The Asian Future

Dialogues for Change (Volume II)

Edited by Pracha Hutanuwatr and Ramu Manivannan


For several decades the Western model of development has been criticized forcefully within Asia. But there has been little intellectual articulation of what the alternatives might be - at micro and macro level - from an Asian perspective. Do the various communities in Asia share anything significant beyond an abhorrence of the local effects of globalization and Western dominance?

These two volumes bring together the ideas and experiences of some of Asia's outstanding intellectuals and social activists from diverse traditions and faiths. Through in-depth interviews and dialogues an understanding of shared spiritual, social and ecological values emerges.

The fourteen contributors have each lived through political upheaval and periods of gross human rights violations. Their common ground is a passionate commitment to achieve change in society, including social justice and ecological sustainability. These are the voices of considered, engaged action and transition in Asia today.

Author Bio

Pracha Hutanawatr is a social activist and intellectual in Thailand. He is currently Director of the Wongsanit Ashram near Bangkok, Deputy Director of Santi Pracha Dhamma Institute, Programme Director for Grassroots Leadership Training and a board member of the Spirit in Education Movement. He has published several major books in Thai and is the translator of works by Thich Nhat Hanh, Fritjof Capra and E. F. Schumacher.

Ramu Manivannan is a teacher, scholar and peace activist from India. He has been closely associated with the Alternatives Movement in India and other parts of Asia, and is the founder of the Spirit in Life Movement. He is the author of several books, including Shadows of a Long War: Indian Intervention in Sri Lanka (1988), and an editor of Social Justice, Democracy and Alternative Politics: An Asian-European Dialogue (2001).

Table of Contents

  • Foreword - His Holiness The Dalai Lama
  • Introduction
  • 1. Ashis Nandy
  • 2. Sulak Sivaraksa
  • 3. Helena Norberg-Hodge
  • 4. Tu Weiming
  • 5. Mahmoud Ayoub
  • 6. Bishop Julio Labayen
  • 7. Abdurraman Wahid


 'Many Asian countries have learned the lessons of how to become modern in a Western sense. Now the time is ripe for these countries to retrieve their cultural sources and to broaden the whole concept of modernization.'
Tu Weiming


Publication Date: 25 February 2005
256 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781842773451
Library Edition: 9781842773444

Previous Editions: Paperback 1st Edition: 9781842773437
Library Edition 1st Edition: 9781842773420

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