Ananta Kumar Giri has been furrowing in the frontier regions of contemporary sociological theory. He and a most admirable group of social theorists and philosophers from several countries find that even their frontier worlds are pervaded by mutual challenges between power-craving princes and freedom-seeking sages. Giri has assembled here 29 cutting-edge essays and much-needed wise reflections on vitally important topics such as development ethics and poverty, the power of non-violent movements, and the moral dimension in world history, Islam and human rights, Buddhist reflections on human security, Gandhian empowerment, and the example of the construction in South Africa of structures of cooperations
Former Professor of Political Science
M.S. University of Baroda.
As one reads the volume one is touched by the intellectual honesty of the authors and by their probing analysis of ideas and practices relating to power and freedom.