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Other India: Realities of an Emerging Power

by Rajesh Chakrabarti SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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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.

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

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 Chakrabartias research interests include the areas of Indian financial markets, international fi nance, microfi nance, and political economy. He has published several articles in top academic journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, and the Journal of International Business Studies. He has authored two books, The Financial Sector in IndiaaEmerging Issues and The Asian Manageras Handbook of E-Commerce and edited a recent volume titled The Other IndiaaRealities of an Emerging Power.Professor Chakrabarti received his Post Graduate Diploma in Management (equivalent to MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).