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Vol. III : An Ill-Conditioned Cad Mr. Moylan of the Times, 2002, by : Rs1500 ISBN:

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Ancient Civilizations of the World 2017, by Vishal Sood : Rs495 ISBN: 9789331317179

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Ancient Indian History, 2018, by M.A. Pillai : Rs695 ISBN: 9789331321312

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Battles of the Honourable East India Company: Making of the Raj 2018, by M.S. Naravane : Rs895 ISBN: 9788131300343

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Colonialism, Princely States and Struggle for Liberation: Travancore (1938-1948) 2009, by S.T. Assary : Rs995 ISBN: 9788131305430

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The Deadly Rite of Suttee (Together with Accounts on Female Infanticide) 2015, by Noel F. Singer : Rs1995 ISBN: 9789331324177

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The Defeat of Amarapura : The Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1852, 2009 by T.R. Blackburn : Rs2995 ISBN: 9788131306109

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The Defeat of Ava : The First Anglo-Burmese War 1824-26, 2009, by T.R. Blackburn : Rs2995 ISBN: 9788131305447

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The Defeat of Mandalay: The Third Anglo Burmese War of 1885, 2010, by T.R. Blackbum : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788131307458

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Educational Reform in Post Mao China 2007, by Nalini Mathur : Rs695 ISBN: 9788131300862

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Encyclopaedia of Indian History ( 3 Vols.) , 2018, by S.D.Haokip : Rs1995 ISBN: 9789387460683

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The Extermination of a British Army: The Retreat from Cabul, 2008, by T.R. Blackburn : Rs995 ISBN: 9788131304112

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The First Indian War of Independence : Freedom Movement in Orissa (1804-1825) 2005, by P.K. Pattanaik : Rs395 ISBN: 9788176489119

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Fifty Years of Indian Independence and Polity, 2000, by T.S. Sastry : Rs500 ISBN: 9788176481496

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Gandhi Yug Mein Bhartiya Rashtriya Andolan ki Aarthik Prusthbhumi, 2011, by R. Chaturvedi : Rs595 ISBN: 9788131312803

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Gandhi and Indian Freedom Struggle, 1999, by Mazhar Kibriya : Rs800 ISBN: 9788176480581

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Glimpses of Kashmir 2004, by S.K. Sopory : Rs300 ISBN: 9788176485470

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History of Modern India : The Operning of India to the Western World , 2017, by R.K.Pruthi : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788179460672

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History of Modern India : Colonial Society and Economy , 2017, by R.K.Pruthi : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788179460719

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History of Modern India ( 3 Vols) , 2017, by R.K.Pruthi : Rs3000 ISBN: 9788176485357

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History of Modern India : Rule of British East India Company , 2017, by R.K.Pruthi : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788179460696

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History of Modern India 2015, by Arun Bhattacharjee : Rs995 ISBN: 9789331324986

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History of the Indigenous Indians, 1998, by T.H.P. Chetharassery : Rs300 ISBN: 9788170249597

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History of Political Thought : From Plato to Laski 2015, by Arun Bhattacharjee : Rs895 ISBN: 9789331325006

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India, 2014, by M.K. Gandhi : Rs995 ISBN: 9789331322142

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India in Flames: The Sipahi Revolution of 1857-58 2014, by T.R. Blackburn : Rs2995 ISBN: 9789331322371

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India: Past and Present 2003, by Prakash Chander : Rs795 ISBN: 9788176484558

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India Wins Independence 2016, by Edmund Muller : Rs995 ISBN: 9789331327734

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Indian Heritage and Culture, 2014, by D. Singh : Rs600 ISBN: 9788170249924

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Indian Legends, 1997, by Nagendra K. Singh : Rs600 ISBN: 9788170249023

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Indo-Bangladesh Relations 2008 by P.S. Nair : Rs895 ISBN: 9788131304082

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India-China Relations 2009, by M.L. Sali : Rs895 ISBN: 9788131306093

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India in 21st Century 2012, by S.K. Tarafder : Rs595 ISBN: 9788131313619

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Indigenous people of India 2012, by Dipak K. Midya : Rs795 ISBN: 9788131314395

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Justice for the Raja of Sattara ? 2007, by T.R. Blackburn : Rs895 ISBN: 9788131302668

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Kasi: The Sacred City of Lord Siva 2007, by Kamal S. Srivastava : Rs860 ISBN: 9788131302439

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Kashmir : A Tale of Partition (in 2 Vols.), 2002, by M.G. Chitkara : Rs2495 ISBN: 9788176482653

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Kashmir’s Buddhist Ladakh, 2003, by M.G. Chitkara : Rs395 ISBN: 9788176484404

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Tales from British India 2009 by T.R. Blackburn : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788131304686

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The Marytime and Coastal Forts of India, 2002, by M. S. Narvanae : Rs600 ISBN: 9788170249108

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A Miscellany of Mutinies and Massacres in India 2007, by T.R. Blackburn : Rs795 ISBN: 9788131301692

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Mughal Sculpture, 1997, by R. Nath : Rs1000 ISBN: 9788170248705

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Nepal 1997, by N.K. Singh : Rs400 ISBN: 9788170248477

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Pakistan: Islamisation, Army and Foreign Policy 2004, by B.M. Chengappa : Rs695 ISBN: 9788176485487

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Pakistan : Past & Present, 2003, by Prakash Chander : Rs795 ISBN: 9788176484473

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Pillars of Modern Indian (1757-1947),1993, by Sayed Jafar Mahmud : Rs200 ISBN: 9788170245865

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A Political, Social, Cultural History of Delhi Sultanate 2007, by Kamal S. Srivastava : Rs410 ISBN: 9788131302125

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Prehistory and Harappan Civilization 2014, by R.K. Pruthi : Rs795 ISBN: 9788176485814

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Rajputs of Rajputana, 1999, by M.S. Narvane : Rs700 ISBN: 9788176481182

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh: National Upsurge, 2004. by M.G. Chitkara : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788176484657

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Rebels of Kamrup : A Search for Identity among Ahoms and Rajbanshis 2015, by S. Mukerji : Rs795 ISBN: 9789331325372

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Research Methodology in History 2011, by H.S. Gorge : Rs695 ISBN: 9788131310717

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Role of Press & Indian Freedom Struggle, 2001, by A.S. Iyengar : Rs995 ISBN: 9788176482561

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Sri Lanka: Past & Present, 2003, by L.K. Reddy : Rs795 ISBN: 9788176484497

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The Sorcerer-King and the Great Abortion at Mingun 2004, by Noel F. Singer : Rs1500 ISBN: 9788176485791

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Studies in Punjab Sculpture, 2000, by R.P. Srivastava : Rs1000 ISBN: 9788176481731

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The Sudras in Early India 2014, by B.S. Jamwal : Rs495 ISBN: 9789331321770

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Sudiksha (in Hindi) 2016, by M.B.Singh : Rs395 ISBN: 9789385876530

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Teaching of History : Modern Methods 2019, by Y.K. Singh : Rs795 ISBN: 9788176487672

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Vaishali and The Indianization of Arakan 2008, by Noel F. Singer : Rs995 ISBN: 9788131304051

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World Revolutions 2015, by Arun Bhattacharjee : Rs895 ISBN: 9789331325020

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Children‚€™s Games, Adults‚€™ Gambits: From Vidyasagar to Satyajit Ray by Anindita Mukhopadhyay : Rs1095 ISBN: 9789352875177

Children‚€™s Games, Adults‚€™ Gambits studies how childhood was depicted by writers of note in Bengal, some of whom also wrote for children.

Late-eighteenth century and early nineteenth-century Bengali fiction for children was influenced by the reality of colonial India. Bengal saw the opening up of the metropolitan space of the West, and the Bengali literate elite re-oriented their understanding of the world and of themselves in relation to these new Western spaces through books and textbooks that included depictions of new lands.

Childhood thus became the foundation for building the new understanding of the world and the self. This book also traces how this programme was gendered, and how these stories generally catered to an upper-caste male world and created a privileged space for boys. When the space was opened up to girls, they were always fit into the mould of either the chaste wife or the frightening goddess.

This insightful study on the works of the icons of Bengali elite culture‚€”such as Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay and Satyajit Ray‚€”brings postcolonial critical literature into contact with feminist discourse.

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Cosmopolitan Dreams: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture In Colonial South Asia by Jennifer Dubrow : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245416

In late-nineteenth-century South Asia, the arrival of print fostered a dynamic and interactive literary culture. There, within the pages of Urdu-language periodicals and newspapers, readers found a public sphere that not only catered to their interests but encouraged their reactions to featured content. Cosmopolitan Dreams brings this culture to light, showing how literature became a site in which modern daily life could be portrayed and satirized, the protocols of modernity challenged, and new futures imagined.

Drawing on never-before-translated Urdu fiction and prose and focusing on the novel and satire, Jennifer Dubrow shows that modern Urdu literature was defined by its practice of self-critique and parody. Urdu writers resisted the cultural models offered by colonialism, creating instead a global community of imagination in which literary models could freely circulate and be readapted, mixed, and drawn upon to develop alternative lines of thinking. Highlighting the participation of readers and writers from diverse social and religious backgrounds, the book reveals an Urdu cosmopolis where lively debates thrived in newspapers, literary journals, and letters to the editor, shedding fresh light on the role of readers in shaping vernacular literary culture. Arguing against current understandings of Urdu as an exclusively Muslim language, Dubrow demonstrates that in the late nineteenth century, Urdu was a cosmopolitan language spoken by a transregional, transnational community that eschewed identities of religion, caste, and class.

The Urdu cosmopolis pictured here was soon fractured by the forces of nationalism and communalism. Even so, Dubrow is able to establish the persistence of Urdu cosmopolitanism into the present and shows that Urdu‚€™s strong tradition as a language of secular, critical modernity did not end in the late nineteenth century but continues to flourish in film, television, and on line. In lucid prose, Dubrow makes the dynamic world of colonial Urdu print culture come to life in a way that will interest scholars of modern Asian literatures, South Asian literature and history, cosmopolitanism, and the history of print culture.

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Revisiting 1956: B. R. Ambedkar and States Reorganisation by Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar : Rs695 ISBN: 9789352873883

While much has been written on Ambedkar‚€™s views on caste and identity, Buddhism, and the lower-caste movements led by him, his views on the issue of states reorganisation have not attracted serious scholarship. This book addresses this lacuna by revisiting the mid-1950s when the first round of states reorganisation took place and the principles on which this was undertaken.

Ambedkar feared that fostering cultural identities would result in separate nationalities. In 1956, when the States Reorganisation Commission submitted its report, he identified its flaws, and famously laid down his ‚€˜One state, one language‚€™ principle. Unfortunately, the speeches, tracts and articles that Ambedkar produced on these lines were soon forgotten.

In contemporary India, as new states are being formed, Ambedkar‚€™s works find renewed relevance. Revisiting 1956 presents these works by Ambedkar that reveal his remarkable and consistent vision on state formation that administrators can learn from today. In presenting his criteria for reorganisation of states‚€”viability, size, economic feasibility, equality, federal balance, and the divisive issue of language‚€”he has already addressed concerns that we now have today.

This book will be invaluable for students and scholars of political science, demography, public administration and Indian history.

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Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari: Volume V, 1931‚€“35 by Shakti Sinha, Ravi K. Mishra and Narendra Shukla : Rs2395 ISBN: 9789352874729

The present volume is the fifth in a series of ten volumes of the Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari being published in association with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

This volume traces Rajaji‚€™s political journey from his release from imprisonment in 1931 to his eventual inability to take up the Presidentship of the Indian National Congress in 1935, as he recovered from ill-health following a series of arrests. By this time, the civil disobedience had been called off and the Congress was looking towards representation in legislatures. Rajaji‚€™s extensive campaigns in Madras helped the national party to secure a resounding victory in the Central Legislative Assembly elections.

The letters, articles, statements, speeches and interviews that comprise this volume throw further light on the finer details of Rajaji‚€™s convictions and his political career. The Poona Pact and temple entry satyagraha are given particular emphasis, reinforcing his concern with and investment in the upliftment of untouchables. Resolute in his involvement with civil resistance, Rajaji continued to engage with colonial authorities during the Swadeshi and boycott movement.

Similarly, prohibition of consumption of all sorts of alcoholic substances and Hindi prachar constituted a significant part of Rajaji‚€™s discourse and activism during the period under discussion. The volume concludes with his reflections on the Gandhian era and on Congress‚€™ work towards attaining Swaraj.

This volume is a collector‚€™s edition that will be a useful tool of reference on the life of Rajaji. It narrates a very important phase in the history of India‚€™s struggle for freedom, making it a reference for scholars, researchers, academics, and lay readers studying the Indian national movement.

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The Great Agrarian Conquest: The Colonial Reshaping of a Rural World by Neeladri Bhattacharya : Rs750 ISBN: 9788178245447

This book examines how, over colonial times, the diverse practices and customs of an existing rural universe ‚€“ with its many forms of lifelihood ‚€“ were reshaped to create a new agrarian world of settled farming. While focusing on Punjab, this pathbreaking analysis offers a broad argument about the workings of colonial power: the fantasy of imperialism, it says, is to make the universe afresh.

Such radical change, Bhattacharya shows, is as much conceptual as material. Agrarian colonisation was a process of creating spaces that conformed to the demands of colonial rule. It entailed establishing a regime of categories ‚€“ tenancies, tenures, properties, habitations ‚€“ and a framework of laws that made the change possible. Agrarian colonisation was in this sense a deep conquest.

Colonialism, the book suggests, has the power to revisualise and reorder social relations and bonds of community. It changes the world radically, even when it seeks to preserve elements of the old. The changes it brings about are simultaneously cultural, discursive, legal, linguistic, spatial, social, and economic. Moving from intent to action, concepts to practices, legal enactments to court battles, official discourses to folklore, this book explores the conflicted and dialogic nature of a transformative process.

By analysing this great conquest, and the often silent ways in which it unfolds, this book asks every historian to rethink the practice of writing agrarian history and reflect on the larger issues of doing history.

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The Languages of Goa, Volume 8, Part II, People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by G. N. Devy, Madhavi Sardesai, Damodar Mauzo : Rs1545 ISBN: 9789352875481

This volume of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India (volume eight, part two) attempts a detailed discussion of Konkani its variations. It is unique in that such an attempt to record this diversity hasn‚€™t been made before. The volume sheds light on Konkani‚€™s linguistic richness, its struggle to be recognised as a Scheduled Language, its arduous journey in achieving its statehood and the myriad influences of other languages like French, Portuguese and Marathi have had on it. Linguistic features are discussed and folktales, riddles, popular phrases and proverbs are provided for the reader to understand the language better.

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1857 Ka Vidrohi Jagat : Poorbi Uttar Pradesh Mein by Syed Najmul Raza Rizvi [S N R Rizvi] : Rs430 ISBN: 9789352873654

The study embodied in the above book, is a well-planned study of the region which has contributed immensely into the making of the Uprising of 1857, a memorable event. The purabias, (as the Indian sepoys of the Bengal army were known) have taken the leadership of the event in the city of Delhi which altered the character of the anti imperialist struggle in the initial month of the uprising. 

The purabias sepoys themselves were fighting at the major centers of the uprising, but what was happening in the region to which they belonged i.e. the Eastern U.P. or roughly the region between of river Ghaggar and Nepal Terai. The area was full of dense forest, wild life swamped and even mosquitoes and malaria. Such ecological conditions and hardships of life in the region had made the people of this locality stubborn, sturdy, and capable of surviving under heavy odds.

The present work is a focused study to understand the ‚€˜world of rebels‚€™ in this region. Using the Archival Records, Settlement Reports, Official Publications, Memoirs of the British officials and the Indigenous discourse, the present study breaks new grounds which remain untouched in the modern writings on the subject. By providing numerous numeral appendices, the author provides minute details at the micro level for the punishments, confiscations and also rewards to the loyalists and spies. This is also an important exercise to understand the region in a better way.   

A map showing the major centres of uprising and the hideouts of the rebel leaders will be of good help to the readers / research scholars.

This book has brought new material to the light before the scholarly world and has also raised important region specific questions. By taking up this micro study, the author has made an important intervention in the existing literature on the Uprising of 1857 in a meaningful manner.

The book includes elaborate appendices which include for the first time ever in a research work on 1857:

[a] The names of Rebels available in the cotemporary written record Kashful Bagaavat, Gorakhpur which was written by Syed Ahmad Ali Shah who was the caretaker of Imambara, Gorakhpur who was an eye witness of the revolt of 1857 and therefore this record can be treated as authentic. Kashful Baghaavat, Gorakhpur was a non-governmental source of information written in poetic form in Urdu Nazm. Published in 1860 by Arifin Press, Mirzapur, this work has never been consulted by any historian for their research work until Professor Rizvi, the author of the book, has revealed this information in his present work. This is the first time when this work has been used for research in history and printed in this book form. 

[b] Details of Punishments given to Rebels according to Kashful Bagaavat, Gorakhpur [c] List of Rebels of Poorbi Uttar Pradesh in the unpublished Contemporary English Record who actively participated in the Revolt of 1857
[d] A List of Rebels of Poorbi Uttar Pradesh in the Published Records
[e] A List of Persons who were the Martyrs in the Revolt of 1857 in Poorbi Uttar Pradesh
[f] List of major Supporters of Britishers and their assistants in Poorbi Uttar Pradesh
There are notes and references given at the end of each chapter. The book is appended with elaborate bibliography, important terminology of 1857 and an index.

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A National Flag for India by Arundhati Virmani : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244792

The historiography on India shows innumerable conflicts which divide the subcontinent‚€”communalism, caste, gender, language‚€”suggesting a region perpetually on the edge of collapse. The disintegration somehow never happens. The present book seeks to locate this paradox of deep divisision and stability by proposing other objects and methods of study.

Unearthing the complex history of the making of the Indian national flag, Arundhati Virmani reveals cultural processes that imposed a set of values and sentiments on an incredibly diverse and scattered body of people. She shows that the Indian flag had strong roots in the ethos of colonialism. It was a major resource for the nationalist movement, a tool that allowed large social diversities to assert the compelling necessity for a new political culture with secular nationalism as the unifying pole. This viewpoint was contested by the Muslim League, the Sikhs, the Indian princes, and Hindu nationalists. So how, in the end, did the Indian flag come to fly as it does today? And how, in contrast, was the flag of Pakistan created?

In showing how a region became two countries via the politics that unfurled around pieces of coloured cloth, this book marks a fascinating departure from standard studies of Indian nationalism, secularism, and communalism. It reveals the fiercely tribal dimension of nationalist rituals, and the manner in which a ‚€˜politics of sentiment‚€™ was deployed for the construction of Indian nationhood.

This book will attract not just historians, but also anthropologists, sociologists and those interested in the construction of ideology and political culture.
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Agnipariksha: An Ordeal Remembered by Hamid Kureshi (Translated from the original Gujarati by Rita Kothari) : Rs235 ISBN: 9789352871964

A memoir of trauma and hope set against the 1969 riots of Ahmedabad, Agnipariksha recounts the experiences of an eminent Gujarat High Court lawyer who lived in both word and spirit a life of religious and cultural pluralism. Hamid Kureshi grew up in proximity to Gandhi in a family whose devotion to the nation, and to Gandhi, was absolute. During the riots, when perhaps for the first time, Kureshi‚€”a third-generation Gandhian and a non-practising Muslim married to a Hindu woman‚€”is reduced to being only a Muslim, he struggles to comprehend the hatred and rage directed at his community even as an entire legacy of Gandhian syncreticism stands challenged.

In this matter-of-fact, restrained, yet poignant first-person account, Kureshi provides the landscape of a violence-ridden city, as also a glimpse into the many lives associated with the Gandhi Ashram. In an atmosphere of terrible fear and uncertainty, he recounts how his family‚€™s struggles for self-preservation were buoyed by the constant shielding presence, concern and affection of Hindu friends and neighbours, and the Ashram community. This memoir is an assertion of human kindness, friendship and dignity amidst mortal danger, hatred and fear; and Kureshi‚€™s narration, untouched by bitterness or resentment, leaves the reader moved.

Agnipariksha is a valuable addition to Gujarati literature and a welcome companion to Gandhi and Peace Studies. This translation by Rita Kothari‚€”a reputed cultural historian, author and translator‚€”makes a rare document of a period, a city and inter-faith relationships accessible to a wider readership for the first time.  

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Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan : Sikkimka Bhashaharu, (Volume 26, Part 3) ( Nepali ) by Ganesh Devy and Balaram Pandey : Rs2295 ISBN: 9789352873166

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially the languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

There are 88 volumes in the series of People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India being published by us. This book is Part 3 of Volume 26, Sikkimka Bhashaharu [the Languages of Sikkim] [Nepali] of The People's Linguistic Survey of India Series (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.  

The book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Sikkim State of India. The languages included in this book are:
Scheduled Languages :  Nepali Bhasha
Non-Scheduled Languages : Gurund, Tamang,  Newar,  Bhotia,  Magar, Rai, Limbu, Leptcha, Sunuwar, and  Sherpa Bhasha.
Other Languages : Kulung, Tibbati, Thami, Bhujel and Majhi.

This volume looks at history, linguistic details, grammar, literature and word list of the languages included, covering a wide linguistic range across books, religious texts and periodicals. It brings together the finest scholars as well as teachers, nomadic peoples and laymen to do the research in the area of languages of Sikkim.

Unique features:
1. Competition: There is as yet no comprehensive work done on languages apart from the Grierson‚€™s survey which was done way back some hundred years ago during the British regime in India.
2. India-focused unique feature: The volume on Sikkim‚€™s scheduled and non-scheduled languages designed to understand the impact of languages in community, caste, religion and multiplicity of culture. This sets the book apart from the earlier survey done by foreign authors.
3. Style: Written in simple Nepali language, accessible to all local readers and research scholars.

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Bhartachi Pahili Lok Sattak Kranti ( Marathi) ( Marathi Translation of India‚€™s First Democratic Revolution: Dayanand Bandodkar and the Rise of Bahujan in Goa ) by Parag D. Parobo, Marathi Translation by Sripad Puranik : Rs595 ISBN: 9789352872879

This is the Marathi version of India‚€™s First Democratic Revolution : Dayand Bandodkar and the Rise of Bahujan in Goa written by Dr Parag D Parobo published by Orient BlackSwan.

Goa features in academic and popular discourse as a place of exceptions, contrary in several ways to national trends. Along with its small geographical size, Goa‚€™s legacy of Portuguese colonialism is often cited as the leading reason behind its character. However, such explanations disregard its complex history and fail to address one of its most important distinctions: the fact that it brought to power in the Assembly elections of 1963, a government driven by the Bahujan Samaj; the first of its kind in India. This government was headed by Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar, a lower caste mine owner and philanthropist, whose popularity continued to wax over the next decade. 

Parag D. Parobo tackles the question of Goan exceptionalism in India‚€™s First Democratic Revolution, focusing not solely on its Portuguese past, but rather on the variety of influences that shaped modern Goa. Central to this issue are the comparatively little explored story of caste-based land and power relations in pre-colonial and early colonial Goa; emerging caste movements and identity politics among both upper castes and lower castes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and the interactions of caste politics with competing colonialisms, both Portuguese and British.

Parobo traces the history of land relations and caste movements into the post-Liberation period of Bandodkar‚€™s far-reaching land reforms, which destroyed the centrality of land in power-privilege relations, liberated lower caste tenants from crippling dependence on landlords, and opened up new employment opportunities for the Bahujan. Accompanied by substantial investments in education and health, they ushered in greater equity and democratisation. Goa, therefore, scripted a distinctive story of Bahujan success. This volume explores the history, and its implications for Bahujan politics in India.

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Conceptualising Man and Society: Perspectives in Early Indian Sociology by Pradip Kumar Bose : Rs595 ISBN: 9789352872831

A study of the early history of Indian sociology reveals two distinct trends: its appropriation of the principles, logic and methods characterising colonial knowledge and an ‚€˜orientalist‚€™ perspective; and the opposing tendency to critique and reject Western categories of knowledge. This second strand was especially critical of the application of Western methods, categories and concepts for studying an entity as historically and culturally disparate as Indian society. Conceptualising Man and Society demonstrates these opposing tendencies and ideological tensions in the writings of early Indian sociologists while exploring their socio-anthropological, cognitive and methodological approaches to the study of Indian society.

The book analyses different facets and concerns of five early Indian sociologists and social anthropologists: Radhakamal Mukerjee, G. S. Ghurye, D. P. Mukerji, Nirmal Kumar Bose, and Ramkrishna Mukherjee. These scholars were interested in larger sociological and philosophical issues like tradition, values, community, person and personality, and the vital concept of man, which they considered an integral part of Indian social reality. Their writings on the ontological and ethical nature of man are not simply a matter of historical curiosity, but are relevant and important for contemporary thought and politics. Most importantly, they critiqued the dominant knowledges of their times. Their work alerts us to the crucial question: what should be the sociology of the present?

Moving away from a historical perspective, this study of early sociologists explores the variations in theory, and cognitive and methodological profile of early Indian sociology itself. At the same time, it highlights the contemporary and radical elements in their writings, which remain theoretically relevant even today. This valuable text will be useful for students and scholars of Indian sociology and social anthropology.

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Displaying India‚€™s Heritage: Archaeology and the Museum Movement in Colonial India by Madhuparna Roychowdhury : Rs795 ISBN: 9789352872633

Displaying India‚€™s Heritage describes the history of museum-making in the Indian subcontinent in the 1800s and 1900s with special emphasis on the experience of Bengal. It details the connection between the museum movement and the broader political and cultural environment of the time.

The central discussion focuses on the colonial Indian Museum in Calcutta, which began as a natural history collection and soon became a repository of archaeological artefacts from across the subcontinent. The emerging contest between imperialism and nationalism shaped the visualisation in the display boxes here. In describing this history, the book also highlights the complex relationship between knowledge and power.

During the period of high nationalism, when regional histories‚€”often blended with mythical narratives‚€”became popular, scientific history writing placed an emphasis on archaeological knowledge. Local museums began asserting their right over excavated artefacts and princely states presented the pre-eminent position of their families through palace museums; through these histories of provincial and local museums, the book shows how museum-making was intimately tied to competing political loyalties and identities. It presents a convincing case to consider museums as a modern public sphere where the territorial and cultural bases of nationhood were negotiated.

Issuing from strong archival research, Displaying India‚€™s Heritage draws a connection between the ‚€˜culture of history‚€™‚€”constituted by the knowledge of history and the historical imagination of people‚€”and a series of individual endeavours in history-writing, collecting and museum-building. This volume will interest students of modern Indian cultural history, museology, archaeology and cultural studies.

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Document Raj: Writing and Scribes in Early Colonial South India by Bhavani Raman : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244624

Historians of British colonial rule in India have noted both the place of military might and the imposition of new cultural categories in the making of empire. Bhavani Raman uncovers a lesser-known story of power: the power of bureaucracy. Drawing on extensive archival research in the files of the East India Company‚€™s administrative offices in Madras, she tells the story of a bureaucracy gone awry in a fever of documentation practices that grew ever more abstract‚€”and the power, both economic and cultural, this created.

In order to assert its legitimacy and value, the East India Company was diligent about record keeping. Raman shows, however, that the sheer volume of their document production allowed colonial managers to subtly but substantively manipulate records for their own ends, increasingly drawing the real and the recorded further apart. While this administrative sleight of hand increased the company‚€™s reach and power, it also bolstered profoundly new orientations to language, writing, memory, and pedagogy for the officers and Indian subordinates involved.

Immersed in a subterranean world of delinquent scribes, translators, village accountants, and entrepreneurial fixers, Document Raj maps the shifting boundaries of the legible and illegible, the legal and illegitimate, that would usher India into the modern world.

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Elephants And Kings: An Environmental History by Thomas R. Trautmann : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245355

Because of their size, elephants have long been irresistible for kings as symbols of eminence. In early civilizations‚€”such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus civilization, and China‚€”elephants were used for royal sacrifice, spectacular hunts, public displays, and their ivory‚€”all aspects driving them toward extinction. The kings of India, however, Thomas Trautmann shows, found a use for elephants that actually helped preserve their habitat and numbers in the wild: war.

This book traces the history of the war elephant in India and its spread as an institution from there to the West, where elephants featured within some of the greatest wars of antiquity. Southeast Asia and China are also examined for comparison and contrast within this environmental history spanning 3000 years and covering a vast terrain, from Spain to Java.

Trautmann shows Indian kings capturing wild elephants and training them, one by one, through millennia. He reveals the political compulsions requiring the protection of elephants from hunters and their forests from being cut down. Taking a wide-angle view of human‚€“elephant relations, he throws into relief the structure of India‚€™s environmental history and the reasons for the persistence of wild elephants in its forests.

Written with uncommon flair and elegance, this is a monumental work of environmental history using Indian antiquity as its entry point. It will interest lay readers, historians, and environmentalists.

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English and Other International Languages - Volume 37 - People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by G. N. Devy and T. Vijay Kumar : Rs1075 ISBN: 9789352872923

English and Other International Languages (People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India, Volume 37) discusses the status of English and other foreign languages which continue to have a presence in India. While Section I discusses the complex progression of English in the Indian linguistic scene and its increasing acceptance among the people here, Section II describes the status and development of eight other international languages in use in India. The volume also observes how India‚€™s engagement with foreign cultures has enriched the multilingual mosaic of the country.

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Gendered Citizenship: Manifestations and Performance by Bishnupriya Dutt, Janelle Reinelt and Shrinkhla Sahai : Rs1195 ISBN: 9789352871971

This book explores how citizenship is differently gendered and performed across national and regional boundaries. Using ‚€˜citizenship‚€™ as its organizing concept, it brings together a collection of multidisciplinary approaches to the legal, socio-cultural and performative aspects of gender construction and identity: violence against women, victimhood and agency, and everyday issues of socialization in a globalized world.

The volume examines citizenship as embodied and enacted, and explores various perspectives on gender in relation to citizenship. The essays featured here analyse citizenship struggles and challenges of recent significant global issues and cover a wide range of social, civic and political spaces.

Gendered Citizenship brings together scholars of politics, media, and performance who are committed to dialogue across both nation and discipline. This book is the culmination of a two-year project on 'Gendered Citizenship', and is a compilation of research that is interdisciplinary and multinational, drawing on Indian, European, and North and South American contexts.

This compilation of essays focusing on scholarship, creative practice, and activism would be a useful resource for students, scholars, academicians, activists and artists.

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Himalayan Histories: Economy, Polity, Religious Traditions by Chetan Singh : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178245300

This book locates essential aspects of the material, mental, and spiritual world of western Himalayan peasant society.

In this large and difficult region, human enterprise and mountainous terrain long existed in a precarious balance. Natural adversity occasionally disrupted this balance.

Small peasant communities lived here in scattered environmental niches and tenaciously extracted from their harsh surroundings a rudimentary but sustainable livelihood. Family organisation, social custom, and religious practices were adapted to their purposes.

The communities were integral constituents of larger political institutions, the state being one such. This laboriously created life-world was enlivened by myth, folklore, legend, and religious tradition.

When colonial rule was established in the region during the eighteenth century, it transformed the peasant‚€™s relationship with his natural surroundings. Old political allegiances were weakened. Yet, resilient customary hierarchies retained their influence through religio-cultural practices. These are some of the many themes of Himalayan history offered in this book.

Indian historians have mainly studied riverine belts and life in the plains. Sophisticated mountain histories are relatively rare. This book, by one of India‚€™s most reputed historians of the Himalaya, is essential for a more complete understanding of Indian history.

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Hindu Pasts : Women, Religion, Histories by Vasudha Dalmia : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245263

In her Introduction to this book‚€”which showcases her work as a scholar of social, literary, and religious history‚€”Vasudha Dalmia outlines the central ideas which thread her writings: first, to understand in greater historical depth the relationship between language, religion, and society in India, as well as the ever-changing role of its religious and social institutions; second, to recognize that the Hindu tradition, which colonials and nationalists tend to see as monolithic, is in fact a multiplicity of distinct and semi-autonomous strands.

Professor Dalmia‚€™s work reveals a steady focus on Indian religious traditions, sects, and histories which, over several hundred years, came to collectively comprise what in the nineteenth century became known as Hinduism. In her first essay, Max MŁller‚€™s study of the Veda is positioned within a larger history of German philosophical interest in eastern thought. MŁller appears less an exceptional German scholar and eccentric Oxford phenomenon once his derivation and links with earlier European Indology are made clear.

Subsequent essays look at the building blocks of colonial knowledge-formation, law-making, and pedagogy in colonial India, and the role in these of Banaras; at some of the major components of the Vaishnava Bhakti tradition; at pre-modern vernacular narratives that fed into constructing the modern Hindi novel and the Hindu ‚€˜nari‚€™; and at the history of modern Hindi literature.

Anyone interested in the plurality of Hinduism, women‚€™s issues, and Indian cultural history will find this book immensely interesting.

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History and Theory: The Study of State, Institutions and the Making of History by Bhairabi Prasad Sahu and Kesavan Veluthat : Rs945 ISBN: 9789352874644

Ram Sharan Sharma (1920‚€“2011) was one of the pioneering historians of post-independence India. His work has shaped our understanding of Indian history as we know it today.

Sharma believed that history and theory are intimately linked, and that history is a form of knowledge which is theoretically accessible. Yet, he could combine the use of refined theoretical tools to analyse problems and communicate them in the simplest possible language. He saw historical writing as an intensely political activity and led the battle of ideas against colonialist, communal, chauvinistic and obscurantist approaches to the study of history all his life.

With the underlying goal of studying the diverse forms of state, social and political institutions, and their role in the making of history, this volume brings together contributions from some of India‚€™s finest historians to focus on some of Sharma‚€™s key preoccupations. Section I includes essays on sociology and history, the state, trade and urbanisation, and the shudras‚€”highlighting recent developments, while acknowledging Sharma‚€™s pioneering work in these areas. Section II focuses on archaeology and its use in reconstructing history, including essays on the pre-Satavahanas, Satavahanas, Ajivikas, servitude, the Kaliyuga, forced labour and peasantry, war in ancient Indian thought, and Kavya literature and historical change. The final section engages with the theory and practice of colonialism at different locations, with essays on new religious sects as exponents of radical socio-political ideas, the concept of civilisation, and womanhood.
This volume will be invaluable to all students and scholars of history. 

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History of Kerala: Prehistoric to the Present by Rajan Gurukkal and Raghava Varier : Rs315 ISBN: 9789352873807

This book provides a concise and lucid outline of the history of Kerala from the earliest period to the present, encompassing even the latest researches. It describes the early historical times that subsume the region as part of Tamilakam; the formation of agrarian settlements; the formation of state, overland and overseas trade; the arrival of the foreign trading companies; the Mysorean invasions; British dominance; the various peasant and reform movements; the impact of the national freedom movement; the Aikya Kerala movement; and the Communist movement, which led to the Communist ministry and the making of modern Kerala.

The narrative is structured in such a way that the material conditions of production in society are analysed first and the relations, institutions, structures and processes are discussed in this background. The chapters give precedence to the economic and social over the political and cultural aspects of Kerala‚€™s history.

Written by two of Kerala‚€™s finest historians, this book addresses the need for a credible and updated account of the history of the region in English. Along with precise and accessible narration, this book also includes various pedagogical features, such as a chronological outline, maps and a table of inscriptions.

Students of history will find this book invaluable.

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History, Bhakti, And Public Memory - Namdev in Religious and Secular Traditions by Christian Lee Novetzke : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245287

Namdev is a central figure in the cultural history of India, especially within the field of bhakti, a devotional practice that has created publics of memory for over eight centuries. Born in the Marathi-speaking region of the Deccan in the late thirteenth century, Namdev is remembered as a simple, low-caste Hindu tailor whose innovative performances of devotional songs spread his fame widely. He is central to many religious traditions within Hinduism, as well as to Sikhism, and he is a key early literary figure in Maharashtra, northern India, and Punjab.

In the modern period, Namdev appears throughout the public spheres of Marathi and Hindi and in India at large, where his identity fluctuates between regional associations and a quiet, pan-Indian, nationalist-secularist profile that champions the poor, oppressed, marginalized, and low caste. Christian Lee Novetzke considers the way social memory coheres around the figure of Namdev from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the practices that situate Namdev's memory in multiple historical publics. Focusing primarily on Maharashtra and drawing on ethnographies of devotional performance, archival materials, scholarly historiography, and popular media, especially film, Novetzke vividly illustrates how religious communities in India preserve their pasts and, in turn, create their own historical narratives.

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I am the Widow: An Intellectual Biography of Behramji Malabari by Harmony Siganporia : Rs795 ISBN: 9789352873906

An examination and critical analysis of the life-work and times of Behramji Merwanji Malabari (1853‚€“1912)‚€”Parsi social reformer, journalist, poet, proto ethnographer/anthropologist, travel writer, and a vital catalyst of change who did much to shape the national reform discourse‚€”I am the Widow is an intellectual biography that compares and analyses his diverse writings and concerns individually, and in relation to each other. This exercise reveals a society in transition in the late nineteenth century, providing us with an understanding of this crucial and formative moment in Indian history.

The book also evaluates Malabari‚€™s lifelong commitment to working for the uplift of women, particularly widows, even as it explores the politics of representation and outlines some of the tensions that such a voicing of ‚€˜women‚€™s issues‚€™ by male reformers such as Malabari entails.

Whether observing his own Parsi community, women, the British coloniser, or India and Indians at large, as a litterateur and quasi cultural anthropologist, Malabari possessed the ‚€˜innate human ability to identify with another‚€™ as much as ‚€˜the ability to refuse to identify solely with oneself‚€™. Malabari had two biographies written about him before he was forty, and a third two years after his death. He then vanished almost completely from the pages of Parsi and Indian history, reduced at best to a footnote. This fourth biography attempts to discover why.

This text will be a rare and valuable asset to scholars of history, culture studies and literary studies.

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In Diasporic Lands: Tibetan Refugees and their Transformation since the Exodus by Sudeep Basu : Rs775 ISBN: 9789352870851

A large number of Tibetans migrated to India following the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950. Till the end of the twentieth century, Tibetan studies focused primarily on Buddhism and pre-1950s Tibetan history in relation to Tibetan exiles, influenced largely by Western notions of Tibetan culture in an exotic ‚€˜Shangri-La‚€™. In Diasporic Lands moves away from this norm to study the dynamics of Tibetan refugees‚€™ emergent culture in the midst of their hosts, and in distinctly urban settings.

Based on the author‚€™s ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Darjeeling town, West Bengal, this volume looks at how places and identities are redefined and transformed by refugees negotiating their ‚€˜belonging‚€™ in an alien country over time. The earlier strategy of the ‚€˜myth of return‚€™ to their homeland has had to be reworked, and in the process, Tibetan refugees have moved away from the stereotyped ways in which they are portrayed to create plural identities of their own. The volume also looks at how the refugee‚€“host dynamic‚€”where the ‚€˜hosts‚€™ are Indians, Nepalis and ‚€˜Bhutia‚€™ Tibetans‚€”plays out in such a situation.

Tibetan refugees in India grapple with notions of what Tibet as the homeland stands for, what it means to truly belong to the host territory and to acquire Indian citizenship. The ethnographic analysis, which reflects on Tibet‚€™s past and the ‚€˜exile present‚€™, helps us to understand the ‚€˜lived meanings‚€™ that Tibetan refugees in Darjeeling attach to their life in exile and to the spaces they live and work in. It also shows how the experience of movement to and from a place alters the idea that people have of their relation to a specific place in the diaspora, and how this ‚€˜sense of place‚€™ adds meaning and purpose to refugee lives.

This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, social anthropology, politics, cultural studies and migration studies, as well as policy makers and human rights activists.

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Marshalling the Past: Ancient India and its Modern Histories by Nayanjot Lahiri : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244532

Iconic sites and ‚€˜monumental‚€™ subjects in Indian history are the core of this fascinating collection of essays. Nayanjot Lahiri ranges from the Indus cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro to Buddhist Mahabodhi and Sanchi, from the political imprint of the 1857 revolt on bits of Delhi to the partitioning of India‚€™s archaeological heritage in 1947. 

Archaeologists find unexpected things during their digs‚€”as does Lahiri. By unearthing new archival material and by looking at the ways in which the personal and the professional mix in their writings, she gives us new facets of two iconic scholars of ancient India, the archaeologist John Marshall and the historian D.D. Kosambi. Both are crucial figures: Marshall headed the group that discovered the Indus civilization; Kosambi changed the way in which ancient Indian history was written after Independence. Lahiri gives us pictures of them that no one else has.

Scholarly, perceptive, and entertaining, Marshalling the Past offers readings of ancient India and its modern histories that will confirm Nayanjot Lahiri‚€™s reputation as one of the most readable historians of her generation.
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Mayilamma: The Life of a Tribal Eco-Warrior by Jothibai Pariyadath, Translated from the original Malayalam by Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Sreejith Varma : Rs575 ISBN: 9789352873593

Mayilamma (1940‚€“2007) was an illiterate adivasi woman whose iconic leadership of her community against the unrestrained extraction and pollution of water by Coca-Cola put the nondescript village of Plachimada on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border on the global map of environmental activism.

Mayilamma: Oru Jeevitham maps the rise of eco-activism in Kerala alongside the realities of consumption, globalisation, widening socio-economic inequalities and the rising ecological burdens borne by the marginalised poor. Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Sreejith Varma‚€™s English translation brings this important Malayalam text into the domain of international environmental justice writing for the first time, and shows how‚€”in a classic David-and-Goliath struggle‚€”this frail fifty-year old widow became a symbol of the global resistance against the multinational soft-drink giant.
Mayilamma‚€™s life story‚€”of an earth-carer intensely involved in the protection of livelihoods and local neighbourhoods‚€”adopts the traditional oral mode of narration, central to the construction of the collective memory of tribal communities. It allows the reader to visualise the ‚€˜slow violence‚€™ of fissured earth narratives, such as the stories of toxic buildup, water pollution, deforestation, accelerated species loss and loss of habitats.

The connection between rootedness in the local and a sense of belonging to the global ecosystem is best understood through life narratives like Mayilamma, a story that translates the mantra of ecology‚€”everything is connected‚€”into a web of concrete relations that includes not only the ecological, but also cultural, economic and political processes. This is a must read for students of environmental studies, ecological activists, and everyone who feels responsible for their only home‚€”the earth.

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Nationalism In The Vernacular: Hindi, Urdu, and the Literature of Indian Freedom by Shobna Nijhawan : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245294

This anthology comprises a selection of formative literary writings in Hindi and Urdu from the second half of the nineteenth century, leading up to Indian Independence and the creation of Pakistan. The texts here are mostly hitherto unpublished translations into English. The anthology provides a picture of how nationalism‚€”as a cultural ideology and political movement‚€”was formed in literature.

Unlike other anthologies, this one focuses on writings in two North Indian vernaculars with a contested relationship: Hindi and Urdu. The combination is deliberate: the relationship of Hindi and Urdu was being consolidated and sealed even as these texts were being written. There are two separate Introductions to this anthology. Each grounds, respectively, the peculiar paths taken by Hindi and Urdu proponents and practitioners.

The anthology emphasizes the shared ground of Hindi and Urdu. The Hindi and Urdu texts are arranged into eight thematic clusters, each represented by a nationalist mode of reasoning. Autobiographical writings in Hindi, prison poetry in Urdu, and social reform writings around gender, caste, class, and Dalits are also included in this fascinating collection.

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People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India, Volume 13, Part 2, The Languages of Jharkhand by G. N. Devy and Ramnika Gupta, Prabhat kumar Singh (Ed.s) : Rs1460 ISBN: 9789352874705

  • The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India.
  • It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.
  • The Languages of Jharkhand documents all the indigenous languages that are spoken in the state.
  • The main objective of this volume is to bring the predominantly tribal languages of Jharkhand into focus and attempt to preserve them in their authenticity.
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Politics As Performance: A Social History of the Telugu Cinema by S.V.Srinivas : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245324

This book provides a picture of the Telugu cinema, as both industry and cultural form, over fifty formative years. It argues that films are directly related both to the prominence of an elite which dominates Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India, and to the emergence of a new idiom of mass politics.

Looking in particular at the career of Andhra Pradesh‚€™s best-known film star Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR), S.V. Srinivas reveals how the Telugu cinema redefined ideas of linguistic identity and community feeling within a non-literate public in South India. Dissecting NTR‚€™s remarkable election campaign of 1982‚€“3, he shows processes of political transformation and electoral mobilization via film, newspapers, and audio cassettes. He uncovers the complicated ways in which Indian politics can be linked with movie-going and, more broadly, cultural consumption. Cinematic and political performance are shown to be inextricably connected in ways disctinctively Indian.

NTR and the Telugu cinema, Srinivas argues, have shaped important aspects of Indian political and cultural modernity. Their legacies continue into the present time‚€”when film has yielded pride of place to television, when the future of Andhra Pradesh‚€™s statehood is unclear, and when Indian star-politicians no longer feel certain of success in the quest for power.

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Ten Ideologies: The Great Asymmetry between Agrarianism and Industrialism by S. Jaipal Reddy : Rs795 ISBN: 9789352873678

In modern history, the Industrial Revolution is seen as the biggest break, helping humankind move from the Agrarian to the Industrial era.

In Ten Ideologies, eminent scholar and politician S. Jaipal Reddy presents an overview of world history and studies the four great movements that laid the foundation of the Industrial Revolution:

  1. The Renaissance;
  2. Humanism;
  3. Protestant Reformation; and
  4. The Scientific Revolution.

He also points out that these movements were themselves influenced by the legacy of China, India and West Asia.

The author believes that ideology is just as important today; if social ideologies die out, primordial cultural identities based on religion, race, or nation will reawaken, thereby dividing society further. In this context, he discusses ten major ideologies that shaped the world: (i) Nationalism, (ii) Democracy, (iii) Liberalism, (iv) Capitalism, (v) Evolutionary Socialism, (vi) Revolutionary Socialism, (vii) Feminism, (viii) Environmentalism, (ix) Nuclear Pacifism, and (x) Globalism.

Informative and incisive, this reader provides a rare and compact coverage of ideologies, and a study of the great asymmetry between pre-industrial passions and post-industrial weapons.

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The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth by Dipesh Chakrabarty : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244983

A leading scholar in early-twentieth-century India, Sir Jadunath Sarkar (1870‚€“1958) was knighted in 1929 and became the first Indian historian to gain honorary membership in the American Historical Association. By the end of his lifetime, however, he had been marginalized by the Indian history establishment, as postcolonial historians embraced alternative approaches in the name of democracy and anti-colonialism. The Calling of History examines Sarkar‚€™s career‚€”and poignant obsolescence‚€”as a way into larger questions about the discipline of history and its public life.

Through close readings of more than twelve hundred letters to and from Sarkar, along with other archival documents, Chakrabarty demonstrates that historians in colonial India formulated the basic concepts and practices of the field via vigorous‚€”and at times bitter and hurtful‚€”debates in the public sphere. He shows that because of its non-technical nature the discipline as a whole remains susceptible to pressure from both the public and the academy even today. Methodological debates and the changing reputations of scholars like Sarkar, he argues, must therefore be understood within the specific contexts in which particular histories are written.

Insightful and with far-reaching implications for all historians, The Calling of History offers a valuable look at the double life of history and how tensions between its public and private sides played out in a major scholar‚€™s career.

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The Great Agrarian Conquest: The Colonial Reshaping of a Rural World by Neeladri Bhattacharya : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788178245249

This book examines how, over colonial times, the diverse practices and customs of an existing rural universe ‚€“ with its many forms of lifelihood ‚€“ were reshaped to create a new agrarian world of settled farming. While focusing on Punjab, this pathbreaking analysis offers a broad argument about the workings of colonial power: the fantasy of imperialism, it says, is to make the universe afresh.

Such radical change, Bhattacharya shows, is as much conceptual as material. Agrarian colonisation was a process of creating spaces that conformed to the demands of colonial rule. It entailed establishing a regime of categories ‚€“ tenancies, tenures, properties, habitations ‚€“ and a framework of laws that made the change possible. Agrarian colonisation was in this sense a deep conquest.

Colonialism, the book suggests, has the power to revisualise and reorder social relations and bonds of community. It changes the world radically, even when it seeks to preserve elements of the old. The changes it brings about are simultaneously cultural, discursive, legal, linguistic, spatial, social, and economic. Moving from intent to action, concepts to practices, legal enactments to court battles, official discourses to folklore, this book explores the conflicted and dialogic nature of a transformative process.

By analysing this great conquest, and the often silent ways in which it unfolds, this book asks every historian to rethink the practice of writing agrarian history and reflect on the larger issues of doing history.

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The Languages of Mizoram - Volume 20, Part 2-People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by G. N. Devy and Lalnunthangi Chhangte : Rs1165 ISBN: 9789352871940

  • The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India.
  • It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.
  • The Languages of Mizoram documents all the major languages‚€”along with their varieties that are spoken in the state.
  • The main objective of this volume is to bring all the extant languages of Mizoram into focus and attempt to preserve them in their authenticity.
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The Languages of Sikkim - Volume 26 - Part 2 by G. N. Devy and Balaram Pandey : Rs1325 ISBN: 9789352872534

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

The given volume offers a detailed discussion about the languages spoken in the culturally and linguistically rich state of Sikkim. Its geographical location has allowed it to be influenced by the languages of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and West Bengal. This in turn has impacted the languages of the state too. Folktales, folk songs, origin myths and vocabulary lists are provided to help the reader have a better understanding of the linguistic scenario of the state. The volume examines grammatical features and also the number of speakers of each language, with data taken from actual field work.

