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Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives

Unheard Voices Stories of Forgotten Lives The Bhopal gas tragedy the communal carnage of and in Delhi and Bhagalpur the Orissa supercyclone among others are part of collective memory But often forgotten are those who actually w

  • Title: Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives
  • Author: Harsh Mander
  • ISBN: 9780141006659
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Bhopal gas tragedy, the communal carnage of 1984 and 1989 in Delhi and Bhagalpur, the Orissa supercyclone, among others, are part of collective memory But, often forgotten are those who actually were affected by these happenings, and others like them, street children, sex workers, dalits, HIV and leprosy patients, the homeless and the famine stricken These are peopleThe Bhopal gas tragedy, the communal carnage of 1984 and 1989 in Delhi and Bhagalpur, the Orissa supercyclone, among others, are part of collective memory But, often forgotten are those who actually were affected by these happenings, and others like them, street children, sex workers, dalits, HIV and leprosy patients, the homeless and the famine stricken These are people who in many ways are pushed to the outermost, most hopeless margins of society in the name of development and progress In this book, civil servant and social activist Harsh Mander draws on his own and his colleagues experiences to explore the lives of twenty such people who have survived and coped despite all odds.

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    1. Unheard Voices eloquently depicts the lives and stories from various segments and sections of the society. It is true that India's economic landscape is witnessing unprecedented expansion in terms of increasing PCI, high GDP, high growth rate ans so on. But this is not commensurate with the socio-cultural realities, especially that of rural areas. This book opens up the reader's mind towards the hard realities of Indian society. It includes heart wrenching true life narratives of victims of subs [...]

    2. Although we think we know of the scale of rural poverty and aware of the general condition of tribals and other marginalised groups belonging to the other India,This Harsh Mander's collection of stories named " Unheard Voices"-stories of forgotten lives is an eye opener.Himself a distinguished civil servant and a noted social activist,these stories were originally penned by him as part of the course for young civil servants. These all are the real stories of the Indians who were victims of fate [...]

    3. This book is a collection of wide range of stories based on experiences of real lives of marginalized, forgotten and outcast people of society as encountered by Harsh Mander and some other bureaucrats. This is a piece of work which completely stands out with its exclusive approach on a subject that remains neglected in much similar way as the characters of these sketches. As the ending paragraph of last story signifies the essence of this book- " in humble colony of forgotten people, we received [...]

    4. As the title suggests, rarely are the lives of the people, mentioned in the book are covered by the media. Harsh Mander does a good job here. If one wants to know about the real India (the so called Bharat), this book is a must-read.This book is almost there with the Everybody loves a good drought by P.Sainath.

    5. Stories of hope and dignity in the most unlikely circumstances and in the most marginalized sections of society - riot victims, people affected by man-made and natural disasters, the physically challenged, the diseased, rape victims, sex workers, the displaced and the landless what strikes you is the indomitable human spirit and the quest for dignity and justice in the harshest situations.

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