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Deepening Democracy
“Madhu Kishwar’s distinctive take on the Indian predicament today revolves around a spirited rejection of the Statism that informs the opposition to globalizatiom among most political formations in India, and a defiant plea to decentralize Indian politics to take advantage of the possibilities that globalization opens up for India’s poor.”
Ashish Nandy, CSDS, Delhi
“A reader looking for India answers that go beyond tinkering with government and the familiar “private-public partnership” argument would be better off picking up Deepening Democracy by Madhu Kishwar... What makes Ms. Kishwar’s book so readable is her powerful writing and her fantastic, grassroots reporting...Whether Ms Kishwar is talking about (The Dominance of) English or about cycle rickshaws, she succeeds in poking such holes in the status quo that her propositions for change cannot be ignored. Her proposals would be medicine not only for India but for economies across Asia and the globe.”
Melana Zyle Vickers, Far Eastern Economic Review
For those of us who love the ways of the modern world and are ignorant about our glorious past and abundant resources, Kishwar’s tome is an eye opener. Highly recommended for policy-makers.”
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Challenges of Governance and Globalization in India

As India prepares to enter an era that promises more wealth, equity, and prosperity to its citizens, this volume brings together essays by noted scholar-activist Madhu Purnima Kishwar on enduring issues such as rights, governance, and the impact of globalization on the average Indian citizen.

The volume covers a range of issues from a glimpse of the License-Permit-Raid Raj as it affects the livelihood of the self-employed poor, to a critique of India's farm and economic policies. It further discusses the new divides being created by the country's language policy to the causes and possible remedies for ethnic conflicts in India.

A common thread running through all essays is how most of India's contemporary problems arise out of malgovernance, the choice of inappropriate policies, and a lack of accountability in government that adversely affects the people of India, depresses their incomes and makes it difficult for ordinary hard working citizens to earn a simple livelihood without payoffs and suffering numerous humiliations. Kishwar argues that the poor need economic freedom far more urgently than the rich and builds a case for a bottom-up agenda of economic reforms.

Challenging the critics of globalization, the volume demonstrates how, if India participates actively and intelligently in the WTO, this will open far-reaching opportunities for the farm sector as well as its industries.

While acknowledging that the current trade regime is biased in favour of powerful industrialized nations, Kishwar points to entrenched assumptions and positions taken by those she calls the Anti-Globalization Brigade who claim that liberalization and globalization are intrinsically anti-Third World and anti-poor. Written in a lucid and engaging style, this book will draw a wide readership among scholars across disciplines, in addition to activists, journalists, policy makers, bureaucrats, and the lay reader.

Madhu Pumima Kishwar is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi as well as founder-editor of Manushi. Her books include Religion at the Service of Nationalism and Other Essays (OUP,
1998), Off the Beaten Track: Essays on Gender justice for Indian Women (OUP, 2001), Gandhi and Women (Manushi Prakashan, 1985).

Jacket photograph: Nitin Rai

  Books, Films and
Music Cassettes
• Women Bhakta Poets:
Contains accounts of the life and poetry of some of the most outstanding women in Indian history from the 6th to the 17th
century — Mirabai, Andal, Avvaiyar, Muktabai, Janabai, Bahinabai, Lal
Ded, Toral, Loyal. Many of these poems had never neen translated into english before  (Read More…)
Off the Beaten Track: Rethinking Gender Justice for Indian Women (OUP)
Religion at the Service of Nationalism and Other Essays (OUP)
In Search of Answers: Indian Women’s Voices from Manushi
The Dilemma and Other Stories by Vijaydan Detha
Gandhi and Women
Voices from the Save Himalaya Campaign: Interview with Sunderlal and Vimla Bahuguna (Hindi)
Roshni: A Street Play & Manushi Geet (Hindi)
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