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A Book of Essays  (English, Paperback, Kalpana Rajaram)

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Highlights
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectrum Books
  • ISBN: 9788179304761, 8179304760
  • Edition: 2010
  • Pages: 674
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The book presents essays, of about 1000-1500 words each on a wide range of topics – imaginative, current, controversial – and is designed to equip the reader with the necessary information on various topics. Besides, it directly and indirectly communicates to the reader the fundamental principles of essay writing. There is a long section of quotations for ready reference.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to the Essay
  • Paradoxes of Democracy
  • Democracy implies tolerance of dissent
  • The Role of Opposition in a Democracy
  • Role of Judiciary in a Democracy
  • Judicial Activism
  • Elections—Lacunae and Remedies
  • Corruption in Public Life
  • Politics and Religion
  • Communalism
  • The Politics of Communalism
  • The Rights and Wrongs of Conversion
  • Should there be reservations?
  • Women should have reserved seats in Parliament
  • Is India ready for a uniform civil code?
  • An Apolitical Defence Force
  • India’s Defence Needs in a Technological Scenario
  • United Nations—Role and Future
  • Human Rights
  • Can Human Rights be Universal Rights?
  • Status of Human Rights in Independent India
  • Human Rights and the Indian Armed Forces
  • Torture : The Living Death
  • The Changing Face of Terrorism
  • Can Terrorism be Justified?
  • Economic Liberalisation—Challenges before India
  • Privatisation of the Economy
  • Private Sector versus Public Sector
  • India’s Population and Its Economic Implications
  • Transforming our Huge Population into Human Resource
  • Development and Population Control
  • The Two-Child Norm for Population Control
  • People’s Participation in Development
  • Tourism : Potentials and Problems
  • The Changing Face of Indian Society
  • Changing Idea of Family
  • The Problems of Old Age
  • Law as an Instrument of Social Change
  • Morality and Law
  • Education in India—Lacunae and Remedies
  • Privatisation of Education: Solution to Resource Crunch
  • Child Labour
  • Problems of Working Women
  • Violence against Women
  • Women need empowerment
  • Ragging should be curbed
  • The Rights and Wrongs of Free Expression
  • Advertising and Social Responsibility
  • Indian Cinema and Social Responsibility
  • Challenge Before Television in India
  • Television and Teenage Violence
  • Foreign Media in India : Any Cause for Concern?
  • The Politics of Information
  • The Scientific attitude rather than science is the need of the day
  • Moral Dilemmas Inherent in Scientific Progress
  • Are science and art antithetical to each other?
  • Science and Literature
  • Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind
  • Computers: A Silent Revolution
  • Information Revolution
  • Sustainable Development and Environment
  • Pollution
  • Humans are the worst culprits in environmental degradation
  • Biodiversity
  • Are human beings able to cope with natural disasters?
  • What freedom means to me
  • Euthanasia : Can death be a therapy?
  • Non-Violence
  • Leadership
  • Leisure—Its Use and Abuse
  • If the British had not colonised India...
  • History repeats itself
  • History needs to be rewritten
  • On Good and Bad Neighbours
  • Superstitions
  • Sports sans Sportsmanship
  • Ethics in Sports
  • Why Ban English?
  • Men have failed; let women take over
  • India Today
  • The Indian Republic
  • Generation Gap
  • The Child is the Father of Man
  • Compassion is the basis of all morality
  • The road to happiness is always under construction 
  • Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds
  • Truth may be eclipsed but not extinguished
  • Crime : New Dimensions
  • Capital Punishment
  • If human beings can be cloned
  • Material Progress and Human Values
  • Animals too have rights
  • Growing Flexibility in Gender Roles of Men and Women
  • Relevance of Gandhi Today
     
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Book Details
  • Publication Year
    • 2010
  • Exam
    • CSAT
  • Table of Contents