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The Mahatma, His Philosophy and His Legacy by Thomas Weber : Rs850 ISBN: 9789352871735

A collection of essays by renowned Gandhi scholar Thomas Weber, The Mahatma, His Philosophy and His Legacy provides new insights into Gandhi the individual, philosopher and political campaigner, and how later generations have interpreted his life and message. The volume has been divided into three sections‚€”Gandhi: The Mahatma; Gandhism: His Philosophy; and The Gandhians: His Legacy.

The first section deals directly with the life and times of Gandhi, and covers issues relating to Gandhi‚€™s moral development in South Africa through what he saw as his changing obligations to his family back in India. It looks at those who have been credited with helping Mohandas Gandhi become the Mahatma, such as Francis Deak and the English suffragettes, and those, such as the Blue Serpent Goddess‚€”Nilla Cram Cook‚€”who caused him grief. It also examines Gandhi‚€™s attitude to foreign travel.

The second section explores Gandhi‚€™s philosophy‚€”what were his expectations of individual and social behaviour? What were his views on practical state matters like economics and the necessity of armed forces? What did his detractors think of his insistence on nonviolence? A particularly interesting essay examines the dynamic between Gandhi and Adolf Hitler, two leading but very different world figures of the time.

The final section studies Gandhi‚€™s legacy in India and around the world. The author shows how Gandhian philosophy influenced Western thinkers like Martin Luther King Jr and Gene Sharp. Gandhi‚€™s legacy in India is also examined at some length, with essays on the state of Gandhism and the unabashed usage of the icon that is the ‚€˜Father of the Nation‚€™ for political gains in twenty-first century India.

This volume will be of interest to scholars and students of Gandhi Studies, philosophy and history.

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The Past of the Outcaste: Readings in Dalit History by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Yagati Chinna Rao : Rs995 ISBN: 9789352872916

Are you fit for political power even though you do not allow a large class of your own countrymen like the untouchables to use public school? ‚€¶ the use of public wells? ‚€¶ the use of public streets? ‚€¶ to eat any food they like? 

‚€”B. R. Ambedkar, Annihilation of Caste

These questions, raised by Dr Ambedkar roughly a century ago, still hold true. The prevalence of caste-based violence and rising Dalit assertion has led to a revival of the movement spearheaded by luminaries such as Phule, Ambedkar and others. To comprehend this rising revolution, it is important to trace writings of the public intellectuals and social scientists through history. The Past of the Outcaste brings together historical narratives of the ‚€˜outcastes‚€™, which together throw light on the economic, civil, cultural and political exclusion and discrimination that is caste-based.

This collection includes statements on untouchability by leaders of the freedom movement‚€”for example, Gokhale, Lajpat Rai, Ambedkar and Gandhi; essays on the history of the outcastes in the pre-colonial period; on the beginnings of Dalit consciousness and organised resistance to caste oppression; on the relationship between the nationalist movement and Dalits; and finally, essays locating the Dalits in the post-independence polity in India. This carefully edited compendium will be of use to students and scholars of history, sociology and political science in general and those in the area of ‚€˜exclusion studies‚€™ in particular.

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The Social History of England (Second Edition) by Padmaja Ashok : Rs150 ISBN: 9789352873876

The Social History of England is a concise survey of the important milestones in English history, from pre-history to the present. As a study that examines their impact upon the society and literature of England, this volume is both crucial and indispensable for a complete understanding and appreciation of English literature. The book includes chapters on the origin and growth of political parties in England, and also the impact of major internal and international events on contemporary life in England. The simple, straightforward approach of The Social History of England is supplemented with genealogical charts, maps and a glossary, which are very useful to the student.

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The State of Being Stateless: An Account of South Asia by Paula Banerjee, Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Atig Ghosh : Rs625 ISBN: 9789352874668

Statelessness is defined as the quality of being without a state, a nationality, or even the protection that nationality should offer. Addressing the lacuna in literature on stateless people in post-colonial South Asia, The State of Being Stateless brings together the lived experiences of diverse stateless groups within a comparative framework.

Through research conducted in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, the book asks some critical questions: How are certain groups and communities‚€”often, the minorities‚€”rendered stateless? Is the existing legal regime adequate to deal with the problem of statelessness? Do policymakers now need to think beyond legal terms, as judicial activism has clearly proved ineffective?

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Thinking Gender, Doing Gender: Feminist Scholarship and Practice Today by Uma Chakravarti : Rs750 ISBN: 9789352872749

In the 1980s, gender was acknowledged as a useful and necessary category of analysis. The first generation of feminist scholars defined the new field and provided a rich corpus of works; later generations of scholars and activists then expanded it through their writings on culture, film and media, and sexuality.

Thinking Gender, Doing Gender focuses on these issues, as well as on pedagogy and classroom practice, theoretical obstacles created by disciplinary constraints, and practices in the performing arts from a gender perspective. This volume focuses more on doing gender rather thinking gender: in classrooms, in the making of curricula, in the writing and recall of history, in reading literature and cinema, and in the practice of culture in theatre and urban spaces.

Together, the essays discuss:

  • Pedagogy: the classroom as a site for exploring caste, gender, region, language and diversity; how textbooks reflect gender ideologies and tensions between tradition / modernity; the relationship between science and gender.
  • Countering the historical archive: recovering the everyday experiences of women and addressing silences and biases through oral history; the use of plays to forge a relationship between memory and politics, utilising personal archives to add to institutional accounts of the past.
  • Women‚€™s relationship to culture: representations of women in regional language writing; sex work, religion and the practice of dedication; the connections between nation, culture and gender; theatre from the nineteenth century and its complex handling of actresses.

As this volume documents, doing gender holds rich possibilities for thinking about gender. Its engaging and insightful discussions make it an invaluable addition to the corpus of feminist writing, and will be useful to students and scholars of women‚€™s studies, sociology and culture studies.

 

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Three Ways to be Alien: Travails and Encounters in the Early Modern World by Sanjay Subrahmanyam : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244785

This book looks at individual trajectories in an early modern global context. It draws on the lives and writings of a trio of marginal figures who were cast adrift from their traditional moorings into an unknown world. 

The subjects include

v  a ‚€œPersian‚€� prince of Bijapur in Central India held hostage by the Portuguese at Goa

v  an English traveller and global schemer whose writings reveal a nimble understanding of realpolitik in the emerging world of the early seventeenth century

v  an insightful Venetian chronicler of the Mughal Empire in the later seventeenth century who drifted between jobs with the Mughals and various foreign entrepŰts, observing all but remaining the eternal outsider

In telling the fascinating story of floating identities in a changing world, Subrahmanyam injects humanity into global history and shows that biography still plays an important role in contemporary historiography.


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Zamorins and the Political Culture of Medieval Kerala by V. V. Haridas : Rs775 ISBN: 9789352872800

The Zamorin‚€”ruler of the kingdom of Kolikkotu in modern-day Kerala‚€”left an indelible mark on world history when he welcomed Vasco da Gama in 1498. But a few centuries earlier, the Zamorin was only a local chief, heading a few villages. How did he become an independent ruler after the disintegration of the Ceras in the twelfth century? How did the Zamorin come to be recognised and legitimised as the ‚€˜king‚€™?

This story of the creation of an image of royalty is the focus of Zamorins and the Political Culture of Medieval Kerala. Relying on the archival richness of a large collection of unpublished palm leaf manuscripts called Granthavari, documents of the political and royal establishments of the time, this book reconstructs the days of the Zamorin. It carefully details the power and authority he claimed and actually wielded, and the various methods through which he sought to legitimise it‚€”elaborate rituals, patronage of temples and scholarship, propagation of art and culture, etc.

While the great past was always remembered, the Zamorin‚€™s ‚€˜little kingdom‚€™ depended on the existence, interaction and interdependence of various nodes of power‚€”the royalty, royal functionaries, locality chiefs, local magnates and temple authorities. This book argues that studying these nodes of power, which related themselves to the Zamorin‚€™s court and among themselves through elaborate customs and rituals, is vital to analysing the state structure in late medieval Kerala.

Complete with a foreword by Kesavan Veluthat, this book convincingly argues for the ‚€˜little kingdom‚€™ model to analyse the premodern state in Calicut. Scholars and students of historiography and history, especially of medieval Indian culture and society, will find it immensely useful.

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A Feminist Foremother: Critical Essays on Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain by Mohammad A. Quayum and Md. Mahmudul Hasan : Rs950 ISBN: 9789386296009

This volume looks at the life and works of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880‚€“1932), arguably Bengal‚€™s earliest and boldest feminist, revered as a crusader for the emancipation and advancement of women, in particular Bengali Muslim women. Through her spirited writings and her activism, Rokeya challenged the two pillars of patriarchy ‚€“ hierarchical family structures and religious dogma. She demanded that the ‚€˜family‚€™ be restructured on the basis of gender equality. A devout Muslim, she asked that women be recognised as human beings in their own right within practices of Islam.

Born into an orthodox Muslim family, for Rokeya, the most vital way in which women could empower themselves was through education. The Sakhawat Memorial Girls‚€™ School in Kolkata, started by Rokeya in 1911, still stands as an enduring testament to that belief.

This collection of biographical and critical essays places Rokeya within the socio-cultural and historical context of her times to better appreciate her literary and social contributions in the face of the formidable challenges she faced as a Bengali Muslim woman. The essays also aim to understand why the extraordinary vision she had, not just for women but for an ideal, more gender-just society, continues to be as radical, powerful and relevant today, almost a century after her death.

This volume will be a valuable asset to students and scholars of women‚€™s and gender studies, as also of South Asian literature and culture.

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A Short History of American Literature by Krishna Sen, Ashok Sengupta : Rs425 ISBN: 9789386392725

A Short History of American Literature is a succinct survey of over five hundred years of American literature. It conveys the uniqueness of American literature by focusing on the sociopolitical contexts that shaped America‚€™s literary productions. It highlights the cultural myths and values and the specific historical processes that differentiate American literature from the literatures of England and Europe. The book adopts the current trend in the writing of American literary history by foregrounding the early colonial and nationalist writings and the major multicultural literatures, while also presenting the traditional Anglocentric trajectory from the American Renaissance to postmodernism. Its canvas is further extended by a separate chapter on American literature and popular culture, and a comparative timeline juxtaposing American and British literary histories. The Short History is contemporary in its approach and aims to foster an informed and critical appreciation of American literature.

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Ashoka In Ancient India by Nayanjot Lahiri : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244914

Ancient rulers regarded him as the iconic Buddhist king. Jawaharlal Nehru considered him the greatest emperor of all time. H.G. Wells portrayed him as the sole shining star of antiquity. But who was the flesh-and-blood Ashoka?

The third emperor of the Maurya dynasty, Ashoka ruled an empire encompassing most of India as well as its western borderlands. He was normal as a ruler of uncommon ambition, but utterly unusual as the pioneer of a model of humane governance. In fact the candour and emotion of his messages on stone show him less as a political figure than as a self-reflective individual.

Recovering Ashoka‚€™s life and times from legend, Nayanjot Lahiri crafts a wonderful biography of this most extraordinary emperor. She provides him with contextual flesh, teasing out his psychology and personality from his edicts and archaeological data about life in India over the last few centuries BCE.

This is the most historically rich and readable book on Ashoka and his context.

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Banaras Reconstructed: Architecture and Sacred Space in a Hindu Holy City by Madhuri Desai : Rs1285 ISBN: 9789386392961

Between the late sixteenth and early twentieth centuries, Banaras, the iconic Hindu centre in northern India that is often described as the oldest living city in the world, was reconstructed materially and imaginatively, and embellished with temples, monasteries, mansions, and ghats.

Aristocrats, priests, and pilgrims from across South Asia invested in Banaras and created a city that could realize and enhance textual prescriptions. They consolidated sacred sites and realigned pilgrimage routes, which were framed through innovative architecture and urban spaces. They transformed the city according to an imagination of the past, while also connecting it to their immediate cultural and political realities. As a result Banaras was re-conceptualized in terms of its built forms and ritual practices. At the same time, its past was re-imagined in a broader context of Indo-Islamic and colonial regimes. The city‚€™s altered sacred landscape became the subject of pilgrimage maps and its spectacular riverfront was depicted in panoramas and described in travelogues.

In Banaras Reconstructed, Madhuri Desai examines the convergences as well as the tensions that have shaped this complex and remarkable city and explores larger questions about religious urban environments in South Asia. In so doing, she raises issues central to both historical and contemporary Indian identity.

This book will be essential reading across several disciplines, including history, art and architectural history, urban history, South Asian studies, and religious studies.

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Beyond Caste - Identity and Power in South Asia: Past and Present by Sumit Guha : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245133

 ‚€œCaste‚€� is today almost universally perceived as an ancient and unchanging Hindu institution preserved solely by deep-seated religious ideology. Yet the word itself is an importation from sixteenth-century Europe.

This book tracks the long history of the practices amalgamated under this label and shows their connection to changing patterns of social and political power down to the present. It frames caste as an involuted  and complex form of ethnicity and explains why it persisted under non-Hindu rulers and in non-Hindu communities across South Asia.

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Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan : Bihar Ki Bhashayen (Volume 6, Part 1) by Ganesh Devy and Vibha Singh Chauhan : Rs2895 ISBN: 9789386689047

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

This book is Part 1of Volume 6 ( Bihar  ki Bhaashyen [Hindi]) of The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.  

This present book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Bihar State of India supported by linguistic maps given in the appendix.

The languages included in this book are:
Scheduled languages - Urdu, Nepali, Maithili, Santhali, Hindi,
Non-scheduled languages -  Angika, Bhazzika, Bhojpuri, Magahi, and Surjapuri, and
Adivasi( Nomad ) Languages -  Asuri, Kudukh, Korva, Birhor, Maal Pahadiya, Mundari, and Ho.

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Bodies Of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India by Linda Hess : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245195

Kabir‚€™s work lends itself to topics that range from subtle inner states to political argument and activism‚€”the relation between the religious-spiritual and social-political. An iconoclastic mystic who criticized organized religion, sectarian prejudice, caste, violence, deception and hypocrisy, Kabir also speaks of self-knowledge, deep inner experience, confrontation with death, and connection with the divine. Ambiguously situated among Hindu, Muslim, Sufi, and yogic traditions, he rejects religious identities and urges fearless awakening.

Bodies of Song is the first scholarly work in any language that studies the poetry and culture of the still popular Kabir through the lens of oral-performative traditions. It draws on ethnographic research as well as on the history of written collections.

It focuses on texts‚€”their transmission by singers, the dynamics of textual forms in oral performance, and the connections between texts in oral forms, written forms, and other media. It attends to context, reception, and community. While demonstrating how texts work in oral-musical performance, it analyzes discourses of authenticity and provides a repertoire of Kabir songs as they might be heard in Central India in the early 2000s. Professor Hess considers theories of ‚€˜orality‚€™, looks at social perspectives, and examines communities of interpretation‚€”including the Kabir Panth (a religious sect), Eklavya (a secular educational NGO), and urban fans of Kabir.

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Breaking the Silo: Integrated Science Education in India by Anup Dhar, Tejaswini Niranjana and K. Sridhar : Rs1050 ISBN: 9789386392886

Is the entrenched division between the natural and human sciences unbridgeable? Is this divide crippling innovation in science, or is it necessary to keep science pure?

Between 2006‚€“14, an experiment was conducted in Integrated Science Education (ISE) in several science institutions, including the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.

Breaking the Silo compiles the experiments in pedagogy conducted by people from physics, biology, computer science, sociology, medicine, science studies, philosophy, history, literary studies, film studies, cultural studies, theatre, and visual arts.

This experiment seeks to throw new light on the 'two cultures' theory that has beset India's science institutions. By combining the sciences and humanities, innovative solutions can be found for the complex social problems facing us today.

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Citizenship And Its Discontents: An Indian History by Niraja Gopal Jayal : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244600

Breaking new ground in scholarship, this is the first history of citizenship in India.

Unlike the mature democracies of the West, India began as a true republic of equals with a complex architecture of citizenship rights that was sensitive to the many hierarchies of Indian society. In this provocative biography of the defining aspiration of modern India, Jayal shows how the progressive civic ideals embodied in the constitution have been challenged by exclusions based on social and economic inequality, and sometimes also, paradoxically, undermined by its own policies of inclusion.

Citizenship and Its Discontents explores a century of contestations over citizenship from the colonial period to the present, analysing evolving conceptions of citizenship as legal status, as rights, and as identity.

The early optimism that a new India could be fashioned out of an unequal and diverse society led to a formally inclusive legal membership, an impulse to social and economic rights, and group-differentiated citizenship. Today, these policies to create a civic community of equals are losing support in a climate of social intolerance and weak solidarity.

Once seen by Western political scientists as an anomaly, India today is a site where every major theoretical debate about citizenship is being enacted in practice, and one that no global discussion of the subject can afford to ignore.

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Contested Hierarchies, Persisting Influence: Caste and Power in Twenty-first Century India by Surinder S. Jodhka and James Manor : Rs1275 ISBN: 9789386689603

Why another book on caste? Hasn‚€™t enough research been conducted on the subject; and doesn‚€™t writing on or about caste help keep it alive?

The continued significance of caste in India‚€™s public life is said to be because of the reservation policy or because of electoral politics, with caste being viewed as a convenient mode of securing a stable vote bank. Contested Hierarchies, Persisting Influence shows, however, that caste survives beyond electoral politics and quotas.

Caste-based divisions continue to matter not only in the village, but also in modern-day urban life, business, institutions of higher education, and many other spheres of contemporary social practice.

The chapters in this book, written by some of the leading scholars of Indian society and based on hard empirical evidence, present complex dynamics of the interplay of caste with electoral politics, its change and persistence, and its continued significance in various regional and historical contexts.

The rich ethnographic studies show how caste survives as a resource of social and cultural capital, and as a relationship that is always defined by power, hierarchy and inequality. The authors state that caste influences and determines people‚€™s access to nourishment, shelter, property, and personal and financial security.

This book provides a rounded assessment of the subject that presents the complexities of caste practices in twenty-first century India.

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Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture, and Society in Honor of Amritjit Singh by Tapan Basu and Tasneem Shahnaaz : Rs1125 ISBN: 9789386689368

Crossing Borders is a volume of interdisciplinary essays on the paradigm of borders in African American literature, multi-ethnic U.S. studies, and South Asian studies. Written by established and mid-career scholars from across the world, the essays employ a variety of approaches to the idea of ‚€œborder crossings‚€� and represent important contributions to the discourses on modernity, diasporic mobility, populism, migration, exile, sub-nation, trans-nation, as well as the formation of nationalities, communities, and identities. Borders, in these contexts, signify social and national inequities and hierarchies and also the ways to challenge and transgress entrenched barriers sanctioned by habit, custom, and law. The volume also honours and celebrates the life and work of Amritjit Singh as a teacher, mentor, author, scholar, and editor.

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Cultural History of Modern India by Dilip M. Menon : Rs225 ISBN: 9789386392602

The history of modern India has been narrated largely in terms of the nationalist movement, personalities and what has been seen as the ‚€˜high‚€™ politics of the state. Recent shifts in history writing have tried to bring in subordinated histories of regions and of groups. We are moving towards a wider understanding of politics, history and of the ordinary people who make history. Cultural History of Modern India tries to push the emerging paradigm further by moving away from conventional notions of the history of the nation and indeed of the political.

The seven essays in this collection present original and pioneering forays in the study of cricket, oral history, gender studies, film, popular culture and Indian classical music. Whether looking at issues of caste on the seemingly level-playing field of cricket in early twentieth-century India; or how a nineteenth-century housewife comes to pen the first autobiography by an Indian woman; calendar art reflecting deeper notions of religion and community; or how an idea of ‚€˜pure‚€™ classical music faces the challenge of technology, these essays show how ideas of self, community and art are formed within a larger politics. Moreover, culture far from being a refuge from the political is also the space within which politics comes to be worked out.

This book serves as an introduction to the idea of cultural history in modern India and is aimed at the layperson as much as an undergraduate and graduate audience in the social sciences and humanities.

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Dalit Studies by Ramnarayan S. Rawat and K. Satyanarayana : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245119

The contributors to this major intervention into Indian historiography trace the strategies through which Dalits have been marginalized as well as the ways Dalit intellectuals and leaders have shaped emancipatory politics in modern India.

Moving beyond the anticolonialism/nationalism binary that dominates the study of India, the contributors assess the benefits of colonial modernity and place humiliation, dignity, and spatial exclusion at the center of Indian historiography. Several essays discuss the ways Dalits used the colonial courts and legislature to gain minority rights in the early twentieth century, while others highlight Dalit activism in social and religious spheres.

The contributors also examine the struggle of contemporary middle-class Dalits to reconcile their caste and class, intercaste tensions among Sikhs, and the efforts by Dalit writers to challenge dominant constructions of secular and class-based citizenship while emphasizing the ongoing destructiveness of caste identity.

In recovering the long history of Dalit struggles against caste violence, exclusion, and discrimination, Dalit Studies outlines a new agenda for the study of India, enabling a significant reconsideration of many of the Indian academy's core assumptions.

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Dalit Women ‚€“ Honour and Patriarchy in South India by Clarinda Still : Rs625 ISBN: 9789383166183

One of the only ethnographic studies of Dalit women, this book gives a rich account of individual Dalit women‚€™s lives and documents a rise in patriarchy in the community. The author argues that as Dalits‚€™ economic and political position improves, ‚€˜honour‚€™ becomes crucial to social status. One of the ways Dalits accrue honour is by altering patterns of women‚€™s work, education and marriage and by adopting dominant caste gender practices. But Dalits are not simply becoming more like the upper catstes; they are simultaneously asserting a distinct, politicised Dalit identity, formed in direct opposition to the dominant castes. They are developing their own ‚€˜politics of culture‚€™.

Key to both, the author argues, is the ‚€˜respectability‚€™ of women. This has significant effects on gender equality in the Dalit community.

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Essays Of A Lifetime: Reformers, Nationalists, Subalterns by Sumit Sarkar : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788178245157

For the past forty years or more, the most influential, respected, and popular scholar of modern Indian history has been Sumit Sarkar. When his first monograph, The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal 1903‚€“1908, appeared in 1973 it soon became obvious that the book represented a paradigm shift within its genre. As one eminent historian put it when the work was republished in 2010: ‚€œVery few monographs, if any, have ever rivalled the meticulous research and the thick description that characterised this book, or the lucidity of its exposition and the persuasive power of its overall argument.‚€�

Ten years later, Sarkar published Modern India 1885‚€“1947, a textbook for advanced students and teachers. Its synthesis and critique of everything significant that had been written about the period was seen as monumental, lucid, and the fashioning of a new way of looking at colonialism and nationalism.

Sarkar, however, changed the face not only of modern Indian history monographs and textbooks, he also radically altered the capacity of the historical essay. As Beethoven stretched the sonata form beyond earlier conceivable limits, Sarkar can be said to have expanded the academic essay. In his hands, the shorter form becomes in miniature both monograph and textbook. The present collection, which reproduces many of Sarkar‚€™s finest writings, shows an intellectually scintillating, sceptical-Marxist mind at its sharpest.

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Essays on Modern India by Suresh Chandra Ghosh : Rs350 ISBN: 9789386392091

A number of features like the spread of English education that characterise modern India have a genesis in institutions and systems set up in British colonial India. Set up not merely to tighten the grip over a vast profitable colony, these were also experiments in social engineering based on the philosophies of Macaulay, Bentham and Mill. India provided a test-bed for ideas that could not possibly be implemented in England itself.

The author is one of the foremost historians of Indian education. This book brings together a collection of five essays that deal with the origin of the system of Western education in India under Lord Macaulay and Charles Wood, and subsequent reforms under Lord Curzon, on the use of military force to maintain control over large swathes of the country and the influence of Utilitarianism in Lord Dalhousie‚€™s policies.

This book is an excellent source material for students and scholars of history of education in British India.

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Fiction As History - The Novel and the City in Modern North India by Vasudha Dalmia : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178244877

This book provides a panoramic view of the intellectual and cultural life of North India over a century ‚€“ from the aftermath of the 1857 uprising to the end of the Nehruvian era.

The North‚€™s historical cities, rooted in an Indo-Persianate culture, began changing more slowly than the Presidency towns founded by the British. Focusing on six major cities ‚€“ Agra, Allahabad, Banaras, Delhi, Lahore, and Lucknow ‚€“ Dalmia takes up eight canonical Hindi novels set in them to trace a literary history of domestic and political cataclysms. Her exploration of emerging Hindu middle classes, changing personal and professional ambitions, and new notions of married life provides a vivid sense of urban modernity.

She looks at the radical social transformations associated with post-1857 urban restructuring, and at the political flux resulting from social reform, Gandhian nationalism, communalism, Partition, and the Cold War. These, she argues, shaped the realm of the intimate as much as the public sphere. Love and friendship, notions of privacy, attitudes to women‚€™s work, and relationships within households are among the book‚€™s major themes.

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From 'People' To 'Citizen': Democracy's Must Take Road by Dipankar Gupta : Rs650 ISBN: 9789383166237

Dipankar Gupta brings together social theory with policy practice to enlarge our understanding of the difference that democracy makes to the life of a nation. Unlike nationalism, democracy takes our attention away from the past to the future by focusing on the specific concerns of 'citizenship'. Historical victories or defeats, blood and soil are now nowhere as relevant as the creation of a foundational base where individuals have equal, and quality, access to health, education, and even urban services. The primary consideration, therefore, is on empowering 'citizens' as a common category and not 'people' of any specific community or class. When citizens precede all other considerations, the notion of the 'public' too gets its fullest expression. Differences between citizens are not denied, in fact encouraged, but only after achieving a basic unity first. This book argues that the call of citizenship not only advances democracy, but social science as well.

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Haunting Bollywood: Gender, Genre, and the Supernatural in Hindi Commercial Cinema by Meheli Sen : Rs950 ISBN: 9789386392794

Hindi commercial cinema has been invested in the supernatural since its earliest days. However, only a small segment of these films has been adequately explored in scholarly work. Haunting Bollywood addresses this gap.

From Gothic ghost films of the 1950s to snake films of the 1970s and 1980s to today‚€™s globally influenced zombie and vampire films, Meheli Sen explores what the supernatural is and the questions it raises about film form, history, modernity, and gender in South Asian public cultures. Contrary to the widely held belief that these are uniquely ‚€œlocal‚€� forms, she shows that the supernatural is dispersed among multiple genres and is constantly in conversation with global cinematic conventions; simultaneously, the supernatural is an especially flexible impulse that pushes Hindi films into new formal and stylistic territories. 

Sen also argues that gender is a particularly accommodating arena in which the supernatural plays out its most basic compulsions; thus, the interface between gender and genre provides a productive lens into Hindi cinema‚€™s negotiation of the modern and the global. Haunting Bollywood reveals that the supernatural‚€™s unruly energies continually resist  being contained, even as they engage with and sometimes subvert Hindi cinema‚€™s most enduring pleasures, from songs and stars, to myth and melodrama.

Haunting Bollywood will be of interest to scholars and students of literary criticism, postcolonial studies, queer theory, history, and cultural studies.

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History of Modern Telangana by Bhangya Bhukya : Rs225 ISBN: 9789386689887

History of Modern Telangana explores the past of India‚€™s youngest state. It traces Telangana‚€™s history from the establishment of the Asaf Jahi reign in the eighteenth century till the formation of the state of Telangana in June 2014, and deals primarily with the socio-economic and political developments that took place in the region during this period.

The region called Telangana has, for centuries, had a distinct culture and a history of its own. Moving away from the dynastic perspective usually used in conventional history writing on the erstwhile Hyderabad State, this volume studies the social and economic conditions that led to this distinct identity. It also explores the unique political and administrative structures of the Nizam‚€™s era and the changes brought about through British influence during the colonial period.

These political processes and structures were further shaped by the various people‚€™s movements that occurred in the region in the first half of the twentieth century. These movements, coupled with the political developments taking place in the rest of India, resulted in the end of the Asaf Jahi rule and the merger of the region with the newly-independent Indian union in 1948.

This volume studies the rich history of this region in the context of events that were simultaneously transpiring in the rest of India. In doing so, it offers a critical, comprehensive understanding of the modern history of Telangana.

This book will be useful to students and scholars of history and political science.

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India‚€™s Aged: Needs and Vulnerabilities by Udaya S. Mishra and S. Irudaya Rajan : Rs825 ISBN: 9789386689573

India‚€™s Aged: Needs and Vulnerabilities discusses the most vulnerable aspects of elderly life‚€”health and well-being‚€”under the current conditions of economic and societal change. This volume explores (a) whether the nature of living arrangements has a bearing on the health outcomes of the elderly; (b) whether the real or perceived economic dependence and financial vulnerability of the elderly is conditioned by translation of capabilities into functioning; and (c) the implied healthcare costs, which are defined as based on both actual needs and the elderly people‚€™s own perception of their needs.

Living arrangements have to be linked with the health and well-being of the elderly, given the absence of universal social security, an inadequate formal system of care, as well as the gradual erosion of the joint family system. While it is obvious that rising healthcare costs are a reality due to rising longevity, this volume shows how population ageing contributes to rising healthcare costs, along with projected healthcare costs in the future.

In addition, this volume addresses issues such as access to finance, financial autonomy and financial inclusion of the elderly. Bringing together empirical explorations of prevailing realities and mechanisms that shape the well-being/ill-being of the elderly in India, this volume will be indispensible for students and scholars of economics, development studies, and health and wellness studies.

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India‚€™s Foreign Policy: Coping with the Changing World by Muchkund Dubey : Rs525 ISBN: 9789386392084

India‚€™s Foreign Policy: Principles, Challenges and Strategies  traces the values and principles that have shaped India‚€™s foreign policy and its evolution starting from the Non-Aligned Movement, up to the end of the Cold War; decline of multilateralism and the nation state; and the challenges of globalization.

This updated edition includes a new chapter on Pakistan. It examines the complexities in India‚€“Pakistan relations and in that context discusses Pakistan‚€™s polity, society, economy and the overall thrust of its foreign policy. It also advances compelling arguments for improving relations with Pakistan and discusses various approaches towards achieving this purpose including resumption of dialogue and solving outstanding bilateral problems. It further outlines a blueprint for economic cooperation.

The book has a separate chapter on how to deal with our neighbours‚€”Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Bhutan. it presents a comprehensive analysis of India‚€™s economic relations with Bangladesh. It discusses in detail the recent initiatives for improving Indo-Bangladesh cooperation.

This volume further looks at India‚€™s relations with world powers like the United States (US), Russia, China and Japan, the diversity and dimensions acquired by the Indo-US strategic partnership, the long-term vision of Indo-Russian collaboration in the realm of nuclear energy and India‚€™s response to Chinese initiatives that have the potential of bringing about changes in the world order.

The book also analyses and suggests appropriate strategies for meeting the challenges of other recent developments having far-reaching consequences for India in the coming years. These include China‚€™s rise as a global power, the shift of economic power balance from the US and Europe to Asia, the Indo-US nuclear deal, emergence of a new generation of regional and inter-regional economic groupings, and the role of the Indian diaspora in influencing India‚€™s development and foreign policy.

This volume, with its insightful and informed analysis from a renowned expert in and practitioner of India‚€™s foreign policy, will be indispensable for undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars of foreign policy, international relations and political science It will also be useful for government bodies and policy think tanks.

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Intimate Relations: Social Reform and the Late Nineteenth-Century South Asian Novel by Krupa Shandilya : Rs575 ISBN: 9789386392534

Intimate Relations takes a close look at the domestic novel as a literary genre and a tool for social reform. Originating from the intersection of literary and social reform movements, in the late nineteenth century the domestic novel led to literary innovation and to a rethinking of women‚€™s roles in society and politics.

Krupa Shandilya focuses primarily on social reform movements that changed intimate relations between men and women in Hindu and Muslim society, namely the widow remarriage act in Bengal (1856) and the education of women promoted by the Aligarh movement (1858‚€“1900).

Both movements sought to recover the woman as a ‚€œrespectable‚€� subject for the Hindu and Muslim nation, where respectability meant an asexual spirituality. While most Indian literary scholarship has focused on the normative Hindu woman, Intimate Relations links the representation of the widow in bhadralok society with that of the courtesan of sharif society in Bengali and Urdu novels from the 1880s to the 1920s. By studying their disparate histories in the context of social reform movements, Shandilya highlights the similarities of Hindu and Islamic constructions of the gendered nation.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Indian history, politics and literature, as well as women‚€™s and gender studies.

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Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition by Satheese Chandra Bose and Shiju Sam Varughese : Rs795 ISBN: 9789386392657

The southwest coast of India has always been significant within the global network of relations, through trade and the exchange of ideas, commodities, technologies, skills and labour. The much longer history of colonial experience makes Kerala‚€™s engagement with modernity complex.

Kerala Modernity studies these complexities‚€”the various ideas, spaces and practices that weave together the region‚€™s experiences of modernity. The book emphasises the methodological need to re-examine the idea of ‚€˜region‚€™ as a discursive category to explore Kerala‚€™s regional modernity.

This interdisciplinary presentation, complete with a Dalit critique of modernity in the Foreword, is an important contribution to literature on Kerala and debates on alternative modernities in South Asia. It will be of interest to students and scholars of history, sociology, and literary and cultural studies.

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Knowing the Social World-Perspectives and Possibilities by N. Jayaram : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788193415764

How does research in the social sciences happen?

Comprising analyses of how research is conducted in specific areas‚€”through examples of problems on which significant work is being, or have been, done‚€”and focusing on the underlying theoretical and philosophical assumptions, the essays in Knowing the Social World offer bird‚€™s-eye views as well as in-depth studies of existing research methods and practices of social sciences.

This book of twenty essays, divided into four parts, explores a variety of methodological approaches. It focuses on both the ‚€˜canonical‚€™ tradition, which upholds the objective nature of reality and privileges positivistic knowledge, and the ‚€˜non-canonical‚€™ tradition, which believes in the constructed nature of social reality and is concerned with producing an interpretive understanding of it

The book discusses unconventional sources of social science research data, like photographs and autobiographies, and covers a range of topics: changing conditions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes; changing agricultural practices; youth in organised crime and the underworld; violence against women; journalistic practices; and economic voting, among others.

Drawing on case studies from all parts of India, as well as from Sri Lanka, Scotland and the Gulf, this comprehensive and interdisciplinary volume will be invaluable to any student and scholar of sociology, political science, history and social anthropology.

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Labour State And Society In Rural India: A Class-Relational Approach by Jonathan Pattenden : Rs850 ISBN: 9789383166220

Behind India‚€™s recent economic growth lies a story of societal conflict that is scarcely talked about. Across its villages and production sites, state institutions and civil society organisations, the better and less well-off sections of society are engaged in antagonistic relations that determine the material conditions of one quarter of the world‚€™s ‚€˜poor‚€™. Increasingly mobile and often with several jobs in multiple locations, India‚€™s ‚€˜classes of labour‚€™ are highly segmented but far from passive in the face of ongoing exploitation and domination.

Drawing on more than a decade of fieldwork in rural South India, this book uses a ‚€˜class-relational‚€™ approach to analyse continuity and change in processes of accumulation, exploitation and domination. It focuses on the three interrelated arenas of labour relations, the state and civil society to understand how improvements can be made in the conditions of labourers working ‚€˜at the margins‚€™ of global production networks, primarilyas agricultural labourers and construction workers.Elements of social policy can improve the poor‚€™s material conditions and expand their political spacewhere such ends are actively pursued by labouring class organisations. More fundamental change, though, requires stronger organisation of the informal workers who make up the majority of India‚€™s population.

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Law and Identity In Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture 1772‚€“1947 by Mitra Sharafi : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244976

This book explores the legal culture of the Parsis, or Zoroastrians, an ethnoreligious community unusually invested in the colonial legal system of British India and Burma. Rather than trying to maintain collective autonomy and integrity by avoiding interaction with the state, the Parsis sank deep into the colonial legal system itself. From the late eighteenth century until India‚€™s independence in 1947, they became heavy users of colonial law, acting as lawyers, judges, litigants, lobbyists, and legislators. They de-Anglicized the law that governed them and enshrined in law their own distinctive models of the family and community by two routes: frequent intragroup litigation often managed by Parsi legal professionals in the areas of marriage, inheritance, religious trusts, and libel, and the creation of legislation that would become Parsi personal law. Other South Asian communities also turned to law, but none seems to have done so earlier or in more pronounced ways than the Parsis.

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Life in Peace and Conflict: Indigeneity and State in the Chittagong Hill Tracts by Nasir Uddin : Rs895 ISBN: 9789386296818

Across the world, the modern nation-state has paid little attention to indigenous people, and excluded them from the mainstream development process. The state has even deprived indigenous people of their legitimate claims to land, civil rights and legal recognition of their ethnic identity. Life in Peace and Conflict is a collection of nine essays, many of which are empirically grounded, on the conflict and peace-building measures between various indigenous groups and the state in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh.

Home to eleven indigenous groups of people collectively known as the Pahari, the CHT lies at the crossroads of South and Southeast Asia, and shares borders with Myanmar and the Indian Northeast. As such, it is geo-politically vital in South Asia. The policies of both the colonial and postcolonial states, which privileged the dominant Bengali community over the Pahari, resulted in violent conflict. After years of armed conflict, a ‚€˜peace accord‚€™ was officially signed in 1997 between the State and the representatives of indigenous Pahari people. Two decades on, however, peace still eludes the CHT‚€”the region is still apparently militarised, cross-border insurgency continues to haunt Indo-Bangladesh relations, and the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar has complicated an already fraught landscape.

While the book discusses the politics of indigeneity, it also documents everyday forms of discrimination and resistance among dispossessed communities, and critiques the ‚€˜developmental‚€™ efforts of international agencies and NGOs to resolve conflict in an understudied region of the world.

Students and scholars of political science, international relations, anthropology, sociology, South Asian studies, public administration and development studies will find this book useful.

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Looking Back: The 1947 Partition of India, 70 Years On by Rakhshanda Jalil, Tarun K. Saint and Debjani Sengupta : Rs1150 ISBN: 9789386689566

While discourse on the Partition, especially through literary representations, has changed radically, it is time to revisit it from a third and perhaps fourth-generation point of view. On the 70th anniversary of India‚€™s Independence and Partition, this anthology of diverse narratives collects fresh reflections on the continuing relevance and impact of 1947, and its afterlife, in South Asia.

In what ways can we re-think and re-imagine 1947 today, in 2017? Has the subcontinent worked through its burden of history and trauma relayed across generations? Or are we still trapped by the curse of mutual animosity, incoherence and distrust? Are there routes beyond polarised perceptions and attitudes that wait to be (re-)discovered?

Earlier Partition anthologies have underplayed the narratives of the aged, of marginal castes and tribes who may have experienced 1947 differently. The genres of poetry, drama and reportage have likewise not been collected and read as a whole. This anthology‚€”of essays, memoirs, art, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, reportage and drama‚€”seeks to rectify these omissions in a manner that is both self-reflexive and historically aware. It also features fresh translations‚€”from Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Bangla‚€”of older, lesser-known works together with new writing that narrates unheard and forgotten stories. In times when India-Pakistan relations are fraught, when we remain as divided by religion as by how we imagine the nation, this is an effort to cast new light on our fractured and conjoined past and to help us reflect on it with humanity.

The volume would be an asset to students and scholars of South Asian literature and history.

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Much Ado Over Coffee - Indian Coffee House Then and Now by Bhaswati Bhattacharya : Rs975 ISBN: 9789383166169

Based on oral history, fiction, interesting intellectual gossip, and records of the Coffee Board of India, Much Ado Over Coffee: Indian Coffee House Then and Now is a many-sited description of the Indian Coffee House, possibly the world‚€™s first coffee house chain.

The book offers interestingly written accounts of the addas or informal meetings, of the educated middle class in the cities of Calcutta, Allahabad and Delhi. Addas initially flourished in the neighbourhood tea shops, and then switched to the newly created coffee houses.

Readers will encounter their favourite writers, and other famous people at close quarters here. Bhaswati Battacharya brings to life the lanes and by-lanes of these cities as they were then, through the sheer gift of her ethnographic skills.

Some workers, now forgotten but who were once immensely popular with the regular visitors of the coffee houses, live on again on these pages bringing back old memories. In this context one should perhaps mention that in an interesting departure, some footnotes in this book are used to carry video links of luminaries visiting these coffee houses.Change has set in here too as everywhere else.

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Nature And Nation: Essays on Environmental History by Mahesh Rangarajan : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245003

Writing India‚€™s environmental history is not easy. The country‚€™s territorial vastness, geographical complexity, and unusual biodiversity make the task difficult. Relatively few scholars have shown the historical range and intellectual depth required to tackle the area compellingly and with sophistication.

Mahesh Rangarajan is among the foremost scholars in this field. The papers and books he has written or edited over more than two decades have helped craft and enlarge Indian environmental thought as a whole. They have established his reputation as a stimulating and wide-ranging historian-thinker in the discipline.

The present collection comprises ten essays showcasing the core of Rangarajan‚€™s thought and interventions. They include comparisons of the subcontinent with the world beyond, most specially with societies in Asia and Africa once under Western domination. They also include studies of specific historical conjunctures under regimes such as those of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Jomo Kenyatta and Julius Nyerere.

Environmental shifts and continuities in a massive Asian society and polity are the central focus of this book. It discusses events and processes to show how specific environmental changes happened. It discusses the global ecological dimensions of Indian transformations. Economy and ecology, state-making and identity, nature and nation converge and cohere to make this a book for every thinking person.

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Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India‚€™s Higher Education by Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Eds) : Rs895 ISBN: 9789386296993

In India, few things open faster than colleges, but few sectors reform more slowly than higher education. Demographic changes, economic growth and integration into the global economy, the rising demand for higher education, and the increase in the number of private colleges have led to a massive expansion in Indian higher education. While challenges of access and cost have been long-standing, much of this expansion has been of dubious quality, the result of sustained and deep regulatory and governance failures.

This book analyses these and other complex challenges facing higher education in India, and suggests possible solutions to some of them. The contributors highlight a range of issues facing higher education today, through a deeply moving account of the decline of a college in north Bihar; discussions on the various types of post-secondary educational institutions‚€”the research university, teaching colleges, and vocational training institutes; initiatives, such as community colleges, to address the problem of skill development in India; and the financing and governance of higher education in India. 

The book combines diverse methodologies: ethnography of institutions, case studies and data-based work, to present a complex landscape.

These critical insights into higher education in India will be useful to scholars and researchers in education, political science, sociology, and public policy.

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Nonviolence in Modern Indian History by David Hardiman : Rs1095 ISBN: 9789386689436

How relevant are nonviolent Gandhian protests in India, decades after Independence? What tools and techniques of nonviolence can history offer us in the face of the surge in communalism and fundamentalism? What are the limits of nonviolence as a strategy?

Nonviolence in Modern Indian History throws light on how acts of nonviolent dissidence have been used with varying degrees of success by people of different political persuasions. Far from looking at nonviolence as an absolute moral imperative, the essays here show how this concept evolved over time: how Gandhi and other practitioners developed and modified the technique according to the prevailing circumstances, how the older doctrine of ahimsa related to Gandhian nonviolence, and how constructive work programmes underpinned the movement and offered healthy alternatives to the systems under protest.

The book also examines how nonviolence has been utilised as a political strategy for a wide range of interests in post-Independence India, such as the struggles for land and those against a nuclear plant. As a compendium of essays critiquing nonviolence, this book will be useful to students and scholars of conflict and peace studies, Gandhian studies, history and political science.

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Paschimbanger Bhasha-PLSI Volume 31, Part 3 - Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan by Ganesh Devy and Sankar Prasad Singha and Indranil Acharya : Rs2650 ISBN: 9788125062516

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially the languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

There are 88 volumes in the series of People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India being published by us. This book is Part 3 of Volume 31, Paschimbanger Bhasha  [the Languages of West Bengal][Bangla] of The People's Linguistic Survey of India Series (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.  

The book contains the information on languages and linguistic variety of the West Bengal State of India. The languages/dialects included in this book are as follows :
Scheduled Languages : 1.Urdu;  2.Nepali; 3.Bangla; 4.Bodo;  5.Santhali.
Non-Scheduled Languages : Kurmali,  Kurukh, Kol Hayam, Kora, Kheria Shabor, Garo, Toto, Dukpa/Jongkha, Tamang,  Dhimal,  Birhor,  Bedia, Boigani, Malto/Malpaharia,  Mahali Alkhand, Mundari, Rajbongshi, Rabha, Limbu, Lepcha, Lodha Shabor, Sherpa, Sadria. There is a chapter on ‚€˜Endengered Languages of North Bengal‚€™.

This volume looks at history, linguistic details, grammar, literature and word list of the languages included, covering a wide linguistic range across books, religious texts and periodicals. It brings together the finest scholars as well as teachers, nomadic peoples and laymen to do the research in the area of languages of Bengal.

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Pharmocracy: Value, Politics, and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine by Kaushik Sunder Rajan : Rs1095 ISBN: 9789386392473

In this book, Kaushik Sunder Rajan introduces the concept of ‚€œpharmocracy‚€� to explain the structure and operation of the global, multinational pharmaceutical industry. He highlights pharmocracy's logic in two case studies from contemporary India: the controversial introduction of an HPV vaccine in 2010, and the Indian Patent Office's denial of a patent for an anticancer drug in 2006 and the ensuing legal battles.

In each instance, health was appropriated by capital and transformed from a state of well-being into an abstract category dependent on capital's interests. These cases demonstrate the precarious situation in which pharmocracy places both health and democracy, as India's accommodation of global pharmaceutical regulatory frameworks puts the interests of its citizens against those of international capital.

Continuing Sunder Rajan‚€™s theoretical explorations into the relationships among biosciences, the market, and political economy, Pharmocracy contributes to debates in the humanities and social sciences around questions of health, law, and political economy. It will be of interest to anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and political theorists, as well as to legal scholars, public health practitioners, policymakers and pharmaceutical industry analysts.

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Prastavna : Bhashaka Svatva-Volume 1, Part 1 - Bhartiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan by Ganesh Devy : Rs925 ISBN: 9789386689092

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

This book is Part 1 of Volume 1 ( Prastavana : Bhashaka Svatva (Hindi)) of  The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.

The first volume of the PLSI series brings to the reader the journey undertaken in 2010, by a group of visionaries led by Dr G.N. Devy to document the languages of India as they existed then. The aim of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India was to document these languages, spoken in India‚€™s remotest corners. India‚€™s towns and cities too have found a voice in this survey. What this journey did was to bring a groundswell of support from people from all walks of life, leading to The Being of Bhasha.

This volume discusses the living Indian languages; language : speech and writing; what is People‚€™s Linguistic Survey about; The PLSI process; and the Being of Bhasha followed by four appendinces on some growing non-scheduled languages; UNESCO list of languages in danger; unclassified mother tongues in the 1961 Census; and the list of Indian languages known to the country.

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Print and Pleasure: Popular Literature and Entertaining Fictions in Colonial North India by Francesca Orsini : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245126

Print and Pleasure tells the story behind the boom in commercial publishing in nineteenth-century North India.

How did the new technology of printing and the enterprise of Indian publishers make the book a familiar object and a necessary part of people‚€™s leisure in a largely illiterate society? What genres became popular in print? Who read them and how were they read?

Our perception of North Indian culture in this period has been dominated by the notion of a competition between Hindi and Urdu, and the growth of language nationalism. Print and Pleasure argues that many other forces were also at work which, in the pursuit of commercial interests, spread quite different and much more hybrid tastes.

The importance of this major new book lies in showing, moreover, that book history can greatly enrich our understanding of literary and cultural history. Francesca Orsini mines a huge and largely untapped archive in order to reveal that popular songbooks, theatre transcripts, meanderingly seralized narratives, flimsily published tales, and forgotten poems are as much a part of colonial history as the elite novels and highbrow journals that are more frequently the subject of historical studies.

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Raising the Curtain: Recasting Women Performers in India by Lata Singh : Rs695 ISBN: 9789386392756

Raising the Curtain, through the study of women performers in colonial and Independent India, problematises the question of gender and patriarchy. Women performers, being the most public women, unsettle the category of gender divided along castes, class, sexuality and the private/public paradigm.

Women performers do not form a homogenous category; their roles, agency, issues, concerns and lives differ significantly because of their different social and cultural locations. They ranged from the royally patronised nagarbandhu and ganika in ancient India, to the lower-caste performers of popular theatres, to the politically powerful tawaifs in medieval India, to subaltern women actresses in elite theatre of colonial India, to educated middle-class women of the Indian People‚€™s Theatre Movement of the 1940s, whose primary aim was to bring about social and political change.

Colonial modernity and middle-class respectability discourse stigmatized and criminalised women performers by creating a fuzzy boundary between them and prostitutes. By foregrounding the status and position of these women in brahmanical/middle-class patriarchal society, the study enters larger debates in feminist and cultural historiographies to understand what marriage, family and domesticity, the middle-class respectability quest meant for women and how actresses have used theatre to carve their own space, identity and labour.

This volume also highlights cultural labour, which has remained invisible in mainstream labour history and also devalued in mainstream society because of its linkage with caste, class, gender, sexuality and cultural politics. This problematises the question of sexuality taking the debate beyond sexual choice, agency and autonomy.

Through the use of a wide range of sources, this finely crafted book fills a significant gap in the study of subaltern cultural history and feminist historiography. It will be essential reading for scholars and students of subaltern history, sociology, gender studies, as well as of the theatre.

