India is under siege, both from within and without. Our governance is riddled with the disease of corruption, and our politicians work for self-advancement rather than the welfare of the nation. Our economic health is fragile, crime and corruption have become bywords of life, immorality and unethicality are rampant in every aspect of societal living. Add to this neighbours such as Pakistan and China, who looking for the merest crack through which to breach our defences—and we have a country that is teetering on the verge of a cataclysmic collapse. Yet, the greater part of the Indian electorate remains ignorant about these evils, and it is in this ignoble situation that we are heading into elections, about to vote into power leaders who can either make or break us.
And so, in India Shining and Sinking, patriot, thinker and social commentator S.K. Shah takes on the daunting task of informing the Indian citizen about the most crucial developmental and societal challenges we face today. Through essays on a diverse range of subjects—ranging from politics and governance to poverty, crime and morality—Shah sounds a clarion call of awareness for the masses.
Passionately argued, this timely book brings to the fore all that we are plagued by today and all that we must struggle to overcome to become a true and functional democracy.