Alternative Futures: India Unshackled is a riveting new book that brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, economically sustainable and equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious. Edited by KJ Joy and Ashish Kothari, with a foreword by Shiv Vishwanathan, 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.
The book is being released by Corinne Kumar (Vimochana, Al Taller International, CIEDS) on 6 February 2018, 6.15 – 8 pm at Indian Institute of Human Settlements, 197/36, 2nd Main Road, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore 560080.
The release will be followed by a panel discussion and remarks by essay authors. This event is open to all.
6.15 to 6.20: Welcome: Word Lab Team, IIHS
6.20 to 6.40: Introduction to the book: Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy
6.40 to 6.45: Release of book by Chief Guest: Corinne Kumar
6.45 to 7.15: Remarks: Sumi Krishna, Leo Saldanha, Himanshu Upadhyay
7.15 to 7.30: Reflections from essay authors: Kartik Shanker, Nitin Rai, Sharachchandra Lele, Vivek Shastry, Rachita Misra
7.30 to 7.50: Audience interaction
7.50 to 8.00: Chief Guest’s remarks
The book will be available at a discount at the release.