    • 1.Introduction to the Essay 
      2. Paradoxes of Democracy 
      3. Democracy implies tolerance of dissent 
      4. The Role of Opposition in a Democracy 
      5. Role of Judiciary in a Democracy 
      6. Judicial Activism 
      7. Elections—Lacunae and Remedies 
      8. Corruption in Public Life 
      9. Politics and Religion 
      10. Communalism 
      11. The Politics of Communalism 
      12. The Rights and Wrongs of Conversion 
      13. Should there be reservations? 
      14. Women should have reserved seats in Parliament 
      15. Is India ready for a uniform civil code? 
      16. An Apolitical Defence Force 
      17. India’s Defence Needs in a Technological Scenario 
      18. United Nations—Role and Future
      19. Human Rights 
      20. Can Human Rights be Universal Rights? 
      21. Status of Human Rights in Independent India 
      22. Human Rights and the Indian Armed Forces 
      23. Torture : The Living Death 
      24. The Changing Face of Terrorism 
      25. Can Terrorism be Justified? 
      26. Economic Liberalisation—Challenges before India 
      27. Privatisation of the Economy 
      28. Private Sector versus Public Sector 
      29. India’s Population and Its Economic Implications 
      30. Transforming our Huge Population into Human Resource 
      31. Development and Population Control 
      32. The Two-Child Norm for Population Control 
      33. People’s Participation in Development 
      34. Tourism : Potentials and Problems 
      35. The Changing Face of Indian Society 
      36. Changing Idea of Family 
      37. The Problems of Old Age 
      38. Law as an Instrument of Social Change 
      39. Morality and Law 
      40. Education in India—Lacunae and Remedies 
      41. Privatisation of Education: Solution to Resource Crunch 
      42. Child Labour 
      43. Problems of Working Women 
      44. Violence against Women 
      45. Women need empowerment 
      46. Ragging should be curbed 
      47. The Rights and Wrongs of Free Expression 
      48. Advertising and Social Responsibility 
      49. Indian Cinema and Social Responsibility 
      50. Challenge Before Television in India 
      51. Television and Teenage Violence 
      52. Foreign Media in India : Any Cause for Concern? 
      53. The Politics of Information 
      54. The Scientific attitude rather than science is the need of the day 
      55. Moral Dilemmas Inherent in Scientific Progress 
      56. Are science and art antithetical to each other? 
      57. Science and Literature 
      58. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind 
      59. Computers: A Silent Revolution 
      60. Information Revolution 
      61. Sustainable Development and Environment 
      62. Pollution 
      63. Humans are the worst culprits in environmental degradation 
      64. Biodiversity 
      65. Are human beings able to cope with natural disasters? 
      66. What freedom means to me 
      67. Euthanasia : Can death be a therapy? 
      68. Non-Violence 
      69. Leadership 
      70. Leisure—Its Use and Abuse 
      80. If the British had not colonised India... 
      81. History repeats itself 
      82. History needs to be rewritten 
      83. On Good and Bad Neighbours 
      84. Superstitions 
      85. Sports sans Sportsmanship 
      86. Ethics in Sports 
      87. Why Ban English? 
      88. Men have failed; let women take over 
      89. India Today 
      90. The Indian Republic 
      91. Generation Gap 
      92. The Child is the Father of Man 
      93. Compassion is the basis of all morality 
      94. The road to happiness is always under construction 
      95. Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds 
      96. Truth may be eclipsed but not extinguished 
      97. Crime : New Dimensions 
      98. Capital Punishment 
      99. If human beings can be cloned 
      100. Material Progress and Human Values 
      101. Animals too have rights 
      102. Growing Flexibility in Gender Roles of Men and Women 
      103. Relevance of Gandhi Today

      Essays in Brief

      1. How free are we? 
      2. Democracy in India 
      3. Road Rage and Democratic Values 
      4. Media Freedom and Individual Privacy 
      5. Laughter, Truth, and Universality 
      6. Protection from Internet Abuse 
      7. Terrorism can never lead to democracy 
      8. Politicians Above the Law 
      9. The Problems of a Huge Population 
      10. Gender Bias in Health Concerns 
      11. Goals for child welfare remain on paper 
      12. Is teaching just a job? 
      13. The world needs more tolerance 
      14. Criminalisation of Politics 
      15. Is the nation-state dying out? 
      16. Should there be liquor prohibition? 
      17. No one knows what he can do till he tries 
      18. The test of democracy is the freedom of criticism 
      19. The great end of life is not knowledge but action 
      20. Should smoking be banned in public places? 
      21.Education is Freedom 
      22. The tragedy of old age is not that one is old but that one is young 
      23. Is government going out of fashion? 
      24. Green activism can go too far 
      25. Indians are non-violent by nature 
      26. Indians are not non-violent by nature 
      27. Death penalty solves nothing 
      28. Don’t ban capital punishment 
      29. Violence on the Increase 
      30. Examinations are a necessary evil 
      31. Pleasures of Reading 
      32. Can television affect society? 
      33. Science: Blessing or Curse?
      34. From the World of Quotations . 

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Awesome writing style

A very good book of essays with a list of quotations at the end of the book. Writing style is very good and very useful for competitive exams.You can get plenty of ideas and can learn a good style for writing from this book.Your vocabulary power must be up to date to read the essays in the book.Overall a compact package and must say worth buying.
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It's a must have

contradictions galore as to which is the best book on essaysfor competitive exms. shun them aside and buy this if you are just not too good in essays. otherwise u wouldn't need any essay book.
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Good book for guidance only.

This book is good as guide only. But CS aspirants are to develop their own style by repeated time bound and word limit bound tests and their evaluation by well versed persons, reading Editorial articles in The Hindu, T O I, Front-Line etc, great men like Gadhiji, Swami ji, Sri Aurobind , J B Shaw, Orwell, Amartya Sen etc writing.
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spectrum essay book ----- not recommended

spectrum's essay book is not recommended .it can not provide you a comprehensive viewpoint abt anything .it is just no of pages for which you pay.NOTHING ELSE.
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Not worth it .

Written with a medieval , immature , insensitive , radical , extremist and ignorant mindset.Also a lot of information is wrong and not updated. A strict no for civil services aspirants , it is only ok for a class 6 student :/ .
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well written book..recommended

good book,exhaustive contents,certainly worth the money.. ,writing style is awesome, helps in developing your own ideas and creating good essays.........recommended for various competitive examinations, everything is explained in detail.good topics.
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