Spectrum Publication [A book of Essays (English) Paperback] by Sunita Biswas, Rohit Sharma, R. Vidya, Kumar Vikram, Sabina Chawla, Saswati Gupta, Ajit Kaur, Sanjay Kumar Pandey, R. Radhakrishnan & Kalpana Rajaram

Spectrum Publication [A book of Essays (English) Paperback] by Sunita Biswas, Rohit Sharma, R. Vidya, Kumar Vikram, Sabina Chawla, Saswati Gupta, Ajit Kaur, Sanjay Kumar Pandey, R. Radhakrishnan & Kalpana Rajaram

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Spectrum Publication [A book of Essays (English) Paperback] by Sunita Biswas, Rohit Sharma, R. Vidya, Kumar Vikram, Sabina Chawla, Saswati Gupta, Ajit Kaur, Sanjay Kumar Pandey, R. Radhakrishnan & Kalpana Rajaram


Anything and everything under the sun, and beyond it, qualifies as a subject for an essay. And each of the topics can be written in a dozen different ways. In this book of essays we have chosen topics from varied fields of interest—politics, economics, social issues, scientific and environmental study—and presented them in different forms and styles. The aim is not to be comprehensive or exhaustive, but to give an idea of how a subject may be treated—how to begin, how to develop the theme, and how to end.

It is to be emphasised that none of the essays claims to be the only way in which a topic can be tackled. Furthermore, readers would do well to develop their own perspective, their own way of saying things. An essay, more than any other form of writing, must have a personal touch. These essays will certainly give the reader ideas on each topic, besides knowledge of stylistic features. The topics have been chosen to present particular viewpoints or to argue a case. While most of them pertain to issues of current interest, some have been included for their universal and eternal relevance. Some hackneyed topics have been deliberately excluded as plenty of material on them is available elsewhere. A few essay outlines have been given to enlarge the range covered.


This new revised edition of A Book of Essays has more essays on fresh topics—topics that, it was felt, are relevant today. In its revised form, current available facts and figures have been incorporated where required, even as obsolete information has been discarded. In the process, several essays have been thoroughly revised, and some rewritten. For the rest, the book covers a wide range of topics as well as styles, and acquaints the reader with the nuances of writing an essay.


A special feature of the book is the section containing a large selection of quotations from various famous works. These have been classified alphabetically by subject to allow easy access. They will be of help to students—if used with caution, in context and with full understanding of the meaning.



  • 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

Essays in Brief

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

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