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Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari: Volume IV, 1926‚€“30 by Mukesh Kumar and Shilpa Menon : Rs1950 ISBN: 9789386392909

The present volume is the fourth in a series of ten volumes of the Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari being published in association with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. This volume begins with Rajaji‚€™s enthusiasm for constructive work and ends with his active participation in the civil disobedience movement and imprisonment, covering five momentous years of his life from 1926 to 1930‚€”a very significant phase in India‚€™s freedom struggle. Having established the Gandhi Ashram at Tirichengodu in 1925, Rajaji continued to propagate khadi and the spinning wheel as crucial to relieving rural economic distress. Carrying on crusades for total prohibition and the removal of untouchability, Rajaji became the voice of the Mahatma in the South. Gandhiji spoke of Rajaji as one of satyagraha‚€™s finest exponents and also as his ‚€˜consciencekeeper‚€™, a remark that underscored their personal relationship.

In March 1930 when Gandhiji gave the clarion call for civil disobedience, Rajaji took upon himself the task of carrying his message to the masses. On 30 April 1930, with a band of 100 followers, Rajaji led a civil disobedience campaign to protest the salt tax at Vedaranyam. He was arrested and sentenced to nine months‚€™ imprisonment.

Besides speeches, articles and notes on khadi and prohibition, letters to Gandhiji, Purushotamdas Thakurdas, Mahadev Desai and his co-workers, the volume also includes the full collection of informal talks with young political prisoners at Bellary Jail, titled Chats Behind Bars. It gives an insight into life in prison.

This volume is a collector‚€™s edition that will be a useful tool of reference on the life of Rajaji. It narrates a very important phase in the history of India‚€™s struggle for freedom, making it a reference for scholars, researchers, academics, and lay readers studying the Indian national movement.

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Society and Culture in India: A Reader by Subas Mohapatra : Rs650 ISBN: 9789383166145

Society and Culture in India is a collection of eighteen carefully chosen essays written by internationally famous sociologists whose work is on India. It has been designed to take the reader through the discipline of Sociology to get an understanding of the complex nature of Indian society.

The editor of the volume, Subas Mohapatra has very perceptively grouped the various readings in the book under five main heads, they are: ‚€˜An Introduction to Sociology and Pioneering Sociologists‚€™, ‚€˜Sociology of Caste Past and Present‚€™, ‚€˜Rural and Agrarian Society‚€™, ‚€˜Poverty and Development‚€™ and ‚€˜Contemporary Social Issues‚€™.

The essays in this book dwell on several separate subject areas of sociology. This enables the Reader to provide a comprehensive view of the discipline of sociology itself as well as the society it tries to understand.

Some of the main concerns of this book are: growth and development of sociology in India; changing nature of caste, village and rural society; sociological analysis of poverty and contemporary issues associated with civil society; gender inequality and secularism and communalism.

The Reader does not try to be thematically exhaustive but it nevertheless enables one to see order beneath the everyday confusions of life in India.

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Sociology and History: Dialogues Towards Integration by A. M. Shah : Rs550 ISBN: 9789386392640

Conceived as a series of dialogues between Shah and his fellow social scientists, and indeed between the two disciplines of Sociology and History, essays in this collection nuance ethnographic fact with a historical dimension in ways that were path-breaking for their time.

The book includes Shah‚€™s well-known study of the Vahivancha Barots‚€”traditional record-keepers of genealogies and narrators and creators of myths. The focus on genealogical depth explains the vital role this group plays in legitimizing lineage, clan, and a suitable ancestry traced back to a glorious mythological past. M. N. Srinivas in a foreword provides the theoretical backdrop.

By examining historical records, Shah, along with M. N. Srinivas, questions the myth, till then accepted as a given, of the self-sufficiency of the Indian village. An essay on the political system in eighteenth-century Gujarat, shows the persistence over time of well-integrated structures of power, spanning the village, provincial and imperial levels.

Shah offers several essays on theory and method in sociology and history, anchored in review of literature, and empirical materials. A significant inclusion is the discussion between Shah and Romila Thapar on sociological understanding of ancient India, examining the relation between lineage, clan, caste, and the state. Three other essays deal with the history of sociology and anthropology in India as seen from the perspective of three early journals.

The book will be invaluable for scholars and students of sociology, anthropology and history.

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Sons Of Sarasvati : Late Exemplars of the Indian Intellectual Tradition by Chinya V. Ravishankar : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178244969

The classical Indian tradition of panditya (scholarship) has a long and distinguished history, but is practically extinct today. Its decline is remarkably recent ‚€” traditional panditya flourished as recently as 150 years ago. The decline is also paradoxical, having occurred precipitously following a broad and remarkable flowering of the tradition between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. The important questions this decline poses are the subject of much ongoing work, and the intellectual history of the period is still under construction. The present book makes a major contribution to this project.

A notable impediment facing intellectual historians has been the lack of critical biographies of significant figures in the Indian scholarly tradition. The importance of personal and social context?for reconstructing intellectual histories is widely understood. In the Indian tradition, however, authors have systematically excluded such context from their work. Reliable biographies of figures from the classical tradition of panditya are a rarity ‚€” very scarce in English and sparse even in the regional languages.

This book presents translations from the original Kannada of the biographies of Garalapuri Sastri, Srikantha Sastri, and Kunigala Ramasastri of nineteenth-century Mysore, all representing the highest echelons of traditional panditya at this critical period of transition. Their fields are literature, grammar, and logic, respectively.

These biographies illuminate the personal lives of these scholars in the social and political context of their times. They are also detailed and nearly contemporaneous accounts by individuals with first-hand knowledge of these lives. The translations are accompanied by copious footnotes as well as appendices that significantly augment the material in the biographies.

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Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the World as Globe by Sumathi Ramaswamy : Rs1450 ISBN: 9789352870790

Why and how did debates about the form and disposition of our Earth shape our sense of selves and being in the world in colonial modernity? Sumathi Ramaswamy explores this question for British India with the aid of the terrestrial globe, which since the sixteenth century has circulated as a worldly symbol, a scientific instrument, and not least, as an educational tool for inculcating planetary consciousness.
 
In Terrestrial Lessons, Ramaswamy provides the first in-depth analysis of the globe‚€™s history and impact on the Indian subcontinent during the colonial era and afterwards. Drawing on a wide array of archival sources, she describes its transformation from a thing of distinction possessed by elite men into that mass-produced commodity used in classrooms worldwide‚€”the humble school globe. 

Adopting a methodology drawn from recent object theory, the book demonstrates how a modern planetary awareness was cultivated in schools across India and became central to colonial pedagogy. The terrestrial lessons conducted with the aid of the school globe also constituted the earliest form of science education in the subcontinent. This is also the first study of the globe as it left the shores of Europe to travel to and circulate in the Indian subcontinent.

Traversing the length and breadth of British India, Terrestrial Lessons is an unconventional history of this master object of pedagogical modernity that will fascinate historians of cartography, science, and Asian studies.

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Text And Tradition In South India by Velcheru Narayana Rao : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245188

There has long been a general consensus among ‚€œinsiders‚€� in the world of South Asian scholarship that Velcheru Narayana Rao‚€™s contribution to understanding Indian cultural history, literary production, and intellectual life‚€” specifically from the vantage of the Andhra region‚€”has few parallels. However, unlike the writings of his friend A.K. Ramanujan, Narayana Rao‚€™s writings in English remain little recognized by the broader public.

Nevertheless, several features make Narayana Rao‚€™s work utterly extraordinary. He is one of the very rare scholars to be able to reflect magisterially on both the pre-colonial and colonial periods. In part, this is because of his mastery of the ‚€œclassical‚€� Telugu tradition. As Sanjay Subrahmanyam puts it in his Introduction, ‚€œTo command nearly a thousand years of a literary tradition is no small feat, but more important still is VNR‚€™s ability constantly to offer fresh readings and provocative frameworks for interpretation.‚€� Further, Narayana Rao‚€™s work moves fluidly between the Sanskrit and vernacular traditions, and between the worlds of orality and script.

The essays and reflections in Text and Tradition in South India bring together the diverse contributions made by Velcheru Narayana Rao to the rewriting of India‚€™s cultural and literary history. No-one seriously interested in the history of Indian ideas, the social and cultural history of South India, and the massive intellectual traditions of the subcontinent can do without this book.

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The Concept Of Bharatavarsha And Other Essays by B.D. Chattopadhyaya : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245164

This collection explores what may be called the idea of India in ancient times. Its undeclared  objective is to identify key concepts which show early Indian civilization as distinct and differently oriented from other formations.

The essays focus on ancient Indian texts within a variety of genres. They identify certain key terms ‚€“ such as Janapada, Desa, Varna, Dharma, Bhava ‚€“ in their empirical contexts to suggest that neither the ideas embedded in these terms nor the idea of Bharatvarsa as a whole are ‚€œgiven entities‚€�, but that they evolved historically.

Professor Chattopadhyaya examines these texts to unveil historical processes. Without denying comparative history, he stresses that the internal dynamics of a society are best decoded via its own texts. His approach bears very effectively on understanding ongoing interactions between India‚€™s ‚€œGreat Tradition‚€� and ‚€œLittle Traditions‚€�.

As a whole, this book is critical of the notion of overarching Indian unity in the ancient period. It punctures the retrospective thrust of hegemonic nationalism as an ideology that has obscured the diverse textures of Indian civilization.

Renowned for his scholarship on the ancient Indian past, Professor Chattopadhyaya‚€™s latest collection only consolidates his high international reputation.

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The Gender Of Caste: Representing Dalits in Print by Charu Gupta : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244990

Caste and gender are complex markers of difference, hierarchy, and inequality. They have rarely been addressed together in the context of colonial India. The Gender of Caste rethinks the history of caste from a gendered perspective by exploring its connections with print‚€“public‚€“popular culture.

Charu Gupta shows that the creation by elites of hegemonic print and literary practices involved the operation of caste and gender in tandem. Caste and gender constituted society in vital ways and caste was central to how gender was reproduced. Deriving her material from Uttar Pradesh a century ago, she shows that ideas about gender were critical to caste practices in relation to Dalits.

Historicizing several axes along which Dalits were represented‚€”gender, caste, class, and community, she extends the preoccupations of Indian feminists and Dalit historians. Utilizing the lens of ‚€˜representation‚€™, she examines ideological discourses that constructed Dalits generally, and Dalit women specifically. Such constructions, she argues, suggest the implicit collusion of colonizers, nationalists, reformers, and Dalits themselves. She takes us through historical narratives that helped engender images of Dalits and ‚€˜untouchable‚€™ women, reifications which North Indians internalized and reproduced towards a cultural ‚€˜common sense‚€™ that persists into our own time.

This book questions both the presumptive ‚€˜upper-casteness‚€™ of feminist studies and the presumptive maleness of most Dalit studies of the colonial period. Dalit masculinity, remembrances of 1857, popular vocabularies and idioms, conversion anxieties, and the difficulties of indentured labour are among the many themes of this book‚€”a major expansion of the field.

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The Indian Ideology: Three Responses to Perry Anderson by Partha Chatterjee, Sudipta Kaviraj, Nivedita Menon introduction by Sanjay Ruparelia : Rs495 ISBN: 9788178244839

When the Marxist historian Perry Anderson published The Indian Ideology‚€”his scathing assessment of India‚€™s democracy, secularism, nationalism, and statehood‚€”it created a furore. Anderson attacked subcontinental unity as a myth, castigated Mahatma Gandhi for infusing Hindu religiosity into nationalism, blamed Congress for Partition, and saw India‚€™s liberal intelligentsia as by and large a feckless lot.

Within the large array of responses to Anderson that appeared, three stand out for the care and comprehensiveness with which they show the levels of ignorance, arrogance, and misconstruction on which the Andersonian variety of political analysis is based. Collectively, these three ripostes represent a systematic critique of the intellectual foundations of The Indian Ideology.

Confronting Anderson‚€™s claim to originality, Nivedita Menon exposes his failure to engage with feminist, Marxist, and Dalit scholarship, arguing that a British colonial ideology is at work in such analyses. Partha Chatterjee studies key historical episodes to counter the ‚€œGreat Men‚€� view of history, suggesting that misplaced concepts from Western intellectual history can obfuscate political understanding. Tracing their origins to the nineteenth-century worldview of Hegel and James Mill, Sudipta Kaviraj contends that reductive Orientalist tropes such as those deployed by Anderson frequently mar European analyses of non-European contexts.

Vigorous polemic merges with political analysis here, and critique with debate, to create a work that is intellectually sophisticated and unusually entertaining.

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The Languages of Arunachal Pradesh-Volume 4, Part 2 (PLSI) by G. N. Devy and Lisa Lomdak : Rs1400 ISBN: 9789386392688

‚€Ę The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India.

‚€Ę It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

‚€Ę The Languages of Arunachal Pradesh documents the major languages that are spoken in the state‚€”not only languages of well-known tribes, but also lesser known ethno-linguistic groups that are found within the larger ethnic groupings.

‚€Ę The main objective of this volume is to bring numerically smaller ethno-linguistic communities into focus and provide them with a platform to share their views about their language and culture as they perceive it.

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The Languages of Assam (Volume 5, Part 2) - People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by G. N. Devy and Bibha Bharali, Banani Chakravarty : Rs1995 ISBN: 9789386689153

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume discusses some interesting features of the languages spoken in the valleys, hills and terrains of Assam. It discusses features of Scheduled, Non-scheduled, and other languages of the state. The volume lists how these languages are in use in day-to-day life of the people there. It also includes folktales, folk songs to tell the reader about the rich culture of Assam.

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The Languages of Haryana-Volume 10, Part 2 (PLSI) by G. N. Devy and Roop Krishen Bhat & Omkar N. Koul (Ed.s) : Rs1200 ISBN: 9789386296856

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

The Languages of Haryana (volume ten, part two) covers the languages that are spoken in the state of Haryana. The book gives a detailed description of Hindi as well as Hindi language and literature. In addition, the volume gives information about the contribution of Haryana to the development of Punjabi and Urdu language and literature.  Other languages, spoken in Haryana like Ahirwati, Bagri, Bangru, Kauravi and Mewati are also described in detail.

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The Languages of Himachal Pradesh-Volume 11, Part 2 (PLSI) by G. N. Devy and Tobdan : Rs1850 ISBN: 9789386296863

  • The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the languages of India-the widely spoken ones as well as the ones slowly going out of use.
  • The book is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.
  • This volume covers the languages that are spoken in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The book tries to document all these languages before they disappear and are no longer spoken.
  • The detailed linguistic descriptions given in the book have been taken from native speakers through oral interaction/by speaking with them directly.
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The Languages of Madhya Pradesh-Volume 16, Part 2 (PLSI) by G. N. Devy and Damodar Jain, Prashant Mishra : Rs1525 ISBN: 9788125061441

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

Madhya Pradesh is the second-largest state in the country and is home to a significant number of Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes of the country. The given volume presents folktales, folk songs, and vocabulary lists for the reader to gain a better understanding of the languages of the state. Scheduled, Non-scheduled, and tribal languages are discussed.

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The Languages of Maharashtra (Volume 17, Part 2): People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by G. N. Devy, Arun Jakhade : Rs2650 ISBN: 9789386689443

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

Maharashtra is India‚€™s third largest state and also its most industrialised. This volume informs the reader about the variety of languages that are prevalent and in use in the state. One of its interesting features is that it discusses the varieties of Marathi in use, and also different tribal languages. Apart from this, it also details the languages of nomadic communities and also has a chapter on the code language of the nomads.

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The Languages of Rajasthan (Volume 25, Part 2)-People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by G. N. Devy and Madan Meena and Suraj Rao (Eds) : Rs1350 ISBN: 9788125063971

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India, The Languages of Rajasthan recognises all the languages spoken in Rajasthan within its geographical boundary. The languages have been identified on the basis of people‚€™s knowledge and they have been accorded the status of independent languages, avoiding the distinction between language, dialect and sub-dialect. An important feature of this survey is that people have been given the freedom to name their languages.

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The Making of the Mahatma by Chandran D. S. Devanesen : Rs975 ISBN: 9789352870899

First published over 50 years ago, The Making of the Mahatma was an important contribution to the literature on the life and thought of M. K. Gandhi. It was the first scholarly work to identify the forces that moulded the young boy from nineteenth-century Kathiawar into a force that sealed the fate of colonialism in the next century. This seminal volume details the first 40 years of Gandhi‚€™s life as a late Victorian youngster in a native princely state, as a tentative student in London, and as an inexperienced but determined lawyer in South Africa. Through its insights into Gandhi‚€™s early reading, influences and social life, it provides a critical study of the formative years that led to the writing of his statement of beliefs‚€”the Hind Swaraj.

The author argues that Gandhi was influenced not just by Indian history and culture, but also by the intellectual and spiritual environment of more than one great civilisation. We have to move beyond the beliefs and legends that have grown around the Mahatma to more objectively understand him as a great man produced by the historical forces of his time.

This engaging narrative is now reissued with a Foreword by Rajmohan Gandhi. As a well-known, influential work, this book will interest students of history, Gandhian thought and peace studies.

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The Past of the Outcaste: Readings in Dalit History by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Yagati Chinna Rao (Eds) : Rs1495 ISBN: 9789386296658

Are you fit for political power even though you do not allow a large class of your own countrymen like the untouchables to use public school? ‚€¶ the use of public wells? ‚€¶ the use of public streets? ‚€¶ to eat any food they like?

‚€”B. R. Ambedkar, Annihilation of Caste

These questions, raised by Dr Ambedkar roughly a century ago, still hold true. The prevalence of caste-based violence and rising Dalit assertion has led to a revival of the movement spearheaded by luminaries such as Phule, Ambedkar and others. To comprehend this rising revolution, it is important to trace writings of the public intellectuals and social scientists through history. The Past of the Outcaste brings together historical narratives of the ‚€˜outcastes‚€™, which together throw light on the economic, civil, cultural and political exclusion and discrimination that is caste-based.

This collection includes statements on untouchability by leaders of the freedom movement‚€”for example, Gokhale, Lajpat Rai, Ambedkar and Gandhi; essays on the history of the outcastes in the pre-colonial period; on the beginnings of Dalit consciousness and organised resistance to caste oppression; on the relationship between the nationalist movement and Dalits; and finally, essays locating the Dalits in the post-independence polity in India. This carefully edited compendium will be of use to students and scholars of history, sociology and political science in general and those in the area of ‚€˜exclusion studies‚€™ in particular.

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Unconditional Equality: Gandhi‚€™s Religion of Resistance by Ajay Skaria : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245102

Unconditional Equality examines Mahatma Gandhi‚€™s critique of liberal ideas of freedom and equality, and his own practice of a freedom and equality organized around religion.

Sometimes working against the grain of Gandhi‚€™s explicit formulations, Unconditional Equality reconceives satyagraha (passive resistance) as a politics that strives for the absolute equality of all beings. Liberal traditions usually affirm an abstract equality. But for Gandhi such equality is an ‚€œequality of [the] sword‚€�‚€”because it excludes those presumed to lack reason (such as animals or the colonized), but also because those included lose the power to love.

Gandhi professes instead a politics organized around dharma, or religion. For him, there can be ‚€œno politics without religion.‚€� This involves self-surrender, a freely offered surrender of autonomy and everyday sovereignty. For Gandhi, the ‚€œreligion that stays in all religions‚€� is satyagraha.

Ajay Skaria argues that, conceptually, satyagraha insists on equality without exception of all humans, animals, and things.

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We Who Wove with Lotus Thread: Summoning Community in South India by Aarti Kawlra : Rs695 ISBN: 9789352871728

Our thread is different from the thread of the brahmin.
They have the Vedas, we have weaving.

We Who Wove is the first in-depth ethnographic study of the Telugu-speaking Padma Saliyars of Tamil Nadu, who claim a high status among hereditary weaving castes. The Padma Saliyars consider themselves ‚€˜on par‚€™ with brahmins, claiming difference through their ‚€˜thread‚€™ and the divinely ordained work of weaving. Their origin myth as recorded in the Bhavanarishi Puranam pronounces weaving as a divine boon, referring to their longstanding recognition and status as those who wove with lotus thread. Approaching community not as a closed and unchanging world but as a dynamic one, the study contributes to the growing scholarship on re-articulations of caste in South Asia. Using methods of both history and ethnography, it reveals the ‚€˜hidden histories‚€™ of artisan caste affirmation and community belonging in mobilising for production.

The author beautifully reconstructs the organisation of the weaver household and the meticulous work that goes into producing a Kanchipuram silk sari, highlighting the unity of the work, the loom and the weaver. She explores handloom weaving in light of the different regimes of value‚€”craft (as opposed to machine) aesthetic, traditional technology, cottage industry and embodied work‚€”that define its lived reality in South India. She also addresses the need for a new approach to the subject of artisans in India, given the lack of critical anthropological and historical works on the subject.

Providing descriptions and analyses of hitherto unpublished material supplemented with photographs, this volume will be a valuable addition to the fields of ethnography, anthropology and sociology.    

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Women in Political Thought: The Quest for Gender Equality and Beyond by Sushila Ramaswamy : Rs995 ISBN: 9789386689580

Women and Political Thought provides an in-depth analysis of women‚€™s role and place in political thought.

Beginning with Greek political thought, Sushila Ramaswamy traces the history of eighteenth-century liberalism, which, she demonstrates, carried the seed of modern feminism.

She discusses the effects the philosophies of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Hegel had on eighteenth-century feminists. She offers detailed accounts of the main proponents of liberal feminism‚€”for example, Mary Wollstonecraft, Margaret Fuller and Elizabeth Stanton‚€”and the historical contexts that shaped them. She also analyses the works of Jeremy Bentham, James Mill and John Stuart Mill as central to later revised liberal feminism.

Ramaswamy also focuses on women thinkers from other ideological standpoints‚€”the early socialists, the Marxists and the social democrats‚€”that formed parts of the first wave feminism. She concludes by tracking the rise of radical feminism and its core ideas; the second-wave liberal feminism of Betty Friedan; the rise of postmodern feminism and eco-feminism during the third wave.

This is a comprehensive and detailed history of key women political thinkers and various schools of feminist thought.

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Writing The First Person: Literature, History, and Autobiography in Modern Kerala by Udaya Kumar : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245201

Why did autobiographical writings emerge in Kerala more than a century ago? What were the social, material, and cultural features that motivated individuals to write  personal histories and memoirs? This book shows the complex ways in which private recollections, and the use of memory for loosely literary ends, also entailed the production of history by another name.

Udaya Kumar analyses this period of social transformation to show the emergence of new resources for the self-relective writer, as well as of new idioms of expression. Among the many genres and forms he studies are anti-caste writings, works advocating spiritual and social reorientation, monologic poetry, and early novels in Malayalam.

Sree Narayana Guru‚€™s thought, the portrayal of women and desire in Kumaran Asan‚€™s poetry, and the fictional worlds created by major novelists of this period (such as O. Chandu Menon and C.V. Raman Pillai), says Udaya Kumar, excited fresh appraisals of morality, personal emotions, and shared pasts. The envisioning of caste reform, the recording of historical change, and the creation of political identities, he shows, are often inextricable aspects of new literary practices.

Using Kerala‚€™s cultural history as his entry point, Udaya Kumar has written an uncommonly inspirational book of ideas about the relationship of literature to history, on literature as‚€”in a sense‚€”‚€˜history in person‚€™.

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A Rule Of Property For Bengal :An Essay on the Idea of Permanent Settlement by Ranajit Guha : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244822

‚€œ. . . a pioneering work on the intellectual origins
of [the Permanent Settlement]‚€�‚€”Holden Furber (1964)

The infamous Permanent Settlement of Bengal in the eighteenth century was the most disputed step in the agrarian field ever taken in India under British rule. Why did it happen? Written with uncommon elegance, Ranajit Guha‚€™s classic study‚€”a pioneering work in Indian intellectual history‚€”provides the answers by looking at the ideas and thinking of the policy-makers who radically changed the way in which India was taxed and ruled.

Guha considers why European ideas about capitalism in farming and methods of revenue collection were thrust upon a colonial society. He shows that British administrators such as Lord Cornwallis and Philip Francis were far more considerably influenced by the French Physiocrats than by Indian conditions on the ground. He elaborates on the philosophical antecedents of the Settlement in the works of Alexander Dow, Henry Pattullo, and Philip Francis, outlining the contradictions between their views and those of Warren Hastings.

This third, attractively re-set, edition of a seminal work that has been in print since 1963 includes two new essays by Partha Chatterjee and Rudrangshu Mukherjee. Together, they position this book within Indian historiography and reveal precisely why it remains indispensable for anyone involved in thinking seriously about colonial rule and the making of modern South Asia.

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Dalit Studies by Ramnarayan S. Rawat and K. Satyanarayana : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178244860

The contributors to this major intervention into Indian historiography trace the strategies through which Dalits have been marginalized as well as the ways Dalit intellectuals and leaders have shaped emancipatory politics in modern India.

Moving beyond the anticolonialism/nationalism binary that dominates the study of India, the contributors assess the benefits of colonial modernity and place humiliation, dignity, and spatial exclusion at the center of Indian historiography. Several essays discuss the ways Dalits used the colonial courts and legislature to gain minority rights in the early twentieth century, while others highlight Dalit activism in social and religious spheres.

The contributors also examine the struggle of contemporary middle-class Dalits to reconcile their caste and class, intercaste tensions among Sikhs, and the efforts by Dalit writers to challenge dominant constructions of secular and class-based citizenship while emphasizing the ongoing destructiveness of caste identity.

In recovering the long history of Dalit struggles against caste violence, exclusion, and discrimination, Dalit Studies outlines a new agenda for the study of India, enabling a significant reconsideration of many of the Indian academy's core assumptions.

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Decolonisation and the Politics of Transition in South Asia by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay : Rs1650 ISBN: 9788125062523

This volume interrogates the concept of decolonisation, which is often taken to mean a transfer of power from a colonial to an indigenous elite. However, decolonisation involved a much more complex historical experience for the people of the postcolonial nations. It did not necessarily mean a clinical break with the past, but was rather an incomplete, complicated process, as different groups began to seek different meanings of freedom and imagined multiple pathways for their future development. Old nationalisms were questioned and new identities were born, as fresh boundaries were drawn, both geographically and socially.

This book captures some of these complexities of the decolonisation process in South Asia‚€”across India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh‚€”by focusing on these uncertainties and debates of the transition period from colonial to the postcolonial. The essays engage with a range of issues related to decolonisation, including electoral systems, forms of political systems, democracy and authoritarianism, economic planning, armed insurrection, ideological consensus and conflict, minority rights and exclusivist politics. 

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Desire and Defiance: A Study of Bengali Women in Love, 1850-1930 by Aparna Bandyopadhyay : Rs1275 ISBN: 9788125062356

Power is the key element of patriarchy; and the other significant element is love. Traditional control over women‚€™s sexuality was rearticulated in the mid-nineteenth century through the ideology of a non-consensual, non-dissoluble conjugality, based on the wife‚€™s unconditional fidelity and loyalty to her husband. Intertwined with this control was the fear that women would transgress, fears that even led to a backlash against representations of women‚€™s deviant love in novels, and attempts to prevent women from reading. Despite these restrictions, some women did follow their desires, in defiance of social norms.

Desire and Defiance retells story of heterosexual love in Bengal from the woman‚€™s perspective. Focusing primarily on upper-caste Bengali women from both Hindu and Brahmo backgrounds, this book explores aspects of heterosexual intimacy that were considered transgressive by upper-caste Hindu society. Resisting societal attempts to confine their sexuality, many upper-caste Hindu and Brahmo women married (or remarried) according to their own choice, or engaged in non-marital and extra-marital intimacy. However, as the book shows, such transgression usually led to harassment, familial and social ostracism, and severe social sanctions. The colonial bureaucracy, judiciary and media exercised control over women‚€™s sexuality through laws and strictures, highlighting the way patriarchy transcended the divide between the public and the private, the coloniser and the colonised.

Providing a feminist understanding of the high-caste Hindu/Brahmo woman‚€™s varied and mostly unrewarding experiences of intimacy outside the bounds of normative relationships, this book provides a glimpse into the deeply gendered world of love. Interesting and informative, this book will be useful to students and scholars of women‚€™s studies, history, sociology and culture studies.

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Gitanjali Reborn: William Radice‚€™s Writings on Rabindranath Tagore by Martin Kšmpchen (Ed) : Rs850 ISBN: 9789383166152

After his path-breaking translation of Tagore‚€™s poems in 1985, Radice evolved into an ambassador of the poet in the Western world. He also translated Tagore‚€™s short stories and brief poems, and finally translated Gitanjali afresh, restoring Tagore‚€™s original English manuscript. W.B. Yeats had, in his attempt to edit them, seriously tampered with many Gitanjali poems.

From 2011 to 2013, when the poet‚€™s 150th birth anniversary was celebrated, Radice went from city to city in Asia, Europe and North America to advocate Rabindranath‚€™s importance as a poet and what he means to him.

Radice, himself a recognised poet and an erudite scholar, delved into the deeper meaning of Tagore‚€™s poems and songs, gauged his emotions and hidden thoughts and discussed his ideas on education and the environment with an insight probably no other Westerner has. This book presents a comprehensive collection of lectures and essays Radice wrote during those festival years.

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Gramsci‚€™s Common Sense: Inequality and Its Narratives by Kate Crehan : Rs995 ISBN: 9789386296665

Acknowledged as one of the classics of twentieth-century Marxism, Antonio Gramsci‚€™s Prison Notebooks provides an approach to class that extends beyond economic inequality to include other forms of inequality, such as those of race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.

The author, Kate Crehan explains the understanding of inequality in Prison Notebooks, focusing in particular on Gramsci‚€™s interrelated concepts of subalternity, intellectuals, and common sense, and putting them in relation to the work of thinkers such as Bourdieu, Arendt, Spivak, and Said.
The Gramscian concepts are clarified through case studies; for example, the idea of the organic individual is explained through a study of Adam Smith‚€™s work, and Gramsci‚€™s understanding of common sense is clarified through examining the political narratives associated with the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements in the U.S.

Gramsci‚€™s Common Sense provides an accessible and useful introduction to a key Marxist thinker whose writings throw light on the twenty-first century‚€™s increasing inequality. 

It will be invaluable for students and scholars of from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, political science, history, geography, and literary studies.

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Gujarat, Diu-Daman ane Dadra Nagar Havelini Bhasha, Khand 9, Bhag 3-Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan by Ganesh Devy,Kanji Patel : Rs3850 ISBN: 9788125061120

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially the languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

There are 88 volumes in the series of People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India published by us. This book is Part 3 of  Volume 9 (Gujarat, Diu- Daman ane Dadra Nagar Havelini Bhasha  [Gujarati]) of The People's Linguistic Survey of India Series (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.  

The present book contains the information on 47 languages and linguistic variety of the Gujarat State of India. The survey of languages included in this volume are as follows:

a]Scheduled languages : Gujarati, Urdu and Sindhi. The regional varieties of Gujarati such as Charotari, Pattani, Vagheri, Halari, Surati, Saurashtri/Sorathi, Jataki, Mutawaki and Kutchhi have also been included in this volume. Similarly regional varieties of Sindhi have also been covered in this survey.
b]Tribal languages : Ambudi, Airani, Kathali Vasavi, Kathodi, Kunkana, Kotal, Kotwali, Garasiya, Gamit, Gorpa, Charani, Chaudhari,  Dangi, Rathwi, Siddi, Dungara Bhili, Dungari Bhili, Dhodia, Tadavi, Talavia-Rathod, Dehwali, Panchamahali Bhili, Mavachi, Varali, Rathwi and Siddi.
c]Denotified, Nomadic Tribes [DNT] languages : Chamathi, Dafer, Thori, Nayaki, Bahurupi, Bhantu, Madari, Mir-Mirasi, Vanjhari, Vadi, Sandhi, 
d]Coastal languages : Kolagha, Kodi,  Kharwa, Mangeli, Mer.

The volume is supplemented with a]11 maps depicting linguistic variety in the State; b] elaborate bibliography given at the end of each chapter. c] an elaborate word- index at the end of the volume
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Hating Empire Properly:India, the Indies, and Enlightenment Anticolonialism by Sunil M. Agnani : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178244808

This book is a novel attempt to think about the eighteenth-century view of India and the West Indies together, arguing that this is how Edmund Burke and Denis Diderot actually saw them.

The interest in more than one geographical space is revealed to be a largely unacknowledged part of Enlightenment thought. Focusing on colonized regions in relation to the Enlightenment, Agnani demonstrates how Burke‚€™s horror of the French Revolution‚€”the defining event of modernity‚€” was shaped by prior reflection on these other domains.

Exploring with sympathy the angry outbursts against injustice in the writings of Diderot, Agnani nonetheless questions understandings of him as an unequivocal critic of empire.

By looking carefully at the thought of both radical and conservative writers, Agnani asks what it means to critique empire ‚€œproperly.‚€� He draws from Adorno‚€™s quip that ‚€œone must have tradition in oneself, in order to hate it properly.‚€�

‚€œEmpire‚€� and ‚€œthe Enlightenment‚€� are linked terms. Sunil Agnani shows us connections between them from a new perspective, ones that have hardly been known, much less outlined and analysed. His work is an important contribution to political theory, history, literary studies, and postcolonial studies.

Winner of the 2014 Harry Levin Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association
Sunil M. Agnani‚€™s Hating Empire Properly is an astute and learned inquiry into the Enlightenment, colonialism, and revolution in the anticolonial writings of Denis Diderot and Edmund Burke. Agnani‚€™s nuanced analyses of Diderot and Burke and ‚€œthe two Indies‚€� demonstrate the suggestive power of ‚€˜hating properly,‚€™ of ‚€œentering into its [empire‚€™s] terms and allowing the internal contradictions to be heightened rather than covered by a politic veil.‚€� With rich textual analyses and theoretical agility, Hating Empire Properly more than substantiates its concluding suggestion ‚€œthat the full ‚€˜meaning‚€™ and significance of the fragmentary discourses of the Enlightenment are manifest only in the colonies, rendered legible only by means of the colonies . . .‚€�

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Languished Hopes: Tuberculosis, the State and International Assistance in Twentieth-century India by Niels Brimnes : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125062820

Tuberculosis in India is one of the most frightening challenges to public health today. Recent WHO figures state that in 2013, India had 2.6 million cases of tuberculosis, of which 80 per cent were new, and the disease claimed nearly 300,000 lives. This means that almost a fifth of the world‚€™s tuberculosis related deaths occurs in India.

Languished Hopes: Tuberculosis, the State and International Assistance in Twentieth-century India narrates and analyses the history of tuberculosis in India in the twentieth century: how the disease was ‚€˜discovered‚€™, how it has been understood, and how national and international agencies have struggled to bring it under control.

The author begins in the early decades of the century, when colonial authorities realised that tuberculosis might be a severe health threat, and traces debates and initiatives from late colonialism through independence into post-colonial India. His focus is on the first two decades after independence, when tuberculosis control received unprecedented attention and underwent fundamental transformations.

In this period the world‚€™s largest vaccination campaign was rolled out in India, and new antibiotic drugs were distributed to infected Indians through the ambitious National Tuberculosis Programme. The analysis ends with the early 1990s, when Indian authorities realised that 80 years of control efforts had achieved little, and prepared to revamp the official control programme. The final section presents more promising results from the past twenty years.

Through his analysis of tuberculosis control measures in India, the author proffers a simple message: where there is massive poverty, there will be severe tuberculosis. Vaccines and drugs cannot do the job alone.

The book will be of interest to students and scholars of history, medical sociology, and to health practitioners.

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Leader Of Youth-Netaji Collected Works Volume 6 by Subhas Chandra Bose, Sisir Kumar Bose and Sugata Bose (Ed.s) : Rs495 ISBN: 9788178244754

This volume brings to readers the thoughtful voice of Subhas Chandra Bose as he spoke to audiences of students and youth across the country during the months that he was out of prison between 1929 and February 1933.

It was in 1929 that Jatindranath Das‚€”a young associate of Bhagat Singh‚€”died in Lahore Jail after a hunger strike. Jatin had served in the Congress volunteer corps in 1928 under Subhas, who took charge of the funeral rites. In October 1929 Subhas journeyed from Calcutta to Lahore to deliver a message of complete emancipation to the Punjabi students‚€™ conference, lauding Jatin‚€™s sacrifice.

On his return to Calcutta Bose was arrested and on 23 January 1930, the day he turned thirty-three, he was imprisoned on charges of sedition. From behind bars Bose watched with admiration as Gandhi made his next moves towards civil disobedience.

These are among the many fascinating episodes that comprise this volume, which shows Subhas emerging as a pan-Indian leader in his own right, and as the only real spokesman of the Left.

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New Discover History 6 by KC Khanna : Rs274 ISBN: 9788125059585

New Discover History 6 is a revised and updated edition of the widely accepted Discover History series.

These books have an interactive and a child-friendly approach, so that students enjoy learning history and civics. They are also richly illustrated so as to make the subject come alive for the students.

Equal emphasis has been paid to major events in Indian and world history so that students get a holistic picture of the past. Also events are covered in a systematic and chronological manner so that the students can recognise the patterns and understand the underlying processes that moulded our past and present.

Several new features have been added to the books.

  • Learning objectives that state clearly the knowledge and skills that students will acquire by the end of the lesson. They help students to set goals and achieve them.

  • Timelines that provide a graphic representation of the periods of time under study, with the main events that occurred in that period arranged chronologically. They give students a brief and concise picture of the period under study.

  • Abundant and rich illustrations that are used as teaching tools. They not only illustrate the text, but are also used to convey information that goes beyond the text.

  • Accurate and informative maps that present a spatial perspective of historical events.

  • Discover More Boxes that offer extra information on the topics under study.

  • Words to remember that gives a glossary of important terms used in the chapter.

  • In brief that sums up the main concepts in the chapter. It is a useful tool for revision.

  • Activities that offer a variety of tasks, such as map work, project work, field trips, poster-making, script-writing, role-play, chart work and making presentations.

  • Graded exercises that cover each chapter in detail, and move from shorter objective-type to longer detailed-answer type.

  • Higher Order Thinking Skills that require students to apply what they have learnt in the chapter, and to think beyond it.

  • Multiple Choice Questions that test a student‚€™s understanding of the chapter in depth since they involve choosing the correct answer from several similar options.

  • Picture Study that offers picture-based questions that encourage students to observe, identify, and recall facts.

  • Websites for further reference that supply Internet links to augment the topics under study. These are also useful for projects.
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New Discover History 7 by KC Khanna : Rs285 ISBN: 9788125059592

New Discover History 7 is a revised and updated edition of the widely accepted Discover History series.

These books have an interactive and a child-friendly approach, so that students enjoy learning history and civics. They are also richly illustrated so as to make the subject come alive for the students.

Equal emphasis has been paid to major events in Indian and world history so that students get a holistic picture of the past. Also events are covered in a systematic and chronological manner so that the students can recognise the patterns and understand the underlying processes that moulded our past and present.

Several new features have been added to the books.

  • Learning objectives that state clearly the knowledge and skills that students will acquire by the end of the lesson. They help students to set goals and achieve them.

  • Timelines that provide a graphic representation of the periods of time under study, with the main events that occurred in that period arranged chronologically. They give students a brief and concise picture of the period under study.

  • Abundant and rich illustrations that are used as teaching tools. They not only illustrate the text, but are also used to convey information that goes beyond the text.

  • Accurate and informative maps that present a spatial perspective of historical events.

  • Discover More Boxes that offer extra information on the topics under study.

  • Words to remember that gives a glossary of important terms used in the chapter.

  • In brief that sums up the main concepts in the chapter. It is a useful tool for revision.

  • Activities that offer a variety of tasks, such as map work, project work, field trips, poster-making, script-writing, role-play, chart work and making presentations.

  • Graded exercises that cover each chapter in detail, and move from shorter objective-type to longer detailed-answer type.

  • Higher Order Thinking Skills that require students to apply what they have learnt in the chapter, and to think beyond it.

  • Multiple Choice Questions that test a student‚€™s understanding of the chapter in depth since they involve choosing the correct answer from several similar options.

  • Picture Study that offers picture-based questions that encourage students to observe, identify, and recall facts.

  • Websites for further reference that supply Internet links to augment the topics under study. These are also useful for projects.
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New Discover History 8 by KC Khanna : Rs308 ISBN: 9788125059608

New Discover History 8 is a revised and updated edition of the widely accepted Discover History series.

These books have an interactive and a child-friendly approach, so that students enjoy learning history and civics. They are also richly illustrated so as to make the subject come alive for the students.

Equal emphasis has been paid to major events in Indian and world history so that students get a holistic picture of the past. Also events are covered in a systematic and chronological manner so that the students can recognise the patterns and understand the underlying processes that moulded our past and present.

Several new features have been added to the books.

  • Learning objectives that state clearly the knowledge and skills that students will acquire by the end of the lesson. They help students to set goals and achieve them.

  • Timelines that provide a graphic representation of the periods of time under study, with the main events that occurred in that period arranged chronologically. They give students a brief and concise picture of the period under study.

  • Abundant and rich illustrations that are used as teaching tools. They not only illustrate the text, but are also used to convey information that goes beyond the text.

  • Accurate and informative maps that present a spatial perspective of historical events.

  • Discover More Boxes that offer extra information on the topics under study.

  • Words to remember that gives a glossary of important terms used in the chapter.

  • In brief that sums up the main concepts in the chapter. It is a useful tool for revision.

  • Activities that offer a variety of tasks, such as map work, project work, field trips, poster-making, script-writing, role-play, chart work and making presentations.

  • Graded exercises that cover each chapter in detail, and move from shorter objective-type to longer detailed-answer type.

  • Higher Order Thinking Skills that require students to apply what they have learnt in the chapter, and to think beyond it.

  • Multiple Choice Questions that test a student‚€™s understanding of the chapter in depth since they involve choosing the correct answer from several similar options.

  • Picture Study that offers picture-based questions that encourage students to observe, identify, and recall facts.

  • Websites for further reference that supply Internet links to augment the topics under study. These are also useful for projects.
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New Perspectives in the History of Indian Education by Parimala V. Rao : Rs625 ISBN: 9788125063117

New Perspectives in the History of Indian Education brings together essays on the milestones in the development of modern education in India since the mid-nineteenth century. It offers readings on a wide range of interconnected themes and the debates which have shaped the contours of the educational policy of contemporary India.

The essays critique the existing anti-imperialist, postmodern and nationalist historiographies of Indian education, and bring forth the shortcomings of these approaches. Basing themselves on archival sources, they overturn the existing myths created by these historiographies and shed new light on the role of the colonial state, missionaries and Indian nationalist leaders.

The empirically rich essays focus on the initiatives to promote education among the socially and educationally backward Dalit communities and the status of Dalit institutions. The authors argue forcefully about the centrality of education in fostering social mobility and change. The essays on women‚€™s education discuss how intensely controversial it was to educate girls, and how women struggled to establish their identity and make their voices heard in a traditional society undergoing a transition to modernity. The essays also critically examine the colonial state policy and the attitude of nationalist leaders towards the introduction of mass and compulsory education.

This volume will be immensely useful for students and scholars in departments of education, history and sociology. It will also be of interest to educationists, policymakers and the general reader who wants to understand the evolution of modern education in India.

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Nursing and Empire: Gendered Labor and Migration from India to the United States by Sujani K. Reddy : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125062301

Drawing on extensive archival research and compelling life-history interviews, Nursing and Empire examines the lives of Indian nurses, which have unfolded against a complex backdrop of Anglo-American capitalist imperialism and the emergence of a postcolonial Indian nation-state still tied to this global system.

The bookbegins with the movement of white, U.S.-based single female medical missionaries to India and proceeds through the remaking of the colonial medical map through race-based segregation in the U.S. and the ‚€œopen door imperialism‚€� of the Rockefeller Foundation in India. It ends with the Cold War emigration of Indian nurses as one outcome of the critical role played by U.S. medical interests in a colonial ‚€œcivilizing mission.‚€�

Complicating the long-held view of Indian women as passive participants in the movement of skilled labor in this period, Reddy demonstrates how these "women in the lead" pursued new opportunities afforded by their mobility. At the same time, Indian nurses also confronted stigmas based on the nature of "women‚€™s work", religious and caste differences within the migrant community, and the racial and gender hierarchies of the U.S.

Spanning two centuries and multiple geographic spaces, Nursing and Empire sheds light on histories of capitalist expansion and marginalized women‚€™s histories of resistance and labor migration.

This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of gender studies, labor history, and U.S.≠≠‚€“India relations.

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Odishara Bhasha Samooh (Volume 22, Part 3) (Odiya) - Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan by Ganesh Devy (Chief Editor),D. P. Pattanayak, Mahendra Kumar Mishra : Rs3350 ISBN: 9788125062912

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially the languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

There are 88 volumes in the series of People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India being published by us. This book is Part 3 of Volume 22, Odishara Bhasha Samooha  [the Languages of Odisha] [Odiya] of The People's Linguistic Survey of India Series (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.  

The book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Odisha State of India. The languages included in this book are:
Scheduled Languages : 1. Odiya  2. Santhali
Non-Scheduled Languages : 1. Agariya; 2. Oraon; 3. Olar Pata  4. Kamar  5. Kishan  6. Kui  7. Kuvi  8. Kurmali 9.Koda  10. Koshali  11. Koya 12. Gadaba  13. Gondi  14. Juan 15. Jhadiya Parja  16. Don  17. Didayee  18. Delki Khadiya  19. Durva  20. Paudi Bhuyan  21. Bada Prja 22. Banjara  23. Bonda  24. Birhal  25. Binjhal  26. Bhatara  27. Bhunjia  28. Manda 29. Munda  30. Mundari  31. Saura  32. Sadari  33. Halvi  34. Ho  35 Lodha

This volume looks at history, linguistic details, grammar, literature and word list of the languages included, covering a wide linguistic range across books, religious texts and periodicals. It brings together the finest scholars as well as teachers, nomadic peoples and laymen to do the research in the area of languages of Odisha.

Unique features:
1. Competition: There is as yet no comprehensive work done on languages apart from the Grierson‚€™s survey which was done way back some 100 years ago during the British regime in India.
2. India-focused unique feature: The volume on Odisha‚€™s scheduled and non-scheduled languages designed to understand the impact of languages  in community, caste, religion and multiplicity of culture. This sets the book apart from the earlier survey done by foreign authors.
  3. Style: Written in simple language, accessible to all readers and research scholars.

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Politics and the Right to Work: India‚€™s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act by Rob Jenkins and James Manor : Rs850 ISBN: 9789386296771

India‚€™s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), passed in 2005, has been among the developing world‚€™s most ambitious anti-poverty initiatives. By ‚€˜guaranteeing‚€™ 100 days of work annually to every rural household, NREGA has sought to advance the Indian constitution‚€™s commitment to securing citizens‚€™ ‚€˜right to work‚€™.

Politics and the Right to Work offers a detailed analysis of the politics surrounding NREGA: the approach to political change that informed its design, the public advocacy and parliamentary tactics involved in its passage, the political dynamics shaping implementation at state and local levels, the institutional constraints on reforming how NREGA operates, and its complex impacts on the political capacities of poor people.

Based on their extensive‚€”primarily qualitative‚€”field research, the authors examine how rights are being reconceived to promote pro-poor development and the challenges of making states more accountable to their most disadvantaged citizens. Their analysis of the politics of NREGA provides a window into the inner workings of Indian democracy and the complex character of the Indian state as it seeks to upgrade the country‚€™s social welfare provision to match its growing economic strength.

This book will be invaluable to scholars and students of political science, social policy, and the political economy of development.

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Revisiting India‚€™s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics by Amritjit Singh, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola (Eds) : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125064121

Revisiting India‚€™s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics is a contributory volume on the Partition of India on the eve of Independence. There are 19 essays in the book drawn from interdisciplinary backgrounds on several topics pertaining to the Partition, including decolonisation and post-colony, economic development and nation-building, cross-border skirmishes, terrorism, and nationalism. The volume covers areas beyond Punjab and Bengal and includes analyses of Sindh, Kashmir, Hyderabad, and more broadly South India, the Northeast, and Burma. It, in fact, extends and expands on the original notion of the ‚€˜Long Partition‚€™ to examine the cultural, political, economic, and psychological impact the Partition continues to have on communities in South Asia and throughout the diaspora. 

Useful for scholars in literary and cultural studies, history, political studies, sociology, Asian/South Asian studies, and women‚€™s studies, the book has a thought-provoking introduction which provides a multi-vocal, multi-focal, transnational commentary on the Partition in relation to motifs, texts, and regions that have earlier been ignored.

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Rupture, Loss and Living: Minority Women Speak about Post-conflict Life by K. Lalita and Deepa Dhanraj : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125064152

Rupture, Loss and Living: Minority Women Speak about Post-conflict Life is an oral history volume that brings together narratives of women survivors of collective violence from three places in India‚€” Hyderabad, Mumbai and Gujarat. These voices represent different classes, rural and urban locations and span three decades of violent events.

Thematically presented‚€” ‚€˜I Began to See the World for What it is‚€™, ‚€˜Loss and Trauma‚€™, ‚€˜Negotiating Survival and Livelihood‚€™, ‚€˜Claiming Accountability, Seeking Justice‚€™ ‚€“ this book explores the gendered complexities of negotiating the immediate and long term aftermath of collective violence.

