Author: Siddharth Dube
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172233795
The true, vivid and unforgettable history of an impoverished Indian family, this work draws readers into a powerful understanding of the experience of living in desperate poverty, and of the intractable reasons for its continuance.
This work illuminates the central paradox of modern India: a half century of democracy, economic growth and constitutional commitment to socialism has not tempered the plight of the 350 million Indians now estimated to be living in abject poverty. By sheer numbers alone, the history of India's poor is the history of India and this history is compellingly recorded in this book.
Fully lives up to its promise of melding the voices of a single untouchable agricultural family in a UP village with a broad analysis of India's political economy. - Krishna Raj, Editor, The Economic & Political Weekly
A most extraordinary achievement - Academically grounded, yet immensely readable, it brings to life the experience of those whose tale has hitherto been swallowed up in the dark allusive term 'masses'.. Makes all the recently published, highly praised novel on India look contrived and artificial. - Jeremy Searbrook, Author of In the Cities of the South