Westland Books announced the release of its political non-fiction titled Audacious Hope: An Archive of How Democracy Is Being Saved in India authored by political researcher and professor Indrajit Roy. The book is an archive of efforts by citizens in India to resist the tools of authoritarianism being deployed in present-day India. The book also documents major protests in the country over the last few decades. Audacious Hope is published by Westland Non-Fiction, an imprint of Westland Books, and is slated to release on 12 February 2024.
Catering to academicians, students, scholars, researchers and anyone curious about the political situation of the country, the book talks about, among other things, the 2020 Farmers Protest, which united farmers across state borders and the national outcry in response to the controversial CAA legislation, as well as anti-caste struggles and artistic responses to the crisis India is today faced with. The book also depicts numerous ways how citizens came to aid each other during the pandemic along with the testing of free-speech boundaries by cultural activists.
Speaking on the launch of his book, political researcher & author Indrajit Roy said, “Few can doubt that India’s democracy faces an existential threat today. But ordinary Indians- farmers, students, workers, lawyers, doctors, and activists- are resisting the erosion of our beloved democracy. Troubled times invite despair, but the manifold efforts of Indians striving to defend their democracy shows that hope is not lost. Chronicling their efforts is essential to building an archive of how democracy may yet be saved in India and beyond.”
Westland’s Ajitha GS said, “Indrajit Roy’s book is an important archival project that serves two purposes: to remind us of the challenges that continue to lie ahead and to tell us that there is always hope. We are delighted to be able to publish this book in our research- and narrative-driven Westland Non-Fiction list.”