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The Truth About Us
Sanjoy Chakravorty

Classification : Politics & Current Affairs
Pub Date : May 25, 2019
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 312
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9789351950257
Price : 499

About the book

'India...has an information space packed with numerous sources and agents - from politicians and activists to profiteers and extortionists - all competing for attention and legitimacy in a growing information market…Whom does one believe?'

The political manipulation and simplification of information about a dizzyingly complex society have fashioned certain 'truths' about India. These truths have resulted in the creation of major religious and caste identities, which have been the defining features of the country's politics and history for over 200 years.

An unsparing study of how this situation has come about, The Truth about Us explores answers to crucial questions: Is India a homogenous Hindu nation sprinkled with minorities, or a pluralistic, heterogeneous one? Is our knowledge of the inequalities in our society founded on facts or perceptions? What are the real origin stories of India's social categories, and how are they being constructed and challenged today?

At a time when India is in the throes of an existential debate, convulsed by contesting claims over identity and history, Hindutva and Dalit consciousness, nationalism and freedom of speech, and the rights and realities of minorities, this deeply provocative book is urgent reading for every thinking Indian.


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Dazzling in the material it presents for analysis, [this book] also provides a brilliant instance of how genuine scholarship can present social complexity in accessible, rather than simplistic, ways.' - Sanjay Srivastava, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and author of Entangled Urbanism
'Rarely have we been given so fine an analysis and categorization of India’s inequality and its consequences, let alone one that has such clarity, passion, and timeliness.' - Philip K. Oldenburg, Columbia University, New York, and author of India, Pakistan, and Democracy
'An important book on the making of truth - a book to be read by all those who are interested in preserving India's democracy from any form of domination.' - Christophe Jaffrelot, Sciences Po, Paris, and author of Majoritarian State
'Brilliantly argued... Exposes the many flawed assumptions shaping India’s narratives and destiny.' - Josy Joseph, author of A Feast of Vultures
Dazzling in the material it presents for analysis, [this book] also provides a brilliant instance of how genuine scholarship can present social complexity in accessible, rather than simplistic, ways.' - Sanjay Srivastava, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and author of Entangled Urbanism
'Rarely have we been given so fine an analysis and categorization of India’s inequality and its consequences, let alone one that has such clarity, passion, and timeliness.' - Philip K. Oldenburg, Columbia University, New York, and author of India, Pakistan, and Democracy
'An important book on the making of truth - a book to be read by all those who are interested in preserving India's democracy from any form of domination.' - Christophe Jaffrelot, Sciences Po, Paris, and author of Majoritarian State
'Brilliantly argued... Exposes the many flawed assumptions shaping India’s narratives and destiny.' - Josy Joseph, author of A Feast of Vultures
     
Sanjoy Chakravorty
Sanjoy Chakravorty has written several acclaimed books on critical issues. The Price of Land: Acquisition, Conflict, Consequence was short listed for the Crossword Prize in...(+)