Alternative Futures: India Unshackled

Bengaluru book release, AUF announcement

Book Release-cum-Discussion

‘Alternative Futures: India Unshackled’

Ed. by Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy
IIHS, ATREE, SELCO, SOPPECOM, Kalpavriksh, Authors Upfront
6 February, 2018; Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bengaluru

We are delighted to invite you to the release of the book Alternative Futures:
India Unshackled, by Corinne Kumar (Vimochana, Al Taller International, CIEDS)
on 6 February 2018
at 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.

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 is a collection of 35 essays containing dreams, visions, and pathways of reaching a just and sustainable India.
The book will be available at a discount at the release.


About ‘Alternative Futures: India Unshackled’

  • Remarkable, first-ever collection of 35 essays on India’s future, by a diverse set of authors –activists, researchers, media practitioners
  • Brings together scenarios of an India that ispolitically and socially egalitarian,
    radically democratic, ecologically sustainable and economically equitable, and socioculturally diverse and harmonious
  • Essays include both futuristic scenarios andpresent initiatives that demonstrate the
    possibility of such futures
  • Organised under four sections – Ecological Futures, Political Futures, Economic
    Futures and Social-cultural Futures
  • Introductory and concluding essays to tie these diverse visions together
  • An essential read for a wide range of readers including youth, academics,
    development workers, policy makers, community members, activists & media persons
  • Engaging for everyone who is concerned about the current state of India and the
    world, and willing to engage critically in the collective search for a better future


Essay topics

Media | Global role | Sexuality | Villages & Cities | Bazaars | Gender |
Languages | Health | Arts & Crafts | Minorities | Industry | Education |
Democracy | Law | Ideologies | Conservation | Adivasis | Pastoralism
Knowledge | Technology | Dalits | Food | Water | Energy| Transportation


Abhay Shukla | Aditya Nigam | Anand Teltumbde | Arpitha Kodiveri | Aruna Roy|
Arvind Narrain | Aseem Shrivastava | Ashish Kothari | Bharat Mansata | Bharat
Patankar | Dinesh Abrol | Dunu (A.K.) Roy | Elango Rangasamy | Ganesh Devy |
Geetanjoy Sahu | Gladson Dungdung | Hanwant Singh Rathore | Harish Hande |
Himanshu Thakkar | Ilse Kohler-Rollefson | Irfan Engineer | K.J. Joy | Kartik Shanker
| Kavitha Kuruganti | M. P. Parameswaran | Manisha Gupte | Meera Anna Oommen |
Muchkund Dubey | Nikhil Dey | Nitin D. Rai | Pallav Das | Paranjoy Guha Thakurta |
Praavita Kashyap | Rachita Misra | Rajesh Khindri | Rajeswari S. Raina| Rajni Bakshi |
Rakesh Kapoor | Rakhal Gaitonde | Sarita Bhagat | Sharachchandra Lele | Shripad
Dharmadhikary | Shrishtee Bajpai | Sudha Gopalakrishnan | Sujit Patwardhan | Tultul
Biswas | Uzramma | Vasant Futane | Vijay Jardhari | Vivek Shastry


Shiv Vishvanathan

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