Alternative Futures: India Unshackled

Alternative Futures edited by Ashish Kothari and KJ Joy

Association for India’s Development is pleased to note the publication of Alternative Futures:  India Unshackled, with essays by grassroots workers, activists and researchers closely tied with social movements including many associates of AID.  The book will be available at the 2018 AID conference in Portland.  For more information contact [email protected]

Alternative Futures: India Unshackled
Editors: Ashish Kothari | K. J. Joy
Foreword: Shiv Vishvanathan
Published by: Authors Upfront

A remarkable, first-ever collection of 35 essays on India’s future, by a diverse set of authors-activists, researchers, media practitioners, those who have influenced policies and those working at the grassroots. This book brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, economically sustainable and equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious. Alternative Futures: India Unshackled covers a wide range of issues, organized under four sections. It explores ecological futures including environmental governance, biodiversity conservation, water and energy. Next, it envisions political futures including those of democracy and power, law, ideology, and India’s role in the globe. A number of essays then look at economic futures, including agriculture, pastoralism, industry, crafts, villages and cities, localization, markets, transportation and technology. Finally, it explores socio-cultural futures, encompassing languages, learning and education, knowledge, health, sexuality and gender, and marginalized sections like dalits, adivasis, and religious minorities. Introductory and concluding essays tie these diverse visions together. Most essays include both futuristic scenarios and present initiatives that demonstrate the possibility of such futures. At a time when India faces increasing polarization along parochial, physical and mental boundaries, these essays provide a breath of fresh air and hope in the grounded possibilities for an alternative, decentralized, eco-culturally centred future. The essays range from the dreamy-eyed to the hard-headed, from the provocative to the gently persuasive.

The volume comprises essays by

Abhay Shukla | Aditya Nigam | Anand Teltumbde | Arpitha Kodiveri | Aruna Roy| Arvind Narrain | Aseem Shrivastava | Ashish Kothari | Bharat Mansata | Bharat Patankar | Dinesh Abrol | Dunu (A.K.) Roy | Elango Rangasamy | Ganesh Devy | Geetanjoy Sahu | Gladson Dungdung | Hanwant Singh Rathore | Harish Hande | Himanshu Thakkar | Ilse Kohler-Rollefson | Irfan Engineer | K. J. Joy | Kartik Shanker | Kavitha Kuruganti | M. P. Parameswaran | Manisha Gupte | Meera Anna Oommen | Muchkund Dubey | Nikhil Dey | Nitin D. Rai | Pallav Das | Paranjoy Guha Thakurta | Praavita Kashyap | Rachita Misra | Rajesh Khindri | Rajeswari S. Raina| Rajni Bakshi | Rakesh Kapoor | Rakhal Gaitonde | Sarita Bhagat | Sharachchandra Lele | Shripad Dharmadhikary | Shrishtee Bajpai | Sudha Gopalakrishnan | Sujit Patwardhan | Tultul Biswas | Uzramma | Vasant Futane | Vijay Jardhari | Vivek Shastry

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