In the Introduction, the editors provide an analytical framework built from ideas articulated in the narratives. Such a framework helps to interrogate and contextualise questions of agency, identity and justice. Concepts such as rupture, loss, dignity and accountability are laid bare in order to understand the processes and politics of recovery and survival. 

This book goes beyond a restrictive understanding of collective violence and its impacts to challenge existing assumptions on Minority women‚€™s engagement with public and private institutions in a post-conflict context. The narratives presented here foreground a critique of power and contemporary society, rooted in Minority women‚€™s experiences of violence and survival.

This unique and deeply moving compilation will be of great interest to activists and policymakers working in areas of post-violence recovery and minorities and citizenship, as well as to scholars of women‚€™s studies, feminism, political science, sociology, cultural politics and ethnography/oral history.

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Samagra Andhurla Charitra - Samskruthi Charithara Purvayugam nunchi Rashtra Vibhajana, Ananthara Parinamala Varaku (Telugu) by Sivanagi Reddy Emani and NVS Ravi Kumar : Rs475 ISBN: 9780101069366

This is a text of History based on the syllabus of for the aspirants of Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission [APPSC]. It is aimed for the aspirants of civil services in Andhra Pradesh. The book covers the history of Andhra Pradesh from its ancient times to the medieval and modern times until the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh State into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2014. The book provides the latest information on the division of the State.

There is a free booklet of questions packaged with this book which will help students to self-evaluate their understanding of the subject. There are also more than 35 photographs given in the book. The book is written in a very lucid manner and easy to understand way.

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Sarasvatichandra Part II: Gunasundari‚€™s Household by Govardhanram Madhavram Tripathi,Tridip Suhrud (tr.) : Rs495 ISBN: 9788125061588

An epic novel written in four parts from 1887 to 1901, Sarasvatichandra is both the enactment and embodiment of the life philosophy of one man, and his sole mission.

Part II, Gunasundari‚€™s Household, details the complex dynamics of a Hindu joint family. Minister of Ratnanagari, Vidya Chatura and Gunasundari were married as children. Intelligent and eager, a young Gunasundari is educated by her husband to share his pleasures of literature, poetry, philosophy. But this blissful aesthetic conjugality is disrupted when his relatives come to live with them. She must suddenly manage a household of fourteen individuals, each with different needs and idiosyncracies. Govardhanram‚€™s acute, often delightfully wry observations on human nature, the household dynamics, his sharp characterisation and descriptions of a pregnant Gunasundari struggling to keep the family ‚€˜joint‚€™ and content are perceptive and thought-provoking.

The novel holds up a fascinating mirror to Gujarati society, the joint family, particularly the role of women, and life in the princely states against the backdrop of India, pre-Independence, in transition at the turn of the nineteenth century‚€”culturally, politically and ideologically. Before Gandhi, arguably no other work has so profoundly influenced the ethos and imagination of Gujarat as Sarasvatichandra. Parts III and IV, also translated by Tridip Suhrud, an acknowledged scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Gujarat, are forthcoming.

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Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, 1600‚€“1830 by Jonathan Eacott : Rs1275 ISBN: 9788125061298

Linking four continents over three centuries, Selling Empire demonstrates the centrality of India‚€”both as an idea and a place‚€”to the making of a global British imperial system. In the seventeenth century, Britain was economically, politically, and militarily weaker than India, but Britons increasingly made use of India‚€™s strengths to build their own empire in both America and Asia. Early English colonial promoters first thought of America as a potential India, hoping that the emerging Atlantic colonies could produce Asian raw materials. When this vision failed to materialize, Britain‚€™s circulation of Indian manufactured goods‚€”from umbrellas to cottons‚€”to Africa, Europe, and America then established an empire of goods and encouraged many British people to debate whether or not their empire itself was good for Britain or India.
Eacott takes a new look at the British empire's history and geography by tracing the development of consumer culture, the American Revolution, and British industrialization through the commercial intersections linking the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. From the seventeenth to the nineteenth century and beyond, the evolving networks, ideas, and fashions that bound India, Britain, and America shaped the persisting global structures of economic and cultural power and interdependence. 
This book will be of considerable interest to students and scholars of Indian, British, colonial American, imperial, and global history.   

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Shades of Difference: Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore by Radha Chakravarty (Ed.) : Rs650 ISBN: 9789383166107

This unusual collection brings together Tagore‚€™s writings on forms of difference based on gender, caste, class, nation, community, religion, social customs and political beliefs. Via new translations, along with Tagore‚€™s own writings, lectures and conversations, this illustrated anthology presents his complex, dynamic approach to commonly perceived dualities ‚€“ like life/ death, nature/ culture, tradition/ modernity, East/ West, local/ universal etc.- to highlight his humanistic vision and its significance for us today.
The accompanying Audio Visual Material, Tagore & His World, provides a broader context for Tagore‚€™s evolution as a thinker and artist, offering glimpses of his life, travels, educational vision and creative experiments in the visual and performing arts.

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Telangana Charitra-Samskruthi Rashtra Avatharana Udyamaalu (Telugu original) by Adapa Satyanaryana and Dyavanapalli Satyanarayana : Rs450 ISBN: 9788173704574

Telangana Charitra - Samskruthi Rashtra Avatharana Udyamaalu [Telugu original]. This is a history of Telangana from the earliest times to the formation of the State. This book is published under our Sangam Books imprint.   

The formation of new State has generated public debate about its identity, specificity and distinctiveness. History enthusiasts and general public have been showing more interest in knowing about the historical and cultural legacy of the region.  In all the competitive examinations Telangana history has been included in the syllabus. But so far no authentic academic work is available. Hence the objective is to provide a comprehensive account of the evolution of polity, society, economy, religion and culture in the Telangana region from ancient to the modern times.

This book covers the entire history and culture of Telanagana from the earliest times to the present, i.e., till the formation of new Telangana State in 2014. The book contains the information on history of ancient Telangana; medieval Telangana and modern period. In this book proper care has been taken to organize the themes and chronology systematically.

In order to provide an easy grasp of the subject matter and the topics 24 colour photographs have been supplemented in the book (between the pages 176-177).
There are 7 maps in the book which supplements the text in a very important way.

The contents of the book includes: Introduction; Prehistory; Satavahanas; Ikshvakus; Vishnukundins; Chalukyas; Kakatiyas; Nayakas (Musunuru&Padmanayakas); Asaf Jahis; Socio-Economic and Political Awakening in Telangana; Freedom Struggle in Telangana; Formation of Andhra Pradesh; Separate Telangana Movement, Phase I and Separate Telangana Movement, Phase II.

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Text And Tradition In South India by Velcheru Narayana Rao : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178244723

There has long been a general consensus among ‚€œinsiders‚€� in the world of South Asian scholarship that Velcheru Narayana Rao‚€™s contribution to understanding Indian cultural history, literary production, and intellectual life‚€” specifically from the vantage of the Andhra region‚€”has few parallels. However, unlike the writings of his friend A.K. Ramanujan, Narayana Rao‚€™s writings in English remain little recognized by the broader public.

Nevertheless, several features make Narayana Rao‚€™s work utterly extraordinary. He is one of the very rare scholars to be able to reflect magisterially on both the pre-colonial and colonial periods. In part, this is because of his mastery of the ‚€œclassical‚€� Telugu tradition. As Sanjay Subrahmanyam puts it in his Introduction, ‚€œTo command nearly a thousand years of a literary tradition is no small feat, but more important still is VNR‚€™s ability constantly to offer fresh readings and provocative frameworks for interpretation.‚€� Further, Narayana Rao‚€™s work moves fluidly between the Sanskrit and vernacular traditions, and between the worlds of orality and script.

The essays and reflections in Text and Tradition in South India bring together the diverse contributions made by Velcheru Narayana Rao to the rewriting of India‚€™s cultural and literary history. No-one seriously interested in the history of Indian ideas, the social and cultural history of South India, and the massive intellectual traditions of the subcontinent can do without this book.

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The Alchemy of Empire: Abject Materials and the Technologies of Colonialism by Rajani Sudan : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125062905

The Alchemy of Empire unravels the non-European origins of Enlightenment science. Focusing on the mundane materials of empire-building, this study traces the history of substances like mud, mortar, ice, and paper, as well as forms of knowledge like inoculation. It demonstrates how East India Company employees deployed the field of alchemy in order to make sense of the new worlds they confronted, often resorting to analogy as reason when analysis failed.

Rajani Sudan questions the assumptions of the Enlightenment developed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, focusing on the European notion that ‚€œReason belonged uniquely to the West.‚€� She identifies key substances that were appropriated, first through trade and then through colonial governance, and that eventually became intellectual products of European science. Colonialism is thus read not only as a form of governance but as a technology of empire.

Sudan argues that the Enlightenment was born largely out of Europe‚€™s (and Britain‚€™s) sense of insecurity and inferiority in the early modern world. Through an in-depth study of the imperial archive, Sudan uncovers the history of British Enlightenment in the literary artifacts of the eighteenth century, ranging from the correspondence of the East India Company and the papers of the Royal Society to the poetry of Alexander Pope and the novels of Jane Austen.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British studies, as well as those interested in the intersections of history, science, ecology, and literature.

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The Hoodlum Years by Ashok Mitra, with a foreword by Prabhat Patnaik : Rs525 ISBN: 9788125062813

The Hoodlum Years refer to the years of terror and agony that India passed through in the early-mid 1970s and culminated in the Emergency. At the time Ashok Mitra contributed a series of sensitive essays to the Economic and Political Weekly that tellingly and powerfully portrayed the horror of those years. This volume contains a selection of these essays, written during 1972‚€“75 and between January and April 1977.

The claustrophobic season of 1972‚€“77, the author feels, ought to be remembered every now and then; there is otherwise a danger of our judgement being distorted by the familiar problem of forgetting.

With its honest and detailed analysis, this new edition comes with a Foreword by Prabhat Patnaik.

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The Languages of Manipur (Volume 18, Part 2)-People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by G. N. Devy and K. Nipuni Mao (Ed.s) : Rs1750 ISBN: 9788125064435

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume documents the variety of languages prevalent in the state of Manipur, so as to preserve them in this globalised world, where migration and other factors are resulting in loss of languages. Critically, the book encapsulates the world view of the speakers of the discussed languages. This book also attempts to showcase diversity in languages spoken in the state by contextualising the language wealth in its social ecology. The majority of the languages spoken in the state belong to the Tibeto-Burman language family. The Austro-Asiatic, Dravidian and Indo-Aryan language families also find representation in the state.

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The Languages of Nagaland - Volume 21, Part 2 - People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India, by G. N. Devy and Duovituo Kuolie : Rs1550 ISBN: 9788125063124

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume attempts to bring to the reader the wealth of languages of Nagaland and contextualise them within contemporary linguistics. The languages surveyed have been divided into two parts‚€”(a) Tenyidie Group and (b) Other Naga Groups. The content of the survey is based entirely on structural bases, mainly, phonology, morphology and syntax. In an attempt to document these varieties of languages, this volume aspires to preserve the languages spoken in the state of Nagaland in this globalised world

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The Languages of Puducherry - Part 2, Volume 23 by G. N. Devy and L. Ramamoorthy, G. Ravisankar : Rs775 ISBN: 9788125062486

The People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume presents to the reader the multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual nature of the Union Territory of Puducherry and the history and the status of the languages in Puducherry. Formerly known as Pondicherry, Puducherry has been greatly influenced by French culture and language which can still be seen in the wide use of French in the region. The Union Territory comprises four small unconnected districts‚€”Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe. Each region has its dominant language as the local official language (Tamil in Puducherry and Karaikal, Malayalam in Mahe and Telugu in Yanam). This volume also highlights the spiritual identity of the region.

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The Languages of Punjab - Volume 24, Part 2 (PLSI) by Omkar N Koul, Roop Krishen Bhat (Eds) : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125062400

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume documents the languages spoken in the state of Punjab. Apart from a detailed description of Punjabi language, the volume includes entries describing the linguistic features of the regional dialects of Bauria, Bazigari, Bhand, Dhaha, Gojri, Lahanda, Lubana, Odi and Sansi. A survey of folk and written literature is also included. In addition, the volume provides information about the invaluable contribution of Punjab to the development of Hindi and Urdu languages and literature.

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The Languages of Tripura (Volume 28, Part 2)-People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by G. N. Devy and Sukhendu Debbarma : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125063964

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.

This volume tries to acquaint the reader with the languages spoken in this north-eastern state of India. There are nineteen Scheduled Tribe communities in Tripura and Kokborok is spoken by a majority of these tribes. The linguistic data of the languages covered in this volume has been provided mostly by community elders and experts and we hope that this book will bring to its readers a comprehensive survey of the languages of Tripura.

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The Mughal Nobility : Two Political Biographies by Iqtidar Alam Khan : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178244891

Mirza Kamran (blinded and deported to Mecca in 1553) and Mun‚€˜im Khan (d. 1575), whose political biographies this volume carries, are known for their prominent roles in the early Mughal state, over the time it was struggling to consolidate itself over North India.

This was the crucial period which saw a process of gradual change in the structure and cultural ethos of the ruling establishment that Babur had brought with him. It came to be popularly known in India as Sultanat-i Mughlia (the Mughal Empire). One of its distinguishing features was the plurality of persuasions from which it drew its military personnel: Turkish-speaking Sunni Turanis, Irani or Khurasani Shias, Indian Muslims (the so-called Shaikhzadas), and Hindu Rajputs. The political lives of Mirza Kamran and Mun‚€˜im Khan provide vital insights into the changing formation and character of early Mughal rule.

Most modern histories of this period, says Iqtidar Alam Khan, centre on Babur, Humayun, and Sher Shah. The trajectories and careers of the upper echelons of the nobility were never thoroughly assessed, and in some ways these two early classic studies have served as founding pillars for Mughal prosopography. Long out of print, they are reprinted here with a new Introduction by the author and remain indispensable for an understanding of the politics of Mughal India.

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Thinking Gender, Doing Gender: Feminist Scholarship and Practice Today by Uma Chakravarti : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125062394

In the 1980s, gender was acknowledged as a useful and necessary category of analysis. The first generation of feminist scholars defined the new field and provided a rich corpus of works; later generations of scholars and activists then expanded it through their writings on culture, film and media, and sexuality.

Thinking Gender, Doing Gender focuses on these issues, as well as on pedagogy and classroom practice, theoretical obstacles created by disciplinary constraints, and practices in the performing arts from a gender perspective. This volume focuses more on doing gender rather thinking gender: in classrooms, in the making of curricula, in the writing and recall of history, in reading literature and cinema, and in the practice of culture in theatre and urban spaces.

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Unconditional Equality: Gandhi‚€™s Religion of Resistance by Ajay Skaria : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178244778

Unconditional Equality examines Mahatma Gandhi‚€™s critique of liberal ideas of freedom and equality, and his own practice of a freedom and equality organized around religion.

Sometimes working against the grain of Gandhi‚€™s explicit formulations, Unconditional Equality reconceives satyagraha (passive resistance) as a politics that strives for the absolute equality of all beings. Liberal traditions usually affirm an abstract equality. But for Gandhi such equality is an ‚€œequality of [the] sword‚€�‚€”because it excludes those presumed to lack reason (such as animals or the colonized), but also because those included lose the power to love.

Gandhi professes instead a politics organized around dharma, or religion. For him, there can be ‚€œno politics without religion.‚€� This involves self-surrender, a freely offered surrender of autonomy and everyday sovereignty. For Gandhi, the ‚€œreligion that stays in all religions‚€� is satyagraha.

Ajay Skaria argues that, conceptually, satyagraha insists on equality without exception of all humans, animals, and things.

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Unifying Hinduism - Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History by Andrew J. Nicholson : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244730

Some postcolonial theorists argue that the idea of a single system of belief known as ‚€œHinduism‚€� is a creation of nineteenth-century British imperialists. Andrew J. Nicholson introduces another perspective: although a unified Hindu identity is not as ancient as some Hindus claim, it has its roots in innovations within South Asian philosophy from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. During this time, thinkers treated the philosophies of Vedanta, Samkhya, and Yoga, along with the worshippers of Visnu, Siva, and Sakti, as belonging to a single system of belief and practice. Instead of seeing such groups as separate and contradictory, they re-envisioned them as separate rivers leading to the ocean of Brahman, the ultimate reality.

Drawing on the writings of philosophers from late medieval and early modern traditions, including Vijnanabhiksu, Madhava, and Madhusudana Sarasvati, Nicholson shows how influential thinkers portrayed Vedanta philosophy as the ultimate unifier of diverse belief systems. This project paved the way for the work of later Hindu reformers, such as Vivekananda, Radhakrishnan, and Gandhi, whose teachings promoted the notion that all world religions belong to a single spiritual unity. In his study, Nicholson also critiques the way in which Eurocentric concepts ‚€” like monism and dualism, idealism and realism, theism and atheism, and orthodoxy and heterodoxy ‚€” have come to dominate modern discourses on Indian philosophy.

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When Sun Meets Moon: Gender, Eros, and Ecstasy in Urdu Poetry by Scott Kugle : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125063155

The two Urdu poets Shah Siraj and Mah Laqa Bai Chand lived separate lives in the Deccan during the eighteenth century. In When Sun Meets Moon, they are brought together in the realm of literary imagination. Through a comparison of their work, this book illustrates complexity of gender, sexuality, and religious practice in Islamic culture.

Shah Siraj (1715‚€“1763), whose name means "Sun," lived in Aurangabad; he was a Sunni Muslim who, after a youthful love affair, gave up sexual relationships to follow Sufi mysticism. Mah Laqa Bai Chanda (1768‚€“1820), whose name means "Moon," lived in Hyderabad; she was a Shi'i Muslim and courtesan who combined the seduction of men with the pursuit of mystical love. Both poets specialized in the ghazal, often fusing spiritual quest with erotic imagery.

This book features Kugle's translations of Urdu and Persian poetry previously unavailable in English. Kugle argues that Shah Siraj and Mah Laqa Bai were exceptions to the gender norms common in their patriarchal society. Their poetry helps us understand the reach and the limitations of gender roles and erotic imagery in Islamic and Indian culture. This study also shows how poetry, music, and dance are integral to Islamic devotional traditions.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of gender studies, comparative religion, Urdu poetry and Islamic studies.

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Writing The First Person: Literature, History, and Autobiography in Modern Kerala by Udaya Kumar : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178244747

Why did autobiographical writings emerge in Kerala more than a century ago? What were the social, material, and cultural features that motivated individuals to write personal histories and memoirs? This book shows the complex ways in which private recollections, and the use of memory for loosely literary ends, also entailed the production of history by another name.

Udaya Kumar analyses this period of social transformation to show the emergence of new resources for the self-relective writer, as well as of new idioms of expression. Among the many genres and forms he studies are anti-caste writings, works advocating spiritual and social reorientation, monologic poetry, and early novels in Malayalam.

Sree Narayana Guru‚€™s thought, the portrayal of women and desire in Kumaran Asan‚€™s poetry, and the fictional worlds created by major novelists of this period (such as O. Chandu Menon and C.V. Raman Pillai), says Udaya Kumar, excited fresh appraisals of morality, personal emotions, and shared pasts. The envisioning of caste reform, the recording of historical change, and the creation of political identities, he shows, are often inextricable aspects of new literary practices.

Using Kerala‚€™s cultural history as his entry point, Udaya Kumar has written an uncommonly inspirational book of ideas about the relationship of literature to history, on literature as‚€”in a sense‚€”‚€˜history in person‚€™.

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Zamorins and the Political Culture of Medieval Kerala by V. V. Haridas : Rs1075 ISBN: 9788125061281

The Zamorin‚€”ruler of the kingdom of Kolikkotu in modern-day Kerala‚€”left an indelible mark on world history when he welcomed Vasco da Gama in 1498. But a few centuries earlier, the Zamorin was only a local chief, heading a few villages. How did he become an independent ruler after the disintegration of the Ceras in the twelfth century? How did the Zamorin come to be recognised and legitimised as the ‚€˜king‚€™?

This story of the creation of an image of royalty is the focus of Zamorins and the Political Culture of Medieval Kerala. Relying on the archival richness of a large collection of unpublished palm leaf manuscripts called Granthavari, documents of the political and royal establishments of the time, this book reconstructs the days of the Zamorin. It carefully details the power and authority he claimed and actually wielded, and the various methods through which he sought to legitimise it‚€”elaborate rituals, patronage of temples and scholarship, propagation of art and culture, etc.

While the great past was always remembered, the Zamorin‚€™s ‚€˜little kingdom‚€™ depended on the existence, interaction and interdependence of various nodes of power‚€”the royalty, royal functionaries, locality chiefs, local magnates and temple authorities. This book argues that studying these nodes of power, which related themselves to the Zamorin‚€™s court and among themselves through elaborate customs and rituals, is vital to analysing the state structure in late medieval Kerala.

Complete with a foreword by Kesavan Veluthat, this book convincingly argues for the ‚€˜little kingdom‚€™ model to analyse the premodern state in Calicut. Scholars and students of historiography and history, especially of medieval Indian culture and society, will find it immensely useful.

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A Place for Utopia: Urban Designs from South Asia by Smriti Srinivas : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125059554

A Place for Utopia is firmly rooted in a South Asian context but links questions and discussions of its urbanism, religion, pasts and futures to a global milieu and history. The volume blends ethnographic, visual, and archival methods and uses various ideas of ‚€˜utopia‚€™ for social science analysis that can productively open up new intellectual spaces, other histories, and urban policies. It moves across a hundred year period of South Asian modernity and its challenges from the early twentieth century to the early twenty-first century. Central to the designs for utopia in this book are the themes of gardens, children, spiritual topographies, death, and hope.

From the vitalist urban plans of the Scottish polymath Patrick Geddes in India to the Theosophical Society in Madras and the ways in which it provided a context for a novel South Indian garden design; from the visual, textual and ritual designs of Californian Vedanta from the 1930s to the present to the spatial transformations associated with post-1990s highway and rapid transit systems in Bangalore that are shaping an emerging ‚€œIndian New Age‚€� of religious and somatic self-styling, Srinivas tells the story of contrapuntal histories, the contiguity of lives, and resonances between utopian worlds that is generative of designs for cultural alternatives and futures.  

This book will be of considerable interest to students and scholars of urban studies, anthropology, religion, geography, sociology, philosophy, South Asian studies, design, history, and cultural studies.

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Army and Nation : The Military and Indian Democracy since Independence by Steven I. Wilkinson : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244563

Army and Nation draws on uniquely comprehensive data to explore how and why India has succeeded in keeping the military out of politics, when so many other countries have failed. It uncovers the command and control strategies, the careful ethnic balancing, and the political, foreign policy, and strategic decisions that have made the army safe for Indian democracy. Wilkinson goes further to ask whether, in a rapidly changing society, these structures will survive the current national conflicts over caste and regional representation in New Delhi, as well as India‚€™s external and strategic challenges.

This is the most important book to have appeared on the Indian armed forces in more than four decades.

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Army and Nation: The Military and Indian Democracy since by Steven I. Wilkinson : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244761

At Indian independence in 1947, the country‚€™s founders worried that the army India inherited‚€”conservative and dominated by officers and troops drawn disproportionately from a few ‚€œmartial‚€� groups‚€”posed a real threat to democracy. They also saw the structure of the army, with its recruitment on the basis of caste and religion, as incompatible with their hopes for a new secular nation.

India has successfully preserved its democracy, however, unlike many other colonial states that inherited imperial ‚€œdivide and rule‚€� armies, and unlike its neighbor Pakistan, which inherited part of the same Indian army in 1947. As Steven I. Wilkinson shows, the puzzle of how this happened is even more surprising when we realize that the Indian Army has kept, and even expanded, many of its traditional ‚€œmartial class‚€� units, despite promising at independence to gradually phase them out.

Army and Nation draws on uniquely comprehensive data to explore how and why India has succeeded in keeping the military out of politics, when so many other countries have failed. It uncovers the command and control strategies, the careful ethnic balancing, and the political, foreign policy, and strategic decisions that have made the army safe for Indian democracy. Wilkinson goes further to ask whether, in a rapidly changing society, these structures will survive the current national conflicts over caste and regional representation in New Delhi, as well as India‚€™s external and strategic challenges.

This is the most important book to have appeared on the Indian armed forces in more than four decades.

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Ashoka in Ancient India by Nayanjot Lahiri : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243887

Ancient rulers regarded him as the iconic Buddhist king. Jawaharlal Nehru considered him the greatest emperor of all time. H.G. Wells portrayed him as the sole shining star of antiquity. But who was the flesh-and-blood Ashoka?

The third emperor of the Maurya dynasty, Ashoka ruled an empire encompassing most of India as well as its western borderlands. He was normal as a ruler of uncommon ambition, but utterly unusual as the pioneer of a model of humane governance.  In fact the candour and emotion of his messages on stone show him less as a political figure than as a self-reflective individual.

Recovering Ashoka‚€™s life and times from legend, Nayanjot Lahiri crafts a wonderful biography of this most extraordinary emperor. She provides him with contextual flesh, teasing out his psychology and personality from his edicts and archaeological data about life in India over the last few centuries BCE.

This is the most historically rich and readable book on Ashoka and his context.

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Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia: Past and by Sumit Guha : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244655

‚€œCaste‚€� is today almost universally perceived as an ancient and unchanging Hindu institution preserved solely by deep-seated religious ideology. Yet the word itself is an importation from sixteenth-century Europe.

This book tracks the long history of the practices amalgamated under this label and shows their connection to changing patterns of social and political power down to the present. It frames caste as an involuted and complex form of ethnicity and explains why it persisted under non-Hindu rulers and in non-Hindu communities across South Asia.

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Bodies Of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India by Linda Hess : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178244686

Kabir‚€™s work lends itself to topics that range from subtle inner states to political argument and activism‚€”the relation between the religious-spiritual and social-political. An iconoclastic mystic who criticized organized religion, sectarian prejudice, caste, violence, deception and hypocrisy, Kabir also speaks of self-knowledge, deep inner experience, confrontation with death, and connection with the divine. Ambiguously situated among Hindu, Muslim, Sufi, and yogic traditions, he rejects religious identities and urges fearless awakening.

Bodies of Song is the first scholarly work in any language that studies the poetry and culture of the still popular Kabir through the lens of oral-performative traditions. It draws on ethnographic research as well as on the history of written collections.

It focuses on texts‚€”their transmission by singers, the dynamics of textual forms in oral performance, and the connections between texts in oral forms, written forms, and other media. It attends to context, reception, and community. While demonstrating how texts work in oral-musical performance, it analyzes discourses of authenticity and provides a repertoire of Kabir songs as they might be heard in Central India in the early 2000s. Professor Hess considers theories of ‚€˜orality‚€™, looks at social perspectives, and examines communities of interpretation‚€”including the Kabir Panth (a religious sect), Eklavya (a secular educational NGO), and urban fans of Kabir.

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Chattisgarh Ki Bhashayen (Volume7, Part1) - Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan by Ganesh N.Devy and Chitta Ranjan Kar : Rs1500 ISBN: 9788125057451

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

This book is part 1 of the Volume 7 (Chhattisgarh ki Bhaashyen [Hindi]) of The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.  

The present book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Chhattisgarh State of India. The languages included in this book are: Abujhmarhiya, Kamari, Kudhukh, Gondi, Ghotul murhiya,  Chhattisgarhi, Dandami Marhiya, Dewar, Dorli, Dhurvi(Parji), Pando, Pardhi, Baigaani, Bhatari, Munda, Sargujhiya and Halbi.

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Conquest and Community: The Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan by Shahid Amin : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125059677

Conquest and Community tells the story of the Indo-Turkic warrior saint Ghazi Miyan and his influential cult in the Gangetic plains. A purported nephew of Mahmud of Ghazni, Ghazi Miyan was supposedly martyred in holy war against Hindu kings near Bahraich in modern-day Uttar Pradesh in 1034 CE. Conspicuously absent from contemporary Persian chronicles about his famous uncle, he is, nevertheless, the subject of glowing hagiographies from the seventeenth century onwards, as well as an oral folkloric tradition, which thrives to this day. His cult continues draw pilgrims of varying castes, both Muslim and Hindu, from all over northern India to his shrine in Bahraich.

Shahid Amin studies the history and growth of this cult and its manifestations in the tales people tell, the ballads they sing, the shrines they visit and the hagiographies they have written. He also addresses the disquiet and criticism the cult has provoked in both orthodox Hindu and Muslim quarters, for Ghazi Miyan is a complex, sometimes troubling figure, an amalgam of different traditions and tropes that do not always coexist easily. He features in text and folklore both as a pious iconoclast, who smashes Hindu idols and also as a staunch protector of cows and cowherds, a putative brother to Hindu women, and a connoisseur of things Indic from pan to the humble mahua tree.

In studying the Ghazi, his cult and its reception history, this book offers an astute perspective on the ways in which the Turko-Islamic invasions of India, c. 1000‚€“1200 CE, have entered historical and popular memory. By considering the role of religious conflict in the building of the multi-religious cult of Ghazi Miyan, it also sheds new light on the nature of syncretism in the subcontinent.

This new kind of of subaltern history, will interest historians, both medievalist and modern, anthropologists, folklorists and students of popular culture, religious studies and historiography.

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Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India by Sharmila Rudrappa : Rs795 ISBN: 9788125060475

India is the top provider of surrogacy services in the world, with a multi-million dollar surrogacy industry that continues to grow exponentially, as increasing numbers of couples from developed nations look for wombs in which to grow their babies. Some scholars have exulted transnational surrogacy for the possibilities it opens for infertile couples, while others have offered bioethical cautionary tales, rebuked exploitative intended parents, or lamented the exploitation of surrogate mothers. However, very little is known about the experience of and transaction between surrogate mothers and intended parents outside the lens of the many agencies that control surrogacy in India.

Drawing from rich interviews with surrogate mothers and egg donors in Bangalore, Discounted Life focuses on the processes of social and market exchange in transnational surrogacy. Sharmila Rudrappa interrogates the creation and maintenance of reproductive labor markets, the function of agencies and surrogacy brokers, and how women become surrogate mothers.

The author argues that this reproductive industry is organized to control and disempower women workers and yet her interviews reveal that, by and large, the surrogate mothers in Bangalore found the experience life affirming. Rudrappa explores this tension, and the lived realities of many surrogate mothers whose deepening bodily commodification is paradoxically experienced as a revitalizing life development.

A detailed and moving study, Discounted Life delineates how local labor markets intertwine with global reproduction industries, how Bangalore‚€™s surrogate mothers make sense of their participation in reproductive assembly lines, and the remarkable ways in which they negotiate positions of power for themselves in progressively untenable socio-economic conditions.

This book would be useful to students and scholars of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies.
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Displaying India‚€™s Heritage: Archaeology and the Museum Movement in Colonial India by Madhuparna Roychowdhury : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125059028

Displaying India‚€™s Heritage describes the history of museum-making in the Indian subcontinent in the 1800s and 1900s with special emphasis on the experience of Bengal. It details the connection between the museum movement and the broader political and cultural environment of the time.
The central discussion focuses on the colonial Indian Museum in Calcutta, which began as a natural history collection and soon became a repository of archaeological artefacts from across the subcontinent. The emerging contest between imperialism and nationalism shaped the visualisation in the display boxes here. In describing this history, the book also highlights the complex relationship between knowledge and power.
During the period of high nationalism, when regional histories‚€”often blended with mythical narratives‚€”became popular, scientific history writing placed an emphasis on archaeological knowledge. Local museums began asserting their right over excavated artefacts and princely states presented the pre-eminent position of their families through palace museums; through these histories of provincial and local museums, the book shows how museum-making was intimately tied to competing political loyalties and identities. It presents a convincing case to consider museums as a modern public sphere where the territorial and cultural bases of nationhood were negotiated.
Issuing from strong archival research, Displaying India‚€™s Heritage draws a connection between the ‚€˜culture of history‚€™‚€”constituted by the knowledge of history and the historical imagination of people‚€”and a series of individual endeavours in history-writing, collecting and museum-building. This volume will interest students of modern Indian cultural history, museology, archaeology and cultural studies.

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Elephants and Kings: An Environmental History by Thomas R. Trautmann : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178243917

Because of their size, elephants have long been irresistible for kings as symbols of eminence. In early civilizations‚€”such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus civilization, and China‚€”elephants were used for royal sacrifice, spectacular hunts, public displays, and their ivory‚€”all aspects driving them toward extinction. The kings of India, however, Thomas Trautmann shows, found a use for elephants that actually helped preserve their habitat and numbers in the wild: war.

This book traces the history of the war elephant in India and its spread as an institution from there to the West, where elephants featured within some of the greatest wars of antiquity. Southeast Asia and China are also examined for comparison and contrast within this environmental history spanning 3000 years and covering a vast terrain, from Spain to Java. 

Trautmann shows Indian kings capturing wild elephants and training them, one by one, through millennia. He reveals the political compulsions requiring the protection of elephants from hunters and their forests from being cut down. Taking a wide-angle view of human‚€“elephant relations, he throws into relief the structure of India‚€™s environmental history and the reasons for the persistence of wild elephants in its forests.

Written with uncommon flair and elegance, this is a monumental work of environmental history using Indian antiquity as its entry point. It will interest lay readers, historians, and environmentalists.
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Founts of Knowledge by Abhijit Gupta and Swapan Chakravorty : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125060536

Founts of Knowledge is the third in a series titled ‚€˜Book History in India‚€™, which was started in 2004 to showcase the latest research in what was then a nascent field in India‚€”the history of the book. It continues the trajectory of the first two volumes (published by Permanent Black) in establishing book history as a major tool of enquiry in the Indian academy, and brings together the finest scholars and the most recent research in the area.

This volume carries the second instalment of the four-part study of censorship of print during the Raj. It also examines print modernity and book entrepreneurs in colonial Benares; the complex history of Konkani print culture; the re-configuration of the community and building of a reading public by the coming of print in undivided Bengal through studies of theBhagavata Purana and the literary journal Bangadarsan; the construction of childhood through Hindi children‚€™s periodicals in north India in the early twentieth century; early travels of the Bible in the Gangetic plain; and problems relating to the import of British educational texts in colonial India, especially Bengal.

This collection will be an invaluable resource for book historians, literary and textual scholars, historians of colonial India, historians of trade, social scientists, and researchers in media theory. It will also be of great interest to students and scholars of history, literature, publishing studies, print culture, and cultural studies. 

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Himachal Pradesh Ki Bhashayen (Volume11, Part1) - Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan by Ganesh N.Devy and Tobdan : Rs1595 ISBN: 9788125056904

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nationwide survey of Indian languages especially languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

This book is Part 1 of the Volume 11 (Himachal Pradesh ki Bhaashyen [Hindi]) of The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.

The present book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Himachal Pradesh State of India. The languages included in this book are: Hindi, Kanashi, Kahluri ya Bilaspuri, Kangri, Kinnauri, Kulluee, Gadi-Pahari, Gujjar, Chambyali, Chinalbhashe, Churahi, Tinan, Stodapa, Pattani, Pangi, Punan, Baghati, Bagali, Bhoti,  Mandayali / Mandiyali, Mahasui, Lohari-Lahul, Sarazi, Sirmauri and Spiti.

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Hindu Pasts : Women, Religion, Histories by Vasudha Dalmia : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243993

In her Introduction to this book‚€”which showcases her work as a scholar of social, literary, and religious history‚€”Vasudha Dalmia outlines the central ideas which thread her writings: first, to understand in greater historical depth the relationship between language, religion, and society in India, as well as the ever-changing role of its religious and social institutions; second, to recognize that the Hindu tradition, which colonials and nationalists tend to see as monolithic, is in fact a multiplicity of distinct and semi-autonomous strands.

Professor Dalmia‚€™s work reveals a steady focus on Indian religious traditions, sects, and histories which, over several hundred years, came to collectively comprise what in the nineteenth century became known as Hinduism. In her first essay, Max MŁller‚€™s study of the Veda is positioned within a larger history of German philosophical interest in eastern thought. MŁller appears less an exceptional German scholar and eccentric Oxford phenomenon once his derivation and links with earlier European Indology are made clear.

Subsequent essays look at the building blocks of colonial knowledge-formation, law-making, and pedagogy in colonial India, and the role in these of Banaras; at some of the major components of the Vaishnava Bhakti tradition; at pre-modern vernacular narratives that fed into constructing the modern Hindi novel and the Hindu ‚€˜nari‚€™; and at the history of modern Hindi literature.

Anyone interested in the plurality of Hinduism, women‚€™s issues, and Indian cultural history will find this book immensely interesting.

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In the Club: Associational Life in Colonial South Asia by Benjamin B. Cohen : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125059080

Clubs in India are often regarded as antiquarian institutions left over from a bygone era with little to teach us about the past or present. Yet, In the Club presents a different picture of India‚€™s clubland. This book offers a comprehensive examination of social clubs across India. It argues that clubs have been key contributors to India‚€™s colonial associational life and civil society, and remain important nodes in public culture today.

Using government records, personal memoirs, private club records, and club histories themselves, In the clubexplores colonial club life with chapters arranged thematically. Legal underpinnings bind clubs within, and to each other, across regional and national borders. Many clubs occupy prime locations and maintain their historic interiors. All clubs faced financial crises as they increasingly entered the global marketplace. No club could function without servants and staff, while issues of race and class in clubs continues to be debated today. Women‚€™s clubs occupy an important place in clubland, while many clubs continue to thrive today in their postcolonial milieus.

This book will be critical reading for scholars of history and sociology as well as social scientists interested in colonialism, associational life and civil society in India. It will also be of interest to intellectually engaged club members, aspiring members, or just those curious about the inner-workings of clubs across India and beyond.

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India's Polity in the Age of Akbar by Iqtidar Alam Khan : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244662

Certain important facets of the Mughal polity during Akbar‚€™s reign are the subject of this book. Professor Iqtidar Alam Khan traces the rise of the Mughal empire, focusing on the orientation given to it by Akbar. His Introduction highlights political and economic processes of the first quarter of the sixteenth century, in particular those that testify to a sharing of political authority and the social surplus among culturally diverse ruling groups.

He then investigates the nature of Mughal assignments prior to the introduction of the mansab system in 1575. Looking next at Bairam Khan‚€™s ‚€˜regency‚€™, he suggests that this nobleman‚€™s ouster in 1560 was basically a victory of forces within the system resisting centralization.

Iqtidar Alam Khan then focuses on the changing composition of the nobility during this early phase, and accompanying shifts in Akbar‚€™s religious policy. Hitherto unnoticed information regarding Akbar‚€™s person, and happenings in the early part of his reign, furnished by one of his contemporaries, is the next subject of analysis, followed by a careful tracing of Akbar‚€™s changing worldview with reference to hitherto unpublished source material.

Finally, we are shown how Akbar promoted Iranian emigrants, most of whom were Shiites. Iqtidar Alam Khan‚€™s argument here is that a commitment to the principle of sulh-i kul freed Akbar from the constraints of orthodoxy, enabling him to appoint those professing the asna-i ‚€˜ashari doctrines to high positions in the state.

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India‚€™s First Democratic Revolution: Dayanand Bandodkar and the Rise of the Bahujan in Goa by Parag D. Parobo : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125059264

Goa features in academic and popular discourse as a place of exceptions, contrary in several ways to national trends. Along with its small geographical size, Goa‚€™s legacy of Portuguese colonialism is often cited as the leading reason behind its character. However, such explanations disregard its complex history and fail to address one of its most important distinctions: the fact that it brought to power in the Assembly elections of 1963, a government driven by the Bahujan Samaj; the first of its kind in India. This government was headed by Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar, a lower caste mine owner and philanthropist, whose popularity continued to wax over the next decade. 

Parag D. Parobo tackles the question of Goan exceptionalism in India‚€™s First Democratic Revolution, focusing not solely on its Portuguese past, but rather on the variety of influences that shaped modern Goa. Central to this issue are the comparatively little explored story of caste-based land and power relations in pre-colonial and early colonial Goa; emerging caste movements and identity politics among both upper castes and lower castes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and the interactions of caste politics with competing colonialisms, both Portuguese and British.

Parobo traces the history of land relations and caste movements into the post-Liberation period of Bandodkar‚€™s far-reaching land reforms, which destroyed the centrality of land in power-privilege relations, liberated lower caste tenants from crippling dependence on landlords, and opened up new employment opportunities for the Bahujan. Accompanied by substantial investments in education and health, they ushered in greater equity and democratisation. Goa, therefore, scripted a distinctive story of Bahujan success. This volume explores that history, and its implications for Bahujan politics in India.

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India‚€™s Foreign Policy: Coping with the Changing World by Muchkund Dubey : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125060499

India‚€™s Foreign Policy: Principles, Challenges and Strategies  traces the values and principles that have shaped India‚€™s foreign policy and its evolution starting from the Non-Aligned Movement, up to the end of the Cold War; decline of multilateralism and the nation state; and the challenges of globalization.

This updated edition includes a new chapter on Pakistan. It examines the complexities in India‚€“Pakistan relations and in that context discusses Pakistan‚€™s polity, society, economy and the overall thrust of its foreign policy. It also advances compelling arguments for improving relations with Pakistan and discusses various approaches towards achieving this purpose including resumption of dialogue and solving outstanding bilateral problems. It further outlines a blueprint for economic cooperation.

The book has a separate chapter on how to deal with our neighbours‚€”Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Bhutan. it presents a comprehensive analysis of India‚€™s economic relations with Bangladesh. It discusses in detail the recent initiatives for improving Indo-Bangladesh cooperation.

This volume further looks at India‚€™s relations with world powers like the United States (US), Russia, China and Japan, the diversity and dimensions acquired by the Indo-US strategic partnership, the long-term vision of Indo-Russian collaboration in the realm of nuclear energy and India‚€™s response to Chinese initiatives that have the potential of bringing about changes in the world order.

The book also analyses and suggests appropriate strategies for meeting the challenges of other recent developments having far-reaching consequences for India in the coming years. These include China‚€™s rise as a global power, the shift of economic power balance from the US and Europe to Asia, the Indo-US nuclear deal, emergence of a new generation of regional and inter-regional economic groupings, and the role of the Indian diaspora in influencing India‚€™s development and foreign policy.

This volume, with its insightful and informed analysis from a renowned expert in and practitioner of India‚€™s foreign policy, will be indispensable for undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars of foreign policy, international relations and political science It will also be useful for government bodies and policy think tanks.

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Jharkhand Ki Bhashayen (Volume13, Part1) - Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan by Ganesh N.Devy and Ramnika Gupta and Prabhat Kumar Singh : Rs1900 ISBN: 9788125056898

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

This book is part 1 of the Volume 13 : Jharkhand ki Bhashyen [Hindi] of The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI)  undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center.  

The present book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Jharkhand State of India. The languages included in this book are: Angika, Asur, Bhumij, Birajiya, Birhor, Gondi, Ho, Khadiya, Khortha, Korva, Kudukh, Kurmali, Mal Pahadiya, Mundari, Nagpuri, Panch Paraganiya, Sabar and Santali.

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Kerala Modernity: Ideas, Spaces and Practices in Transition by Satheese Chandra Bose and Shiju Sam Varughese : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125057222

The southwest coast of India has always been a significant site within the global network of relations through trade and exchange of ideas, commodities, technologies, skills and labour. The much longer history of colonial experience makes Kerala‚€™s engagement with modernity polyvalent and complex. Without understanding the multiple space-times of this region, it is impossible to make sense of the complexities of Kerala modernity beyond its general description as ‚€˜Malayalee modernity‚€™.

From the colonial pepper trade and Narayana Guru‚€™s philosophical engagement with the question of caste to the seemingly disparate elements that weave together an ‚€˜eclectic past‚€™  through the Muziris Heritage Project; from the debates on women‚€™s sexuality around the Suryanelli rape case to the gendered constitution of public space during the mass annual Attukal Pongala ritual; from the changes in state attitude towards providing piped water supply to how Cochin port‚€™s inter-War history has scripted urban modernity; from the shaping of the public sphere to the radical Left politics of the 1970s and the emergence of popular janapriya literature‚€”this book analyses the ideas, spaces and practices that intricately weave the region‚€™s experiences of modernity.

Kerala Modernity emphasises the methodological need to re-examine the idea of ‚€˜region‚€™ as a discursive category to explore Kerala‚€™s regional modernity apart from Eurocentric and nation-centric frames of analyses. The interdisciplinary presentation, complete with a Dalit critique of modernity in the Foreword, will be an important contribution to literature on Kerala and the debates on alternative modernities in South Asia. It will be of interest to students and scholars of history, sociology and literary and cultural studies, as well as the interested general reader.

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Madhya Pradesh Ki Bhashayen (Volume 16, Part1) - Bharatiya Bhasha LokSarvekshan by Ganesh N. Devy and Damodar Jain : Rs2000 ISBN: 9788125059714

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

This book is part 1of the Volume 16 (Madhya Pradesh ki Bhaashyen [Hindi]) of The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.  

The present book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Madhya Pradesh State of India. The languages included in this book are: Urdu, Hindi, Kachwaidhari, Korku, Kauravi, Gondi, Jatwari, Jandomati, Tordhari, Nahal, Nimarhi, Panchmahali, Pawari, Pardhi, Pati, Banjari, Bagheli, Barela, Bundeli, Brij, Bhadawari, Bhili, Mawasi, Malwi, Rajputi, Loghdhari, Sahariyayi, and Sikarwari, .

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MODERN TIMES: INDIA 1880s ‚€“ 1950s : Environment, Economy, Culture by Sumit Sarkar : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244709

Much has changed in the world of South Asian history-writing since Sumit Sarkar‚€™s renowned classic, Modern India (1983). ‚€œThe passage of thirty years having rendered that work thoroughly dated, the futility of any attempt to revise it became increasingly clear to me, especially as over this period my own historical perspectives took new and unexpected directions‚€�, says the author. The present work is an entirely fresh view of the same period. Focusing on three huge areas ‚€” Economy, Environment, and Culture ‚€” Professor Sarkar offers his magisterial perspective on these.

Scientific discourses, laws, forest administration, peasants and adivasis, irrigation, and conflicts over land-use are examined, as are agrarian relations, commercialization, indebtedness, and famine. Trade, finance, and industry are other major focus areas.

Modern urban India is scrutinized via the literature on its big cities. Sociabilities, caste configurations, and public culture (theatre, cinema, and sports) are discussed, as are literature, dance, music, and painting.

In conclusion, says Professor Sarkar, ‚€œI have within each chapter incorporated the relevant historiographical developments, changes, and debates. Separate bibliographical sections will I hope facilitate the work of teachers and students.‚€�

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Nature and Nation : Essays on Environmental History by Mahesh Rangarajan : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244594

Writing India‚€™s environmental history is not easy. The country‚€™s territorial vastness, geographical complexity, and unusual biodiversity make the task difficult. Relatively few scholars have shown the historical range and intellectual depth required to tackle the area compellingly and with sophistication.

Mahesh Rangarajan is among the foremost scholars in this field. The papers and books he has written or edited over more than two decades have helped craft and enlarge Indian environmental thought as a whole. They have established his reputation as a stimulating and wide-ranging historian-thinker in the discipline.

The present collection comprises ten essays showcasing the core of Rangarajan‚€™s thought and interventions. They include comparisons of the subcontinent with the world beyond, most specially with societies in Asia and Africa once under Western domination. They also include studies of specific historical conjunctures under regimes such as those of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Jomo Kenyatta and Julius Nyerere.

Environmental shifts and continuities in a massive Asian society and polity are the central focus of this book. It discusses events and processes to show how specific environmental changes happened. It discusses the global ecological dimensions of Indian transformations. Economy and ecology, state-making and identity, nature and nation converge and cohere to make this a book for every thinking person.

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Palashi Theke Partition O Tarpor: Adhunik Bharater Itihash by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay : Rs425 ISBN: 9788125060031

Palashi Theke Partition O Tarpor: Adhunik Bharater Itihash is a Bangla version of the Book From Plassey to Partition and After: A History of Modern India published by Orient BlackSwan.

Since its first publication in 2004,  Palashi Theke Partition has come to be regarded as an authoritative history of modern India. And this enlarged edition of this book offers a perceptive analysis of India‚€™s efforts towards modernization and democratization since Independence.

The book addresses important historiographical questions by taking cognizance of emergent perspectives adopted by social science scholarship over the last twenty-five years. As a major work of our times, it engages in thought-provoking debates on issues like political economy of eighteenth-century India, socio-religious reform and revival, and the nationalist movement.

The newly added concluding chapter 9 provides a succinct account of major developments in postcolonial India during the Nehruvian era and subsequent years. It links contemporary debates about Indian nationhood with changes in society, economy and polity, from the years of state-directed planning under a one-party system to the emergence of a market economy in an era of predominantly coalition governments.

Capturing inimitably the rhythms of India‚€™s polyphonic nationalism, this book will be indispensable for students of history and political science. Scholars and researchers will benefit from its detailed and extensive bibliography. And it will guide general readers to an understanding of contemporary India.

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Palassi se Vibhajan Tak aur Uske Baad : Adhunik Bharat Ka Itihas by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay : Rs360 ISBN: 9788125058502

1]Palassi se Vibhajan tak aur Uske Baad : Adhunik Bharat ka Itihas  is the second edition of  the most popular textbook Palassi se Vibhajan tak : Adhunik Bharat ka Itihas published by Orient BlackSwan. This enlarged version has been also termed as the second edition of this book.

2]This is the Hindi version of the most popular English textbook From Plassey to Partition and After published by Orient BlackSwan in 2015 which has also been termed as the second edition of this book.

