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Dialogue on India’s Future

  • Remarkable, first-ever collection of 35 essays on India’s future, by a diverse set of authors – activists, researchers, media practitioners
  • Brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, ecologically sustainable and economically equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious
  • Essays include both futuristic scenarios and present initiatives that demonstrate the possibility of such futures
  • Organised under four sections – Ecological Futures, Political Futures, Economic Futures and Social-cultural Futures
  • Introductory and concluding essays to tie these diverse visions together
  • An essential read for a wide range of readers including youth, academics, development workers, policy makers, community members, activists and media persons
  • Engaging for everyone who is concerned about the current state of India and the world, and willing to engage critically in the
    collective search for a better future
  • Book your copy before 25 November 2017 and avail special offer of
    15% discount and free shipping in India.
  • Editors: Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy ISBN: 9788193392478 Size – 7.4 X 9.6 inches | No of pages – 704                 Price: INR 995 Available: December, 2017 Enquiries:

Cultural Spaces for Sustainable Futures

Organized by:
Pipal Tree/Fireflies in collaboration with Dialogues in Humanity

28-29 November 2017
Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore

The cultural arena is replete with both creative and liberating potentiality as well as regressive and insular parochialism. Culture can unleash positive energies in the context of diversity and pluralism as well as advocate uniformity and rigidity. Often there is a mix of both these tendencies, leading to complex forms that are both regressive and liberating at the same time.

The secular universe has largely been unable to decipher the complexity of culture in India. It has preferred to sidestep cultural issues rather than make sense of them and provide fresh orientations that are enriching at personal, social and ecological levels. Today, we are approaching a post-secular era that is more inclusive in its understanding and sees the significance of religion and culture in steering society towards Sustainable Futures.

The two-day event on 28th and 29th of November will be an occasion for thinkers, writers, journalists, artists, activists and students to understand cultural issues in all their complexity and explore possibilities of dialogue and transformative action in the context of fundamentalism and conflict, as well as examine the role of cultural forces to promote sustainable development and combat climate change.

To register for the Dialogues, please fill out this form by 30 October 2017. Food and lodging, and travel costs of the confirmed participants will be taken care of.
If you have any queries regarding the event please email Oamjie John at
With warm regards,
Siddhartha                    Oamjie John

Pipal Tree,
Fireflies Intercultural Centre,
Dinnepalya, Kaggalipura P.O.,
Bangalore – 82 India.
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