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About the BookIn the two decades since the early 1990s, when India confirmedits allegiance to the... Read More

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About the Book

In the two decades since the early 1990s, when India confirmedits allegiance to the Free Market, more of its citizens have becomemarginalized than ever before, and society has become more sharplyriven than ever.In Looking Away, Harsh Mander ranges wide to record and analyse the many different fault lines which crisscross Indian society today. There is increasing prosperity among the middle classes, but also a corresponding intolerance for the less fortunate. Poverty and homelessness are also on the rise-both in urban and rural settings- but not only has the state abandoned its responsibility to provide for those afflicted, the middle class, too, now avoids even the basic impulses of sharing. And with the sharp Rightward turn in politics, minority communities are under serious threat-their very status as citizens in question-as a belligerent, monolithic idea of the nation takes the place of an inclusive, tolerant one. However, as Harsh Mander points out, what most stains society todayis the erosion in the imperative for sympathy, both at the state andindividual levels, a crumbling that is principally at the base of the vastinequities which afflict India. Exhaustive in its scope, impassioned in itsarguments, and rigorous in its scholarship, Looking Away is a soberingchecklist of all the things we must collectively get right if India is tobecome the country that was promised, in equal measure, to all itscitizens.

About the Author

Harsh Mander, writer, human rights worker, columnist, researcher andteacher, works with survivors of mass violence and hunger as well aswith homeless persons and street children. His books include UnheardVoices: Stories of Forgotten Lives, The Ripped Chest: Public Policy and the Poorin India, Fear and Forgiveness: The Aftermath of Massacre, Fractured Freedom:Chronicles from India's Margins, Untouchability in Rural India (co-authored), Living with Hunger and Ash in the Belly: India's Uninished Battleagainst Hunger. He regularly writes columns for The Hindu, HindustanTimes and Mint, and contributes frequently to scholarly journals. Hisstories have been adapted for films, such as Shyam Benegal's Samar andMallika Sarabhai's dance drama Unsuni.

Product Details

Title: Looking Away
Publisher: Prakash
ISBN: 9789385288005
SKU: BK0383978
EAN: 9789385288005
Number Of Pages: 464
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

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