While understanding the social dimensions, the presence of social friction between the subjects of society is acknowledged by them, but they resisted any changes, as much as possible; because it threatens their time immemorial standardized way of life. This book is a cumulation of the discussions which shed light on those topics which challenged, countered, and deliberated the issues related to women, as they agitated, struggled against the dominance of the patriarchy and conservative minds, and always put their faith in the progressive aspects of the ever-changing society. The book focuses on current issues – women protested for their identity against the mighty government; redefine their body dynamics and were susceptible to the rosy changes in the name of empowerment; searching the meaning of their life in difficult situations and unmasked the vile face of the dominant presence of patriarchy in religion, society and institutions; sustaining her inner strength in ongoing pandemic situations, and many others. The book would act as an inspirational and knowledge repertoire to graduates and postgraduate students of various disciplines. It would also inspire them to pursue research on topics related to feminism in social science and humanities.
Reading the Margins is a compilation of scholarly articles attempting to engage the academia several questions like what is a margin? Or what is marginality? Who are the margins? Or who are in the margins? How has the center tried to subvert the history, culture and literature of the Margins? And how the margins are forging towards the center and carving out a space for themselves, a space for history, culture and literature of their own.
This book highlights various kinds of marginal groups: the Blacks, the aboriginals, Dalits, Tribes, religious minorities, sexual minorities, and disability. Discourses built on these issues, surely this book is an attempt to create a society with equality, truth and justice
Understanding Ambedkarism through the eyes of Ambedkarites like M/s Bhagwan Das, L R Balley, V T Rajshekar, Raja Dhale, Vijay Surwade and many others as well as those who may not claim to be Ambedkarite yet remained supporters of the movement and vision that Dr Ambedkar espoused for such as Dr R M Pal and Mr Anand Patwardhan. You will read Mr Anand Teltumbde’s fierce critique but also Mr A K Biswas and Manohar Biswas’s narratives about dominance of brahmanical politics in West Bengal. The conversations are wide ranging with activists as well as human rights defenders in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and United States of America. For the first time, here is a book that give you indepth understanding of caste, race, class and other ethnic issues. The conversations are also about Dravidian legacy of EVR Periyar as well as the issues of Chakmas in Bangladesh too. The Dalit question in Nepal is well discussed with an Ambedkarite as well as one leader of the left movement in Nepal. Read the fascinating work of Ambedkarites in UK through the prism of Ms Santosh Dass, Mr Arun Kumar and Mr Bishan Dass Bains. A well explained interview with Prof Kevin Brown about the issues of African American as well as his fascination towards Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar.
The book is based on the 2016 Indian demonetisation. It revolves around demonetisation’s objectives stated by the Government as a measure to attack on black Money, terrorism, counterfeit currency and making cash-less, further corrected to less-cash economy. The book weighed these stated objectives and assessed whether objectives will be achieved by this demonetisation. In addition to three Indian demonetisations, the book covers 16 demonetisations across the globe and 14 demonetisation-like events. Analysed demonetisation on the basis of cost-benefit analysis, the book has also covered impact of demonetisation on major industries like FMCG, Realty, Power, infrastructure, etc. and on prime economic indicators like GDP, GVA, CRR, repo rate, inflation, etc
We are all star dust. From the searing hot liquid magma inside the earth to the dying polar bears in the Arctic, from the rainbow in the sky to the enigmatic Mona Lisa, from the first microbe to the most powerful man on earth are made up of stardust. We are all connected. Human beings in their unbridled hubris forget this basic fact. Human beings in their insatiable greed, devastate and destroy our only living home, our mother earth. This volume is an effort to connect the dots
We seek the connections between energy, environment, politics and geopolitics. We seek the peaceful coexistence of human beings on earth, in harmony with nature. We seek ways to protect our mother earth which is being devastated by ecological degradation and climate change. We ask the question, why should we use fossil fuels, which write a death certificate for the earth. We ask what do we do if fossil fuels, which built a modern civilisation, run out. Do we have a plan B? What is preventing the use of renewable energy as an alternative?
If we continue to fight resource wars endlessly will it not lead to a nuclear winter? If we fight among each other for religious, ethnic, linguistic… differences can we have peace on earth? Is peace possible at all? What is the future of our children, our grandchildren? Will they have a future? Are we destroying their future with our rapacious greed? This volume will raise all these questions. This volume will also present some meaningful solutions to the crises we collectively face.
Countercurrents.org puts forward a worldview that energy intensive globalisation should end and it must be replaced by a low energy, ecologically sustainable local economies. If humanity is to survive, the destructive system of capitalism and consumerism must be replaced by an economic system which is based on just equitable distribution and need based use of resources. We strive to reach this goal with our motto, “Educate! Organize! Agitate!”