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In the two decades since the early 1990s, when India confirmed its allegiance to the Free Market, more of its citizens have become marginalized than ever before and society has become more sharply riven 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 today is the erosion in the imperative for sympathy, both at the state and individual levels, a crumbling that is principally at the base of the vast inequities which afflict India. Exhaustive in its scope, impassioned in its arguments and rigorous in its scholarship, Looking Away is a sobering checklist of all the things we must collectively get right if India is to become the country that was promised, in equal measure, to all its citizens.

 
 

About the Author

Harsh Mander, writer, human rights worker, columnist, researcher and teacher, works with survivors of mass violence and hunger as well as with homeless persons and street children. His books include Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives, The Ripped Chest: Public Policy and the Poor in 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: Indias Unfinished Battle against Hunger. He regularly writes columns for The Hindu, Hindustan Times and Mint and contributes frequently to scholarly journals. His stories have been adapted for films, such as Shyam Benegals Samar and Mallika Sarabhais dance drama Unsuni.
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Looking Away

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  • ISBN: 9789385288005
  • Author: Harsh Mander
  • Publisher: Speaking Tiger
  • Pages: 464
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

In the two decades since the early 1990s, when India confirmed its allegiance to the Free Market, more of its citizens have become marginalized than ever before and society has become more sharply riven 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 today is the erosion in the imperative for sympathy, both at the state and individual levels, a crumbling that is principally at the base of the vast inequities which afflict India. Exhaustive in its scope, impassioned in its arguments and rigorous in its scholarship, Looking Away is a sobering checklist of all the things we must collectively get right if India is to become the country that was promised, in equal measure, to all its citizens.

 
 

About the Author

Harsh Mander, writer, human rights worker, columnist, researcher and teacher, works with survivors of mass violence and hunger as well as with homeless persons and street children. His books include Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives, The Ripped Chest: Public Policy and the Poor in 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: Indias Unfinished Battle against Hunger. He regularly writes columns for The Hindu, Hindustan Times and Mint and contributes frequently to scholarly journals. His stories have been adapted for films, such as Shyam Benegals Samar and Mallika Sarabhais dance drama Unsuni.

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