3]The features of the revision are:
a] A new Chapter 9 has been added. Chapter 9 titled ‚€˜Swatantrata aur Vibhajan ke Pashchat‚€™ [After Independence and Partition] is the last chapter of this book. This chapter covers the significant development taken place in the history of modern India until 2014. This chapter talks about the problems of partition and refugees; Nehruvian State and its policy; the decline of Congress party system; the major political development in coalition era; rise of the Dalit parties like BSP; and the environment movements like Chipko, Narmada Bachao andolan etc. This chapter also covers India-US Civil Nuclear Deals [ signed in 2008]; ASEAN; BRICS; and has also included a discussion on the spectacular come back of BJP led NDA.
b] Updated Bibliography  
c]One new map ‚€˜India in 1956‚€™ has been added ‚€“ which gives the reorganization of states after the independence in 1947.  Whereas  in the first edition Maps given were up till 1947.
d]New Preface  for the second edition
e]New  cover

4]This book is essentially a college level textbook on the history of Modern India. It is a general history of India under British rule from the eighteenth century to the events and movements up to 2014. It is divided in to nine thematic chapters which focus more on the Indian people than on the colonial rulers. In other words, it is a very useful account of the emergence of India as a nation and  its development in contemporary times as of 2014. It is the most updated book on its subject as it incorporates most recent researches in this area of study.  

5]From the prelims of this book:
As the praise of the first edition :
‚€œThe best and most objective account of the period‚€� ‚€“ Tony Ballantyne, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies.
‚€œAccessible and thorough, this laudable textbook, will find place in every undergraduate‚€™s essential reading list and in every history library.‚€� ‚€“ Partho Datta, The Book Review
‚€œThis book takes into account the materialistic factors in [its] analysis, which makes [it] more comprehensive than many others.‚€� ‚€“ M. Abul Fazal, Dawn

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Readings on Dalit Identity: History, Literature and Religion by Swaraj Basu : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125060901

Social oppression over the centuries in the name of caste and tradition denied a large section of the Indian population its rightful place in society. The cultural world and contribution of these people remained largely ignored. Resistance to the ideology of caste and the assertion by Dalits for equity and justice have found expression through writings over a period of time.

Since the 1970s, there have been attempts by scholars across disciplines to shed light on the cultural world of Dalits by constructing alternative historical and religious traditions, and even today, Dalit identity continues to be an important agenda of academic debate.

This volume brings together a diverse selection of writings that looks at how, through the reinterpretation of history, literature and religion, Dalits challenged their ascribed status and created a new identity for themselves. It examines the Dalit deconstruction of the Aryan migration theory, rewriting of the historical narrative, identity formation, cultural symbolism and memory, Dalit literature and women in Dalit autobiographies, ideas and notions of work, religion and caste identity, and the linkage between Dalit conversion and the question of decolonisation.

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Rule by Numbers: Governmentality and Colonial India by U. Kalpagam : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125060246

Rule by Numbers examines aspects of the production of statistical knowledge as part of colonial governance in India using Foucault‚€™s ideas of ‚€œgovernmentality.‚€� The modern state is distinctive for its bureaucratic organization, official procedures, and accountability that in the colonial context of governing at a distance instituted a vast system of recordation bearing semblance to and yet differing markedly from the Victorian administrative state.

The colonial rule of difference that shaped liberal governmentality introduced new categories of rule that were nested in the procedures and records and could be unraveled from the archive of colonial governance. Such an exercise is attempted here for certain key epistemic categories such as space, time, measurement, classification and causality that have enabled the constitution of modern knowledge and the social scientific discourses of ‚€œeconomy,‚€� ‚€œsociety,‚€� and ‚€œhistory.‚€�

The different chapters engage with how enumerative technologies of rule led to proliferating measurements and classifications as fields and objects came within the purview of modern governance rendering both statistical knowledge and also new ways of acting on objects and new discourses of governance and the nation. The postcolonial implications of colonial governmentality are examined with respect to both planning techniques for attainment of justice and the role of information in the constitution of neoliberal subjects.

The book would be useful to researchers and advanced post-graduate students in the fields of history, political science, postcolonial studies, anthropology, sociology, economics, and public administration.

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Sarasvatichandra Part I: Buddhidhan‚€™s Administration by Govardhanram Madhavram Tripathi and Tridip Suhrud (Translator) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788125059905

A novel of epic proportions, written in four parts from 1887 to 1901, Sarasvatichandra is both an enactment and the embodiment of the life philosophy of one man, and his sole mission.

Part I, Buddhidhan‚€™s Administration, narrates the story of one individual‚€™s extraordinary rise from poverty to power, to become the Karbhari of Suvarnapur. East India Company‚€™s growing presence in the Indian native states provides the setting for the rivalry between Buddhidhan and the ruling Karbhari, Shathrai, and the royal intrigue involving Bhupsinh, claimant to the throne of Suvarnapur. The parallel story threading through all four parts is of an unusual and abiding love between Sarasvatichandra and Kumud who, betrothed young, fall in love before marriage‚€”through an exchange of letters, words and worlds.

Written sixty years before Independence, the novel holds up a fascinating mirror to Gujarati society of that time, the joint family, particularly the role of women, and life in the princely states, against the backdrop of a nation in transition at the turn of the century‚€”culturally, politically, and ideologically.

Before the advent of Gandhi, arguably no other work has so profoundly influenced the ethos and imagination of Gujarat as Sarasvatichandra. Part II, III, and IV, also translated by Tridip Suhrud, an acknowledged scholar of nineteenth and twentieth century Gujarat, are forthcoming.

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Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari: Vol. III, 1923‚€“25 by Mahesh Rangarajan, N. Balakrishnan and Deepa Bhatnagar : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788125059806

Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, the last Governor General of India, was, in the words of his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi, a ‚€˜prophetic political figure‚€™ who predicted in 1916 the success of Gandhi‚€™s satyagraha in India. A true follower of Gandhi, C.R., or Rajaji (as he was called), gave up a lucrative practice as a lawyer in 1919 to fight for the country‚€™s independence. He explained Gandhi‚€™s political moves to the Indian public in speeches, and in articles in Gandhi‚€™s Young India. Gandhi spoke of Rajaji as one of satyagraha‚€™s finest exponents and also as his ‚€˜conscience-keeper‚€™, a remark that underscored their personal relationship.

Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari, Vol. III, 1923‚€“25 is the third in a series of ten volumes being published in association with the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library on the writings of Rajaji, covering the period between 1907 and 1972. This volume begins with Rajaji‚€™s efforts to educate the people on the significance of the Council-boycott resolution passed at the Gaya Congress in December 1922. A section of the Congress was in favour of Council-entry and was eager to contest the elections to legislatures with the formation of Swaraj Party in 1923. Others including Rajajiopted for complete boycott and wanted Congress to focus on the constructive programme‚€”propagation of khadi, the removal of untouchability and prohibition. In addition to his consistent criticism of the Council-entry programme, the book also features Rajaji‚€™s endeavour to spread the message of the constructive programme, and the setting up of Gandhi Ashram at Tiruchengodu, Tamil Nadu, in February 1925 and his subsequent withdrawal from public life. The documents in this volume also reflect Rajaji‚€™s views on a wide range of subjects, including the treatment of political prisoners in Indian jails and the position of Indians in Kenya and South Africa.

This volume is a collector‚€™s edition that will be useful for students, researchers and academics studying the Indian national movement in all its facets.

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Shades of Difference : Selected Writings of Rabindranath Tagore by Radha Chakravarty (Ed.) : Rs850 ISBN: 9789383166084

This unusual collection brings together Rabindranath Tagore's writings on forms of difference based on gender, caste, class, nation, community, religion, language, art, literature, philosophy, social custom and political belief. Via new translations, along with Tagore's own writings, lectures and conversations in English, this illustrated anthology presents his complex, dynamic approach to commonly perceived dualities -- such as life/death, nature/culture, male/female, tradition/modernity, East/West, local/universal, urban/rural etc. -- to highlight his humanistic vision and its significance for us today.

The accompanying Audio Visual material, Tagore & His World, provides a broader context for Tagore‚€™s evolution as a thinker and artist, offering glimpses of his life, travels, educational vision and creative experiments in the visual and performing arts. Through a range of contemporary adaptations from diverse sources and in different languages, it marks how Tagore‚€™s spirit lives on today, his legacy undiminished, for the world at large.

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Sociology and History: Dialogues Towards Integration by A. M. Shah : Rs725 ISBN: 9788125060130

Conceived as a series of dialogues between Shah and his fellow social scientists, and indeed between the two disciplines of Sociology and History, essays in this collection nuance ethnographic fact with a historical dimension in ways that were path-breaking for their time.

The book includes Shah‚€™s well-known study of the Vahivancha Barots‚€”traditional record-keepers of genealogies and narrators and creators of myths. The focus on genealogical depth explains the vital role this group plays in legitimizing lineage, clan, and a suitable ancestry traced back to a glorious mythological past. M. N. Srinivas in a foreword provides the theoretical backdrop.

By examining historical records, Shah, along with M. N. Srinivas, questions the myth, till then accepted as a given, of the self-sufficiency of the Indian village. An essay on the political system in eighteenth-century Gujarat, shows the persistence over time of well-integrated structures of power, spanning the village, provincial and imperial levels.

Shah offers several essays on theory and method in sociology and history, anchored in review of literature, and empirical materials. A significant inclusion is the discussion between Shah and Romila Thapar on sociological understanding of ancient India, examining the relation between lineage, clan, caste, and the state. Three other essays deal with the history of sociology and anthropology in India as seen from the perspective of three early journals.

The book will be invaluable for scholars and students of sociology, anthropology and history.

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The Calling of History : Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth by Dipesh Chakrabarty : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244693

A leading scholar in early-twentieth-century India, Sir Jadunath Sarkar (1870‚€“1958) was knighted in 1929 and became the first Indian historian to gain honorary membership in the American Historical Association. By the end of his lifetime, however, he had been marginalized by the Indian history establishment, as postcolonial historians embraced alternative approaches in the name of democracy and anti-colonialism. The Calling of History examines Sarkar‚€™s career‚€”and poignant obsolescence‚€”as a way into larger questions about the discipline of history and its public life.

Through close readings of more than twelve hundred letters to and from Sarkar, along with other archival documents, Chakrabarty demonstrates that historians in colonial India formulated the basic concepts and practices of the field via vigorous‚€”and at times bitter and hurtful‚€”debates in the public sphere. He shows that because of its non-technical nature the discipline as a whole remains susceptible to pressure from both the public and the academy even today. Methodological debates and the changing reputations of scholars like Sarkar, he argues, must therefore be understood within the specific contexts in which particular histories are written.

Insightful and with far-reaching implications for all historians, The Calling of Historyoffers a valuable look at the double life of history and how tensions between its public and private sides played out in a major scholar‚€™s career.

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The Gender Of Caste: Representing Dalits in Print by Charu Gupta : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243894

Caste and gender are complex markers of difference, hierarchy, and inequality. They have rarely been addressed together in the context of colonial India. The Gender of Caste rethinks the history of caste from a gendered perspective by exploring its connections with print‚€“public‚€“popular culture.

Charu Gupta shows that the creation by elites of hegemonic print and literary practices involved the operation of caste and gender in tandem. Caste and gender constituted society in vital ways and caste was central to how gender was reproduced. Deriving her material from Uttar Pradesh a century ago, she shows that ideas about gender were critical to caste practices in relation to Dalits.

Historicizing several axes along which Dalits were represented‚€”gender, caste, class, and community, she extends the preoccupations of Indian feminists and Dalit historians. Utilizing the lens of ‚€˜representation‚€™, she examines ideological discourses that constructed Dalits generally, and Dalit women specifically. Such constructions, she argues, suggest the implicit collusion of colonizers, nationalists, reformers, and Dalits themselves. She takes us through historical narratives that helped engender images of Dalits and ‚€˜untouchable‚€™ women, reifications which North Indians internalized and reproduced towards a cultural ‚€˜common sense‚€™ that persists into our own time.

This book questions both the presumptive ‚€˜upper-casteness‚€™ of feminist studies and the presumptive maleness of most Dalit studies of the colonial period. Dalit masculinity, remembrances of 1857, popular vocabularies and idioms, conversion anxieties, and the difficulties of indentured labour are among the many themes of this book‚€”a major expansion of the field.

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The Languages of Kerala and Lakshadweep by M. Sreenathan and Joseph Koyipally(Eds.) : Rs1500 ISBN: 9788125056270

This fifteenth volume of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India, The Languages of Kerala and Lakshadweep contextualises Kerala‚€™s language wealth in its social ecology. This volume deals with Malayalam and provides a description of its linguistic features. The volume also looks into the other tribal languages of the state.  Another sizeable section of the volume is devoted to the variant of Malayalam, Dweep Malayalam which is spoken in Lakshadweep, and which varies considerably from the language of the mainland.

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The Languages of Tamil Nadu,Volume 27, Part 2 by V. Gnanasundaram, K. Rangan : Rs2025 ISBN: 9788125055372

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India provides an overview of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the culmination of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities. The volume documents the languages prevalent in the state of Tamil Nadu. Critically, the book encapsulates the world view of the speakers of the discussed languages.

Apart from dealing with the detailed study of the scheduled languages such as Telugu and Malayalam, that involves the discussion on various linguistics features as well as the literature, The Languages of Tamil Nadu brings to the readers a certain wealth of information on Tamil, as also the languages spoken by other speech communities like Saurashtri and Tanjavur Marathi. It also documents the languages of the tribals like the Irula and Toda and nomadic communities such as Narikkuravar, out of which, most are on the verge of extinction. 

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The Languages of Uttarakhand - Volume 30, Part 2 - People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by Uma Bhatt, Shekhar Pathak : Rs1525 ISBN: 9788125056263

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities. The volume documents the languages prevalent in the state of Uttarakhand. Critically, the book encapsulates the world view of the speakers of the discussed languages.

The languages of Uttarakhand have a wide variety as well as rich heritage because of the various linguistic influences of the different settlers who came to India from time to time. Here, languages of the Tibeto-Burman family are spoken along with Austro-Asiatic languages. This volume attempts to document these varieties of languages so as to preserve them in this globalised world, where migration and other factors are resulting in loss of languages.

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The State of Being Stateless: An Account of South Asia by Paula Banerjee, Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury and Atig Ghosh : Rs825 ISBN: 9788125059684

Statelessness is defined as the quality of being without a state, a nationality, or even the protection that nationality should offer. Addressing the lacuna in literature on stateless people in post-colonial South Asia, this study brings together the lived experiences of diverse stateless groups within a comparative framework. Through research conducted across dissimilar groups in different geographical locations‚€”India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan‚€”it asks some critical questions: How are certain groups and communities‚€”often, the minorities‚€”rendered stateless? Is the existing legal regime adequate to deal with the problem of statelessness? And do policymakers now need to think beyond legal terms, as judicial activism has clearly proved ineffective?

Demonstrating that continued situations of dislocation and/or refugeehood can produce statelessness, the book elaborates a new way of thinking about this increasingly important field of study, and suggests a way towards framing better and more inclusive international and national laws to deal with this issue.

With its cross-disciplinary approach, this volume will be invaluable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of international relations, political science, law, history and refugee studies. It will also be useful to research centres and non-governmental organisations working on/with stateless and refugee groups across the world.

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The Toda Landscape: Explorations in Cultural Ecology by Tarun Chhabra With a Foreword by Anthony R. Walker : Rs4750 ISBN: 9788125060017

The Toda people of the Nilgiris District in south India are one of the oldest indigenous groups in South Asia; they are also reportedly among the most studied and written-about in the region. While the field was dominated by Western scholars in the beginning, Indian researchers and writers began contributing to Toda studies from the early twentieth century.

The Toda Landscape: Explorations in Cultural Ecology represents a major breakthrough in Toda studies. From his interactions with the Todas from 1990 onwards, the author, Tarun Chhabra, has collected and analysed ethnographic data that had eluded even the greatest of Western ethnographers. Through his first-hand narrative accounts of important Toda rituals, ceremonies and routines, all accompanied by visual documentation in the form of photographs and maps, he provides new data that will significantly aid the preservation of Toda traditional culture.

The Toda Landscape highlights previously unknown aspects of Toda cultural heritage:

  • Their sacred geography‚€”sacred waters, sacred hills, and sacred trees and rocks.

  • Some sacred institutions, which have their own distinct, hitherto undocumented, rituals, and the intricacies of their traditional attire and embroidery motifs.

  • The entire domain of Toda ethnobotany.

  • The complex interweaving of myth and reality in Toda lives, evidenced in the routes Toda spirits are said to follow to their afterworld.

With its detailed descriptions of sparsely documented aspects of Toda life, all complemented with stunning photographs, The Toda Landscape is an invaluable addition to the field of social anthropology and cultural studies. Its focus on ethnobotany and the flora and fauna of the Nilgiris region will also greatly help students and scholars of environmental studies and botany.

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Violence and the Burden of Memory: Remembrance and Erasure in Sinhala Consciousness by Sasanka Perera : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125060512

Post-Independence Sri Lanka has been wracked by decades of civil war and political violence, particularly from the late 1970s to 2009. These protracted conflicts have been immensely destructive, resulting in many thousands of deaths and disappearances, both of armed personnel (whether of the Sri Lankan state or separatist outfits) and civilians.

How is such extraordinary institutional violence remembered? Political conflict in Sri Lanka and the attendant death and destruction have resulted in the emergence of public monuments and memorials, built and maintained by the state or other public organisations as well as private ritual and memorial practices, which have occasionally moved into the public domain. They have also provoked a great deal of commentary in the form of visual arts.

Violence and the Burden of Memory takes as its theme these forms of remembering and memorialising large-scale violent death and destruction and the attendant loss, grief and suffering. Sasanka Perera explores how issues of memory and forgetting are represented in these monuments, public and private rituals and the works of visual artists through sociological analysis and ethnographic research. This, then, is read within a wider intellectual discourse on how memory works, drawn from other global contexts.

The author skillfully demonstrates how most public narratives, particularly state narratives, of Sinhala heroism have focused on institutional victories and successes, thereby erasing particular acts of individual suffering and loss and eroding spaces for critical evaluation. While the state has enjoyed relative success in preserving and presenting a public narrative of triumph and heroism through its war memorials and military monuments and rituals, it has not been as successful at providing survivors of the fallen spaces in which to remember and mourn their dead, nor at mourning the loss of innocence effectively. Personal and evaluative approaches to the horrors of political violence have, therefore, become the province of private forms of remembering and artistic commentaries.

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A History of English Literature: Traversing the Centuries by Aditi Chowdhury and Rita Goswami : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125054498

A History of English Literature: Traversing the Centuries provides a comprehensive outline of the course of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. In its fourteen chapters, the book covers all major literary periods with inclusive analyses of the political, social and intellectual developments which inevitably contribute to and influence literature in both overt and subtle ways. The survey includes all important literary figures and their significant literary works. The volume is also supplemented with an introductory chapter that discusses the shaping influences on English literature and the royal houses of England. This is followed by a timeline which will enable readers to place each author in the social and political settings and events of the time. In its broad canvass, the book delves into the nuances of everything that goes into the making of English literature. Carefully planned, rich in detail and information, and useful in marking the milestones within various periods as well as drawing the connections between them, A History of English Literature is a reference volume that  makes the reading of literary history a stimulating experience for students, scholars and teachers of English literature, and general readers interested in literary history.

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Beloved Bapu : The Gandhi-Mirabehn Correspondence by Tridip Suhrud and Thomas Weber(Ed.s) : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125056157

  • The current volume offers readers unprecedented insight into the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and Mirabehn, his foremost Western woman disciple, who came to India to dedicate her life to Gandhi and and remained his faithful companion for twenty-three years.
  • Gandhi and Mira corresponded extensively when they were not together. The current volume brings together this correspondence in its entirety for the first time, interweaving Gandhi‚€™s letters to Mira with her own responses to him and putting them in conversation with each other.
  • The letters are arranged chronologically, which allows readers to understand the trajectory of Gandhi and Mira‚€™s relationship. They reveal the depth and complexity of this connection, which was as close and loving as it was troubled.
  • The letters also provide glimpses of Gandhi and Mira‚€™s work in the khadi industry and in village India, their views on ashram life and people, their struggles with health and diet, and their opinions on living a good life and serving truth.
  • The original letters reproduced here are accompanied by the editors‚€™ commentary, which contextualizes the correspondence and offers readers important historical and biographical background information .
  • This book will interest not only historians, students and scholars of Gandhi but also the lay reader.
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Beyond Tranquebar: Grappling Across Cultural Borders in South India by Esther Fihl and A. R. Venkatachalapathy(Ed.s) : Rs1375 ISBN: 9788125054375

A rare Indian colony of the Danish empire. A place that fostered the modern printing press and Protestant Christianity in the subcontinent. A tourist haunt that was ravaged by the tsunami in 2004. This is Tranquebar, known as Tharangampadi, a charming coastal town in present-day Tamil Nadu.

Beyond Tranquebar is a collection of twenty-four essays by scholars who bring to relief the many dimensions of this town. The book takes us to seventeenth-century Denmark, as the kingdom strives to find a place in the thriving colonial enterprise. It moves east to Maratha-ruled Tanjore where gifts can shift the balance of power. It takes us to a place where ideas, textiles and furniture arrive and depart, from as far away as Serampore in Bengal and Copenhagen in Denmark‚€”going beyond geography to contribute to literacy and education in India and alter tastes in distant Europe.

This volumeexamines the place from the perspectives of a diverse range of academic disciplines‚€”social anthropology, art history, sociology of religion, ethnography and history. It enquires into the lives of natives and foreigners, i.e. Danish, German and British, as they grapple(d) across borders both physical and cultural, in the past and the present. 
This collectionis unique in that it centres on activities which radiated from this important south Indian place, instead of seeing this place as an appendix to the national history of Denmark or to the Christian mission activities from Germany. Thereby, the authors and editors of this volume peg Tranquebar in its rightful place in the scholarly map.

This book will be useful for students and scholars of colonial history, South Asian studies and anthropology. They will benefit from the diverse strands of research a seemingly small place offers.
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Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia by David N. Gellner : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125054238

Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia provides valuable new ethnographic insights into life along some of the most contentious borders in the world. The collected essays portray existence at different points across India's northern frontiers and, in one instance, along borders within India. Whether discussing Shi'i Muslims striving to be patriotic Indians in the Kashmiri district of Kargil or Bangladeshis living uneasily in an enclave surrounded by Indian territory, the contributors show that state borders in Northern South Asia are complex sites of contestation.

India's borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, China and Nepal encompass radically different ways of life, a whole spectrum of relationships to the state, and many struggles with urgent identity issues. Taken together, the essays show how it is possible to comprehend Northern South Asia's various nation-state projects without relapsing into conventional nationalist accounts.

Academic borderland studies are dominated by examples from North America (especially the US-Mexico border) and from Europe; this volume shows that examples from Northern South Asia also deserve a central place in discussions of borders and state-making.

This book will be an essential reference for South and Southeast Asian specialists, for anthropologists, sociologists, and historians of the region, for anyone interested in border and boundary issues, and for those using and studying ethnographic approaches to the state.

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Cine-Politics: Film Stars and Political Existence in South India by M. Madhava Prasad : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125053569

Cine-politics explores the unique link established between cinema and politics in south India since the 1950s. Taking up the trajectories of three major stars‚€”M. G. Ramachandran, N. T. Rama Rao and Rajkumar, from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively‚€” the book shows how the widespread political mobilisation of star charisma in south India‚€”‚€˜cine-politics‚€™‚€”sheds critical light on the nature of democratic political life in postcolonial India. Insisting on the centrality of both cinematic and political aspects in interpreting the cine-political event, the author locates the emergence of the phenomenon against the backdrop of demands for the linguistic reorganisation of the states soon after independence. The argument leads us through the various formal and narrative shifts enabling the production of a cinematic form that allowed marginalised populations, deprived of political existence in the newly forged nation, to enact the fantasy of popular sovereignty.

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Cultural History of Early South Asia: A Reader by Shonaleeka Kaul : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125053590

Cultural History of Early South Asia: A Reader presents a wide-ranging survey of the diverse art forms of early South Asia. In doing so, it departs from the dominant tendency of treating the arts as static ‚€˜heritage of the past‚€™ with just exhibition value, and instead perceives them as dynamic processes of meaning and communication in the past. It connects cultural production with ordinary life, to explore the various roles which literature and visual arts played in the lives of their communities. Here, art is investigated as objects of aesthetic enjoyment, but also as creations of rhetorical or philosophical moment, as well as of utilitarian value.
Through its broad chronological sweep covering the earliest specimens of cultural expression like the prehistoric rock paintings of Bhimbetka; the ornaments of the Harappan culture; the frescoes and rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora; the Pali Jatakas, and South Asian folklore, the book argues for a variety of audiences in ancient and early medieval South Asia.
Bringing together authoritative voices on South Asian history, archaeology and literature, the book presents complementary views which will help in understanding the popular dimensions of the subcontinent‚€™s art and culture. It will acquaint its readership with fundamental contributions to the region‚€™s art history, and yet do so in a way that questions and opens up received wisdom, and initiates a new understanding of early cultural processes. Scholarly, yet accessible, it will be of enduring relevance for researchers, students of history and cultural studies, as well as lay readers interested in the artistic traditions of South Asia.

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Duty, Destiny and Glory: The Life of C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar by A. Raghu : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125055693

C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar, famously known as C.P., was born in 1879 to a marriage that was a celebrated union of two leading Tamil Brahmin families. He became one of India‚€™s greatest constitutional lawyers, a passionate general secretary of the Indian National Congress, a loyal dewan of the princely state of Travancore and vice-chancellor of two different universities simultaneously. In the midst of a lecturing tour at universities in London and Oxford in 1966, C.P. breathed his last.
Inheriting an immense fortune through his mother, and an iron resolve to pursue academic excellence from his father, C.P. was the ‚€˜prize boy‚€™ at school and college, and he quickly rose to become a top lawyer at the Madras bar. He also became the youngest advocate-general of Madras. His undying zeal took him to the governor‚€™s executive council, the viceroy‚€™s executive council and the League of Nations. And as he advised the maharaja of Travancore through political intrigues, he grew unpopular and narrowly escaped an assassination attempt.
This biographer presents C.P.‚€™s life through the diligent execution of his duties; an obedient son, a nurturing senior lawyer, a lieutenant in the Besantine Congress faction, an administrator dedicated to nation building and social reform, and an academic in relentless pursuit of intellectual excellence. We are shown a man who inherits the will to prove the stars wrong and script his own destiny, establishing a legacy in legal, political and academic worlds. And this glory‚€”with its accompanying very human failings‚€”has been told with an elegance that is too charming to miss.
Duty, Destiny and Glory will interest students of biography, modern Indian history and political science, as well as the general reader.

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Early Medieval Indian Society : A Study in Feudalisation by R.S. Sharma With a Prologue by Jaya Tyagi : Rs450 ISBN: 9788125056119

The traditional view of feudalism, defined by scholars like Karl Marx and Marc Bloch, describes a system where a dominant social group controlled ownership of land and enjoyed the benefits of labour of servile serfs who toiled to generate produce from land. While this model was based on conditions in Europe, Marx felt that this did not apply to medieval India as most peasants were technically free land-owners.

R.S.Sharma goes beyond this traditional view of feudalism.In hisEarly Medieval Indian Society,he shows how dominant groups used techniques such as land-grants, control of common services, caste and religion to gain control over the means of production. R.S. Sharma explains how despite differences from the European model of feudalisation, similarities in economic traits like decline of towns and long-distance trade, reduction in the usage of metal coins and the establishment of a subsidiary market economy made the feudal model a useful tool to understand this period. He uses feudalism to trace the emergence of early medieval India and to also understand developments in art, religion, literature, polity and society.

The Prologue to this edition is a fitting tribute to the author by Jaya Sinha Tyagi, a historian of ancient Indian history. Analysing R.S. Sharma‚€™s pioneering study, she charts this erudite historian‚€™s contribution to the transformation of the study of early medieval India. She also explains why this book continues to serve as a critical resource material for tracing the economic changes in history.

R.S. Sharma‚€™s seminal work will be invaluable for students, scholars and teachers of ancient and medieval Indian history. It will be useful to readers interested in studying transitions in socio-cultural ideologies and institutions from the early medieval times.

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From Plassey to Partition and After: A History of Modern India by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay : Rs425 ISBN: 9788125057239

Since its first publication in 2004, From Plassey to Partition has come to be regarded as an authoritative history of modern India. And this enlarged edition offers a perceptive analysis of India‚€™s efforts towards modernisation and democratisation since Independence.
The book addresses important historiographical questions by taking cognisance of emergent perspectives adopted by social science scholarship over the last twenty-five years. As a major work of our times, it engages in though-provoking debates on issues like political economy of eighteenth-century India, socio-religious reform and revival, and the nationalist movement.
The newly added concluding chapter provides a succinct account of major developments in postcolonial India during the Nehruvian and subsequent years. It links contemporary debates about Indian nationhood with changes in society, economy and polity, from the years of state-directed planning under a one-party system to the emergence of a market economy in an era of predominantly coalition governments.
Capturing inimitably the rhythms of India‚€™s polyphonic nationalism, this book will be indispensable for students of history and political science. Scholars and researchers will benefit from its detailed and extensive bibliography. And it will guide general readers to an understanding of contemporary India.

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Hindu-Catholic Engagements in Goa: Religion, Colonialism, and Modernity by Alexander Henn : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125055211

Vasco Da Gama‚€™s celebrated passage to India (1497‚€“99) not only initiated a period of Christian expansion, in which Jesuit missionaries declared war to the alleged ‚€˜idolatry‚€™ of Hindus. The engagement with the until then largely unknown and unexpectedly rich culture of Hinduism was also part of profound modern transformations that, in the long run, lead Christian Europe to recognize the plurality of religions around the globe.

Hindu‚€“Catholic Engagements in Goa offers a novel perspective on the Portuguese empire and Catholic hegemony in Asia that for almost half a millennium‚€”from 1510 to 1961‚€”had its capital in Goa. Based on fresh archival studies and extensive ethnography, it reveals the dramatic role of religion at the beginning of colonialism and modernity and provides insight into Goa‚€™s intricate Hindu-Catholic syncretism today. 

Hindu village gods and Catholic patron saints commonly attract veneration from people of the respective ‚€˜Other‚€™ religious community and, yet, do not create confusion between the distinct identities of Hindus and Catholics. At the core of this seeming syncretistic paradox lies a communal concern for neighborhood, genealogy, protection and health that, at times, overrules doctrinal divides in the village communities. Hindus and Catholics share trust in communicating with the divine and holy in ways that occasionally favor ritual over belief and appreciate substance before meaning. Contrary to postcolonial theories of ‚€˜Othering‚€™, this book identifies religion thus as an inherently hybrid dimension of the intersection of colonialism and modernity and identifies local, rather than universal and epistemic, rather than ethical principles at the core of Goa‚€™s remarkable religious pluralism.

This book will be welcomed by scholars and students of history, anthropology, postcolonial theory, and cultural studies. It will also appeal to informed readers who are interested in the making of early modern Goa. 

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Ideas, Institutions, Processes: Essays in Memory of Satish Saberwal by N. Jayaram : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125056850

  • This book commemmorates eminent sociologist Satish Saberwal who pioneered interdisciplinarity in the social sciences in India through a series of 15 collected essays in four different parts.
  • The first part takes a biographical approach to Saberwal and includes both reminiscences by his peers as well as an extensive interview with Saberwal. The second part is devoted to the methodology of studying sociology in India
  • The third part is dedicated to historical perspectives, as Saberwal was interested in combining historical and sociological approaches and considers both ancient and modern Indian history.
  • The fourth part focuses on different institutions and processes in contemporary India, and discusses issues like education, caste, violence and environmentalism.
  • The different essays in the volume draw from Saberwal‚€™s important work on crisis, conflict, social mobility and institutional rules and norms and generate new perspectives on a wide variety of issues.
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Imperialists, Nationalists, Democrats: The Collected Essays by Sarvepalli Gopal (Au) and Srinath Raghavan (Ed.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243870

The present book gathers together thirty pieces from scattered and relatively inaccessible sources. It is remarkable equally for the quality of the writing within it, reminiscent of the virtues that made Gopal‚€™s reputation. ‚€˜The English prose of most Indian academics is wooden‚€™, say Ramachandra Guha and Sunil Khilnani in their preface to this collection. ‚€˜Gopal, who had immersed himself in the literature of the language, was by contrast a stylist with a wry turn of phrase. Though his mother tongue was Telugu and he spoke Tamil fairly well‚€”as well as an Oxford-educated Brahmin could‚€”he wrote almost entirely in English, crafting his sentences fastidiously ‚€¶‚€™ This is everywhere apparent in the essays here.

They range from analyses of imperialists such as Curzon and Churchill, to nationalists such as Nehru, Gandhi, Ambedkar, and Patel, to novelist-democrats such as E.M. Forster and Rabindranath Tagore. The Suez Crisis, cricketers and cricket-writing, secularism and Hindutva, women and Indian law, and the English language in South Asia are among the varied subjects that they are about.

This is not a collection only for historians and students of Indian politics. It is a book for anyone wanting to read first-rate English prose by one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking writers of modern India.
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Indian Sign Language(s) by G. N. Devych(Ch. Ed.), Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Nisha Grover and Surinder P. K. Randhawa : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125054894

This thirty-eighth volume of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India is devoted to the Indian Sign Language (ISL), the language of the Deaf in India. The articles in the volume are divided into four parts. The first discusses both its formal linguistic and ‚€˜orthographic‚€™ features; the second presents the sociolinguistic themes of the ISL such as bilingualism and language variety as well as language planning and policy issues. Part three presents various synchronic aspects of the ISL. The final part comprises articles on themes interfacing Sign Languages and other knowledge systems. This very first collection of articles on the ISL, is a critically important contribution to the discipline.

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Integration of the Indian States by V. P. Menon : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125054511

  • Merging the 554 princely states with the Indian state was one of the most structurally monumental tasks that the Indian administration faced after Independence.
  • V. P. Menon worked closely with Sardar Patel to help integrate the princely states with India.
  • The book details the negotiations he carried out with each of these states.
  • He has taken up the case of each state and shown how they were persuaded to sign the Instrument of Accession which made them a part of the Indian union.
  • He also shows how various states were grouped together to form new administrative units.
  • This reissue of the volume has a new Introduction that contextualises it for contemporary readers. It gives us a brief account of the author, the book and the background in which it was written. It tells us how the process of carving out states from the jigsaw puzzle that India was after Independence is something that continues.
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Modern Times: India1880s ‚€“ 1950s - Environment, Economy, Culture by Sumit Sarkar : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243825

Much has changed in the world of South Asian history-writing since Sumit Sarkar‚€™s renowned classic, Modern India (1983). ‚€œThe passage of thirty years having rendered that work thoroughly dated, the futility of any attempt to revise it became increasingly clear to me, especially as over this period my own historical perspectives took new and unexpected directions‚€�, says the author. The present work is an entirely fresh view of the same period.

Focusing on three huge areas ‚€” Economy, Environment, and Culture ‚€” Professor Sarkar offers his magisterial perspective on these.

Scientific discourses, laws, forest administration, peasants and adivasis, irrigation, and conflicts over land-use are examined, as are agrarian relations, commercialization, indebtedness, and famine. Trade, finance, and industry are other major focus areas.

Modern urban India is scrutinized via the literature on its big cities. Sociabilities, caste configurations, and public culture (theatre, cinema, and sports) are discussed, as are literature, dance, music, and painting.

In conclusion, says Professor Sarkar, ‚€œI have within each chapter incorporated the relevant historiographical developments, changes, and debates. Separate bibliographical sections will I hope facilitate the work of teachers and students.‚€�

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Nature without Borders by Mahesh Rangarajan, M. D. Madhusudan and Ghazala Shahabuddin(Ed.s) : Rs825 ISBN: 9788125056140

  • This book explores the ways in which conservation of biodiversity can coexist with human actions and interests through a series of eight essays. These are tied together by an analytical introduction by the editors.
  • It seeks to supplement the dominant discourse of conservation in India, which has traditionally depended on fencing off fragments of habitats and guarding them against human encroachment. However, formally designated Protected Areas occupy a very small proportion of territory and are therefore limited in value. Nature and natural processes transcend human boundaries and cannot be contained within the borders of nature reserves.
  • This eclectic collection of essays explores inclusive conservation approaches in a spectrum of landscapes, from lake restoration in a metropolis to the issue of overfishing on the coastline.
  • In the cases studied here, conservation action takes the producers‚€™ or residents‚€™ own imperatives into account along with wider ecological challenges. This method of conservation forges links with a range of actors: cultivators, herders, fishers and plantation owners, in addition to the government, the middle class and literati.
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New Perspectives in the History of Indian Education by Parimala V. Rao : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125051251

New Perspectives in the History of Indian Education brings together essays on the milestones in the development of modern education in India since the mid-nineteenth century. It offers readings on a wide range of interconnected themes and the debates which have shaped the contours of the educational policy of contemporary India.

The essays critique the existing anti-imperialist, postmodern and nationalist historiographies of Indian education, and bring forth the shortcomings of these approaches. Basing themselves on archival sources, they overturn the existing myths created by these historiographies and shed new light on the role of the colonial state, missionaries and Indian nationalist leaders.

The empirically rich essays focus on the initiatives to promote education among the socially and educationally backward Dalit communities and the status of Dalit institutions. The authors argue forcefully about the centrality of education in fostering social mobility and change. The essays on women‚€™s education discuss how intensely controversial it was to educate girls, and how women struggled to establish their identity and make their voices heard in a traditional society undergoing a transition to modernity. The essays also critically examine the colonial state policy and the attitude of nationalist leaders towards the introduction of mass and compulsory education.

This volume will be immensely useful for students and scholars in departments of education, history and sociology. It will also be of interest to educationists, policymakers and the general reader who wants to understand the evolution of modern education in India.

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Out of Line : Cartoons, Caricature and Contemporary India by Christel R.Devadawson : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125055136

  1. This book explores the career of ‚€˜graphic satire‚€™, i.e., newspaper cartoons, in independent India (post-1947)
  2. It offers detailed analyses of the work of prominent practitioners of the genre, including: Shankar Pillai, R. K. Laxman, Abu Abraham, O. V. Vijayan and the collaborative team of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan
  3. Chapter 1 reflects on Shankar‚€™s endearing yet thoughtful portrayals of Nehru in his ‚€˜Man of the Week‚€™ series, which addresses the challenges confronting the early years of the republic
  4. In Chapter 2, the author deals with Laxman‚€™s character the ‚€˜Common Man‚€™, a usually silent witness who testifies to the complexities of the post-Nehruvian era
  5. Chapter 3 deals with Abu Abraham‚€™s Emergency-era series ‚€˜Private View‚€™, which sought to keep the national conscience alive through this difficult period
  6. Chapter 4 explores O. V. Vijayan‚€™s dark and bitterly ironic graphic world, which deals with the inequities of development and the failures of justice in 1980s India
  7. Chapter 5 takes up the collaborative work of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan, who address the issues and concerns of a more self-confident, post-liberalisation nation, including environmentalism, multinational capital and international warfare.
  8. Christel Devadawson interprets the genre of graphic dissent as a form of national ‚€˜lifewriting‚€™‚€”the autobiographical recording of self, memory and experience‚€”that brings to light the trials and travails of democracy in the young nation-state.
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Persistence of Poverty in India by Nandini Gooptu and Jonathan Parry (Eds.) : Rs745 ISBN: 9789383166046

What distinguishes Persistence of Poverty from most other poverty studies is the way in which it conceptualises the problem. This volume offers a variety of alternative analytical perspectives and fresh insights into poverty that are key to addressing the problem.  In looking at the day to day lived realities of the poor the volume  points out that in order to understand poverty one must take into account the wider system of class and power relations in which it is rooted. This volume suggests that ‚€™democracy in India may be as big a part of the problem as it is of the solution.‚€™   

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Rabindranath Tagore : One Hundred Years of Global Reception by Martin Kšmpchen, Imre Bangha and Uma Das Gupta (Editorial Adviser) : Rs1750 ISBN: 9788125055686

When Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his own English translation of Gitanjali (Song Offerings), he became the first non-European to do so, achieving immediate fame.Translations in other languages of this and other works followed. Reams were written on his writings, and his personality. As aworld citizen, Tagore aimed at bringing the ‚€˜East‚€™ and the ‚€˜West‚€™ together for an inclusive humanism. His was assumed to be the Voice of India‚€”indeed of Asia and the colonised world. The Nobel Prize gave him the authority to speak, and the intellectual elite of many countries listened.

The editors of Rabindranath Tagore:  One Hundred Years of Global Reception had asked Tagore experts worldwide to narrate how the Bengali author was received from 1913 until our time. Their thirty-five essays arranged by region or language group inform us about translations, the impact of Tagore‚€™s visits, and his subsequent standing in the world of letters. Tagore‚€™s reception while often enthusiastic was not always adulatory, occasionally undergoing dramatic metamorphoses, and diverse political and social milieus and cultural movements responded to him differently. This nuanced global reception is for the first time dealt with comprehensively and systematically in this volume presented as a work of reference. These essays remind us that Tagore‚€™s works keep being reprinted or retranslated for he continues to be relevant to modern readers.

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Rajasthan Ki Bhashayen (Volume 26 Part 1)-Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan by Ganesh N. Devy (Chief editor), Madan Meena and Suraj Rao(Vol. Ed.) : Rs2295 ISBN: 9788125054665

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India [PLSI] is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.
                          
This book is Part-1 of the Volume-26 (Rajasthan-Hindi) of The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda. 

This book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Rajasthan State of India. The languages included in this book are: Khadi Marwari, Godwadi, Ghanchi, Jagrouti, Daang, Dingle, Dhaati, Dhundhadi, Talhaiti, Thali, Deswali, Ghawadi, Naagarchaali, Pachwara, Bagadi, Bajigari, Bikaneri, Braj, Sansi (Bhatu), Maad, Maarwadi, Mirasi, Merwadi, Mewadi, Mewati, Vagadi, Shekhawati, Sarayaki, Sindhi and Hadouti.

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Reconsidering Untouchability : Chamars and Dalit History in North India by Ramnarayan S.Rawat : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243948

Often identified as leatherworkers or characterized as a criminal caste, the Chamars of North India have long been stigmatized as untouchables. In this pathbreaking study, Ramnarayan S. Rawat shows that in fact the majority of Chamars have always been agriculturalists, and their association with the ritually impure occupation of leatherworking has largely been constructed through Hindu, colonial, and postcolonial representations of untouchability. 

Rawat undertakes a comprehensive reconsideration of the history, identity, and politics of this important Dalit group. Using Dalit vernacular literature, local-level archival sources, and interviews in Dalit neighborhoods, he reveals a previously unrecognized Dalit movement which has flourished in North India from the earliest decades of the twentieth century and which has recently achieved major political successes. 
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Rethinking Western India : The Changing Contexts of Culture, Society and Religion by DuŇ°an DeŠk and Daniel Jasper (Ed.s) : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125055822

  • While investigating the cultural, social and political dynamics in Maharashtra, Rethinking Western India looks into the relations and processes that make up what are usually thought to be regional problems.
  • The essays show how the regional must be understood in contexts that supersede the region and geographical determinism.
  • The opening essays not only contextualise Maharashtrian texts as coherent wholes, but also the meanings contained within these texts, thereby addressing ‚€œthe semantics of the social‚€�.
  • A focus on ‚€œthe mechanics of the social‚€�‚€”the interface of actions that articulate societal relationships at different levels, and of different characters‚€”is attempted by the next set of essays.
  • The concluding essays emphasise how local dynamics are as much a part of forces ostensibly ‚€œbeyond Maharashtra‚€�, as they are products of dynamics within Maharashtra. There is, therefore, a deep analysis of the social and cultural referents upon which collective identities are built.
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Revisiting 1956: B. R. Ambedkar and States Reorganisation by Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125055143

In 1938, when he opposed the formation of Karnatak Province along linguistic lines, Ambedkar pointed out, ‚€˜‚€¶ we have been living together ‚€¶ only to emphasise the fact that those who want that this unity be sundered ‚€¶ must consider this matter in a much more serious way and not on grounds which are purely sentimental.‚€™

When the Indian identity was in its embryo, he feared that fostering cultural identities would result in separate nationalities. By 1953, after the formation of Andhra State, he pointed at the lack of proper thinking that had gone into the merger. In 1956, when the States Reorganisation Commission submitted its report, he identified its flaws, and famously laid down his ‚€˜One state, one language‚€™ principle.

The speeches, tracts and articles that Ambedkar produced on these lines were soon forgotten. And now, as new states are being formed, Ambedkar‚€™s works find renewed relevance. When he called the merger of Telangana and Telugu-speaking areas of Madras Presidency as ‚€˜artificial‚€™, Ambedkar showed remarkable vision that administrators can learn from. In laying criteria for reorganisation of states‚€”viability, size, economic feasibility, equality, federal balance, and the divisive issue of language‚€”he has already addressed concerns that the contemporary common man now asks.

Along with addressing students and scholars of political science, demography, public administration and Indian History, Revisiting 1956 resurrects the leader‚€™s works from oblivion and presents relevant portions from them for the general, interested reader.

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Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari: Vol. I, 1907‚€“21 by Mahesh Rangarajan, N. Balakrishnan, Deepa Bhatnagar (Eds.) : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788125050179

Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (1878‚€“1972), popularly known as Rajaji, was the first Governor General of independent India (1948‚€“50).  A lawyer by profession, he was drawn into the non-violent nationalist movement steered by Mahatma Gandhi and came to be known as his ‚€˜conscience-keeper‚€™. He was awarded India‚€™s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 1955.  A prolific writer, he is also known for his books on the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.
This volume looks at the period when Rajaji became involved in the freedom movement (1907‚€“21).  It is a collection of articles and letters he wrote to prominent leaders like Gandhi, Gokhale, Vijiaraghavachariar, and in newspapers like The Hindu, Madras Mail and Commonweal. These give us an insight into the thoughts of one of the most important leaders of the Indian national movement in the Madras Presidency.
Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari, Vol. I, 1907‚€“21 is the first in a series of ten volumes published in association with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) on the writings of Rajaji.

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Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari: Vol. II, 1921‚€“22 by Mahesh Rangarajan, N. Balakrishnan, Deepa Bhatnagar(Ed.s) : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788125056133

Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari, Vol. 2, 1921‚€“22, is part of a series of ten volumes that gather together the writings of Rajaji over the period 1907‚€“72. The second volume covers a brief but significant phase in Rajaji‚€™s political life, beginning with his arrest for participating in the non-cooperation movement in December 1921 and his imprisonment in Vellore Central Jail. Rajaji‚€™s jail diary is published here with detailed annotations for the first time. By the time Rajaji was released from jail in March 1922, Mahatma Gandhi, by then his close associate, had been arrested and remanded to Yeravda Jail. The mantle of bringing out the nationalist weekly Young India fell on Rajaji‚€™s shoulders. Through the columns of Young India,Rajaji kept alive Gandhiji‚€™s message of non-violence and his emphasis on the importance of khaddar and the spinning wheel. Besides his various editorials and articles in Young India, the present volume also contains letters, speeches and other writings of Rajaji during these years. The volume ends with his spirited defence of the non-cooperation programme opposing council entry at the 37th Session of the Indian National Congress at Gaya in December 1922. Overall, the collection offers a close commentary on the non-cooperation movement and its aftermath.

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Sufivaad: Kuchh Mahatvpurna Lekh by N R Farooqi : Rs225 ISBN: 9788125053613

Sufivaad: Kuchh Mahatvpurna Lekh  provides a detail account of Sufism, its rise, fulfillment and decline of the Chisti brotherhood of Sufis in medieval India.

Its contents include: Some aspects of classic Sufism; the early Sufis of India; the emergence and efflorescence of the Chisti Sufis: An outline of their thought and an account of popular appeal of their shrines; the resurgence of the Chistis: a survey of the expansion and fulfillment of a Sufi order in Mughal India; Doyen of the Sufis of the Madhya Pradesh: Muhammad Shattari Gwaliori;  A note on Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi and his religious and political thought; Saiyid Ahmad of Rae Bareli: an account of his life and thought and an appraisal of his impact on the Sufi centers of Awadh and eastern India

Glossary related to Sufism given at the end of the book.
Detailed Bibliography is given at the end of each chapter.

There is no one book available in Hindi on the topic of Sufism. The essays of the book are authors own research.

This book is a good addition to our list of books on history since the author is a well known scholar in the academic world.

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The Being of Bhasha: A General Introduction by G. N. Devy (Ed) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125054887

The first volume of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India brings to the reader the journey undertaken in 2010, by a group of visionaries led by G. N. Devy to document the languages of India as they existed then. The aim of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India was to document these languages, spoken in India‚€™s remotest corners. India‚€™s towns and cities too have found a voice in this survey. What this journey did was to bring a groundswell of support from people from all walks of life, leading to The Being of Bhasha.

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The Judiciary I Served by P. Jaganmohan Reddy With a Prologue by Gautam Pingle : Rs795 ISBN: 9788125055310

The Judiciary I Served is an account of an eminent jurist‚€™s long and distinguished career in the law, from his early days as a barrister to his retirement from the Supreme Court of India. 

As a judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Pingle Jaganmohan Reddy heard and decided on several landmark cases which had profound and lasting implications for the country, covering such issues as the fundamental right to property and the constitutional rights of minority educational institutions. The Bank Nationalisation case, the Keshavananda Bharati case and the St. Xavier‚€™s case are some of the proceedings about which he writes in his book. 

