A prescient and timely chronicle of contemporary India over the past decades, Where is India Headed? brings together topical and incisive analysis about the very pressing issues that threaten Indian democracy and pluralism -- majoritarian tyranny, the rise of fascism, Kashmir, assault on secular-democratic polity, caste and class inequality and the Covid pandemic. A must-read, this book is a testament to how members of the Non-Resident Indian community have consistently worked in support of India’s secular-democratic polity, which contradicts the narrative of the Hindutva establishment that the majority of NRIs are their supporters. Most recently, the immense NRI support and solidarity for the farmers in their historic strike, has contributed to the reversal on the farm laws by Modi, and has been acknowledged by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella organization of over 40 farm unions.
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"In this 341-page anthology, Mubayi brings together around 70 insightful short essays that capture the social and political reality of India and what holds for this country in the future. The essays comprehensively cover the period between the UP elections of 2017, and the Bengal elections of 2021, and the Bihar elections of 2020 in between. Secularism, Peace, Social and Economic justice, threat of Majoritarianism, Authoritarian State, Casteism, Fascism, Pandemic and suffering of the marginalized and the poor are some of the themes that these essays cover. The vast ground covered in the book fully achieve the twin objectives which this book sets to achieve. As described in the Preface, the book aspires to share with the readers the perspective of the left and progressive South Asian diaspora in the US and Canada and celebrate the life of one of its founders and leading light of the progressive diaspora movement, Comrade Daya Varma. We learn about the INSAF Bulletin (the acronym for Justice in Hindi and Urdu), the digital mouthpiece of the progressive diaspora perspectives. INSAF Bulletin began in May 2002 under the inspirational editorship of Daya Varma and after Daya Varma’s passing in 2015, the mantle passed to Mubayi who had been closely associated with the Bulletin since 2004. The critical essays in this volume were published in this Bulletin over the years. The volume is important not only for its commentary on the five crucial years in the contemporary history of India, but it introduces us to a lesser-known side of the Indian diaspora in North America." -- Atul Sood, Countercurrents.org