Author: Harsh Mander
ISBN/UPC (if available): 014100665X
This is a rare collection of stories of the unsung heroes of our times. Reaffirming people's creativity and indomitable spirit, this book challenges all those who despair about India.
The Bhopal gas tragedy, the communal carnage of 1984 and 1989 in Delhi and Bhagalpur, the Orissa supercyclone, among others, are part of collective memory. But often forgotten are those who actually were affected by these happenings, and others like them, street children, sex workers, dalits, HIV and leprosy patients, the homeless and the famine-stricken. These are people who in many ways are pushed to the outermost, most helpless margins of society in the name of development and progress.
In unheard voices, civil servant and social activist Harsh Mander draws on his own and his colleagues' experiences to explore the lives of twenty such people who have survived and coped despite all odds.
Going beyond mere survival, these stories are a testimony of how people have overcome their condition with humbling courage, resilience, and humanism. .Marked by understatement and rare warmth, they bring out their determination to seek a better life in the face of enormous suffering. Reaffirming people's creativity and indomitable spirit, this book challenges all those who despair about India.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
Insightful, compassionate, profound and moving, these stories are essential reading for all who care about the future of India.-Shashi Tharoor