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
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
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
63. Humans are the worst culprits in environmental degradation
65. Are human beings able to cope with natural disasters?
66. What freedom means to me
67. Euthanasia : Can death be a therapy?
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
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 .
Awesome writing style
25 Apr, 2014
It's a must have
22 Apr, 2014
Good book for guidance only.
28 Feb, 2014
spectrum essay book ----- not recommended
P K Srivastava
17 Dec, 2013
Not worth it .
6 Sep, 2013
well written book..recommended
4 Sep, 2013