India is in the throes of transition—from a primarily feudal agrarian society to a modern, industrial one. For the transition to be successful, however, Markandey Katju says that the country needs to rid itself of the ills of the feudal days. But perturbed by the growing incidents of communalism, racial and lingual strife, corruption and persisting issues of poverty, casteism and unemployment, he is sceptical of the change arriving anytime soon. He argues that this turbulent transition might last for another twenty-odd years.
In this timely collection of his views, Katju suggests that influential politicians and their governance are not enough, but a scientific mission for national reconstruction is the need of the hour to bring India into its own as a developed and egalitarian society.
In his trademark no-holds-barred approach, the author holds up a mirror to the citizens of India and where they could be headed—so that from the dark times emerges a shining vision of the nation its people deserve. His forthright and unreserved views in The Shape of Things to Come give an important perspective to judge India’s future.
About the Author:
Markandey Katju has been one of the most prominent figures in the Indian judiciary. He is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India and a former chairman of the Press Council of India. He has also held office as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court and the Madras High Court, and as the acting Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. Known for his outspoken views and unconventional opinions, he is popularly referred to as a ‘maverick judge’.
A well-read and erudite person, he is highly respected for his vast knowledge across a wide range of subjects like law, literature, Sanskrit, Urdu, philosophy, jurisprudence, social science and history. He believes that Indians must follow the scientific path to solve their problems of poverty, unemployment, and so on and eschew casteism, communalism and superstition.
The Shape of Things to Come: An Impassioned View
Pages : 288
Price : Rs 699