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The Other India
Realities of an Emerging Power

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© 2009 | 304 pages | SAGE India
This collection documents and analyzes, from different angles, the forces and trends that shape contemporary India's socio-economic reality. The contributors comprise an eclectic group—spiritual leaders, grassroot activists, as well as eminent thinkers from diverse fields like the judiciary, social development, environment, education, contemporary science and art. In contrast to the dominant characterization of a "Shining India" in recent years, these articles present a complex and multi-dimensional reality, essential for a balanced, objective understanding of the issues that shape today's India and indeed the world.

The Other India: Realities of an Emerging Power focuses on an India far removed from a country 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 poverty and social justice; the role of religion in society—from inspiring struggles for social justice to instigating terrorism—the dangers of mindless destruction of nature, violation of human rights and the role of social action. Here 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 compilation will hold tremendous appeal for the general reader and will serve as an indispensable reference for policy-makers, academics and thinkers working in the fields of sociology, religion, environment, education, human rights, law and justice, development issues and politics. It is a must-read for anyone trying to get a holistic picture of contemporary India's dynamic society and economy.

The Dalai Lama
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: INDIA - SEVEN PORTRAITS
Tapan Mitra
India-21st Century Disconnects
Claude Alvares
One Hundred Years of Violence
Asghar Ali Engineer
Secularism in India-A Minority Perspective
Jatin Das
The Struggle of an Artist
Sadanand Menon
An Aesthetic of Erasures
M S Swaminathan
Shaping India's Agricultural Destiny
M G K Menon
Inclusive Sustainable Development
 
PART TWO: FAITH THAT HEALS - RELIGION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Reverend Valson Thampu
Religion and Social Justice
Sulak Shivraksha
Religion in the Quest for Global Justice and Peace
 
PART THREE: THE VIOLENCE OF RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Terrorism-Causes and Remedies
Ashis Nandy
From the Age of Anxiety to the Age of Fear
Jawed Naqvi
Define Terrorism, and You Could Be Targeting Your Own Leaders
Father Cedric Prakash
Justice for Peace-Challenges from Gujarat
 
PART FOUR: NATURE-SUSTAINING THE SUSTAINER
Vandana Shiva
Earth Democracy, Living Democracy
Medha Patkar
Unfair Lands, Unjust Water Grab
 
PART FIVE: ACTIONS AND REACTORS IN WAR AND PEACE
Admiral L Ramdas
Peace-Imperative for South Asia
Sandeep Pandey
Nuclear Energy-Hardly an Unmixed Blessing
 
PART SIX: JUSTICE
Udit Raj
Caste-A Persistent Mind Disease
Acharya S N Goenka
The Buddha and the Caste System
Surendra Mohan
The Human Price of Flawed Development
Arjun Sengupta
Unorganized Sector Labour-A Reality Check
Debabrata Bandyopadhyay
Extent of Bonded Labour in India
P N Bhagwati
On Human Rights Justice
Harsh Mander
The Civil Service and the Right to Dissent
V R Krishna Iyer
Appointing the Judges Justice
 
PART SEVEN: COLLECTIVE SUCCESS
Harsh Mander
Food from the Courts: The Indian Experience
Rajendra Singh
Water Harvesting in Arid Rajasthan and Himalayas-A Story of Community Action
Ela R Bhatt
Empowering Women-The SEWA Experience

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Rajesh Chakrabarti

Rajesh Chakrabarti is a member of the faculty of finance at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India. He is also a columnist for the leading national business daily, The Financial Express. He has previously taught at the College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and the University of Alberta, Canada, and has held various visiting positions, including those at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.Professor Chakrabarti’s research interests include the areas of Indian financial markets, international fi nance, microfi nance, and political economy. He has published... More About Author

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