Inspiring stories of Indian men and women fighting against injustices faced by society’s most disenfranchised
About the book
The idea behind the 10s series is to introduce children to diverse aspects of Indian life which conventional education may not have familarized them with, but which are essential to an understanding of contemporary life in India.
A particularly important book in the series is 10 Indian Heroes Who Help People Live with Dignity. This is for two reasons.
Firstly, to build empathy: For many middle-class urban children who live secure lives, there is no awareness of the daily struggles that many people around us undergo. Yet, to be a fully rounded person and an aware citizen of the country, it is important to appreciate that there are many challenges that other people in our country face.
Secondly, to celebrate the importance of different lifepaths: While we celebrate conventional success in corporate spheres, sports, the arts and other more well-known areas, there is amazing work being done by people who have chosen to dedicate their lives to fighting injustice and helping others. It is important for children (and adults) to celebrate such works.
This book tells the stories of ten Indian heroes who have been working in diverse fields to help society’s most vulnerable live a better life from securing mobility rights for people with disability to abolishing the practice of manual scavenging while their challenges are different, what they have in common is the desire to see all human beings live a life of dignity.
- Irom Sharmila Chanu
- Aruna Roy
- Bezwada Wilson
- Medha Patkar
- Dr Devi Shetty
- Bhanwari Devi
- Menaka Guruswamy
- Anup Surendranath
- Satinath Sarangi
- Mahantesh GK
Journalist Somak Ghoshal writes about the inspiring women and men who are trying to make the world a more just and equitable place for everyone.
About the Author
Somak Ghoshal grew up in Kolkata, went to college in Oxford, then worked in Delhi Currently, he lives in Bangalore with his teddy bear, who has been his best friend for 35 years, and writes about books, art, and people who are fighting to right wrongs He is a cat person, who also loves dogs and ice cream His picture book Piku’s Little World illustrated by Proiti Roy, was published by Pratham Books in 2019.
“I picked these ten heroes because their work speaks to me urgently—but there are hundreds of others like them, dead or living, who have made it their mission to fight for human rights. If you are inspired to take some steps of your own— whether by standing up against a school bully or learning to express gratitude for the people who keep our homes and cities clean—after reading about the giant strides taken by these ten heroes, the purpose of this book will have been served”.– Somak Ghoshal
Title: 10 Indian Heroes Who Help People Live With Dignity
Author: Somak Ghoshal