Justice Reddy‚€™s years as a judge gave him a broad experience of different contemporary issues and personalities. In this book he provides an absorbing account of how repeated challenges, minor and major, were faced by both state and central governments, and how upright judges struggled against such pressures in order to uphold the proper functioning of the law.   

The Prologue to this volume, by his son and academic Gautam Pingle, charts the life and times of Justice Reddy. Personal and heartwarming, the Prologue shows how probity, impartiality and firmness were features that marked the illustrious career of this distinguished judge.

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The Languages of Jammu & Kashmir by G.N.Devy (Ed) and Omkar N. Koul(Ed) : Rs1750 ISBN: 9788125055167

This twelfth volume of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India attempts to document the languages of the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The book is divided into three parts‚€”the first part covers the scheduled languages, Dogri and Kashmiri, the second part, the non-scheduled and minor languages and the third part is devoted to Sanskrit, Persian, Hindi and Urdu which have played an important role in the state and also influenced local languages. 

In the discussions about the languages, there is information about their contemporary status,   their historical evolution and structural aspects.
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The Languages of Meghalaya by G. N. Devy (Ed) and Esther Syiem(Ed) : Rs1800 ISBN: 9788125055174

This nineteenth volume of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India attempts to document the languages of the State of Meghalaya, beginning at the grassroots and involving speakers from all walks of life, so as to bring to readers the linguistic and cultural heritage of the state. Apart from the dominant languages spoken in the state, Khasi, Pnar and Garo, the varieties of these languages too are described in great detail. Care has been taken to record the voices of the informants in the true nature of the survey, so that the volume is not a mere cataloguing of languages, but mirrors the spirit and world view of the speakers. For languages are an extension of people‚€™s existence and being.

In the discussions about the languages, there is information about their contemporary status, while the sections on the main languages also contain information about their historical evolution and structural aspects. The linguistic maps included in the volume also give a general idea of areas where the main languages are spoken. It is hoped that this volume will not only engage the reader, but will also stand as testimony to a people‚€™s search for their roots.
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The Past Before Us - Historical Traditions of Early North India by Romila Thapar : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788178243979

It has so often been said that Indian civilization lacks historical writing‚€”and therefore a sense of history‚€”that this notion passes for a truism. There has been little attempt to show up the falsity of the generalization. In the present book‚€”a magisterial historiographical survey of every major form within which ancient North Indian history is embedded or evident‚€”Romila Thapar shows an intellectually dynamic ancient world profuse with ideas about the past, an arena replete with societies constructing, reconstructing, and contesting various visions of worlds before their own.

‚€œTo determine what makes for this historical consciousness‚€�, says Professor Thapar, ‚€œis not just an attempt to provide Indian civilization with a sense of history, nor is it an exercise in abstract research. My intention is to argue that, irrespective of the question of the presence or absence of historical writing as such, an understanding of the way in which the past is perceived, recorded, and used affords insights into early Indian society, as it does for that matter into other early societies.‚€�

She argues that to possess history a civilization does not have to reveal writing in forms regarded as belonging to the established genres of history. In fact, a variety of ancient Indian texts reflect a consciousness of history; and, subsequently, there come into existence recognizable historical traditions and forms of historical writing. Both varieties of texts‚€”those which reflect a consciousness of history and those which reveal forms of historical writing‚€”were deployed to ‚€œreveal‚€� the past, and drawn upon as a cultural, political, religious, or other resource to legitimize an existing social order.

The Vedic corpus, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the itihasa-purana tradition, the Buddhist and Jaina canons, the hagiographical and biographical literature, the inscriptional evidence, a variety of chronicles, and dramatic forms such as the Mudrarakshasa are all scrutinized afresh in this book: not as sources for historical data, but instead as a civilization‚€™s many ways of thinking about and writing its history.

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The Problem of Caste by Satish Deshpande (Ed.) : Rs650 ISBN: 9788125055013

Caste is one of the oldest concerns of the social sciences in India that continues to be relevant even today.  This book tracks how scholars from different disciplines have responded to the caste question in independent India and highlights recent shifts in perspective.

The general perception about caste is that it is an outdated concept that was slowly but inevitably dying out until it was revived by colonial policies and promoted by vested interests and electoral politics after independence.  However, this hegemonic perception changed irrevocably in the 1990s after the controversial reservations for the Other Backward Classes recommended by the Mandal Commission. Mandal triggered a new awakening by revealing that only a privileged upper caste minority believed in the declining significance of caste‚€”for the  vast majority of Indians caste continued to be a crucial determinant of life opportunities. 

This volume collects significant writings spanning seven decades, three generations and several disciplines.  The introduction contextualises established perspectives in relation to emergent concerns, and is followed by forty essays organised into six sections. 

The first section offers a sample of disciplinary responses ranging from sociology to law.  The second explores the relationship between caste and class, while the third highlights the interplay between caste and politics. 

The fourth section covers old and new challenges in law and policy.  Emergent research areas are represented in section five and section six showcases post-Mandal innovations in caste studies. 

This transdisciplinary volume brings together sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, historians, economists and others.  It will be essential reading for students and scholars across these disciplines.

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The Year of Blood. Essays on the Revolt of 1857 by Rudrangshu Mukherjee : Rs550 ISBN: 9789383166008

Rudrangshu Mukherjee‚€™s essays on the Revolt of 1857 have been brought under one cover in The Year of Blood: Essays on the Revolt of 1857. The book traces the eminent historian‚€™s changing perception of the idea of the Revolt, from his undergraduate days to the present.

The Revolt of 1857 was a passionate phase in Indian history and the quality of writing in this book reflects this intensity. Violence has rarely been described with so much realism and subtlety. The imaginative use of primary source materials add clarity to accounts such as the massacre in Satichaura Ghat and the trial of Mangal Pandey.

Rudrangshu Mukherjee places the ‚€˜soldier-peasant‚€™ at the forefront of the Revolt. In lucid prose, he is able to unravel the motives, strategies and organization skills of the mutineers, while exposing the layers of complexity that defined the relationship between the rulers and the subjugated.

The horrific killings described in depth in this book cover specific parts of Uttar Pradesh; however, the mood of the wider holocaust is captured through the detailed captions which describe several illustrations, most of which are from private collections.

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Tranquebar‚€”Whose History? Transnational Cultural Heritage in a Former Danish Trading Colony in South India by Helle JÝrgensen : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788125053453

Tranquebar, a small fishing town on the coast of Tamil Nadu, was a Danish trading colony from 1620 to 1845. In recent years, the drive to develop it into a heritage destination has generated large-scale conservation and restoration efforts aimed at preserving the monuments of the town‚€™s colonial past

Alongside the proliferation of surveys and development plans, manifold agents including local and state-level authorities, private entrepreneurs, researchers, NGOs, and tourists‚€”Danish and Indian‚€”congregate in the town. Yet the townscape also sets the scene for the everyday lives and concerns of the local inhabitants. Tranquebar‚€”Whose History? explores the significances of cultural heritage in this small town, revealing the multiple attachments to, uses of, and negotiations around the townscape and its histories in daily life, tourism, research and heritage development.

The discussion moves from the differing motivations attending local and transnational constructions of Tranquebar as a remote location, and the sometimes contradictory expectations from development; the conflicting attitudes to modernity and notions of aesthetics among various stakeholders; to shifting constructions of history in which Tranquebar emerges as a postcolony, caught between colonial nostalgia, collective memory and contemporary narrations of anti-conquest.

This volume will be useful to those engaged in anthropology, history, postcolonial studies and cultural studies. It will also be of interest to students of heritage and tourism, heritage practitioners and to the general reader.

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Unsettling the Past: Unknown Aspects and Scholarly Assessments of D.D. Kosambi by D.D. Kosambi, Meera kosambi (Ed.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243849

Of virtually no modern historian other than D.D. Kosambi (1907‚€“1966) can it be said: ‚€˜He changed the way in which Indian history was conceptualized and written.‚€™ In fact, the term ‚€˜Renaissance man‚€™ springs to mind because Kosambi‚€™s intellectual contributions cross disciplinary boundaries, ranging from ancient history to mathematics to Sanskrit literature to numismatics to India‚€™s energy policy.

This book contains relatively unknown writings by Kosambi, including several obscure but important essays and an unpublished children‚€™s story. Also made available here for the first time are some wonderful letters that Kosambi wrote to, among others, the scientist Homi Bhabha and the writer-historian Robert Graves. These reveal Kosambi‚€™s mastery of the epistolary art.

Other sections contain tributes to Kosambi by his friends, and essays by major contemporary scholars on his contributions in diverse fields. The volume gives a new and well-rounded picture of Kosambi‚€™s writings, as well as mature assessments of his scholarship by some of the best minds of our time.
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Uttarakhand Ki Bhashayen (Volume 30, Part 1)-Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan by Ganesh N. Devy, Uma Bhatt and Shekhar Pathak (Ed.s) : Rs1475 ISBN: 9788125054948

The Peoples‚€™ Linguistic Survey of India is a right based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages especially languages of fragile communities such as nomadic, coastal, island, hill and forest communities.

This book is part 1of the Volume 30(Uttarakhand [Hindi]) of The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center.  

The present book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Uttarakhand state of India. The languages included in this book are: Kumauni, Gadhwali,Jaad, Johari, Jaunpuri, Jaunsari, Tharu, Bangadi, Buksa, Marcha, Rang Lu, Rawalti, and Raji.

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Atomic State by Jahnavi Phalkey : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243764

In 1974 India conducted what it called ‚€œpeaceful nuclear tests.‚€� These demonstrated that the country possessed the technology required to make atom bombs. In historical accounts, this explosive achievement has come to be seen as the culmination of a state‚€™s efforts at capacity building and self-reliance through ‚€œbig science.‚€�

Questioning the received wisdom, Jahnavi Phalkey provides a fascinatingly different history. Mining new data from personal and institutional archives, she contradicts persistent nationalist notions about early atomic science in India as the starting point of bombs. She shows that the emergence of the country‚€™s nuclear science infrastructure was in fact tenuous, contradictory, and rich in faction fights which frequently determined outcomes and directions.

Phalkey traces the academic roots of India‚€™s nuclear research to universities, industrial philanthropy, leading scientists, and laboratories: C.V. Raman, Meghnad Saha, Homi Bhabha, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, and Jawaharlal Nehru are among her book‚€™s major protagonists; and Calcutta, Bombay, and Bangalore the institutional centres. Big science in India is located via three transitions: of nuclear physics from table-top experiments to electronic equipment systems; of India from imperial rule to independence; and of international relations from imperialism to the Cold War.

A brilliant contribution to its field, this book makes us rethink the place of science in India‚€™s history, as well as the frameworks deployed for writing contemporary history.
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Bharat ka Itihas: 1707 se 1857 tak by Lakshmi Subramanian : Rs275 ISBN: 9788125049890

This is the Hindi version of History of India 1707-1857 publishedby us.

It is an essential textbook for undergraduate students of Indian history. The period 1707 -1857 was full of dramatic events which has profound consequences for the history of the India. This period marks the fall of great Mughal empire and advent of British rule in India, and also the Revolt of 1857. This book is perhaps the only textbook available on this specific period.

This book covers following main themes:

  • The disintegration of the Mughal Empire, the emergence of the successor states, and the establishment of the East India Company‚€™s dominance in the subcontinent.
  • The process that aided consolidation of the British Raj, its methods of governance and bliss of its economic set up.
  • Social and intellectual construct which developed during this period, laying the ground for colonial dominance as well as resistance to it.
  • A comprehensive overview of developments in the fields of culture, art, literature, music and ideas during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
  • Resistance to the colonial enterprise, culminating in the rebellion of 1857.

The other features are:

  • Each chapter is accompanied by maps
  • and up-to-date bibliography
  • glossary of terms used in the book
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Caste in Modern India: A Reader (Two Volume Set) by Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar (Eds.) : Rs1900 ISBN: 9788178243696

Caste is the key category in contemporary Indian social thinking. Discussed and analysed by historians, sociologists, and political scientists, it has produced scholarly explorations and polemical controversies in equal measure. The historical literature on caste from colonial times to the present is vast.

This anthology picks out some of the best essays on the subject in order to explore specific aspects of modern caste: how the issue of caste was understood in colonial times, how it was re-created under conditions of modernity, and how various castes came to relate to one another and to themselves in new ways. The essays also engage in debates that were first raised in these fields. Dumont‚€™s notions about purity and power are questioned, while fresh perspectives are offered on jajmani.

For a long time, historians of modern South Asia have been trying to ascertain how far caste was invented, exaggerated, colluded with, and opposed. These two volumes provide the most essential and thought-provoking pieces on the subject.

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Citizenship and Its Discontents: An Indian History by Niraja Gopal Jayal : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243719

Breaking new ground in scholarship, this is the first history of citizenship in India.

Unlike the mature democracies of the West, India began as a true republic of equals with a complex architecture of citizenship rights that was sensitive to the many hierarchies of Indian society. In this provocative biography of the defining aspiration of modern India, Jayal shows how the progressive civic ideals embodied in the constitution have been challenged by exclusions based on social and economic inequality, and sometimes also, paradoxically, undermined by its own policies of inclusion.

Citizenship and Its Discontents explores a century of contestations over citizenship from the colonial period to the present, analysing evolving conceptions of citizenship as legal status, as rights, and as identity.

The early optimism that a new India could be fashioned out of an unequal and diverse society led to a formally inclusive legal membership, an impulse to social and economic rights, and group-differentiated citizenship. Today, these policies to create a civic community of equals are losing support in a climate of social intolerance and weak solidarity.

Once seen by Western political scientists as an anomaly, India today is a site where every major theoretical debate about citizenship is being enacted in practice, and one that no global discussion of the subject can afford to ignore.

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Creative Pasts: Historical Memory and Identity in Western India 1700-1960 by Prachi Deshpande : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243757

The ‚€˜Maratha period‚€™ of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when an independent Maratha state successfully resisted the Mughals, is a defining era in Indian history. Prachi Deshpande examines this period for various political projects in the country at large, including anticolonial Hindu nationalism and the non-Brahman movement, as well as popular debates throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries over the meaning of tradition, culture, colonialism, and modernity.

Deploying a rich body of literary and cultural sources, Deshpande highlights shifts in history writing in early modern western India, as well as the deep connections between historical and literary narratives. She also shows how ‚€˜historical memory‚€™ provided a space for Indians to negotiate among their national, religious, and regional identities, pointing out history‚€™s pervasive potential for shaping politics within thoroughly diverse societies.

A study of quite extraordinary penetration and breadth, Creative Pasts mines Maratha history and Marathi sources as never before to analyse historiography, popular memory, and the socio-literary impact of colonialism on regional societies and cultures. Expanding from this base, the book succeeds also in showing how many of the significant patterns of Indian modernity derive from the interplay of cultural activities, power structures, and political rhetoric over the past two centuries and more.

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Dharmanand Kosambi: The Essential Writings by Meera Kosambi : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243740

The life and writings of Dharmanand Kosambi (1876‚€“1947), pioneering scholar of Pali and Buddhist Studies, comprise the substance of this book.

Born in rural Goa, Dharmanand came under the spell of the Buddha‚€™s teachings during his adolescence. As described in his long autobiographical memoir (included here), at an early age he set off on an incredible journey of austere self-training across the length and breadth of Britain‚€™s Indian Empire, halting to educate himself at places connected with Buddhism. His sojourns included living in Sri Lanka to master Pali as a novitiate-scholar, in a Burmese cave as a bhikshu, and in some viharas of North India‚€”begging for monastic sustenance‚€”as well as in Nepal and Sikkim which he reached after arduous, sometimes barefoot, treks. Over these itinerant years Dharmanand acquired such mastery of the Buddhist canon that he was variously appointed to teach and research at Calcutta, Baroda, Harvard, and Leningrad.

As a thinker Dharmanand blended Buddhist ethics, Mahatma Gandhi‚€™s philosophy of truth and non-violence, and the ideals of socialism. He exchanged letters with the Mahatma, worked for his causes, and died in the approved Buddhist/Jain manner by voluntary starvation at Sevagram ashram. Arguably, no Indian scholar‚€™s life has been as exemplary as Dharmanand‚€™s, or has approximated as closely to the nobility and saintliness of the Mahatma‚€™s.

Despite his mastery of several languages, Dharmanand chose to write in Marathi because of his strong region-specific commitment. Consequently, very few today are familiar with his copious output in Buddhist Studies, and fewer still with his contribution to social and political thought.

By translating and marshalling his most significant writings, Meera Kosambi shows the manifold dimensions of Dharmanand‚€™s personality, and the profoundly moral character of his intellectual journeys. Her Introduction also contextualizes the life, career, and achievement of one of modern India‚€™s greatest scholar-savants.

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Fictionalising Myth and History: A Study of Four Postcolonial Novels by Padma Malini Sundararaghavan : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125050230

Fictionalising Myth and History offers refreshingly new perspectives on four postcolonial novels by writers hailing from different countries: Witi Ihimaera of New Zealand, Ngugi wa Thiong''o of Kenya, Shashi Tharoor of India and Salman Rushdie, the India-born writer living in the UK. It reveals how the boundaries of fiction, myth and history get blurred when forces of imperialism and resistance play out their power struggles in different countries. Political and culture myths are being constantly reshaped in a dynamic historical process, underlying which is the truth that political myths that shape history are crafted by the word of command. The novels explored here being metafictional texts, Sundararaghavan uses multiple theories in her analysis. This includes the ideas of Ernst Cassirer, Roland Barthes, Levi Strauss, Hayden White, and Greg Grandin among others. The book ends with a discussion of the future of postcolonial studies in a century when old colonies have shed their colonial bondage. Sundararaghavan examines the evidence of historians to show the need for new directions in postcolonial studies in the light of the emergence of financial colonisation and other hegemonic structures. The book closes with an appendix that summarises how the myth of the Aryan invasion of India has shaped the teaching and writing of history in India.

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Gendered Citizenship: Historical and Conceptual Explorations by Anupama Roy : Rs650 ISBN: 9788125052845

Through successive historical periods, ‘becoming a citizen’ has involved a gradual extension of equal membership to more and more persons and groups. However, the promise of equality masks the exclusionary framework of caste hierarchies, gender differences, and religious divides, which determine actual experiences of citizenship.

Historically, citizenship was constituted through a series of exclusions whereby large sections of people, (colonised societies, slaves, women and workers) were considered inadequate for it. Citizenship is therefore made up of multiple margins, but it also releases powerful new imaginaries and practices of citizenship.

This revised edition of Gendered Citizenship (first published in 2005) examines the gendering of citizenship. In the context of resistance against the colonial rule, the language of citizenship that emerged in late colonial India was based on a gendered notion of the community‚€”both national and political.

Pulling in arguments on how the Indian Constitution transformed the idea of citizenship, it teases out the plural sites of citizenship which existed at this moment, and traces the forms in which idioms of citizenship endure in contemporary times.  It explores in particular the landscapes of new citizenship which have emerged in the form of flexible citizenship with graded entitlements, as distinguished from spaces of stable citizenship.  It proposes that a concerted effort towards an interactive public space can congeal into shared bonds of citizenship.

This book will be valuable for advanced students, researchers and scholars of political science, history, sociology and gender studies. It would also be helpful to those studying social exclusion and the general reader interested in debates over gender and citizenship.

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History of the Bengali People: From Earliest Times to the Fall of the Sena Dynasty by Niharranjan Ray, John W. Hood (Tr.) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125050537

Niharranjan Ray‚€™s highly acclaimed magnum opus, Bangalir Itihas: Adi Parva, translated here as History of the Bengali People is a seminal work on the history of the Bengalis from the earliest times to the beginning of the Muslim rule in India.

As much a work of literature as of history, this book is not a story of kings and the extension of their power but of the life of ordinary people. Thus, through detailed, methodical discussions on origins of the various peoples, their language and literature, science, trade and commerce, religious practices and rituals, there emerges a vivid picture of society and its development through the passage of time.

This able translation by J. W. Hood has retained the vibrancy and subtle nuances of the Bengali original. In his Foreword to this edition of the translation, Sumit Sarkar writes: ‚€˜Niharranjan Ray was, indeed, a towering figure among my generation of historians. But not many scholars are familiar with his writings these days. The new edition of the English translation, which has done full justice to the original version, hopefully will rectify this.‚€™

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Ideas and Institutions in Medieval India, Eighth to Eighteenth Centuries by Radhika Seshan : Rs650 ISBN: 9788125051749

  • The predominant mindset about the medieval in India owes its origins mostly to colonial historiographers. This book goes beyond that to examine in considerable detail the changes in the systems of state and society during the medieval period. 
  • The author analyses not just the political structures of the era but also various other aspects‚€”be it kingship, administration of the state, the place of various castes in society, the functioning of the judiciary, the economy‚€”and the ideas that they were built around.
  • The volume has looked at political philosophers of the time like Farabi, Ghazzali, Barani and others and their concept of a state and contrasted it with the more ‘modern’ idea of a medieval state (colonial historiographers and others).
  • It examines the state of flux in the country with the rise and fall of kings and empires, changes in the nature of trade, and emergence of new classes, castes and centres of power.
  • It also analyses these changes in the south of India and looks at the trajectory that the region followed.
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Ideas and Institutions in Medieval India, Eighth to Eighteenth Centuries by Radhika Seshan : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125051756

  • The predominant mindset about the medieval in India owes its origins mostly to colonial historiographers. This book goes beyond that to examine in considerable detail the changes in the systems of state and society during the medieval period. 
  • The author analyses not just the political structures of the era but also various other aspects‚€”be it kingship, administration of the state, the place of various castes in society, the functioning of the judiciary, the economy‚€”and the ideas that they were built around.
  • The volume has looked at political philosophers of the time like Farabi, Ghazzali, Barani and others and their concept of a state and contrasted it with the more ‘modern’ idea of a medieval state (colonial historiographers and others).
  • It examines the state of flux in the country with the rise and fall of kings and empires, changes in the nature of trade, and emergence of new classes, castes and centres of power.
  • It also analyses these changes in the south of India and looks at the trajectory that the region followed.
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India's Environmental History‚€”A Reader: Vol. 1: From Ancient Times to the Colonial Period; Vol. 2: Colonialism, Modernity, and the Nation by Mahesh Rangarajan and K. Sivaramakrishnan : Rs1795 ISBN: 9788178243689

Environmental history in India has generated a rich literature on forests, wildlife, human‚€“animal conflict, tribal rights and commercial degradation, displacement and development, pastoralism and desertification, famine and disease, sedentarism and mobility, wildness and civility, and the ecology versus equity debate.

This reader brings together some of the best and most interesting writing on India‚€™s ecological pasts. It looks at a variety of the country‚€™s regions, landscapes, and arenas as settings for strife or harmony, as topography and ecological fabric, in the process covering a vast historical terrain.

Vol. 1 provides an antidote to the existing historiography, which barely takes notice of the era before 1800. The essays here range from prehistoric India to the middle of the nineteenth century. They provide insights on forest and water disputes, contests over urban and rural space, struggles over water and land, and frictions over natural wealth which have led to a reinterpretation of source materials on early and medieval India.

Vol. 2 shows how colonial rule resulted in ecological change on a new scale altogether. Forests covering over half a million sq km were taken over by 1904 and managed by foresters.  Canal construction on a gigantic scale gave British India perhaps more acreage than any other political entity on earth. Similar new forces were at work in relation to the animal world, with species being reclassified as vermin to be hunted down or as game to be selectively shot.

For all who are interested in the diverse and detailed findings of the best scholarship on India‚€™s environment, this book (and its companion volume) is essential.

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Is ‚€˜Indian Civilization‚€™ A Myth? Fictions and Histories by Sanjay Subrahmanyam : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243702

In the title essay of this enthralling collection, Sanjay Subrahmanyam sets a provocative ball rolling: ‚€˜At the heart of the matter‚€™, he says, ‚€˜is the notion that at some distant point in the past, say about AD 500, the concept of ‚€œIndian civilization‚€� had already been perfected. Everything of any importance was in place: social structure, philosophy, the major literary works ‚€¶ The central idea here is of India-as-civilization, and it very soon becomes the same as a notion of closed India.‚€™ Demolishing some of the myths which sustain the notion of ‚€˜the wonder that was India‚€™, he shows us a region that was always more a crossroads, a rendezvous for concepts, cultures, and worldviews.

Subrahmanyam‚€™s book is itself a meeting point for a dazzling variety of ideas. It provides the cosmopolitan perspective of a multilingual world scholar who, having begun life in New Delhi, has gone on to live in several thought-provoking cities, including Paris, Lisbon, and Oxford. He is witty, debunking, iconoclastic, and polemically entertaining in all that he anatomizes here‚€”Indian history and fiction, South Asian cultural forms, imperialism and imperialists, secularism and Hindu nationalism, travel writing, and the central conceits in Hemingway, Rushdie, Naipaul, and Marquez.

Subrahmanyam is renowned as a historian and biographer. This book, which makes us rethink India and the world around it, is the first to reveal that he is also a writer of accessible and delightful English prose.

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Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch, Gujarat by Rita Kothari : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125050490

Situated in northern Kutch in Gujarat, the Banni grasslands lie on the border dividing India and Pakistan. It is home to diverse communities; while Muslim pastoralists form the majority, one also finds Dalit Hindus, and a community that is neither Hindu nor Muslim. Banni‚€™s people, have for centuries, moved freely between Sindh (Pakistan) and Kutch (India)‚€”a reason why, perhaps, the Indo-Pak border has not been able to produce a sense of bounded citizenship in them. While still referring to ‚€˜Sindh‚€™ as their homeland, they recognise Gujarat as their governing regime. These two experiences of belonging give rise to the cultural imaginary of Banni.

Memories and Movements is an ethnographic account of present-day Banni society, where the rhetoric of ‚€˜change and development‚€™ have made inroads quietly but surely. Poised on the brink of socio-economic transformation, it hosts huge tourist populations for a few months every year. The result is an immense demand for its distinct products and services such as its handicrafts and music.

The labour of its women feeds the embroidery industry in Banni. Kothari raises poignant questions, among others, about the position of Banni‚€™s women: Do the handicraft industries give women more freedom and self-determination? Or do they entrench gender-inequality further?

The author also tells the story of the entrepreneurial success and resultant social mobility of a hitherto ‚€˜untouchable‚€™ community. In presenting a picture of Banni‚€™s complex, tiered society, she shows how its people navigate social borders on an everyday basis and transcend territorial borders through memory, song and story. In her insightful foreword to this volume, Urvashi Butalia highlights how Kothari‚€™s ‚€˜questioning of the very notions of region and nation‚€™ is ‚€˜remarkably free of jargon, and yet deeply informed by theory‚€™.

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Memory, Identity, Power: Politics in the Junglemahals, 1890‚€“1950 by Ranabir Samaddar : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125050544

First published in 1998, Memory, Identity, Power is a full-length study of the Junglemahals, an area lying at the margins of the Indian state of West Bengal. Rather than folding into frontier forgetfulness, Junglemahals has seen frenetic administrative and political activity and has been the focus of scholarly attention because of continuous struggles by the indigenous peasants of that area. Spanning the period between 1890 and 1950, this book describes in rigorous detail the transition of Junglemahals from being a ‚€˜frontier‚€™ region administered by custom and local power to its coming under the full-scale rule of colonial Bengal.

This transition fractured communities and forced its people to provide evidence of ownership of their own soil. It caused widespread unrest and unleashed a series of political mobilisations. Samaddar analyses how these mobilisations, centred around festivals and rites, fictive genealogies and origin myths, helped present a ‚€˜collective culture‚€™, one which transcended the tensions and fissures marking the fabric of this region. Narrated through inter-textual observations on a variety of texts (such as witness and affidavit accounts, census handbooks and colonial survey reports), the book presents this region as one that grappled for a historical identity in the face of colonial settlement operations.

Since 2005, violence has revisited the Junglemahals. Revised, and carrying a new Preface and a discerning Postscript, this book asks the historian to be innovative in tracking sources of so-called obscure histories, reminds the social scientist of the complex way in which memory works in our time, implores the cautious administrator to seek reason, and cautions everyone of us against the violence that has visited areas and regions like the Junglemahals‚€”in the Past and in the present.

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Night of the Gods: Durga Puja and the Legitimation of Power in Rural Bengal by Ralph W. Nicholas : Rs675 ISBN: 9788192304618

Durga Puja is the most visible annual event in West Bengal. This ethnographic account shows that Durga Puja in the countryside was a very different event from the modern version of the puja, one that symbolized legitimacy and counterposed generous redistribution against the ruthless collection of revenues. The offerings and sacrifices that were integral to the traditional pujas provided communion for the landholding families as well as their dependents in the community. 

Among the many features of the puja that are peculiar to Bengal is the notion that autumn is the night of the gods when worship is ‚€˜untimely‚€™, that spring is the proper time for the observance.

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Political Culture and Economy in Eighteenth-Century Bengal: Networks of Exchange, Consumption and Communication by Tilottama Mukherjee : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125052678

  • Books on eighteenth-century Bengal talk of how the economy declined when the British took over the revenue administration.
  • This volume is different from other books written on this period because it breaks away from the well-trodden path of eighteenth-century historiography that looks at the period as one that saw a general decline.
  •  It explores the major components of the distributive economic networks of markets, overland and riverine communication systems and consumption.
  • It analyses their interaction with the state, both during the Nizamat and the early years of the rule of the English East India Company in Bengal.
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The 'Medieval' in Film: Representing a Contested Time on the Indian Screen (1920s-1960s) by Urvi Mukhopadhyay : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125050988

Wars, nationalism, economic depression, colonisation, decolonisation and, more recently, globalisation, have affected perceptions of contemporary as well as past worlds. Cinema, a popular medium directed to the broadest possible audience, has reacted to and in turn shaped the changing political, social and economic conditions of the times.

This book investigates how the cinematic medium negotiated the dominant ideas of history in order to construct a range of historical imageries. Focusing on the medieval epoch‚€”a notion of historical age which came only during the colonial period as an equivalent to the European idea of Middle Ages‚€”it studies the influences of various nationalist imaginations of the past, unmistakably present after the emergence of a mass-based nationalist movement in the 1920s and 30s.

The ‚€˜pre-modern‚€™ idea of society and governance in the medieval period came under attack from the ‚€˜modern‚€™ colonial rulers. Also, because of its association with the Islamic ruling class it was criticised by the dominant ‚€˜Hindu‚€™ nationalist ethos of the time. The volume examines this contested time on screen, and raises questions like: How did the internal organisation of the film industry guide the articulations of certain stereotypical images of the ‚€˜medieval‚€™ during the 1920s to 1960s? How did dominant historiographical interpretations influence a popular production like film in the colonial and the post-colonial situation? Did the cinematic representation succeed in codifying ‚€˜medieval reality‚€™ with stereotypes other than that of elitist vision of historicity?

With an extensive filmography and detailed bibliography, the words that populate the book are also complemented with glimpses of posters and scenes from the films discussed in the book. An important read for students and scholars of film studies, history, visual anthropology, South Asian studies and culture studies.
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The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power by Partha Chatterjee : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243733

When Siraj, the ruler of Bengal, overran the British settlement of Calcutta in 1756, he allegedly jailed 146 European prisoners overnight in a cramped prison. Of the group, 123 died of suffocation. While this episode was never independently confirmed, the story of ‚€œthe black hole of Calcutta‚€� was widely circulated and seen by the British public as an atrocity committed by savage colonial subjects.

The Black Hole of Empire follows the ever-changing representations of this historical event and founding myth of the British Empire in India, from the eighteenth century to the present. Partha Chatterjee explores how a supposed tragedy paved the ideological foundations for the ‚€œcivilizing‚€� force of British imperial rule and territorial control in India.

Chatterjee takes a close look at the justifications of modern empire by liberal thinkers, international lawyers, and conservative traditionalists, and examines the intellectual and political responses of the colonized, including those of Bengali nationalists. The two sides of empire''s entwined history are brought together in the story of the Black Hole memorial: set up in Calcutta in 1760, demolished in 1821, restored by Lord Curzon in 1902, and removed in 1940 to a neglected churchyard.

Challenging conventional truisms of imperial history, nationalist scholarship, and liberal visions of globalization, Chatterjee argues that empire is a necessary and continuing part of the history of the modern state.

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The History of Education in Modern India, 1757-2012 by Suresh Chandra Ghosh : Rs450 ISBN: 9788125052623

The History of Education in Modern India 1757‚€“2012, presents an overview of the education system in India from its colonial beginnings through Independence till the present day. It examines crucial issues that have shaped India‚€™s education system, like the introduction of English education, the Education Despatch of 1854, the genesis of Curzon‚€™s university reform of 1899‚€“1905, and the education policy of post-Independence India.

In addition, this fourth, revised edition includes the latest discussions and debates around the major changes planned for and already implemented in the education sector, including the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission, the Yashpal Committee Report on the functioning of bodies in higher and technical education, and enactment of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. These are analysed against the background of the huge socioeconomic and political changes brought about in post-liberalisation India.

Meticulously researched and lucidly written by a leading authority on the subject, this book is essential reading for students at the graduate and postgraduate levels and anyone with an interest in the history and present state of education in India.

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The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India by Kavita Saraswathi Datla : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125050186

During the turbulent period prior to colonial India‚€™s Partition and Independence, Muslim intellectuals in Hyderabad sought to secularize and reformulate their linguistic, historical, religious, and literary traditions for the sake of a newly conceived national public. Responding to the model of secular education introduced to South Asia by the British, Indian academics in princely Hyderabad launched a spirited debate about the reform of Islamic education, the importance of education in the spoken languages of the country, the shape of Urdu and its past, and the significance of the histories of Islam and India for their present.

The Language of Secular Islam pursues an alternative account of the political disagreements between Hindus and Muslims in South Asia, conflicts too often described as the product of primordial and unchanging attachments to religion. The author suggests that the political struggles of India in the 1930s, the very decade in which the demand for Pakistan began to be articulated, should not be understood as the product of an inadequate or incomplete secularism, but as the clashing of competing secular agendas. Her work explores negotiations over language, education, and religion at Osmania University, the first university in India to use a modern Indian language (Urdu) as its medium of instruction in all academic subjects.

Grounded in close attention to historical evidence, The Language of Secular Islam has broad ramifications for some of the most difficult issues currently debated in the humanities and social sciences: the significance and legacies of European colonialism, the inclusions and exclusions enacted by nationalist projects, the place of minorities in the forging of Indian nationalism, and the relationship between religion and modern politics. It will be of interest to historians of colonial India, scholars of religion, and anyone who follows language politics.

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The Past Before Us: Historical Traditions of Early North India by Romila Thapar : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788178242958

It has so often been said that Indian civilization lacks historical writing‚€”and therefore a sense of history‚€”that this notion passes for a truism. There has been little attempt to show up the falsity of the generalization. In the present book‚€”a magisterial historiographical survey of every major form within which ancient North Indian history is embedded or evident‚€”Romila Thapar shows an intellectually dynamic ancient world profuse with ideas about the past, an arena replete with societies constructing, reconstructing, and contesting various visions of worlds before their own.

“To determine what makes for this historical consciousness”, says Professor Thapar, “is not just an attempt to provide Indian civilization with a sense of history, nor is it an exercise in abstract research. My intention is to argue that, irrespective of the question of the presence or absence of historical writing as such, an understanding of the way in which the past is perceived, recorded, and used affords insights into early Indian society, as it does for that matter into other early societies.”

She argues that to possess history a civilization does not have to reveal writing in forms regarded as belonging to the established genres of history. In fact, a variety of ancient Indian texts reflect a consciousness of history; and, subsequently, there come into existence recognizable historical traditions and forms of historical writing. Both varieties of texts‚€”those which reflect a consciousness of history and those which reveal forms of historical writing‚€”were deployed to “reveal” the past, and drawn upon as a cultural, political, religious, or other resource to legitimize an existing social order.

The Vedic corpus, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the itihasa-purana tradition, the Buddhist and Jaina canons, the hagiographical and biographical literature, the inscriptional evidence, a variety of chronicles, and dramatic forms such as the Mudrarakshasa are all scrutinized afresh in this book: not as sources for historical data, but instead as a civilization’s many ways of thinking about and writing its history.

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The Unquiet Woods (Twentieth Anniversary Edition):Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya by Ramachandra Guha : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243788

Popular initiatives to halt deforestation in the Himalaya, such as the Chipko movement, are globally renowned. It is less well known that these movements have a history stretching back more than a hundred years. A proper understanding of this long duration within the forests of submontane North India required the marriage of two scholarly traditions: the sociology of peasant protest and the ecologically oriented study of history.

Twenty years ago there appeared on this subject an unknown author‚€™s first book: The Unquiet Woods (1989) by Ramachandra Guha. Fairly quickly, the book came to be recognized as not just another study of dissenting peasants but as something of a classic which had willy nilly opened up a whole new field‚€” environmental history in South Asia. While the monograph has as a consequence been continuously in print within India and in the West since then, its author has become a biographer and historian of international stature.

In celebration of its twentieth year in print, The Unquiet Woods is now reissued with additional material: a new reflective preface by the author on the genesis and limitations of the book which set him off on the path of writerly success, as well as three freshly commissioned critical essays by major academic specialists. Taken together, this additional material situates the monograph and its influence within environmental history in India, Europe and Latin America, and the USA.

This is a book for anyone interested in the history of India‚€™s environment, forests and their dwellers, the varieties of colonial rule, and the specificities of rural rebellion. And it is a book for anyone interested in the writings of Ramachandra Guha.

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The Writings of Pamela Price: State, Politics, and Cultures in Modern South India: Honour, Authority, and Morality by Pamela Price : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125051145

Pamela Price has been a perceptive observer and analyst of the politics and cultures of southern India for more than three decades. She became interested in how the people in the region honour and respect those in public life while doing research in Madurai on Dravidian nationalism. She has also researched on similar issues in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This volume is a collection of ten of her essays that appeared between 1979 and 2010, presenting studies from different political domains and linguistic areas.

This volume brings together ten of Pamela Price‚€™s essays that appeared between 1979 and 2010, presenting studies from different political domains and linguistic areas. They represent the author‚€™s long involvement with political culture in south India.  They focus on conceptions of honour, authority, and morality. Price examines both change and continuity in ideas, values and symbols in colonial and post colonial south Indian politics. She outlines evolution in cultural meanings of power and influence under imperial rule and later under electoral regimes, giving evidence of individual agency in cultural constructions.

A running theme in political performances in post-colonial state politics, and one which she pursues in several of the essays in this collection, is the politics of honour and respect commanded by public figures that sheds light on the multifaceted nature of domination. Honour and respect and the dynamics of competition to command these attributes are topics of increasing interest in scholarship on south India to which she has made significant contributions.

This volume of essays will be an invaluable guide for students of history and politics of southern India in both the colonial and modern periods. The book will also appeal to those interested in understanding the culture and politics of south India.

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War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years by Srinath Raghavan : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243207

During his seventeen years as prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru led India through one of its most difficult and potentially explosive periods in international affairs. As the leader of a new state created amidst the bloodiest partition in history, saddled with new and outstanding problems, Nehru was confronted with a range of disputes which threatened to boil over.  

Srinath Raghavan draws on a rich vein of untapped documents to illuminate Nehru‚€™s approach to war and his efforts for peace. Vividly recreating the intellectual and political milieu of the Indian foreign policy establishment, he explains the response of Nehru and his top advisors to the tensions with Junagadh, Hyderabad, Pakistan, and China. He gives individual attention to every conflict and shows how strategic decisions for each crisis came to be defined in the light of the preceding ones. The book follows Nehru as he wrestles with a string of major conflicts‚€”assessing the utility of force, weighing risks of war, exploring diplomatic options for peace, and forming strategic judgements that would define his reputation, both within his lifetime and after.

War and Peace in Modern India challenges and revises our received understanding of Nehru‚€™s handling of international affairs. General readers as well as students of Indian history and politics will find its balanced consideration of Nehru‚€™s foreign policy essential to gauge his achievements, his failures, and his enduring legacy.  
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A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity by David S. Mason : Rs295 ISBN: 9788125045335

Highlighting the key events, ideas, and individuals that have shaped modern Europe, this fresh and lively textbook provides a succinct history of the continent from 1789 to the present. Drawing on the enduring theme of revolution, David Mason explores the causes and consequences of revolution: political, economic, and scientific; the development of human rights; and issues of European identity and integration.

Fourteen focused chapters address such topical issues as the Enlightenment; the French Revolution and Napoleon; the Industrial Revolution; the theories and impact of Marx and Darwin; the revolutions of 1848, 1917, and 1989; the unifications of Germany and Italy; European imperialism; the two world wars; the Cold War; decolonization and its impact on Europe; the evolution and expansion of the European Union; rise of modern feminism and other social movements; postcommunist states since 1989; expansion and development of the European Union; and issues of immigration, nationalism, and ethnicity.

Written in an accessible and student-friendly style, this volume includes a timeline and glossary, and suggestions for further reading. The volume is further illustrated with maps, photos and political cartoons. The author introduces students to important ideas and themes while allowing time for substantive use of other supplementary and primary materials. Students of history, political science, sociology, and any reader needing a broad overview of the sweep of modern European history will find this book indispensable. 

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Adhunik Bharater Itihash by Bipan Chandra : Rs325 ISBN: 9788125044628

Adhunik Bharater Itihash is the Bangla edition of History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra published by Orient BlackSwan.

The book surveys Indian History from eighteenth century to 1947. This book deals with the nature of British imperialism and the policies pursued by it in India and their impact on the Indian economy, society and culture. The Indian response to the British imperialism and the rise of Indian Nationalism are also studied. The book also provides the information about social and religious reform movements which were prominent at that time. The book gives comprehensive knowledge about the history of Modern India.

This book is also available in English, Hindi and Oriya.

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Afghanistan: How the West Lost its Way by Tim Bird and Alex Marshall : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125044901

In this compelling book, Tim Bird and Alex Marshall ask how and why the international community has so signally failed to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan. They trace the story from the hurried post-9/11 decision to invade onwards, explaining how ambitious development plans failed to bear fruit, how muddled Western policies allowed Afghans to grow more opium poppies than ever before‚€”and how, despite all promises, life has become worse rather than better for many Afghan citizens.

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Ahmedabad: Shock City of Twentieth-Century India by Howard Spodek : Rs1325 ISBN: 9788125046615

At least three times in the last century Ahmedabad was a ‚€œshock city‚€�, an arena in which developments of national importance took place first and most intensely. Gandhi led India‚€™s independence struggle; Ahmedabad was his home. He and his fellow citizens, together, honed their strategies for national freedom and for urban development.

Immediately after Independence, as India began its modern industrialization, Ahmedabad‚€™s textile magnates entered into multinational agreements to expand into new entrepreneurial directions based on chemicals and pharmaceuticals. They also brought to Ahmedabad such modern institutions as the first Indian Institute of Management, the National Institute of Design, and the Physical Research Laboratory. They chose to work with the Textile Labour Association, enabling that Gandhian union to flourish as a model for all of India, and later to give birth to SEWA, one of India‚€™s most important women‚€™s organizations.

Late in the twentieth century and early in the twenty-first, India experimented with a series of new political strategies, and again Ahmedabad provided leading innovations with national repercussions: the Mahagujarat movement for a linguistic state; the Nav Nirman agitation for clean government; the KHAM alliance for greater inclusiveness. The politics of Hindutva, however, turned Ahmedabad into India‚€™s demonstration case of the lethal consequences of crossing the moral boundary into uncontrolled political-religious violence.

To understand the major turning points in modern India‚€”the legacies of Gandhian leadership, of multinational industrialization, and of innovative strategies of political organization in a creative democracy‚€”one must understand the transformations introduced by the people of Ahmedabad.

Students of urbanization globally, and of the history and politics of modern India, will find the present account invaluable.

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Bhartiya Itihas ka Adikal by Ranabir Chakravarti : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125047056

This is the Hindi version of the Bangla book Bharter Ithaser Adiparb  publishedby OBS. This book is a essentially a college level textbook on the history of Ancient India. It covers the period from the most ancient times to 600 AD. It is divided into seven chapters. In addition to the usual political history, the book provides a study of society, economy, polity, art, religion, language and literature. The book is based on the latest researches and topics like urbanization, state formation, social formation, social position of women, caste system and nation making are also discussed. It also takes care of divergence in historiography as well as differing opinions of the historians which enliven past researches.

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Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India by Nico Slate : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178243535

A hidden history connects India and the United States, the world‚€™s two largest democracies. From the late nineteenth century through the 1960s, activists worked across borders of race and nation to push both countries toward achieving their democratic principles. At the heart of this shared struggle, African Americans and Indians forged bonds ranging from statements of sympathy to coordinated acts of solidarity. Within these two groups, certain activists developed a colored cosmopolitanism, a vision of the world that transcended traditional racial distinctions. These men and women agitated for the freedom of the ‚€œcolored world,‚€� even while challenging the meanings of both color and freedom.

Colored Cosmopolitanism is the first detailed examination of both ends of this transnational encounter. Nico Slate tells the stories of neglected historical figures, like the ‚€œEurasian‚€� scholar Cedric Dover, and offers a stunning glimpse of people we thought we knew. Prominent figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Swami Vivekananda, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King, Jr., emerge as never before seen. Slate reveals the full gamut of this exchange‚€”from selective appropriations, to blatant misunderstandings, to a profound empathy‚€”as African Americans and South Asians sought a united front against racism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression.

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Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal, 1947‚€“52 by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay : Rs775 ISBN: 9788125047063

This book explores the meanings and complexities of India‚€™s experience of transition from colonial to the post-colonial period. It focuses on the first five years‚€”from Independence on 15 August 1947 to the first general election in January 1952‚€”in the politics of West Bengal, the new Indian province that was created as a result of the Partition.

The author, a specialist on the history of modern India, discusses what freedom actually meant to various individuals, communities and political parties, how they responded to it, how they extended its meaning and how in their anxiety to confront the realities of free India, they began to invent new enemies of their newly acquired freedom. By emphasizing the representations of popular mentality rather than the institutional changes brought in by the process of decolonization, he draws attention to other concerns and anxieties that were related to the problems of coming to terms with the newly achieved freedom and the responsibility of devising independent rules of governance that would suit the historic needs of a pluralist nation.

Decolonization in South Asia analyses the transitional politics of West Bengal in light of recent developments in post-colonial theory on nationalism, treating the ‚€˜nation‚€™ as a space for contestation, rather than a natural breeding ground for homogeneity in the complex political scenario of post-independence India.

The book will appeal to academics interested in political science, sociology, and cultural and social anthropology.

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Ecological Nationalisms: Nature, Livelihoods, and Identities in South Asia by Gunnel CederlŲf and K. Sivaramakrishnan : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243634

How do we recognize and understand the interactions between nature, nationness, and nationalism? How is nature appropriated by politics when asserting identity, interests, and rights?

Drawing from South Asia‚€™s varying regions, the essays in this pathbreaking volume answer such questions. They range in time from early colonial history to the end of the twentieth century, and their research locations extend from north-west Pakistan to eastern Bangladesh, and from Meghalaya in north-east India to the Kerala coast in the south-west.The authors deploy methods from history, geography, anthropology, religious studies, and forest ecology. The topics covered include forests, agriculture, marine fisheries, parks, sacred landscapes, property rights, trade, and economic development.

Collectively, the work in this books takes environmental scholarship  into novel territory by exploring how questions of national identity become entangled with nature-devotion. Important new insights are offered into the motivations of colonial and national governments when controlling or managing nature. Fresh perspectives emerge on varieties of regional political conflict that invoke nationalist sentiment through claims on nature. Thereby, this volume also offers new ways of thinking about nationalism.

This book will interest historians and political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists, ecologists and environmentalists, and scholars of religion and South Asia.

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Economics and is Stories by Amal Sanyal : Rs650 ISBN: 9788187358558

Economics and its Stories demystifies technical terminology and goes to the heart of the matter.

The narrative of the book starts with the birth of economics from societal anxieties of pre-industrial Europe. It then follows up its growth into a self-conscious and assertive discipline. Along with the account, Amal Sanyal, with his characteristic lucidity of style, is able to breathe life into the colourful 18th, 19th and 20th century gurus such as Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Walras, Keynes. The narrative strings together the events and traditions of the era of these mentors with the economics they developed and controversies around them. In the process the book explains the concepts that are indispensable for understanding our economic world today.

Economics and its stories has chapters on the theory of markets; market failure and the role of the government; the labour market and unemployment; money and finance; international economics and globalisation; and economic development.

The book should appeal to the interested reader as well as students of economics.

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Empire and Nation: Essential Writings 1985-2005 by Partha Chatterjee : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243511

This book brings together some of the most significant and best-known writings of Partha Chatterjee. It includes his pathbreaking interventions in the theoretical analysis of nationalism, as well as several of his pieces on the political, intellectual, and cultural history of nationalism.

The volume also contains Chatterjee‚€™s provocative and theoretically innovative essays analysing the phenomenon of democracy in a post-colonial country like India. There are also examples of his early engagement with agrarian politics, and his life-long participation in the project of Subaltern Studies.

A special feature of this book is the sampling it provides of Partha Chatterjee‚€™s best short journalistic pieces, of humorous and stylistically brilliant book reviews, and the first translations into English of some of his Bengali essays. This is the most comprehensive single volume encompassing the full range of the work of one of India‚€™s most original social scientists.

