Averting the Apocalypse: Social Movements in India Today

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Duke University Press, 20‏/02‏/1990 - 467 من الصفحات
There are two Indias: the caste and class elite who hold all power and make up 10 to 15 percent of the population, and everyone else. Averting the Apocalypse is about everyone else. Arthur Bonner, a former New York Times reporter with long experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia, conducted interviews over many months while traveling almost 20,000 miles within India seeking out the underclass and social activists who together are beginning to mobilize for social change at the bottom of Indian society. Working in areas torn by violence, Bonner offers a terrifyingly accurate portrait of a society bloodied by decades of unequal social structure and the absence of a civil society and political mechanism capable of responding to the exploitation of the poor and weak.
Bonner finds that India’s inability or refusal to address its debilitating social structure may be the precursor to an apocalyptic social upheaval unless heed is paid to the social movements that his first-hand investigation reveals.

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1 A Longing for Freedom
3
2 A Missed Tryst
10
3 The Rich and the Poor
21
4 We the Invisible
27
5 The Rescue of Bishnu and Uma
35
6 Sister Ritas Report
44
7 Devadasis and Hijras
54
8 Female Feticide
60
29 The Role of Activists
208
30 Nonviolent Melodrama
219
31 Journalism and Its Perils
230
32 We Have a Dream
242
33 Myths and Identity
251
34 The Front Paw of the Revolution
260
35 From Revolt to Renewal
269
36 A Civilization That Doesnt Work
274

9 The Goddess of Food
73
10 Tribal India
83
11 A Truck and Some Cows
87
12 Creating a New Revolutionary Class
94
13 The Mutiny of the Innocents
102
14 Save the Western Ghats
108
15 The Wandering Charcoal Makers
113
16 The Failure of Charisma
122
17 The Golana Massacre
128
18 Temples and Toilets
135
19 A Museum of Living Fossils
143
20 Temples or Tombs?
151
21 Pragmatic Activists
155
22 Population and Sterilization
160
23 A Model for Community Health
166
24 Working for Women
172
25 Slaves of Sabarmati
180
26 The Rape of Guntaben
186
27 The Mystic Dancer
194
Blindings and Massacres
198
37 Death by Encounter
282
38 A Village Confrontation
290
39 A Man with Faith in India
300
40 Broken Promises Broken Children
310
41 The Little Carpet Makers
317
42 The Little Match Girls
324
43 Riddles of Hinduism
333
44 The Conversions at Meenakshipuram
346
45 Manipulating Myths and Symbols
354
46 The Juggernaut Claims Its Victims
364
47 The Politics of Passion
379
48 The Fiery Swami
397
49 The Triumph of Gandhis Assassin
406
50 Averting the Apocalypse
412
Glossary
419
Notes
429
Bibliography
453
Index
459
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