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.

Shaping India's Agricultural Destiny

Shaping India's agricultural destiny

Swami Agnivesh has been an affirming flame in the midst of the darkness we see around us in the area of social justice and equity. Thanks to his untiring efforts, those who are subjected to inhuman treatment as bonded labor are today free and walk upright as honorable citizens of our great nation. Swamiji has launched many epic struggles against gender and social inequity and discrimination. He has always emphasized that rapid agricultural progress particularly of a kind which is inclusive in nature and is the panacea for rural poverty and hunger. Therefore, in a volume dedicated to him, I have chosen the theme “Shaping India's Agricultural Destiny” for sharing some of the ideas developed during the work ...

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