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Words Like Freedom
In the Land of Poverty

IN THE LAND OF POVERTY
The Memoirs of an Indian Family, 1947-1997

This acclaimed study records history from the perspective of India’s poor


Published as Words Like Freedom: The Memoirs of an Impoverished Indian Family, 1947-1997 by HarperCollins in India, 1998.

A sequel and second edition will be published in 2014.


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Reviews

"A deeply illuminating study of poverty in India, seen in concrete detail and made vividly real by remarkable descriptive skill.”
AMARTYA SEN, Nobel laureate in economics

"An extraordinary study of the human dimensions of poverty and development.”
SHASHI THAROOR

"Ram Dass' stories are heartrending, despite the fact that neither he nor his transliterator seek to manipulate their audience; it is their simplicity that is so devastatingly effective."
PANKAJ MISHRA, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT


"A sensitive, ideology-free analysis of the poor and their history...stands out for its boldness and narrative accuracy."
OUTLOOK


"A fine biography...[that will] leave an indelible mark on a reader’s conscience."
INDIA TODAY


"Subaltern history at its best." SUNDAY


"Fully lives up to its promise of melding the voices of a single ‘Untouchable’ agricultural labourer family in a UP village with a broad analysis of India's political economy. This innovative approach [provides] insights into why acute and pervasive poverty has persisted in India despite decades of planning and moderately rapid economic growth on the one hand and a functioning parliamentary democracy and even a constitutional commitment to socialism on the other."
KRISHNA RAJ, Editor, The Economic and Political Weekly


"It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the perpetuation of poverty and inequality in the world's second largest country."
BETSY HARTMANN, co-author 'A Quiet Violence', author 'Reproductive Rights and Wrongs' and Director of the Population and Development Program, Hampshire College


“Sharp, convincing and absolutely to the point…deserves the widest possible commendation."
SUSAN RAM in Frontline.



"An important book that serves as a powerful antidote to much of the euphoria generated these days about the benefits of economic liberalisation. It deserves to be very widely read."
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Siddharth Dube is a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute. A non-fiction writer and specialist commentator on poverty, public health, and development, his books include In the Land of Poverty: Memoirs of an Impoverished Indian Family, 1947-1997; Sex, Lies and AIDS; and the central essay to photographer Sebastião Salgado’s The End of Polio. >>

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