruesome events of rape and disaster. I think people by now are numbed by these kinds of terrible things that are happening around. Although I am an artist and I do not chronicle these happenings, I cannot help being deeply anguished about this.

I am originally from the old princely state of Mayurbhanj lying between Bihar, Orissa, and Bengal. We grew up in our ...

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