Saturday, June 13, 2015

Book Review: Mini Bharat: Jyothirllata Girija

Mini Bharat, by Jyothirllata Girija using the sociological analysis of contemporary Indian society, has as its main function to indicate to the sociological research a new way that combines objective research on the field with the expectations of understanding that society, as a union of individuals, the needs in order to build a society that is appropriate with the capacity to analyze, think and critically evaluate all the choices it imposes, reducing as much as possible the topics on which you can not express an opinion.

This novel is really fun as also ironic and somewhat sarcastic that the protagonists take, highlighting the paradoxes clear in the Indian society and talks about their experience, with a fresh and sliding language, and with a diversity of voice rather convincing.

The observation point is authentic, although of course the game point of view inevitably creates some filter too. And then you just point the finger at a final despicable enough that is not even so much a final with a blend of satire and thriller centred on a crackling polyphony dialect, with the multicultural crowd that animates the stories of a nation which surprises for the truth and accuracy of the analysis, the panache and the apparent lightness of the story.

Without hypocrisy or false fears, the author manages to make us first-hand the terrible contradictions that lives in the Indian society outlining foundations and the general categories of moral theology with a whole series of problems and practical questions that challenge the conscience of those who live today in a society and culture of a modern, liberal and pluralistic nation.

The time acquires a story when the speed of movement in space becomes a matter of ingenuity. In the relationship between space and time, space is the solid and stolid side, and therefore the heavier coin, while the time is the fluid side, ever-changing and dynamic of that relationship. We will soon see how the weather will become, in our liquid age, the most important of the changes underway.

The book leads us directly to the heart of the topics covered in this book, and therefore the question reads modernity was perhaps the very beginning of a liquefaction process. Through this question you can consider the story of modernity as a long process of continuous liquefaction of all the solid bodies that companies had previously built.

One of the tasks assigned to modernity was to merge solids to build a more stable and durable society; with first the solids to be liquefied were generally religious and ethical obligations that characterized and held together instead the pre-modern societies.

At this stage of liquefaction the only social relationship that resisted the change was the relationship of class and, therefore, from this moment on, a new type of rationality took the helm of the company, and what we can describe as the primacy of economy understood as rationality that governs all other human and social affairs.

The image that more than any other exemplifies this phase of modernity is in which people live constantly controlled and monitored by the power, power that could rely on its speed and ease of movement to control their own subjects. The time domain was the secret weapon of the power of the leader.

The important point that the author makes it clear is that we need a new perspective, in which in the society has to fill as much as possible the gap between the de jure individual  and the de facto individual. The transition from solid modernity to that fluid indicates that all the evidence on which it is built modernization to date are coming less, replaced by a phase of unbridled deregulation and flexibility of social relations; not surprising, then, to see that this new phase of its development just the individual, with the main contradiction that we have already outlined.

Let us analyze the time and place where the modern individual meets other people.
The meeting between the people in the places and in public places is not the first meeting between strangers, and that it could be described through the main phenomenon that can be found in these meetings is defined by the author as good manners, activities that ensures each other's company among the people, and at the same time a proper distance the same three that protects them from a possible closer involvement.

The flexibility of social ties that we have described so far, has the paradoxical result is to increase the appeal of the idea of  interpersonal relationships as it is paradoxical because the fluid-modern society pushes relentlessly toward individualization of all social bonds, while the communitarian proposal pushes to create a new solidarity between individuals in the community who can counterbalance the growing insecurity of fluid modern world.

An aspect is then analyzed by the author in her analysis on the community, and the relationship between the state and the nation; in solid modernity, the idea of nation was closely linked to the idea of the state, or more precisely, it was the sense and the unit itself. In our time we see fluid instead to the growing gap of these two parallel lines once, because the idea of the nation is increasingly fragmenting into different communities and the state, as constitutional power, is slowly and inexorably abdicating its primary functions, imposing its own rules to the entire world.

It is a sociology that has as its reference point the individual, understood as the depositary of the freedom of choice and opinion, but which, in the media and information society, is losing its capacity for critical analysis and interaction with other individuals. It is therefore necessary that men redirect it processes of modernization to their needs, not abdicating this power in the hands of so-called experts who offer themselves as the only custodians of the right to choose.

The book, as you can guess, is rich in prospects and is recommended in many ways with clear articulation and linear content, together with a sincere desire for dialogue, discussion, mediation, including ethical issues that might otherwise be seen as assembly rather than as a sincere and genuine search for the truth in the moral field.

The book is fast and flowing with  the text being written clearly with insights into the crucial points of the topics discussed but have not only the function but also to clarify to make reading more enjoyable, enriching it with details that give a complete picture of the reality of India. In conclusion it is a book to be read with the deserved attention to understand India today. The nation is full of possibilities as a buffet full of delicacies that make you mouth water.

Format: Paperback ♥ Publisher: Cyberwit ♥ Pages: 191 ♥ Published: May 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-8182535862
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