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

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  • 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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