Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gujarat - Behind the Mirage - Edited by Teesta Setalvad

Excellent Essays Worth a Read

A lie, repeated a hundred times dons the respectability of truth, said Goebbels. Today a concerted orchestration of selective statistics and distortions cloaked within the parameters of a falsely constructed discourse that strips the word ‘development’ of vital elements that enrich human, societal and even state endeavour, is being used to project a mirage, of Gujarat.

Gujarat and Gujaratis known for their spirit of adventure and enterprise, creativity and co-existence over some centuries have been hidebound by the persistent and pernicious impact of a politics that has driven social wedges sharp and deep while privileging capital held by a concentrated few.
The essays in this volume, representing different perspectives, seek to look beyond this projected mirage. Gujarat throws a challenge for India and Indians as its political economy and its proponents threaten a replication of this experiment. At such a critical juncture, to understand and expose this endeavour, this volume is dedicated.

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