An Introduction by Nivedita Menon (Professor of Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), outlines and critiques Chatterjee‚€™s ideas, their range, their importance, and their influence in political thought today.   

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Engines of Change: The Railroads That Made India by Ian J. Kerr : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125045625

The railway, handmaiden of British colonial rule in India and midwife of South Asian nationalisms, was at the infrastructural core of the making of modern India. Few dimensions of India and Indian life‚€”political, economic, cultural, spatial‚€”escaped the shaping influences of the engines of change.

This book provides the non-specialist with an introduction to the history of India‚€™s railways, and to the many ways the railways shaped the making of modern India. Engines of Change is a brief, readable, contextualized introduction to India‚€™s railway past. The railway history of India is placed in a broad setting to illustrate the many ways in which the railways made India, and the ways in which wider forces, notably colonialism, shaped the railways India got.

Operating railways in India date from 1853 and by 1900 the network of lines in India was the world‚€™s fourth longest. India provided the pre-eminent example of railway development in Asia and Africa.  Today, the Indian rail system continues to rank among the world‚€™s largest.

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English Heart, Hindi Heart land: The Political Life of Literature in India by Rashmi Sadana : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243498

English Heart, Hindi Heartland examines Delhi‚€™s postcolonial literary world‚€”its institutions, prizes, publishers, writers, and translators, and the cultural geographies of key neighbourhoods in light of colonial histories and the globalization of English.

Rashmi Sadana places internationally recognized authors such as Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, and Vikram Seth in the context of debates within India about the politics of language, and alongside regionally recognized writers such as K. Satchidanandan, Shashi Deshpande, and Geetanjali Shree. She undertakes an ethnographic study of literary culture, probing the connections between place, language, and text in order to show what language comes to stand for in people‚€™s lives.

In so doing she unmasks a social discourse rife with questions of authenticity and the cultural politics of inclusion and exclusion. She illustrates how the notion of what is considered authentic not only obscures larger questions relating to caste, religious, and gender identities, but that the authenticity discourse itself is continually in flux. To extract cultural capital from India‚€™s linguistic hierarchies, writers deploy what Sadana calls ‚€˜literary nationality‚€™.

Her book argues that English in India, and the way it is positioned among the country‚€™s other languages, does not represent a fixed pole, but rather serves to change political and literary alliances among classes and castes, often in surprising ways.

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Environment, Technology and Development: Critical and Subversive Essays by Rohan D‚€™Souza : Rs550 ISBN: 9788125045069

Drawn from the  rich archival holdings of the Economic and Political Weekly, theessays in this volume capture the intense discussions in India that were debated as problems and questions over the environment, technology and development. As a collection, this volume proposes a fresh and new analytical coherence for these essays by resituating  them with an engaging  introduction under the broader themes of criticality and subversion. Consequently, these writings will speak not only to several contemporary academic and policy concerns but are also meant to provide a meaningful sense of how ideas on the environment, technology and development were interrelated and shaped in various types of political discourses in India, most notably from the 1970s onwards.

This volume is intended to address the needs of a rapidly growing interest in interdisciplinary programmes and will also carry appeal amongst development and policy practitioners and those who wish to pursue interdisciplinary research questions.

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Exclusion, Social Capital and Citizenship: Contested Transitions in South Africa and India by Tina Uys and Sujata Patel(Eds.) : Rs1450 ISBN: 9788125047780

Historically, India and South Africa have a lot in common; the migration of indentured and passenger Indians to South Africa, the role and influence of Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom movements, their shared commitment to install democracy in their respective countries, and other such issues. Post-Independence, battling enormous poverty and inequality, these countries have undergone transitions at different points in history in their endeavour to restructure the economy and polity through political projects which are largely elite-driven.

Exclusion, Social Capital and Citizenship shows how though transition always carries the promise of inclusion for social groups inhabiting the margins of society, there is nothing inherently inclusive about the elite-dominated transitions that occurred in South Africa and India. The people of these countries, therefore, have articulated alternate visions of resistance to contest these.

Divided into three sections, this volume analyses whether we can use the prism of one experience to assess another in some other country and the lessons learnt from them through such contextualised comparisons. These and other methodological issues are studied in this collection. The book also describes how diasporic Indians deal with their minority status in post-apartheid South Africa; the intellectual resources that the Muslim minority groups in India employ to articulate their identity and assert their citizenship; and redress policies for groups previously disadvantaged on the basis of race in South Africa and caste in India.

Bringing together sociologists from both South Africa and India, this volume is a must-read for students and scholars of sociology, diaspora studies and political science.

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Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry, 1780-1870 by Ruth Vanita : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125045533

Gender, Sex and the City explores the cosmopolitan sensibilities of Urdu poetry written in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially in the city of Lucknow, which was the centre of a flourishing Indo-Persian culture. Through its ground-breaking analysis, it demonstrates how re??ti (a type of Urdu poetry whose distinguishing features are a female speaker and a focus on women‚€™s lives) and to some degree, non-mystical re??ta (mainstream Urdu poetry with a male speaker), for the first time in Urdu represent women (both of conventional families and courtesan households) as important shapers of urban culture, especially urban speech.

Vanita analyses how re??ti  becomes a catalyst for the transformation of the g_?azal, first, by focusing it not on love alone but on the practices, spaces and rituals of everyday life; second, by bringing subordinated figures, such as women as well as servants centre-stage; and, third, by challenging the g_?azal‚€™s ideal of perfect love as framed by separation and suffering.

Women characters in re??ti  fall in love, but they also work, shop, dress, sing, dance, eat, fast, chat, quarrel, pray, invoke spirits, and voice opinions on many matters. The author explores the way re??ti reconfigures the city from women‚€™s perspective, depicting a parallel world of urban women‚€™s meeting places, networks and rituals. 

The first book-length study in English of re??ti and also of non-mystical re??ta, it demonstrates the interplay between the twoin language, form and content. Including many first-time translations and also analyses of neglected poems, such as Rangin‚€™s Mas?nawi Dilpazir and Jur‚€™ at‚€™s ???aja ?asan-o  Ba??shi  T?wa‚€™ if,  (a romance with a courtesan heroine), it also studies in detail the works of Insha and Nisbat, among others.

With several more transcribed poems than in its US edition, this book is a must-read for students and scholars of literature, history, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, South Asian studies and culture studies.

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Gendering Colonial India: Reforms, Print, Caste and Communalism by Charu Gupta(Ed.) : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125044727

Drawing on contemporary critical theories and academic debates, Gendering Colonial India examines how notions of patriarchy were recast and challenged in colonial India between the early nineteenth and the first half of twentieth centuries. This definitive collection of essays analyses the close interaction between gender, caste and community identities.

This volume brings out various regional complexities and lively public debates on social reforms for women and their impact on issues like sati, widow remarriage, domesticity, sexuality and education. It shows how women emerged as both objects and subjects of popular discourse and discussions. Simultaneously, the essays engage with concerns around masculinity, inter-caste intimacies and communal identities.

The debates found multifaceted expression in an emerging dynamic popular-public sphere and also in a flourishing vernacular print culture. These in turn served as powerful tools for propagating dominant ideas about women and for fashioning national, regional and community identities.

The three primary texts translated by J. Devika, Anshu Malhotra and Charu Gupta bring out the relationship, most often fraught, between popular literature, reforms and women.

With contributions from both established and emerging feminist historians, this book will be an indispensible read for students and scholars of modern Indian history, colonialism, nationalism, gender studies and popular culture.

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Hill Politics in Northeast India by S. K. Chaube : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125045502

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, the northeast has grown from ethnocentric tribal organisations to territorial autonomous structures through a profound process of change in all spheres of life and society led by an educated and sophisticated middle class.

The third, revised edition of Hill Politics in Northeast India traces the political evolution of the region, excluding Sikkim, from the first half of the eighteenth century when British administration was formally set up in Assam to the twenty-first century. This volume looks at how many of the political concerns that continue to plague the region till today have their roots in the past. It, however, also contends that while historical problems remain, there has been increasing awareness and interaction between the people of the northeast and the rest of India. This thoroughly revised edition includes updated text and tables that will help readers gain a holistic view of the politics of the hills in the twenty-first century. 

The book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of political science, sociology and history. It will also be useful for administrators and lay readers who are interested in the northeast.

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History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue by C. A. Bayly, Vijayendra Rao, Simon Szreter and Michael Woolcock (Eds.) : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125046950

If history matters for understanding key development outcomes then surely historians should be active contributors to the debates informing these understandings. This volume integrates, for the first time, contributions from ten leading historians and seven policy advisors around the central development issues of social protection, public health, public education and natural resource management. How did certain ideas, and not others, gain traction in shaping particular policy responses? How did the content and effectiveness of these responses vary across different countries, and indeed within them? Achieving this is not merely a matter of seeking to ''know more'' about specific times, places and issues, but recognising the distinctive ways in which historians rigorously assemble, analyse and interpret diverse forms of evidence.

This book will appeal to students and scholars in development studies, history, international relations, politics and geography as well as policy makers and those working for or studying NGOs.

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India and Central Asia: A Reader by Xinru Liu(Ed.) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178243474

Central Asia has been a strategic region in world history because of its location in the Afro-Eurasian land mass, and because it was the hinge between several different ecological zones. From the border of the Iranian plateau to the edge of the Takla Makan desert, and from the foothills of the Kunlun Mountains to the Taiga zone of Siberia, Central Asia encompasses peoples who spoke many languages and practised various forms of livelihood. 

For historians who have been focused on individual civilizations, or the societies which have left written records, Central Asia has seemed an ocean full of dark energy.  From time to time, ‚€˜barbaric‚€™ nomads flew out from Central Asia to loot villages and destroy cities in East and South Asia, and even Europe. 

In recent decades, research on the lives of nomadic people on the steppe, archaeological excavations of urban settlements on oases along the Amu and Sir rivers, and the discovery of more Hellenistic remains have made scholars look at this region from a different perspective. Looking towards Central Asia from the Indian subcontinent shows that the dynamics in Central Asia were often the momentum for fundamental changes in history which brought new cultural elements to South Asia.

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Inter-Sections: Essays on Indian Literatures, Translations and Popular Consciousness by Rana Nayar : Rs795 ISBN: 9788125045540

Inter-sections brings together a collection of discursive essays that deal with a range of contemporary issues‚€”from the history of literary genres to the future of humanities; from locating Indian literatures to mapping Indian English fiction and drama; from Punjabi literature, history and culture to the theory and practice of translation; from media-driven literary evaluation to multiple ways of shaping popular consciousness. Divided into four (inter-)sections, these essays raise some fundamental questions regarding our postcolonial, postmodern era and emphasise the need for an interdisciplinary approach to mediate both thought and knowledge. The easy, accessible, non-pedantic style of these essays is bound to engage scholars as well as lay readers.

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Islam in South Asia: A Short History by Jamal Malik : Rs1025 ISBN: 9788125046585

Islamic and Islamicate South Asia has become a focal point in academia, esp. since 9/11. Where did South Asian Muslims come from? How did they fare in interacting with Hindu cultures? How did they negotiate identity as ruling and ruled minorities and majorities? Islam in South Asia aims to synthesize the long history of Islam as an intrinsic part of Indian society seeing the vantage point of such a complex history as a series of cultural encounters that were mutually energizing.

Part I covers early Muslim expansion and the journey of the Arabs into South Asia and their formative phase in context of initial cultural encounter which produced a unique blend of Islamicated culture (app. 700‚€“1300). Part II views the establishment of Muslim empire, cultures oscillating between Islamic and Islamicate, centralized and regionalized power, when Muslims became part of the Indian social fabric embodying cultural change through new urban centers and intellectual hubs as well as the expanding agricultural societies (app. 1300‚€“1700). The third cluster is composed in the backdrop of regional centralization, territoriality and colonial rule, displaying processes of integration and differentiation, of marginalisation and privatisation of Muslim cultures in colonial setting, that helped the cause of masculinized Islam to create new forms of socialization which threatened to tear apart the tradition of tolerance in Muslim societies (app. 1700‚€“1930). Tensions between Muslim pluralism and singularity evolving in public sphere as religious identity politics in the period of high nationalism followed by post-colonial predicaments make up the fourth cluster (app. 1930‚€“2002).

The book would interest all those interested in intellectual, cultural and social history of Muslim South Asia, and in history of religions, as well as social scientists, social and cultural anthropologists, theologians and Indologists.

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Kerala‚€™s Gulf Connection, 1998‚€“2011: Economic and Social Impact of Migration by K. C. Zachariah & S. Irudaya Rajan : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125049357

This volume situates the phenomenon of migration from Kerala to the Gulf in its economic and social contexts. Based on migration surveys carried out by the authors, the volume is a comparative study of the surveys carried out in 1998, 2003 and 2008. It looks at the changes migration has brought about in the lives of the families left behind by the migrant. It also carries a two-part epilogue. While the first analyses the panel data from the 1998 and 2008 surveys, the second evaluates the results from the most recent survey conducted in 2011 that throws light on migration during the global financial crises of 2008 and its aftermath on employment in the Middle East.

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Literature and Nationalist Ideology: Writing Histories of Modern Indian Languages by Hans Harder (Ed.) : Rs425 ISBN: 9788187358602

Writing histories of literature means making selections, passing value judgments, and incorporating or rejecting foregoing traditions. The book argues that in many parts of India, literary histories play an important role in creating a cultural ethos. They are closely linked with nationalism in general and various regional ‚€˜sub-nationalisms‚€™ in particular.

Literary historiography helps to establish a national literature in a way that is not always unproblematic: systematic representation of literary works and authors is as much part of this story as conscious omissions or political spins in the making of a literary heritage.

The contributors to this volume look at a great variety of aspects of the historiography of modern regional languages of India. The approach excludes classical languages of India from this approach, except Tamil which is considered a modern and a classical language at the same time. It includes the late yet undoubtedly successful arrival of English in the nation‚€™s literary corpus.

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Madhyakaleen Bharat ka Sanskritik Itihas by Meenakshi Khanna : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125046981

This is the Hindi version of Cultural History of Medieval India publishedby Social Science Press. The book caters to the concurrent courses syllabus of history of the Delhi University. This is the last in the series of three books for concurrent courses of History of Delhi University-- Dilli : Pracheen Itihas by Upinder Singh and Adhunik Bharat Ka Sanskritik Itihas by Dilip Menon published by Orient Blackswan.

The readings have been edited and put together by the eminent historian for their students. This anthology of readings seeks to explore Indian culture in the medieval period through five themes: Kingship traditions, social processes of religious devotion, inter-cultural perception, forms of identities and aesthetics. Written by well-known scholars, the ten essays in this book present sub cultures in diverse regional settings of the subcontinent.  These readings introduce a new way of understanding medieval Indian history by engaging with interdisciplinary methods of research on issues that are significant to everyday existence in a plural society like that of India. Cultural histories need to establish a correlation between the readings of text and its multi-layered historical perspectives that include political and economic context as well. The essays in the book seeks to establish such interconnections between text and history.

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Marshalling the Past: Ancient India and its Modern Histories by Nayanjot Lahiri : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243481

Iconic sites and ‚€˜monumental‚€™ subjects in Indian history are the core of this fascinating collection of essays. Nayanjot Lahiri ranges from the Indus cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro to Buddhist Mahabodhi and Sanchi,  from the political imprint of the 1857 revolt on bits of Delhi to the partitioning of India‚€™s archaeological heritage in 1947.

Archaeologists find unexpected things during their digs‚€”as does Lahiri. By unearthing new archival material and by looking at the ways in which the personal and the professional mix in their writings, she gives us new facets of two iconic scholars of ancient India, the archaeologist John Marshall and the historian D.D. Kosambi. Both are crucial figures: Marshall headed the group that discovered the Indus civilization; Kosambi changed the way in which ancient Indian history was written after Independence. Lahiri gives us pictures of them that no one else has.

Scholarly, perceptive, and entertaining, Marshalling the Past offers readings of ancient India and its modern histories that will confirm Nayanjot Lahiri‚€™s reputation as one of the most readable historians of her generation.

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Media and Modernity: Communications, Women, and the State in India by Robin Jeffrey : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243627

Two puzzles of modern India‚€”one well known, the other overlooked‚€”form the core of this book.

For fifty years, the state of Kerala has been famed, first as a home of Communists, then as a perplexing ‚€˜model of development‚€™. But why Communists? And why development, especially in a place where the economy usually underperformed even lowly national averages? Part of an answer lies in the unusual place of women in Kerala and their changing role in the past 200 years.

Another part lies in the other, often under-analyzed focus of this book: media and communication. Printing and publishing in Indian languages‚€”and accompanying questions of literacy and language identity‚€”present tantalizing puzzles.

Since data were first collected in the 1950s, Kerala‚€™s people have been India‚€™s greatest newspaper consumers. Do literacy and newspapers mobilize people for political action or does politicization make people into newspaper readers? To what extent do media wait on consumer capitalism before they break into the countryside to become truly mass media, as they have in India in the past thirty years?

Media and Modernity ponders these questions, first from the perspective of Kerala, often a forerunner of developments elsewhere, and then at an all-India level. Readers intrigued by questions of development, communications, politics, and the role of women will find in this collection stories that surprise and arguments that provoke.

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Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India by V. Sujatha and Leena Abraham : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125045014

Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India questions the dominant view of indigenous systems of medicine as cultural remnants of a traditional past. It points out that their practitioners greatly outnumber those of biomedicine (allopathy) and explores the reasons behind the enduring presence and importance of health care traditions such as ayurveda, siddha and unani.

The authors go beyond simplistic distinctions like traditional‚€“modern and science‚€“culture. They  draw attention to the possibility of bridging the divide between knowledge systems, and prepare the ground for a socially and culturally inclusive approach to healing and health care.

Aspects of commercialisation and globalisation of traditional medicines are also examined.

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Memsahibs‚€™ Writings: Colonial Narratives on Indian Women by Indrani Sen(Ed.) : Rs525 ISBN: 9788125045526

The white women of colonial India wrote extensively; they maintained journals and diaries, wrote letters home, authored novels and penned their memoirs. This anthology brings together a fascinating collection of such writings written over the period 1820s‚€“1920s, focusing on their relations with ‚€˜native‚€™ women.

The compilation draws on the experiences of medical missionaries, travellers, journalists and administrators‚€™ wives and is organised around key sites of contact.

A comprehensive introduction by Indrani Sen places these writings in historical perspective.

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Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule by Janaki Nair : Rs1075 ISBN: 9788125045076

Mysore Modern reconceptualizes Indian modernity through critical engagement with some important themes taken from the history of the Princely State of Mysore. In this work, Janaki Nair argues that the Princely Indian states were usually regarded as spaces that were either defined entirely by the dominant narratives of colonial/national modernity or were relatively untouched by them.

Grounded in political history, and deriving insights from a wide range of visual, social, and legal texts and issues, Mysore Modern reperiodizes the modern by connecting these apparently discrepant registers to build up a case for a specifically regional, ‚€œmonarchical modern‚€� moment in Indian history. Nair examines mural and portraiture traditions, as well as forms of memorialization and nationalization of art and architectural practices. The volume also considers bureaucratic efforts centered on the use of law and development as instruments of modernity.

As Nair demonstrates, a political history of Mysore, and of its many experiments with modernity, while relying on such disparate prisms as art and architecture, the law, or the discourse of development, challenges not only more conventional narratives of Mysore‚€™s modern past, but signals the necessity of taking the region, rather than the nation, as the ground for specifying forms of Indian modernity.

The work will be of interest not just to those specialists who work on the history of Mysore/Karnataka, but also to art historians, social and legal historians, while appealing to many who are more generally engaged in rethinking both the region and Indian modernity.

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Nature, Environment and Society: Conservation, Governance and Transformation in India by Nicolas Lainť and T. B. Subba (Eds.) : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125045328

The future of humanity lies uncertain as nature falls prey to the loot and plunder initiated in the name of development, growth and progress today. As the vast riches of the earth continue to be endangered, a global consciousness regarding the importance of natural resources, biodiversity, etc. is on the rise. Given such a scenario, what is required is further understanding of man‚€™s interaction with the environment.

This contributory volume examines the interrelationship between nature and society in South Asia. It focuses on four points: perception of natural resources during colonial rule, conservation of nature, role of governments in administering environment, and transformation of nature as a result of development or industrial projects.

The book divided into three broad themes, analyses the major decisions taken in India with regard to environment after Independence and their consequences; the relationship between communities which consider natural environment as an essential part of their identity, and as a key factor for social, political and economical issues; and the urban explosion and/or the construction of infrastructure such as dams or roads that have impacted the relationship between different social groups and their territory. It also examines the set-up (policy and stakes), process and consequences (often the displacement of populations) of such projects in three different states of India.

Offering a wide variety of case studies representing a large panel of approaches and methodologies from Sociology, Economics, History, Anthropology, and Development Studies, this volume will be an useful read for students and scholars of environmental studies, and NGOs working towards conserving nature.

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North-East India: A Handbook of Anthropology by T.B. Subba : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125045557

With contributions from both senior and young anthropologists, North-East India: A Handbook of Anthropology brings together nineteen essays on North-East India. Carefully crafted with the most up-to-date and competent review of literature on North-East India, the book is divided into four sections.

The first section of the book deals with the prehistoric archaeology of North-East India and discusses the status of archaeological research in the region. The chapters in the second section reconstruct the colonial context in the light of the then socio-economic and political scenario of the country in general and the region in particular, the evolution of various colonial policies towards the tribes of the region, also giving us a glimpse of Hutton and Mills as ethnographers and administrators. The following section focuses on approaches and models of physical anthropology of North-East India, understanding human growth, dermatoglyphics, dental anthropology and population genetics. The last section probes into the social-cultural anthropology of the region with chapters on tribal social organisation and agrarian relations, among others.

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Other Orientalisms: India between Florence and Bombay, 1860‚€“1900 by Filipa Lowndes Vicente : Rs1450 ISBN: 9788125047582

Other Orientalisms analyses different forms of knowledge about India through the circulation of people, ideas, information, images and objects between Florence and Bombay through the last decades of the nineteenth century. During this period, Florence became a centre of studies on India, organizing and promoting exhibitions, museums, journals, and international conferences. Based on the relationship between two Indianists ‚€“ the Italian Angelo de Gubernatis, professor of Sanskrit in Florence, and the Goan historian Josť Gerson da Cunha, doctor and historian in Bombay ‚€“ this book reveals an India created in different places and manifested by multiple voices.

By being marginal to the main European colonial metropolis, the institutional, intellectual and visual experience of Florentine Orientalism enriches the debate on power and colonial knowledge that has been very much at the centre of the social sciences in the last decades.

Likewise, by exploring the intellectual world of Bombay in the second half of the nineteenth century, made up of people from a variety of cultural, national and religious backgrounds, this book contributes to the wider cultural history of colonial India.

By combining fascinating unpublished materials of this period, with a deep analysis embedded in contemporary historiographical approaches such as European and India encounters in a colonial context; the debate on ‚€œorientalism‚€� initiated by Edward W. Said, or the global circulation of knowledge, people and objects, this books provides new insights into different fields.

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Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal by Parna Sengupta : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125045052

Offering a new approach to the study of religion and empire, this innovative book challenges a widespread myth of modernity‚€”that Western rule has had a secularizing effect on the non-West. Sengupta reveals instead the paradox that the pursuit and adaptation of modern vernacular education, mainly imported to the colonies by Protestant missionaries, opened up new ways for Indians to reformulate ideas of community along religious lines. Debates over the mundane aspects of schooling, rather than debates between religious leaders, transformed the everyday definitions of what it meant to be a Christian, Hindu, or Muslim.

Thus instruction in science also became a means to instruct the Indian child about the primacy of reason and rationality over superstition. Modern education, Pedagogy for Religion argues, did not secularize religious traditions in India as much as it reformulated definitions of religion and religious community as a part of a larger global process.

This book will interest students of modern Indian history, Empire, education as well as gender studies.

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Polio Eradication and Its Discontents: A Historian‚€™s Journey Through an International Public Health (Un)Civil War by William Muraskin : Rs675 ISBN: 9788125046561

There are many infectious diseases which kill millions of children every year the world over, but polio is not one of them. So why did the World Health Assembly in 1988 choose the eradication of polio as a global goal? This is the key question that William Muraskin asks and it inexorably leads to the unravelling of the official ‚€˜heroic story‚€™ of the fight against polio.

The author finds that the public health agenda of every single nation of the world was effectively hijacked by a small group of people working at the global level. They were out to show that eradication was a viable tool in fighting the disease. For this group, the disease of poliomyelitis was not in itself primarily significant but rather it was a ‚€˜disease of opportunity‚€™ which could be used to prove that disease  eradication in general was a viable instrument of public health.

Muraskin finds that the most powerfully argued and cogent protest against the top‚€“down global polio eradication effort, and the distortion in national health priorities that has resulted from it, comes from India.  A distinguished group of Indian medical doctors and scientists, whom he calls the Indian Dissenters, ‚€˜speak not only for their nation but for most other developing countries as well‚€™

Polio Eradication and Its Discontents reveals the decades-old fight between proponents of the Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and the champions of the Salk Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV). It also highlights the potential long-term economic burden on the developing world that has resulted from the vaccine choices made at the global level.

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Politics as Performance by S.V. Srinivas : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178243726

This book examines the deep connection between cinema and politics in India. it provides a picture of the Telugu cinema, as both industry and cultural from, over fifty formative years. It argues that films are directly related both to the rise of an elite which dominates Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India, and to the emergence of a new idiom of mass politics.

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Soulmates: The Story of Mahatma Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach by Shimon Lev : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125046998

Over six decades after his death, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi continues to play a role in inspiring the lives, thought and philosophy of nations and their leaders. The few relatively unexplored gaps that remain in research into his life largely concern his personal life, comradeship and friendships‚€”among them, his close association with Hermann Kallenbach, the German-Jewish architect with whom the Mahatma developed an enigmatic friendship in South Africa, which stayed with him for the rest of his life.

Soulmates: The Story of Mahatma Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach is the first full-length, comprehensive study of this unique relationship. The account of the strands linking these two remarkable lives is a valuable addition to Gandhi Studies. This volume will inform and fascinate a readership well beyond academic or professional interests.

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Subaltern Studies XII: Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History by Shail Mayaram, M.S.S. Pandian and Ajay Skaria(Eds.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242149

The twelfth volume of Subaltern Studies comprises essays broadly linked by an interest in the history of Muslims and Dalits in South Asia, or with the manner in which dominant histories in the subcontinent have been ‚€˜fabricated‚€™.

Shahid Amin examines how a persistent image of ‚€˜the Mussalman‚€™ came into being via the work of Hindi writers and publicists in the late nineteenth century. He suggests that this image was not derived from popular memory but conjured up for political deployment. He reveals the enormous mileage gained by this image, both ‚€˜then‚€™ and ‚€˜now‚€™.

M.T. Ansari looks at the history of Mappila peasant ‚€˜uprisings‚€™ in the early twentieth century, and at how these came to be discursively constructed to arrive at an image of the fanatic Mussalman. This then yielded the argument that the Muslim fanatic was a religious fundamentalist who had either to be confined or killed. This essay also thus carries resonances of present-day fabrications of Islam.

Faisal Fatehali Devji‚€™s essay on Gandhi‚€™s politics of friendship offers an interesting counterpoint to the preceding two. Focusing on the Khilafat Movement, it studies friendship in one of Gandhi‚€™s boldest experiments‚€”his attempt to rethink political relations between Hindus and Muslims. In looking at Gandhi as ‚€˜a spoiler within the rhetoric of colonial India‚€™, Devji points implicitly to the importance of Gandhian ideology in contemporary India.

Milind Wakankar examines the anomalous position of Kabir within the frameworks of caste and canonicity. His essay serves here as a bridge between the issue of Untouchables/Dalits on the one hand and Hindu-Muslim relations on the other.

Anupama Rao looks at the history, politics, and legal aspects of an incident in which a Dalit kotwal was murdered on the steps of a Hanuman temple. Governmental discourse and Dalit rights are illuminated in important new ways in this essay.

Praveena Kodoth‚€™s essay analyses authority, property, and matriliny in colonial Malabar. It offers a detailed study of the codification of custom and looks at the ideas and assumptions that shaped colonial law-making.

Rashmi Dube Bhatnagar, Renu Dube, and Reena Dube investigate the rhetoric of bardic historians in Rajasthan and interrogate colonial perspectives of that tradition.

Prathama Banerjee investigates a crucial imperative of nationalism‚€”pride, love and adoration of one‚€™s nation‚€”through acts of the imagination in colonial Bengal.

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Sunset of the Sikh Empire by Sita Ram Kohli (Au.), Khushwant Singh (Ed.) : Rs565 ISBN: 9788125044765

Sunset of the Sikh Empire is the last book of Sita Ram Kohli, edited by Khushwant Singh and published posthumously in 1967. The book provides a detailed history of the ten years between the death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the annexation of the Sikh Empire by the British. The author has utilised a huge mass of material pertaining to Maharaja Ranjit Singh‚€™s times‚€”about three lakh folios covering the period of the Lahore Darbar from 1811 to 1849, kept in the tomb of Anarkali at Lahore‚€”and British archival material from the National Archives, New Delhi. Day-to-day events are explained in detail, with dates being cross-referenced from various sources. This classic reissue retains the sanctity of the 1967 edition while giving it a completely new look.

This authoritative work is a primary sourcebook that will appeal to students and scholars of history and colonial studies.

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The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power by Partha Chatterjee : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243566

When Siraj, the ruler of Bengal, overran the British settlement of Calcutta in 1756, he allegedly jailed 146 European prisoners overnight in a cramped prison. Of the group, 123 died of suffocation. While this episode was never independently confirmed, the story of ‚€œthe black hole of Calcutta‚€� was widely circulated and seen by the British public as an atrocity committed by savage colonial subjects.

The Black Hole of Empire follows the ever-changing representations of this historical event and founding myth of the British Empire in India, from the eighteenth century to the present. Partha Chatterjee explores how a supposed tragedy paved the ideological foundations for the ‚€œcivilizing‚€� force of British imperial rule and territorial control in India.

Chatterjee takes a close look at the justifications of modern empire by liberal thinkers, international lawyers, and conservative traditionalists, and examines the intellectual and political responses of the colonized, including those of Bengali nationalists. The two sides of empire's entwined history are brought together in the story of the Black Hole memorial: set up in Calcutta in 1760, demolished in 1821, restored by Lord Curzon in 1902, and removed in 1940 to a neglected churchyard.

Challenging conventional truisms of imperial history, nationalist scholarship, and liberal visions of globalization, Chatterjee argues that empire is a necessary and continuing part of the history of the modern state.

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The Enchantment of Democracy and India: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243597

Sudipta Kaviraj has long been recognized as among India‚€™s most thoughtful and wide-ranging political thinkers and analysts, one of the subtlest and most learned writers on Indian politics. Paradoxically, this has remained something of a state secret, because Kaviraj‚€™s writings have remained scattered in journals difficult to access.

The essays in this volume try to approach Indian democracy from different angles. Kaviraj argues that it is wrong to believe that with the rise of modernity human societies suffer complete disenchantment: modernity creates new forms of enchantment, and democracy is, in fact, part of the political enchantment of modernity.

Focusing on Indian democracy, Kaviraj shows the limits of marxist and liberal political analyses. In its Indian incarnation, he says, liberal democracy has had to inhabit an unfamiliar cultural and historical world whose peculiarities are very different from the peculiarities of European societies.Viewed by conventional political theory, Indian democracy appears inexplicable. It defies all the preconditions that theory lays down for the success of  democratic government‚€”namely, a strong bureaucratic state, capitalist production, industrialization, the secularization of society, and relative economic prosperity. The durability of Indian democracy shows that instead of asking how Indian democracy has survived, we need to ask if those are in fact preconditions for democracy.

These and many other fascinating issues of democracy‚€™s relationship with religion, identity, development, inequality, and culture comprise the themes that link the essays in this brilliant and insightful collection.

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The History of Assam: From Yandabo to Partition by Priyam Goswami : Rs325 ISBN: 9788125046530

  • This text covers an important period in the history of modern northeast India, from the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826 that marked the beginning of British expansion in the region, till Partition in 1947.
  • It discusses the history of the colonial province of Assam, which included most of modern Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • It details the colonial expansion and associated political developments and also analyses the important social, cultural and economic changes during the period.
  • A key aspect is its focus on the growth of political consciousness in the region and the impact of the pan-Indian national movement on the society and politics of the region.
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The Imaginary Institution of India: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243573

Sudipta Kaviraj has long been recognized as among India‚€™s most thoughtful and wide-ranging political thinkers and analysts, and one of the subtlest and most learned writers on Indian politics in recent times. Paradoxically, this has remained something of a state secret, because Kaviraj‚€™s writings on these subjects have remained scattered in learned journals, many of which remain difficult to access. So the present volume fills a most important gap in the literature on politics and political thought in South Asia.

Among Kaviraj‚€™s many strengths is his quite exceptional ability to position Indian politics within the frameworks of political philosophy in the West alongside perspectives from Indian history and indigenous political thought. The writings collected here range over a wide terrain, including studies of the peculiar nature of Indian democracy; the specificities of the regimes of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi; political culture in Independent India; the construction of colonial power; the relationship between state, society, and discourse in India; the structure of nationalist discourse; language and identity formation in Indian contexts; the relation of development with democracy and democratic functioning; and the interface of religion, politics, and modernity in South Asia.

This volume will be indispensable for every student and scholar of South Asian politics, history, and sociology.

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The Political Structure of Early Medieval South India by Kesavan Veluthat : Rs575 ISBN: 9788125046516

A major intervention in Indian historiography when it was first published, this book examines the power structure of the four monarchies of south India under the Pallava, Pa??ya, Cera and Col?a kingdoms from the seventh through thirteenth centuries of the Common Era. In this revised edition, the author has added a new ‘Introduction’ in which he addresses the question of when, chronologically, the process of formation of a ‘state’ becomes visible in south India. He also examines the causative factors that brought about these changes at that particular juncture in history. The new introduction adds immense value to this important book on medieval south Indian history. It will be useful for students and scholars who wish to learn about the nature of state in early medieval India as a whole.

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The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing In an Ambiguously Islamic Place by Carla Bellamy : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243467

The violent partitioning of British India along religious lines and ongoing communalist aggression have compelled Indian citizens to contend with the notion that an exclusive, fixed religious identity is fundamental to selfhood. Even so, Muslim saint shrines known as dargahs attract a religiously diverse range of pilgrims.

In this accessible and groundbreaking ethnography, Carla Bellamy traces the long-term healing processes of Muslim and Hindu devotees of a complex of dargahs in northwestern India. Drawing on pilgrims‚€™ narratives, ritual and everyday practices, archival documents, and popular publications in Hindi and Urdu, Bellamy considers questions about the nature of religion in general and Indian religion in particular.

Grounded in stories from individual lives and experiences, The Powerful Ephemeral offers not only a humane, highly readable portrait of dargah culture, but also new insight into notions of selfhood and religious difference in contemporary India.

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The Trajectories of the Indian State: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243528

Sudipta Kaviraj has long been recognized as among India‚€™s most thoughtful and wide-ranging political thinkers and analysts, one of the subtlest and most learned writers on Indian politics. Ironically, this has remained something of a state secret because Kaviraj‚€™s writings are scattered and not easy to acess as a connected body. So the present volume‚€”like its predecessor The Imaginary Institution of India‚€”fills a vital gap in South Asian political thought.

Among Kaviraj‚€™s many strengths is his exceptional ability to position Indian politics within the frameworks of Western political philosophy alongside perspectives from indigenous political thought.  In order to understand relations between the state and social groups, or between dominant and subaltern communities, Kaviraj says it is necessary to first historicize the study of Indian politics. Deploying the historical method, he looks at the precise character of Indian social groups, the nature of political conflicts, the specific mechanisms of social oppression, and many related issues.

In so doing Kaviraj reveals the variety of historical trajectories taken by Indian democracy. Indian political structures, with their developed system of rules and legislative orders, may seem to derive from colonialism. Yet these structures, says Kaviraj, are comparable less to the European nation-states of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries than to the pre-modern empire-states of Indian and Islamic history. Scholars often work with a false genealogy: the convention of starting the story of Indian politics with 1947, or even 1858, has led to misconstructions. Kaviraj shows that there is no serious way into present politics except through a longer past; Weber, Marx, and Foucault may be less important in this enterprise than painstaking reconnections with the vernacular facts of Indian political history.

This volume is indispensable for every student and scholar of South Asian politics, history, and sociology.

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The Tulsi and the Cross: Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter in Goa by Rosa Maria Perez : Rs650 ISBN: 9788192304601

The book is the outcome of the author‚€™s long-term fieldwork in Goa and seeks to bridge the gaps in the anthropological research in this state of India. The existing research, essentially historical, tends to consider Goa as Catholic, Portuguese-speaking and framed by Portuguese cultural references. The author offers an ethnographic approach to the understanding of the colonial encounter and of colonialism. Her ethnographical research shows that Goa is, and was, dominantly Hindu and the perception of Goan society as essentially fragmented is a colonial imposition. The author takes into account indigenous views, with special focus on a group of devadasis of a Hindu temple. Through them the author aims to dismantle both the stereotypes staged by Portuguese colonialism and an essentialist and Eurocentric view of the caste system in India.

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The Writings of Bipan Chandra: The Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gandhi by Bipan Chandra : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125045717

For more than half a century, Bipan Chandra has made unparalleled contribution to the study of modern Indian history. He is renowned worldwide as an authority on the subject, with a lucid and accessible style that has made him one of the most widely read and influential historians of our times. Bipan Chandra‚€™s writings have profoundly influenced our understanding of the emergence of modern India, as well as of contemporary concerns that have their roots in the colonial past.

The Writings of Bipan Chandra: The Making of Modern India is a definitive collection of essays which depicts Bipan Chandra‚€™s range of interests. It presents his views and positions qualified after an engagement of over fifty years with Independent India. The essays present a long-term perspective of the emergence of nationalism and the Indian national movement, with special emphasis on its Gandhian phase, and the nature of Indian capitalism and its relationship with imperialism and the national movement. They identify specificities of the colonial structure, and trace the possible paths of economic transformation until independence. The volume includes a critical appraisal of the Indian Left, and a nuanced understanding of the idea of secularism and emergence of communalism in India.

The introduction by Aditya Mukherjee is a fitting tribute from a former student and colleague. This volume is a celebration of the singular scholarship of perhaps the greatest living chronicler of the Indian national movement and after. It will be invaluable for students, teachers and everyone interested in the history and idea of India.

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The Writings of Richard Falk: Towards Humane Global Governance by Richard Falk : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788125043072

Richard Falk has been an inspirational figure for scholars of international law and international relations for more than five decades. His seminal writings, drawing on a range of intellectual traditions‚€”anarchist, humanist, feminist, liberal and Marxist‚€”have offered radical thinking on issues ranging from the Vietnam War and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. A prolific writer, Falk has made path-breaking contributions in clarifying the role of international law in a turbulent world, reforming the United Nations system and promoting international environmental protection and justice.

This volume brings together 20 of Falk‚€™s landmark essays, each resonating with his commitment towards establishing what he calls a system of humane global governance. Divided into five sections, these essays cover a variety of issues: the major challenges before international legal scholarship today, the failure of the United Nations to take the discourse of global democracy and global justice forward, the need to reform the UN, the international community‚€™s focus on protection and sustainability and the neglect of justice, and the untapped potential of international human rights law to achieve global justice. The way forward, Falk emphasizes, is to establish, through global social movements, democratic global political structures in the new millennium.

The Foreword by B. S. Chimni is a fitting tribute from a well known scholar of international law. He writes, ‚€˜Falk is an embodiment of a critical intellectual who has never hesitated to speak truth to power.‚€™ Published for the first time in India, The Writings of Richard Falk: Towards Humane Global Governance is a must-read for students and scholars of international law, international relations and political science.

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Unfinished Gestures: Devadasis, Memory, and Modernity in South India by Davesh Soneji : Rs750 ISBN: 9788178243542

Unfinished Gestures presents the social and cultural history of courtesans in South India who are generally called devadasis, focusing on their encounters with colonial modernity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Following a hundred years of vociferous social reform, including a 1947 law that criminalized their lifestyles, the women in devadasi communities contend with severe social stigma and economic and cultural disenfranchisement. Adroitly combining ethnographic fieldwork with historical research, Davesh Soneji provides a comprehensive portrait of these marginalized women and unsettles received ideas about relations among them, the aesthetic roots of their performances, and the political efficacy of social reform in their communities.

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Unsettling The Past: Unknown aspects and Scholarly Assessments of D.D. Kosambi by D.D. Kosambi , Meera Kosambi (ed.) : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243658

Of virtually no modern historian other than D.D. Kosambi (1907‚€“1966) can it be said: ‚€˜He changed the way in which Indian history was conceptualized and written.‚€™ In fact, the term ‚€˜Renaissance man‚€™ springs to mind because Kosambi‚€™s intellectual contributions cross disciplinary boundaries, ranging from ancient history to mathematics to Sanskrit literature to numismatics to India‚€™s energy policy.

This book contains relatively unknown writings by Kosambi, including several obscure but important essays and an unpublished children‚€™s story. Also made available here for the first time are some wonderful letters that Kosambi wrote to, among others, the scientist Homi Bhabha and the writer-historian Robert Graves. These reveal Kosambi‚€™s mastery of the epistolary art.

Other sections contain tributes to Kosambi by his friends, and essays by major contemporary scholars on his contributions in diverse fields. The volume gives a new and well-rounded picture of Kosambi‚€™s writings, as well as mature assessments of his scholarship by some of the best minds of our time.

The editor, Meera Kosambi, provides an Introduction which situates her father within his social, political, intellectual, and familial milieux.

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Who Wants Democracy? by Javeed Alam : Rs295 ISBN: 9788125045519

The internal structure of Indian democracy has seen rapid changes since the implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations in 1989. Who Wants Democracy? defines two important shifts in the polity. Even as the elite are increasingly stepping back from active participation, the less privileged classes are coming forward to engage vitally with democratic processes.

Javeed Alam highlights how the poor return in every election to choose their representatives and what the voting patterns reveal about the links between regional voices and national unity, between the politics of community and the ideal of citizenship.

This second edition includes a Prologue in which the author takes up certain theoretical issues. Discussing the democratic possibilities that modernity still offers, he says that the ‚€˜presence of critique‚€™ within modern thought can enable people to deepen their understanding of the idea of freedom.

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"When the War Began We Heard of Several Kings": South Asian Prisoners in World War I Germany by Franziska Roy, Heike Liebau and Ravi Ahuja (Eds.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788187358435

The age of catastrophe devoured lives from many parts of the globe. Yet the ‚€˜Great War‚€™ also occasioned new encounters and experiences. Never before had ten thousands of non-elite South Asians moved across Europe. About two thousand of them, mostly sailors and soldiers who hailed from villages in Bengal, Nepal, the Northwest Frontier and Punjab, were held for years in German prison camps. They attracted the close attention of army officers, diplomats and secret agents, of emigrant revolutionaries like Har Dayal and Virendranath Chattopadhyaya, of German artists, academics and industrialists. The captives made sense of these unusual encounters in their own ways. This volume approaches their difficult engagements from various angles. It introduces and makes available rich German archives as yet unknown to the non-German speaking world.

The CD Rom attached to this book goes beyond the written word. It includes the Hindi and Urdu editions of the propagandistic camp journal Hindostan, transcripts of sound recordings in which the sailors and soldiers speak in their native tongues about their experiences as they are taken from place to place, perhaps in the hope that these might reach their families. There is nostalgia in their voices as they sing songs about their homes, while acutely critical comments on their lives in ‚€˜vilayat‚€™ give the lie to the notion of the apolitical peasant-soldier.

The CD Rom also includes pictorial documents of paintings by the soldiers, and some powerful photographs of war camps in Zossen and WŁnsdorf. The CD Rom also carries the Bibliography which is a special feature of this book. It is both extensive and rich, covering rare books which will be of enormous value to scholars and interested readers.

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A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work & Loss by Vasanth Kannabiran : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125043058

A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work and Loss is a series of conversations with women about marriage and widowhood. The women speak here with frankness and candour about their often quite unconventional relationships with their husbands, and of coming to terms with the loss of a life-long partner. Despite the grief, despite an altered and often fractured sense of self, each woman is determined to live a productive and creative life. 

Reflecting the social history of a class of women born before Independence, this volume explores how the institution of marriage shaped their lives. These are extraordinary women, who have lived rich, full lives where work has not been separated from leisure, nor has the private world of home and family been separated from the wider world of work and social commitment. As such they have redefined marriage and family, and equally the public sphere of work to make both inclusive spaces.

This collection of interviews raises important questions: Is it possible to retain your identity and hold on to your beliefs in a long marriage? What is the line that separates and insulates home and family from community and nation? How do these women breathe normally and smile graciously while coping with a shock that uproots and erases chunks of the self? What happens when a long and supportive partnership ends?

Eminent personalities, among them, Neera Desai, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Ela Bhatt, K. Saradamoni and Shanta Rameshwar Rao discuss their long partnerships of shared visions and love. Their choices, their struggles, and their indomitable will may provide answers to countless young people today. Apart from a general readership, this book will also appeal to students and scholars of sociology and gender studies.

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Adhuniko Bharat Itihas (Odiya) by Bipan Chandra : Rs275 ISBN: 9788125041832

This is the Odiya edition of History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra published by us.

The book surveys Indian History from eighteenth century to 1947. This book deals with the nature of British imperialism and the policies pursued by it in India and their impact on the Indian economy, society and culture. The Indian response to the British imperialism and the rise of Indian Nationalism are also studied. The book also provides the information about social and religious reform movements which were prominent at that time. The book gives comprehensive knowledge about the History of Modern India.

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Adivasis and the Raj: Socio-economic Transition of the Hos, 1820-1932 by Sanjukta Das Gupta : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125041986

While recent research on adivasis under colonial rule tends to focus on issues of identity politics, categories and definitions, it is important to emphasise that the histories of adivasis were shaped by the constantly evolving British policy towards them, their own unique features, socio-cultural traditions, and the nature of their integration within the colonial state, which in turn determined their self-definitions and their relations with others.

This book brings back a focus on the colonial history of adivasis and discusses the issue of their identity against this background. It is a study of the Hos of Chota Nagpur from 1820, when they first came into contact with the British, to 1932, when their protests took the form of religious reform movements in an attempt to develop a distinct tribal identity.

In their encounter with the British, the Hos were confronted with several challenges, such as their role in the changing political system; their right of access to local territory and forest resources; the growing influx of outsiders into their villages; and the restructuring of indigenous institutions of authority. While dealing with these circumstances, albeit with varying degrees of success, the Hos developed an ethnic and political awareness vis-ŗ-vis the British, other adivasis, and the non-adivasi population, leading to the Haribaba movement for self-purification and other socio-religious reform movements.

Meticulously researched and replete with statistical data, a detailed glossary and bibliography, this insightful volume will be useful for scholars and students of history, sociology and anthropology.

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Adivasis in Colonial India: Survival, Resistance and Negotiation by Biswamoy Pati (Ed.) : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125040941

How do we define ‚€˜adivasis‚€™? A post-modernist approach will situate them as ‚€˜colonial constructs‚€™. However, as this book goes to show, tribals were not just a colonial creation. They were a part of south Asian reality at the time of India‚€™s colonisation. Their world was not a monolithic one but the order of stratification was significantly reinforced with the advent of colonialism and its diverse interventions, in terms of the complexities arising out of land settlements and the commercialisation of agriculture.

Bringing together contributions from historians, sociologists, social anthropologists and younger scholars, this volume provides a holistic view of the world of adivasis under the British in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It unravels the ways in which the adivasi society negotiated with itself and interacted with the shifts and changes that were taking place during this period. The essays focus on the impact of the sahukar-zamindar-sarkar nexus on the adivasis; the question of dispossession and migration in the face of colonial capitalism and global needs of labour; the process of politicisation and resistance against coercive strategies of control and dominance; the problems within the adivasi society, and the questions of identity and patriarchy; medical colonialism and the adivasi healing systems; and the different ideologies that guided the ‚€˜adivasi‚€™ politics in colonial India‚€”from protests against feudal rulers, to protests against the national movement and later, the struggles led by the socialists and communists. While tracing the trajectory of the life of the adivasis, the book also examines the genealogy of the concept of higher and lower races.

Going beyond the colonial and anti-colonial theme to explore the world of the adivasis and their social history, this book makes a conscious effort to locate the ‚€˜present‚€™ in the context of the ‚€˜past‚€™. It contributes to the understanding of the encroaching colonial ideals and intentions in the name of development and civilisation, that continue to impact their lives even today.

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Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture by Francesca Orsini (Ed.) : Rs725 ISBN: 9788125042631

Based on a workshop on 'Intermediary Genres in Hindi and Urdu', Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture is an attempt to rethink aspects of the literary histories of these two languages.

Today, Hindi and Urdu are considered two separate languages, each with its own script, history, literary canon and cultural orientation. Yet, pre-colonial India was a deeply multilingual society with multiple traditions of knowledge and literary production. Historically the divisions between Hindi and Urdu were not as sharp as we imagine them today. The essays in this volume reassess the definition and identity of language in the light of this. Its aim is to move away from the received historical narratives of Hindi and Urdu, and look afresh at the textual material available in order to attempt a more complex picture of the north Indian literary culture that is more attuned to the nuances of register, accent, language choice, genre and audiences.

