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Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development
by Seth Kaplan
Publication 2008

Fragile states are a menace. Their lawless environments spread instability across borders, provide havens for terrorists, threaten access to natural resources, and consign millions of people to poverty. But Western attempts to reform these benighted places have rarely made things better. If we want to avoid revisiting the carnage and catastrophes seen in places like Iraq, Bosnia, and the Congo, we need to rethink Western ideas on fragile states and start helping their peoples build governments and states that actually fit the local landscape. After dissecting the reasons why some states prosper and others sink into poverty and violence, Fixing Fragile States visits seven deeply dysfunctional places—including Pakistan, Bolivia, West Africa, and Syria—and explains how even the most desperate of them can be transformed.

Lenin Raghuvanshi: Ashoka, People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights, Gwangju Prize for Human Rights
by Lenin Raghuvanshi
Publication 2011

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Lenin Raghuvanshi is a Dalit rights activist and an Ashoka Fellow from India. He is one of the founding members of People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights, which works for the upliftment of the marginalised sections of the society.

Justice, Liberty, Equality: Dalits in Independent India
by Lenin Raghuvanshi
Publication 2012

In a unique way, Lenin Raghuvanshi, a veteran human rights activist, citing the case-studies primarily drawn from Uttar Pradesh, registering the highest rate of crime against the Dalits, chronicles how with implicit support from the administration, the Dalits are tortured and subjected to humiliation by the higher castes, like being garlanded with shoes, their faces blackened or being forced to ride an ass; yet, in most of the cases, violence, deaths or custodial tortures that are committed against the
marginalised and deprived castes go unrecorded.

Slaves to Gods and Demons
by Jon Kofas
Publication June 2011

A gripping, passion-filled, and suspenseful tale of love, betrayal, political and religious intrigue, this novel entices the reader’s senses and intellect beyond conventions. Slaves to Gods and Demons takes the reader through a roller coaster enthralling journey of personal trials and triumphs of a family emerging vanquished and destitute after World War II.

Freedom’s Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides
by Derek Charles Catsam
Publication June 2011

Freedom’s Main Line argues that the Freedom Rides, a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, were a logical, natural evolution of such earlier efforts as the Journey of Reconciliation, their organizers following models provided by previous challenges to segregation and relying on the principles of nonviolence so common in the larger movement. The impact of the Freedom Rides, however, was unprecedented, fixing the issue of civil rights in the national consciousness. Later activists were often dubbed Freedom Riders even if they never set foot on a bus.

Evo Morales and the Movimiento Al Socialismo in Bolivia: The First Term in Context, 2005-2009
by Adrian Pearce, in collaboration with Bolivia Information Forum
Publication April 2011

In late November 2009, when Bolivia’s presidential elections were imminent, a symposium was held with the support of the Bolivia Information Forum at the Institute of The Americas (ISA) in London to reflect on the experience of the first administration of Evo Morales and his party, the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), the history of the movement, and Bolivian politics and society under the MAS since 2005. Morales has been widely touted as the first indigenous leader of a South American country since the European Conquest. To mark the first anniversary of these momentous events, this book gathers together chapters from contributors to the symposium and additional essays commissioned from other leading experts.

Soundings on South Asia
by Syed Ali Mujtaba
Publication 2005

The unity in diversity that makes South Asian culture unique is discussed in these 70 articles that detail a region marked by an asymmetry of power structure, different systems of governance, and interstate conflict but at the same time exhibits a great deal of harmony in ethnic composition, food habits, language, values, mores, and norms. A compendium of the region’s development, these short essays focus on individual countries within the greater South Asian context in order to understand the dynamics that block regional integration. South Asia’s inability to forge a regional identity is challenged by theories that argue the differences between countries are not as large as they seem.

ontwikkelingssamenwerking ontwikkelt geen samenwerking (download in PDF)
by Hans Sluijter
Publication: November 2010

Research document about the effectively and bureaucracy of the Dutch system of development aid. Various researches have been conducted during the precursor of NL-Aid, also known as Updaid. The outcome is a tough, syrupy like proces which lays bare an ineffective system of one of the biggest development aid industry of the world. Formerly, the report was composed of weekly researches, but the book has been assembled as one coverage. The publication is in Dutch and can be downloaded in PDF (hyperlink above).

The Demand For Partition Of India
by Syed Ali Mujtaba
Publication 2002

This book makes an objective study of the entire ethos of Partition of India as a corollary to its Independence movement, hair-splitting almost every single run up, meticulously. The set of five appendices make interesting reading and the detailed bibliography stands testimony to the elaborate study and conscientious research, this insight emerges from.

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