Various factors that would lead one to consider a broader range of texts and tastes that lay before poets and writers in those times are examined. For instance, why did a Sant write in Nagari Rekhta? Why did a Persian poet or an Avadhi Sufi mix Hindavi and Persian? Whatever their motivations, all these cases speak of an awareness of multiple literary models. It also implies a keenness towards experimenting with other literary or oral traditions that go against the purist intentions of modern literary historians.

This volume thus looks at the rearticulation of language and its identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and will be useful for students of modern Indian history, language studies and cultural studies.

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Behind the Veil: Resistance, Women, and the Everyday in Colonial South Asia by Anindita Ghosh (Ed.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243184

The overwhelming image of Indian women during the colonial period has been of passivity, of a sex ‚€˜silenced‚€™ doubly, first by nationalist discourses and second by the more recent postcolonial turn in academic writing. However, as the current volume suggests, it is quite possible, both theoretically and with evidence, to offer a contrary picture ‚€“ that of resistance.

For some time now, scholars have been working on the theme of dissent and struggle among women in both contemporary patriarchal structures and gendering discourses. But the focus so far has been on the educated and the outstanding ‚€“ either female public figures or close relatives of important male personalities. This rather limits the perspective.

The attempt in the present volume is to unearth a narrative of deeper and perhaps more enduring subterranean resistance offered by less extraordinary women in their daily lives.

Substantial evidence exists to support the contention: some from unconventional sources such as women‚€™s songs, photographs, and embroidery, but equally from legal records, memoirs, and published work.

This book is, however, as much about the nature of power as it is about women. Inspired by both subaltern and gender studies, it tries to highlight the complex ways in which power operates within oppressive structures, making any simple valorization ‚€“ and for that matter, theorization ‚€“ of  gendered resistance difficult if not impossible.

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Caste, Conflict, and Ideology: Mahatma Jotirao Phule and Low Caste Protest in Nineteenth-Century Western India by Rosalind O‚€™Hanlon : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243139

This is the first Indian reprint, with a new preface by the author, of a classic work which was first published in 1985.

The nineteenth century saw the beginning of a violent and controversial movement of protest amongst western India‚€™s low and untouchable castes, aimed at the effects of their lowly position within the Hindu caste hierarchy. The leaders of this movement were convinced that religious hierarchies had combined with the effects of British colonial rule to produce inequality and injustice in many fields, from religion to politics and education.

This study concentrates on the first leader of this movement, Mahatma Jotirao Phule. It shows him as its first ideologist, working out a unique brand of radical humanism. It analyses his contribution to one of the most important and neglected social developments in western India in this period‚€”the formation of a new regional identity.

This process of identity formation is studied against the background of the earlier history of caste relations, and contributes important evidence about the relationship between ritual status and political power. The author draws extensively on vernacular language materials and evidence about popular culture from oral traditions.

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Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics and the Partition of India by Neeti Nair : Rs750 ISBN: 9788178243245

Changing Homelands offers a startling new perspective on what was and was not politically possible in late colonial India. In this highly readable account of Partition in Punjab, Neeti Nair rejects the idea that essential differences between the Hindu and Muslim communities made political settlement impossible. Far from being an inevitable solution, the idea of Partition came as a very late and stunning surprise to the majority of Hindus in the region.

In tracing the political and social history of Punjab from the early years of the twentieth century, Nair overturns the entrenched view that Muslims were responsible for Partition. She shows that many powerful Punjabi Hindus also preferred Partition and contributed to its adoption, as well as that almost no one foresaw the death and devastation that followed.

Though much has been written on the politics of the Muslim and Sikh communities in Punjab, Nair is the first historian to focus on the Hindu minority, both before and long after the divide of 1947. She engages with politics in post-Partition India by drawing from oral histories that reveal the complex relationship between memory and history‚€”a relationship that continues to inform politics between India and Pakistan.

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Communalism & The Intelligentsia in Bihar, 1870‚€“1930 by Hitendra Patel : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125042068

This volume gives an account of the rise of Hindu communalism in Bihar in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and its relationship with the nationalist ideology, through the activities of the intelligentsia. It shows how a Hindi-speaking intelligentsia emerged, carrying with it notions of history, identity and visions of a new social order where caste, national and religious loyalties co-existed. While Hindu communal forces were unable to match the dominance of the Congress with its view of a composite nationalism, the presence of the former in the political spectrum was significant. Hitendra Patel narrates the Bihari intelligentsia‚€™s efforts to mobilise people and disseminate Hindu symbols and stereotypes, while trying to give legitimacy to a ‚€˜communal‚€™ view of their nationalism. He discusses two movements that aroused widespread passions: one for the use of Hindi, replacing Urdu, in education and the law courts from the 1860s, and the other for ‚€˜cow protection‚€™. The growth of the Hindi press and anti-Bengali sentiments are outlined. Patel also analyses intra-community discourses on lower-caste inclusion, revealing divisions within the Hindu fold. 

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Crossing Thresholds: Feminist Essays in Social History by Meera Kosambi : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243382

The notion of the threshold, indicating the restricted periphery of the ‚€˜woman‚€™s place‚€™ in family and society, was firmly embedded in the psyche of nineteenth-century women in western India. Yet some remarkable and articulate women (who are the focus of this book) ‚€˜transgressed‚€™ patriarchal boundaries‚€”crossing thresholds, literally and metaphorically‚€”to make their mark in the public sphere. These Indian women created the ‚€˜first ripple feminism‚€™ of the region.

Nineteenth-century men also inhabit the book‚€”social reformers and those who helped these women, as well as conservatives who opposed both the reformers and the progressive women. The central objective of Professor Kosambi‚€™s book is to interrogate official social history‚€”which posits strong male reformers and passive women recipients‚€”as well as retrieve and assess women‚€™s own pioneering contribution to their proto-feminist efforts.

The Introduction presents a conceptual framework of public/private spheres, attempts to retrieve women‚€™s subjectivity through their published narratives, and discusses questions of representation and ‚€˜voice‚€™.

The ten essays that follow span a variety of topics‚€”the politics of iconizing individual women, women‚€™s complex relationships to their homes and their bodies, women‚€™s exposure to education and nationalism, the nature of conjugality and ‚€˜consent‚€™, ideas of motherhood and widowhood.

Uniting all these themes is the effort to amplify women‚€™s voices and reconstruct their experiential worlds.

The book straddles the areas of Gender Studies, History, and Asian Studies while underscoring the resonance of these women‚€™s lives with those of other women across South Asia and the West.

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Dalit Personal Narratives: Reading Caste, Nation and Identity by Raj Kumar : Rs595 ISBN: 9788125042501

Autobiography as a literary genre is diverse and complex‚€“and Dalit Personal Narratives is an attempt to understand its multiple meanings expressed and mediated through different identities such as caste, class, ethnicity, religion, language and gender.

Raj Kumar's pioneering book primarily examines Dalit autobiographies. It is a historic breakthrough because till recently, Dalits in India were voiceless. These narratives thus symbolise how Dalits are breaking down the age-old barrier of silence. Focusing on multiple marginalities pertaining to caste, nation and identity, the author has followed an inter-disciplinary approach across disciplines such as history, sociology, law, religion, philosophy and gender studies apart from English literature, to bring to the reader the remarkably different personal narratives of both Dalit men and women. The autobiographies are located against a socio-cultural background, along with the emergence of Dalit literature, Dalit life-narratives, while revealing their everyday caste and class exploitations that call for the restoration of dignity and self-respect. In itself, the very emergence of Dalit autobiography is an act of resistance because Dalits are using this opportunity to assert their identities through their writings. Through the autobiographies, one gets a glimpse into the life of a community struggling against deprivation, discrimination and exploitation at the hands of a society ridden with caste biases and unequal opportunities.

It also traces the origin of autobiographical writing in the West and follows its development both thematically and structurally by analysing the autobiographies of Saint Augustine, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin and J. S. Mill. Also discussed are autobiographies of upper caste Indian public personalities, including M. K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The personal narratives of upper caste Indian women, however‚€”like Rassundari Devi, Binodini Dasi and others‚€”reveal their under-privileged status in a patriarchal system. Raj Kumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Delhi University. His research areas include autobiographical studies, Dalit literature, Indian writing in English, Oriya literature and post-colonial studies. He has been a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla in 1999 and has published in journals such as Social Action, Sateertha Bulletin, The Fourth World, Creative Forum and Language Forum. Raj Kumar has also translated literary texts from Indian languages, especially from Oriya into English.

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Demography and Democracy: Essays on Nationalism, Gender and Ideology by Himani Bannerji : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125042921

Demography and Democracy deals with different aspects of hegemony, nationalism, criteria for citizenship and democracy. In the process this book examines complexities of civil society involving culture, class, politics and the relations between civil society and the state. Nationalism in plural terms, decolonisation, as well as analysis of ideology, including contemporary political ideologies, are the overarching themes of this book. The author explores the complexities of modern-day nationalisms from the perspective of marxist anti-colonial feminism. Focusing on ethnic nationalism and the racialised nature of imperialism of our time, the volume draws on examples from India, Israel, United States and its allies. Cultural political identities of the Hindu right, Zionism and other religious fundamentalisms are discussed in detail.

The author explores the connections between ideology and politics across regional national spaces. She shows the overlapping features between Hindutva in India and Zionism in Israel. This involves an examination of the constitution of cultural/ethnic identities in terms of the construction of the self and ‚€˜the other‚€™. The essays also carry on a sustained analysis of how patriarchy provides a taken-for-granted mediation through which the self and ‚€˜other‚€™ relationships are constituted.

The volume will be useful to students and scholars of sociology, political science, women‚€™s studies and history, as well as those interested in contemporary South Asia.

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Feminine Power in the Mahabharata by Kevin McGrath : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125042792

STRI is a study of bronze-age femininity as portrayed in the Mahabharata. It focuses on the roles of wife, daughter-in-law, and mother, and also on the kinship groups. McGrath examines marriage systems and patterns of courtship as well as showing how different stages in a woman's life are depicted by this epic. He carefully demonstrates that the voice of women during pre-classical times was crucial for sustaining and maintaining dharma in society and he shows how the matriline dominated cultural life in the court at Hastinapura. The Sanskrit translations of these women‚€™s voices are both impeccable and beautiful.

Feminists, historians, and scholars of Indian antiquity will find great truth in this work, a truth that is profoundly relevant for twenty-first-century India.

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Feminist Vision or ‚€˜Treason Against Men‚€™? :Kashibai Kanitkar and the Engendering of Marathi Literature by Meera Kosambi : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243429

Kashibai Kanitkar (1861‚€“1948), was the first major woman writer in Marathi. She was largely self-taught and keenly conscious of the benefits of women‚€™s education. She promoted this and other emancipatory measures for women through her prolific and wide-ranging writings‚€”both fiction and non-fiction‚€”deploying them as a mode of social reform discourse.

The present book includes translations of most of Kashibai‚€™s works: both her novels (in abridged form); a review of Pandita Ramabai‚€™s American travelogue; long extracts from Kashibai‚€™s episodic autobiographical narrative as well as from her biography of India‚€™s first woman doctor, Dr. Anandibai Joshee; and an article tracing the history of women‚€™s education in Maharashtra.

A comprehensive introduction by Meera Kosambi contextualizes these texts and situates Kashibai within her social and literary milieu. Kashibai, Professor Kosambi shows, was a pioneering writer who created a new paradigm in Marathi literature. It was she who enabled Maharashtra‚€™s rich tradition of women‚€™s writings by foundational contributions which ‚€˜engendered‚€™ Marathi literature.

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From Hindi to Urdu: A Social and Political History by Tariq Rahman : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125042488

A first of its kind, this book traces the political history and genealogy of Urdu. It also looks at the domains in which the language is used by both Hindus and Muslims of northern India.

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India‚€™s Environmental History‚€”A Reader: (Vol. 1: From Ancient Times to the Colonial Period, Vol. 2: Colonialism, Modernity, and the Nation) by Mahesh Rangarajan and K. Sivaramakrishnan(Eds.) : Rs1850 ISBN: 9788178243160

Environmental history in India has generated a rich literature on forests, wildlife, human‚€“animal conflict, tribal rights and commercial degradation, displacement and development, pastoralism and desertification, famine and disease, sedentarism and mobility, wildness and civility, and the ecology versus equity debate.

This reader brings together some of the best and most interesting writing on India‚€™s ecological pasts. It looks at a variety of the country‚€™s regions, landscapes, and arenas as settings for strife or harmony, as topography and ecological fabric, in the process covering a vast historical terrain.

Vol 1. provides an antidote to the existing historiography, which barely takes notice of the era before 1800. The essays here range from prehistoric India to the middle of the nineteenth century. They provide insights on forest and water disputes, contests over urban and rural space, struggles over water and land, and frictions over natural wealth which have led to a reinterpretation of source materials on early and medieval India.

Vol 2. Shows how colonial rule resulted in ecological change on a new scale altogether. Forests covering over half a million sq km were taken over by 1904 and managed by foresters.  Canal construction on a gigantic scale gave British India perhaps more acreage than any other political entity on earth. Similar new forces were at work in relation to the animal world, with species being reclassified as vermin to be hunted down or as game to be selectively shot.

For all who are interested in the diverse and detailed findings of the best scholarship on India‚€™s environment, this book (and its companion volume) is essential.

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India‚€™s Spokesman Abroad: Letters, Articles, Speeches and Statements 1933‚€“1937 by Sisir K. Bose and Sugata Bose(Eds.) : Rs495 ISBN: 9788178243375

In February 1933, a seriously ill and emaciated prisoner was carried out of an ambulance on a stretcher and put on a ship about to sail from Bombay to Europe. When the same man boarded a KLM flight in Calcutta for Europe in November 1937, he was the President-elect of the Indian National Congress.

The years 1933 to 1937 witnessed the transformation of a radical leader into a statesman. This volume brings together the letters, articles, and speeches from a fascinating, though somewhat unusual and relatively neglected, phase of the career of Subhas Chandra Bose. An extraordinarily wide array of topics and themes are touched upon and explored in his works of this period‚€”imperialism, nationalism, fascism, communism, psychology, philosophy, spirituality, urban planning, travel, Gandhi, Ireland, love, and more.

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Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain? by Anjali Sahay : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125042662

  • Indian Diaspora in the United States looks at the topic of brain drain from a new lens. It uses Indian migration to the United States as a case study.
  • Its approach is different from the conventional way of looking at international migration from India. The book includes discussions on ‚€œbrain gain‚€� and ‚€œbrain circulation‚€� for source countries.
  • Recipient-countries not only benefit in the form of remittances, investments and savings but also by networking and bringing ideas and technology into India.
  • By achieving success in and visibility in host countries, the diaspora community further influences economic and political benefits for their home countries.
  • This groundbreaking work brings economic and political issues to the dimension of migration and concerns over brain drain. With its rigorous, network approach, this book is a valuable contribution to the studies of Indian diaspora, labour, and globalization.
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Indian Secularism: A Social and Intellectual History 1890-1950 by Shabnum Tejani : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243122

Secularism has been the subject of much debate.  Scholars have argued that recent Hindu nationalism is the symptom of a crisis of Indian secularism and have blamed this on a resurgence of religion or communalism. Shabnum Tejani argues here for a more complex and historically informed understanding. Her book is a history of how the idea of secularism emerged in India. 

She shows that the study of secularism in India has been circumscribed by the opposition in which it exists with communalism.  Scholars have treated these categories as reified wholes. Consequently, analyses of secularism have obscured more than they have revealed.  Indian Secularism approaches this question from a wholly new perspective.  Beginning in the late nineteenth century and ending with the ratification of the constitution in 1950, it examines the social, political, and intellectual genealogies of secularism and communalism. 

The book examines how secularism came to be bound up with what it meant to legitimately call oneself ‚€˜Indian‚€™ and shows why this concept‚€™s genealogy is so imbued with the language of religion.  It argues that the emergence of the category of secularism in India had less to do with creating an ethics of tolerance than with a formulation of nationalism that provided a counterpoint to challenges posed by Muslim and Untouchable communities. 

Through a detailed reconstruction of six historical moments, which include the emergence of religious movements and key constitutional debates, Tejani shows that the ideology of secularism that emerged in 1950 had its conceptual preconditions in histories of nationalism, communalism, and British colonial discourses.  She also argues that the distinction between religion and caste that has characterized debates on Indian secularism is false.  Rather than being distinct from community and caste, nationalism and communalism, liberalism and democracy, Indian secularism was a relational category that emerged at the nexus of all these.

This book will interest students of Indian democracy, politics, and history, as well as of political philosophy and the sociology of caste.

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Invincibility, Challenges and Leadership by K. V Krishna Rao : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125041870

Invincibility, Challenges and Leadership is a product of a thorough study and understanding of history, combined with the author‚€™s extensive personal and professional experience in the army and government. K. V. Krishna Rao has used his wide-ranging research and experience to give the reader an over-view of the development and rise of a few civilisations and empires in the course of human history, and to examine the reasons for their downfall. He takes an in-depth look at the causes and consequences of major wars in the twentieth century; and the progress of the wars, explaining the course and impact of major battles fought. The author then closely looks at the life and role of major political and military rulers, to illustrate the development of these great leaders and examine the impact they had on events. These examples are used to identify the role of leadership in defining events, the characteristics and virtues of good leadership, and the consequences of the presence of these leaders in directing events.

As the author notes, to be effective leaders, or even good citizens, an understanding of history is vital, since that gives us an opportunity to learn from the past, and the chance to prevent repeating mistakes. This book clearly demonstrates this fact, by merging lessons from history and discussions about possible future challenges. This book is a must-read for those interested in world and military history, for current and future leaders and for an understanding of the development and qualities of leadership.

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Itihas-Lekh: Ek Pathyapustak by E. Sreedharan : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125042808

This is the Hindi edition of  A textbook of Historiography by  E  Sreedharan  published by us.

This book traces the development of historiography from the days of Herodotus to those of postmodernism. It covers the ancient, medieval and the modern aspects of the subject and offers easy comprehension, clear and precise guidance and immediate utility.

The author provides a balanced view of competing ideas and leads the reader into vast arena of the subject. Two thousand five hundred years of historiography, including Indian historiography and the poststructuralist critique of history, constitute this clear, analytical work.

Written lucidly and in jargon free language, Itihas-Lekh:  ek pathyapustak: 500BC se san 2000 tak  should be of interest not only to the serious students and the teachers but to anyone interested in this subject.

The  book is appended with bibliographical details, reference and notes rarely available elsewhere. Though the subject is complex ,  yet the elaborate Index help readers to locate required information, as the book is full of names, places, events, documents  and several  other rarely available  sources.

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Other Landscapes: Colonialism and the Predicament of Authority in Nineteenth-Century South India by Deborah Sutton : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125042020

Other Landscapes investigates the ordering and disordering of colonial authority in South India during the nineteenth century. The colonisation of the Nilgiri hills required a landscape to be constituted within the colonial bureaucratic order. This landscape was organised by the imperatives of improvement and marked out by ethnographic, agricultural and arboreal typologies. It was against this scheme of people, property and resources that colonial legislation and settler occupation were to be consolidated. However, this imagined landscape over which legislation was passed could neither match nor capture the complexities of the many lives inhabiting the hills. In the spaces between legislation and the everyday, colonial authority was forced constantly to transgress of its own norms and principles. Violence, inefficiency, corruption and loss of profit seeped through the margins of colonial governance.  

Other Landscapes performs a double manoeuvre; mining the colonial archive for the histories of colonisation and using these histories as a means to interrogate the nature of the authority which laid down that archive.

This book will be of interest to historians, anthropologists, sociologists and environmentalists.

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Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra : Rs650 ISBN: 9788178243108

India‚€™s poets have been among the finest writers of English prose‚€”earlier, Henry Derozio and Toru Dutt; more recently, Nissim Ezekiel, A.K. Ramanujan, Dom Moraes, and Adil Jussawalla. Writers of this kind, representing the ‚€˜common reader‚€™ tradition of unpretentious and jargon-free writing about literature and life, are something of a rarity in India. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra‚€”renowned poet, critic, translator, editor, and anthologist‚€”enriches an uncommon stream with this brilliant collection.

The essays gathered here, rich in literary detail and accessible insight, were written over the past thirty years. Among them are Mehrotra‚€™s homage to his friend and fellow poet Arun Kolatkar; a perceptive appreciation of A.K. Ramanujan; a scathing scrutiny of R. Parthasarathy; a radical redefinition of the modern Indian poem; a literary-historical view of Kabir; and a wide-ranging introduction to the entire corpus of Indian writing in English from 1800 to the present.

Mehrotra, who has lived much of his life in Allahabad, writes also about the provincialization of India‚€™s middle-sized cities, the decimation of cultural heritage across urban north India, and the joys and pains of growing up in a small town where everyone knew everyone.

Forthright in manner and cosmopolitan in their references, Mehrotra‚€™s writings are an exceptional mix of the autobiographical and the literary, an antidote to the everyday annihilation of English prose by journalists at one end and literary critics at the other.

This is a book to be enjoyed, savoured, dipped into, and read‚€”again and again.

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Sacrificing People: Invasions of a Tribal Landscape by Felix Padel : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125041894

Sacrificing People is a provocative anthropological study of the structures of power and authority which the British rule imposed on a tribal people of Central India, the Konds. The Konds practised human sacrifice and in the pretext of rooting out this ‚€˜barbaric‚€™ ritual, the British waged wars of conquest against them subjecting them to a century of exploitation.

Recalling the violence during the colonial period, this book puts into perspective the violence and ethnic cleansing in the district of Kandhamal (2007‚€“8) when invading forces burnt dozens of Kond villages. It also brings to light how mining companies have invaded the Kond territory due to the rich Bauxite cappings dominating their largest mountains and displaced several million tribal people.

From colonial intrusion to developmental displacement, the author draws attention to how the colonial mindset and system of exploitation continue till date. Who is an innocent victim? When is the taking of life justified? Who claims the right to do so? Who is sacrificing whom? It is through these questions that this book analyses the roots of human violence which sacrifices the essence of being human.

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Society and History of Gujarat since 1800: A Select Bibliography of the English and European Language Sources by Edward Simpson : Rs1060 ISBN: 9788125041887

This book consolidates scholarship on Gujarat in English and other European languages, notably, Dutch, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. It draws together well-known sources, as well as rare and under-exploited research material. Detailed bibliographical references are provided for books, chapters, periodical literature, dissertations, project reports, other materials published since 1800; anonymous works and select government publications, such as gazetteers and census reports, are also included. The titles considered spread across the disciplinary boundaries of history, political and development studies, literature and the liberal arts, sociology, cultural and social anthropology. In these respects, the book is a comprehensive introduction to modern traditions of scholarship on Gujarat.

The reader is however also encouraged to treat the references as artefacts of power ‚€“ each entry playing some role in the way we have come to know what we know about Gujarat today. Writing often has a social life, entertaining relations with other texts, with other authors, and with a readership. Annotations pointing to some of these connections are provided, especially when titles are uninformative, argument, data or provenance notable, or when serendipity has demanded. In this respect, the text can be read to trace the genealogy of certain ideas, regional traditions and preoccupations in the literature. Taken as a whole, the book can be read creatively as an alternative form of regional history, as a condensation of the literature from which current ideas about Gujarat have been formed.

The book also contains a substantial introduction based on new and original research on the key themes in the literature on Gujarat and how these themes spill into popular politics and life in the region at present. Society and History of Gujarat since 1800: A Select Bibliography of the English and European Language Sources is an invaluable guide to anyone interested in modern Gujarat, an audience which will include activists, administrators, scholars, students and others with critically informed minds.

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Stages of Life: Indian Theatre Autobiographies by Kathryn Hansen : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243115

By the end of the nineteenth century, Western-style playhouses were found in every Indian city.  Professional drama troupes held crowds spellbound with their spectacular productions.

From this colorful world of entertainment come the autobiographies in this book. The life-stories of a quartet of early Indian actors and poet-playwrights are here translated into English for the first time.

The most famous, Jayshankar Sundari, was a female impersonator of the highest order. Fida Husain Narsi also played women's parts, until gaining great fame for his role as a Hindu saint. Two others, Narayan Prasad Betab and Radheshyam Kathavachak, wrote landmark dramas that ushered in the mythological genre, intertwining politics and religion with popular performance. 

These men were schooled not in the classroom but in large theatrical companies run by Parsi entrepreneurs. Their memoirs, replete with anecdote and humor, offer an unparalleled window onto a vanished world. India‚€™s late-colonial vernacular culture and early cinema history come alive here. From another perspective, these narratives are as significant to the understanding of the nationalist era as the lives of political leaders or social reformers.

This book includes four substantive chapters on the history of the Parsi theatre, debates over autobiography in the Indian context, strategies for reading autobiography in general, and responses to these specific texts. The apparatus, based on the translator‚€™s extensive research, includes notes on personages, performances, texts, vernacular usage, and cultural institutions.

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The Call of the Sea: Kachchhi Traders in Muscat and Zanzibar, c. 1800‚€“1880 by Dr Chhaya Goswami : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125042044

Drawing on archival sources, The Call of the Sea examines the significant role played by Kachchhi traders in connecting Muscat and Zanzibar to the thriving emporiums of Bombay and Mandvi. It provides an insight into the business environment and sophisticated sea-trade network in the western Indian Ocean that existed in the nineteenth century. Kachchhi entrepreneurs carried on a flourishing trade in ivory and cloves, among other products. They also acted as bankers and financiers, and operated an effective credit network for Indian mercantile communities. The maritime history of the mercantile communities from Kachchhi is interwoven with the history of the littoral societies of Muscat and Zanzibar.

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The Indian Army and the Making of Punjab by Rajit K. Mazumder : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243153

A handful of Englishmen controlled the vast British Indian empire for nearly two hundred years. Throughout this period, the colonials who ran the empire (viceroys, bureaucrats, military men, police officers) constituted a minuscule minority of the Indian population. That a few thousand British men dominated so many million Indians for so long via ‚€˜native‚€™ collaborators (feudal princes, educated babus, peasant recruits) has long been known. This book looks closely at the Indian army in order to show precisely how collaboration worked to sustain a national empire and a local economy.

The British Indian army was the mightiest pillar of the empire. It protected the state from internal danger and external aggression, and it helped fulfill global imperial objectives. The bulk of this British Indian army was made up of Indian regiments, and, after 1857, the largest recruitment into this army was from Punjab. Rajit Mazumder investigates the social, economic and political consequences of the creation and existence of this native army. He argues that Punjab‚€™s military significance resulted in a uniquely interdependent relationship between the colonial state and dominant elements within Punjab.

Two-fifths of the Indian army comprised Punjabi peasant recruits. The pay and pensions of these soldiers enabled the recruited classes to live better than their non-recruited counterparts. Punjab was favoured with other benefits: the creation of a vast transport and communications network to protect the north-west frontier grew into the infrastructure on which Punjab‚€™s massive agricultural expansion took place.

The benefits that the province thus derived resulted in a loyalist politics that supported British rule. At the same time, ironically, the colonial state was unable to fully use its repressive machinery in Punjab, the province that provided the bulk of its army. The result was that a paternalistic colonial state and a militarized rural Punjab colluded in a mutually beneficial alliance, not encountered elsewhere in British India. Mazumder shows that colonialism was constrained and nationalism restricted as a consequence of the Indian army‚€™s deep roots in Punjab.

This is a major work of historical research. It is indispensable to historians and sociologists, students of Punjab history and society, and the Indian army history.

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The Making of a Small State: Populist Social Mobilisation and the Hindi Press in the Uttarakhand Movement by Anup Kumar : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125042006

In 1994, the reactionary student agitation against OBC reservations metamorphosed into a jan andolan (populist social mobilisation) for creation of Uttarakhand state. This study conceptualises jan andolan as a non-party populist political process that temporarily claims public space and often relies on the press to get its voices heard in the corridors of power. The mobilisation for Uttarakhand was led by social activists and civic leaders, who formed the Uttarakhand Samyukta Sangharsh Samitis, and was supported by the Hindi press, particularly Amar Ujala and Dainik Jagran.

Moving beyond explanations based on electoral caste politics, The Making of a Small State traces the roots of the political imagination of Uttarakhand in the series of socio-ecological protests, such as dhandaks (peasant protests) and Chipko. The study suggests that the new regional movements are manifestations of political and economic deprivation. They highlight developmental regionalism and the demand to restore community‚€™s control over jal, jungle and zameen.

However, the paradox of the jan andolan was that the samitis, inspite of their wide social base, failed to emerge as a political alternative. The study suggests that internal contradictions in the samitis, the dependency on the press and the news culture opened the opportunity for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress to co-opt the movement for statehood and undermine the core socio-ecological issues by colonising the public space that was created by the andolan.

This book is for both academic and general readers who are interested in news media research, populist mobilisation, and political imagination of new regional identities.

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The Partitions Of Memory: The Afterlife of the Division of India by Suvir Kaul : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243221

The essays in this book suggest ways in which the tangled skein of Partition might be unravelled. Two of them deal with culture and history in what is now a part of Pakistan. Other contributors range over issues as diverse as literary reactions to Partition; the relief and rehabilitation measures provided to Partition refugees; and the Dalit claim, at the prospect of Partition, to a political community differentiating them from caste-Hindus. The power of 'national' monuments to evoke a historical past, and the power of letters to evoke more immediately poignant pasts, are themes in some of the other essays. Imaginatively written, and grounded in painstaking scholarship, this is a collection for all interested in their own histories.

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The Rise of a Folk God: Vitthal of Pandharpur by Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere, Anne Feldhaus(Tr.) : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243443

Vitthal, also called Vithoba, is the most popular Hindu god in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. He is also among the best-known gods outside India. His temple at Pandharpur attracts one of the largest and most elaborate annual pilgrimages in the world.

This book is the foremost study of the history of Vitthal, his worship, and his worshippers. First published in Marathi in 1984, it remains the most thorough and insightful work on Vitthal and his cult in any language, and provides an exemplary model for understanding the history and morphology of lived Hinduism.

Vitthal exemplifies the synthesis of Vaishnava and Shaiva elements that not only typifies Maharashtrian Hindu religious life but also marks Vitthal‚€™s resemblance to another prominent South Indian god, Venkatesh of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.

Dhere's analysis highlights Vitthal‚€™s connection with pastoralist hero cults, and demonstrates the god‚€™s development from a god of shepherds to a god of the majority of the population. In addition, Dhere explores the connections of Vitthal with Buddhist and Jain traditions.

The book‚€™s final chapter presents a culminating stage in the evolution of the worship of Vitthal: the interpretation in spiritual terms of the god, his temple, the town of Pandharpur, and the river that flows past the town.

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The Social History of England by Padmaja Ashok : Rs145 ISBN: 9788125042877

The Social History of England is a concise survey of the important historical and political milestones of English history, from pre-history to the present. As a study that examines their impact upon the society and the literature of England, it is both crucial and indispensable for a complete understanding and appreciation of English literature. The book encapsulates more than two thousand five hundred years of history. It includes chapters on the origin and growth of political parties in England and also the impact of major internal and international events on contemporary life in England. The simple and straightforward approach of The Social History of England is supplemented with genealogical charts, maps and a glossary, which are very useful to the student.

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The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal 1903‚€“1908 by Sumit Sarkar : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243351

This classic work of scholarship, first published in 1973, has long been out of print. It is reprinted now with a new preface by the author and critical essays by Neeladri Bhattacharya and Dipesh Chakrabarty.

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Three Ways to be Alien: Travails and Encounters in the Early Modern World by Sanjay Subrahmanyam : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243399

This book looks at individual trajectories in an early modern global context. It draws on the lives and writings of a trio of marginal figures who were cast adrift from their traditional moorings into an unknown world.

The subjects include

  • a ‚€œPersian‚€� prince of Bijapur in Central India held hostage by the Portuguese at Goa
  • an English traveller and global schemer whose writings reveal a nimble understanding of realpolitik in the emerging world of the early seventeenth century
  • an insightful Venetian chronicler of the Mughal Empire in the later seventeenth century who drifted between jobs with the Mughals and various foreign entrepŰts, observing all but remaining the eternal outsider

In telling the fascinating story of floating identities in a changing world, Subrahmanyam injects humanity into global history and shows that biography still plays an important role in contemporary historiography.

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Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History by Andrew J. Nicholson : Rs750 ISBN: 9788178243283

Some postcolonial theorists argue that the idea of a single system of belief known as ‚€œHinduism‚€� is a creation of nineteenth-century British imperialists. Andrew J. Nicholson introduces another perspective: although a unified Hindu identity is not as ancient as some Hindus claim, it has its roots in innovations within South Asian philosophy from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. During this time, thinkers treated the philosophies of Vedanta, Samkhya, and Yoga, along with the worshippers of Visnu, Siva, and Sakti, as belonging to a single system of belief and practice. Instead of seeing such groups as separate and contradictory, they re-envisioned them as separate rivers leading to the ocean of Brahman, the ultimate reality.

Drawing on the writings of philosophers from late medieval and early modern traditions, including Vijnanabhiksu, Madhava, and Madhusudana Sarasvati, Nicholson shows how influential thinkers portrayed Vedanta philosophy as the ultimate unifier of diverse belief systems. This project paved the way for the work of later Hindu reformers, such as Vivekananda, Radhakrishnan, and Gandhi, whose teachings promoted the notion that all world religions belong to a single spiritual unity. In his study, Nicholson also critiques the way in which Eurocentric concepts ‚€” like monism and dualism, idealism and realism, theism and atheism, and orthodoxy and heterodoxy ‚€” have come to dominate modern discourses on Indian philosophy.

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Unruly Hills: Nature and Nation in India‚€™s Northeast by Bengt G. Karlsson : Rs695 ISBN: 9788187358596

Unruly Hills examines the intersection of environmental and ethnic politics in the Indian state of Meghalaya. Based on extensive fieldwork, the author traces the entanglements of forest management, mining and territorial conflicts with local demands for indigenous sovereignty and rebellious aspirations for ethnic homelands. Massive extractions of limestone; controversies over uranium deposits; and the Supreme Court ban on logging apply to the cases specifically explored.

The book will be of interest to students of anthropology, political ecology and environmental history as well as to those concerned with development and the rights of indigenous peoples.

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Violence and Belonging: Land, Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan by Are Knudsen : Rs620 ISBN: 9788125042013

Violence and Belonging examines the meanings of lethal conflict in a little-studied tribal society in Pakistan‚€™s unruly North-West Frontier Province and offers a new perspective on its causes. Based on an in-depth study of local conflicts, the book challenges stereotyped images of a region and people miscast as extremist and militant.

Being grounded in local ethnography enables the book to shed light on the complexities of violence, not only at the structural or systematic level, but also as experienced by the men involved in lethal conflict. In this way, the book provides a subjective and experiential approach to violence that is applicable beyond the field locality and relevant for advancing the study of violence in the Middle East and South Asia. The book is the first ethnographic study of this region since renowned anthropologist Fredrik Barth‚€™s pioneering study in 1954.

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Windows Into a Revolution: Ethnographies of Maoism in India and Nepal by Alpa Shah and Judith Pettigrew : Rs695 ISBN: 9788187358497

Windows into a Revolution, edited by Alpa Shah and Judith Pettigrew, the first book in the series offers glimpses into the spread of Maoism in India and Nepal by tracing some of its effects on the lives of ordinary people living amidst the revolutions. Weaving through the nostalgic reflections of former Bengali Naxalites; the resurgence of ancestral conflicts in the spread of the Maoists in the remote hills of western Nepal; the disillusionments of dalits of central Bihar in the policies of the cadres; to the complexities of the interrelationship between non-aligned civilians and insurgents in central Nepal, the book offers a series of windows into different stages of mobilization and transformation into what are, were or may become, revolutionary strongholds.

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Women And Social Reform in Modern India (Two Volume Set) by Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar (Eds.) : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788178243276

The subject of social reforms has routinely formed a part of Indian history texts. The word 'reforms' conjures up the names of a few great individuals: always Hindu, always upper-caste and educated, always from cities, and always--apart from one or two memorable exceptions--men. These are the icons around whom the story of social change is written. The editors of the present work argue the need to understand the history of social reforms from a much wider array of perspectives: for example, the connections between specific social abuses on the one hand, and, on the other, systems or traditions of gender practices across times, classes, castes, and regions. For instance, when we look at widow immolation or widow remarriage practices, we need to look also at the larger domain of gender relations which sanctified immolation or which outlawed widow remarriage. What arguments were used? What aspects of these practices did the reformers ignore? How did the orthodox practitioners defend such traditions? There are also, say Sumit and Tanika Sarkar, other curious omissions in the existing literature: 'Most reforms passed through the grid of state legislation. Yet, there is little engagement even with the law-making machinery ... and far less with the judicial courts that enforced the laws and dealt with disputes around the new laws.' Such omissions are addressed, and many interesting questions raised and discussed, in this impressive collection of writings.

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Writing the Mughal World: Studies in Political Culture by Muzaffar Alam and Sanjay Subrahmanyam : Rs850 ISBN: 9788178243092

In this book, two leading historians of early modern South Asia present nine jointly authored essays on the Mughal empire, framed by a long Introduction which reflects on the imperial, nationalist, and other conflicted trajectories of history-writing on the Mughals. Using materials from a large variety of languages‚€”including Dutch, Portuguese, English, Persian, Urdu, and Tamil‚€”they show how this Indo-Islamic dynasty developed a sophisticated system of government and facilitated an era of profound artistic and architectural achievement, setting the groundwork for South Asia‚€™s future trajectory.

In several ways the joint work of Alam and Subrahmanyam, best represented here, provides the most significant innovation, expansion, and rethinking about the Mughal imperium for many decades. The present book intertwines political, cultural, and commercial themes while exploring diplomacy, state-formation, historiography, religious debate, and political thought. It focuses on confrontations between a variety of source materials that are then reconciled by the authors, enabling readers to participate both in the debate and the resolution of competing claims.

Interdisciplinary and cutting-edge, this work adds rich dimensions to research on the Mughal state, early modern South Asia, and the comparative history of the Mughal, Ottoman, Safavid, and other early modern empires.
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A Concise History of Indian Literature in English by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (Ed.) : Rs495 ISBN: 9788178243023

For anyone interested in the story of English in India, or in the finest English storytellers of India, this is the essential companion.

This book is a history of two hundred years of Indian literature in English. It starts by looking at the introduction of English into India‚€™s complex language scenario around 1800. It then takes up the canonical poets, novelists, and dramatists, as well as a few unjustly forgotten figures, who have made significant contributions to the evolution of Indian literature in English.

The book comprises twenty-four chapters, written by some of India‚€™s foremost scholars and critics. Each chapter is devoted either to a single author (Kipling, Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, R.K. Narayan), or to a group of authors (the Dutt family of nineteenth-century Calcutta; the Indian diasporic writers of the twentieth century), or to a genre (beginnings of the Indian novel; poetry since Independence).

Though the contributors are all experts in their chosen areas, this is a book for the non-specialist general reader. Biographical information on major literary figures is provided, and in most cases their work is historically contextualized. The chapters can be read selectively (for example, to follow the development of a genre) or in the order in which they appear, which is chronological.

William Jones and Thomas Macaulay, Henry Derozio and Toru Dutt, Bankim and Tagore, Kipling and Naipaul, G.V. Desani and Raja Rao, R.K. Narayan and Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Sarojini Naidu and Anita Desai, Gandhi and Nehru, Mulk Raj Anand and Aubrey Menen, Khushwant Singh and Ved Mehta, Verrier Elwin and Salim Ali, Jim Corbett and M. Krishnan, Nissim Ezekiel and A.K. Ramanujan, Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth, Amitav Ghosh and I. Allan Sealy, Gieve Patel and Girish Karnad, social reformers and religious thinkers, conservationists and hunters, Presidency College and St Stephen‚€™s College, drama and translation, this volume covers everything of literary significance that has happened in India.

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A Concise History of Modern Architecture In India by Jon Lang : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243054

This is an invaluable book for those who want to understand the geography of their cities, as well as for students of Indian architecture. In lucid language that speaks to laymen and architects alike, Jon Lang provides a history of Indian architecture in the twentieth century. He analyses its tangled developments from the founding of the Indian Institute of Architects during the 1920s to the present diversity of architectural directions. He describes the often contradictory tugs of the international and the local as he reviews architects‚€™ efforts to be up-to-date in their work.

Lang examines the early influences on Indian architecture both of movements like the Bauhaus as well as prominent individuals like Habib Rehman, Jawaharlal Nehru, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. He looks at monuments, museums, resettlement colonies, housing, offices and movie halls all over India in his wide-ranging survey. Over 150 photographs and line drawings explain and illustrate concepts outlined in the text.

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Adhunik Bharat ka Sanskritik Itihas (Hindi) by Dilip M Menon : Rs275 ISBN: 9788125034278

This is the Hindi edition of Cultural History of Modern India,  a collection of six essays.
This is the first in the series of three books for concurrent courses of Delhi University. The six essays presents original and pioneering forays in the study of cricket, oral history, gender studies, films, popular culture and Indian classical music.  The history of  modern India has been narrated largely in terms of the nationalist movements, personalities and what has been seen as the high politics of state. This collection of essays tries to push the emerging paradigm further by moving away from conventional notions of the history of the nation and indeed of the politics.

[This is the second in the series of History titles for concurrent courses ‚€“ Dilli: Prachin Itihas  is already published. Madhyakaleen Bharat ka Sanskritik Itihas by Meenakshi Khanna is due in June. Then we already have a package of history titles ‚€“ Prarambhik Bharat ka Parichay, Madhyakaleen Bharat, Samkaleen Vishwa ka Itihas, Adhunik Bharat ka Itihas, Palassi se  Vibhajan tak.]

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Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism by Karuna Mantena : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242873

Alibis of Empire presents a novel account of the origins, substance, and afterlife of late imperial ideology.

Karuna Mantena challenges the idea that Victorian empire was primarily legitimated by liberal notions of progress and civilization. In fact, as the British Empire gained its farthest reach, its ideology was being dramatically transformed by a self-conscious rejection of the liberal model.

The collapse of liberal imperialism enabled a new culturalism that stressed the dangers and difficulties of trying to ‚€œcivilize‚€� the natives. And, hand in hand with this shift in thinking was a shift in practice toward models of indirect rule.

Mantena shows that the work of the Victorian legal scholar Henry Maine was at the centre of these momentous changes. Alibis of Empire examines how Maine's sociotheoretic model of ‚€œtraditional‚€� society laid the groundwork for the culturalist logic of late empire. In charting the movement from liberal idealism, through culturalist explanation, to retroactive alibi within nineteenth-century British imperial ideology, Alibis of Empire unearths a striking and pervasive dynamic of modern empire.

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Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations by Romila Thapar : Rs525 ISBN: 9788125039624

Drawing on textual and archaeological sources, most of the essays in this edition are on the early history of India upto the end of the first millennium A.D., suggesting some fresh interpretations of the data.

This revised edition has four new essays. The tradition of historical writing that earlier received little attention is now becoming a subject of interest in relation to pre-modern India. The cliche that Indian civilization lacked a sense of history is open to question and is discussed more fully in one of these essays. The functions of institutions associated with the presentation of history, such as museums are considered in another essay. A further discussion relates to the need for the historian to be aware of the political exploitation of history. The final essay reminds us of the debate generated by such a threat in recent years.

This seminal work by one of India‚€™s most eminent historians will be of invaluable use to scholars interested in the study of ancient societies, tradition and culture in the context of social formations, and broadly history.

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Art of Not Being Governed, The: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott : Rs1425 ISBN: 9788125039211

For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have field the projects of the organised state societies that  surround them‚€” slavery, conscription, taxes, corvee labour, epidemics and warfare. Significantly, writes James C.Scott in this iconoclastic study, these people are not innocent who have yet to benefit from all that civilization has to offer; they have assessed state-based civilizations and have made a conscious choice to avoid them. The book is essentially an ‚€œanarchist  history‚€� , the first-ever examination of the huge literature on state-making that evaluates why people would deliberately  and reactively remain stateless. Among the strategies employed by the people of Zomia to remain stateless are physical dispersion in rugged terrain; agriculture practices that enhance mobiliy; pliable ethnic identities; devotion to prophetic, millenarian leaders; and maintenance of a largely oral culture that allows them to reinvent their histories and genealogies as they move between and around states.

The Art of Not Being Governed challenges us with a radically different approach to history that views events from the perspective of stateless peoples and redefines state-making as a form of ‚€œinternal colonialism.‚€� In contrast to the Western ideal of the social contract as fundamental to state-making Scott finds the disturbing mechanism of subjugation to be more in line with the historical facts in mainland area studies  that  will be applicable to other runaway, fugitive, and marooned communities, they Gypsies, Cossacks, tribes fleeing slave raiders, Marsh Arabs, or San-bushmen.

In accessible language, James Scott, recognized worldwide as an eminent authority in Southeast Asian, peasant, and agrarian studies, tells the story of the peoples of Zomia and their unlikely odyssey in search of self-determination. Along the way he redefines our views on Asian politics, history, and demographics, and even our fundamental ideas about what constitutes civilization.

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Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture by Francesca Orsini (ed.) : Rs1005 ISBN: 9788125038290

Based on a workshop on ‚€˜Intermediary Genres in Hindi and Urdu‚€™, Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture is an attempt to rethink aspects of the literary histories of these two languages. Today, Hindi and Urdu are considered two separate languages, each with is own script, history, literary canon and cultural orientation. Yet, precolonial India was a deeply multilingual society with multiple traditions of knowledge and of literary production. Historically the divisions between Hindi and Urdu were not as sharp as we imagine them today. The essays in this volume reassess the definition and identity of language in the light of this. Various literary traditions have been examined keeping the historical, political and cultural developments in mind. The authors look at familiar and not so familiar Hindi and Urdu literary works and narratives and address logics of exclusion and that have gone into the creation of two separate languages (Hindi and Urdu) and the making of the literary canons of each. Issues of script, religious identity, gender are also considered. This volume is different in that it provides a new body of evidence and new categories that are needed to envisage the literary landscape pf north India before the construction of separate ‚€˜Hindu-Hindu‚€™ and ‚€˜Muslim-Urdu‚€™ literary traditions. This collection of essays looking into the rearticulation of language and its identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries will be useful for students of modern Indian history, language studies and cultural studies.

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Birds in Books: Three Hundred Years of South Asian Ornithology: A Bibliography by Aasheesh Pittie : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178242941

The history of South Asian ornithology spans three centuries and records over 1200 species of birds. This is the passionate work of hundreds of amateur and professional ornithologists. The popular as well as scientific documentation of this region’s avifauna is prodigious.

For the first time, this vast body of work is brought together here, in this detailed, meticulously researched, and annotated bibliography. Over 1700 books are listed, covering the ornithology of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet—a region encompassing the Oriental and Palaearctic realms.

The bibliography embraces various types of work: from travelogues, field guides, species monographs, country handbooks, regional avifaunas, multi-volume ornithological works, and folios of art, to simple checklists. In addition, it provides brief glimpses into the lives of over 200 ornithologists. For comprehensive accessibility, it includes three indexes enabling readers to reach specific items of information with ease.

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Chinese Myths by Anne Birrell : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039464

Anne Birrell has translated representative narratives drawn from over a hundred classical texts in the course of her work on various aspects of Chinese mythology, and here she introduces a splendid selection especially for the general reader. Lucidly retold using English equivalents for the Chinese names, these lively mythic tales are full of colourful episodes and vivid characters. Helpfully organised by themes and motifs which set them in the context of mythology the world over, these stories are a fascinating treasure trove that has long been inaccessible and unknown to many readers.

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Dalit Assertion in Society, Literature and History by Imtiaz Ahmad and Shashi Bhushan Upadhyay(Eds) : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125040545

The essays in this volume provide an incisive analysis of the identity of the Dalits in history , literature and society. They focus on Dalit assertion and agency in postcolonial India, their quest to break free from poverty and social exclusion after centuries of oppression, and also the dynamics of a pervasive caste system which is inimical to the growth of a collective consciousness among the backward classes.

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Dharmanand Kosambi: The Essential Writings - Edited, Translated, and with an Introduction by Meera Kosambi : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243030

The life and writings of Dharmanand Kosambi (1876‚€“1947), pioneering scholar of Pali and Buddhist Studies, comprise the substance of this book.

Born in rural Goa, Dharmanand came under the spell of the Buddha‚€™s teachings during his adolescence. As described in his long autobiographical memoir (included here), at an early age he set off on an incredible journey of austere self-training across the length and breadth of Britain‚€™s Indian Empire, halting to educate himself at places connected with Buddhism. His sojourns included living in Sri Lanka to master Pali as a novitiate-scholar, in a Burmese cave as a bhikshu, and in some viharas of North India‚€”begging for monastic sustenance‚€”as well as in Nepal and Sikkim which he reached after arduous, sometimes barefoot, treks. Over these itinerant years Dharmanand acquired such mastery of the Buddhist canon that he was variously appointed to teach and research at Calcutta, Baroda, Harvard, and Leningrad.

As a thinker Dharmanand blended Buddhist ethics, Mahatma Gandhi‚€™s philosophy of truth and non-violence, and the ideals of socialism. He exchanged letters with the Mahatma, worked for his causes, and died in the approved Buddhist/Jain manner by voluntary starvation at Sevagram ashram. Arguably, no Indian scholar‚€™s life has been as exemplary as Dharmanand‚€™s, or has approximated as closely to the nobility and saintliness of the Mahatma‚€™s.

Despite his mastery of several languages, Dharmanand chose to write in Marathi because of his strong region-specific commitment. Consequently, very few today are familiar with his copious output in Buddhist Studies, and fewer still with his contribution to social and political thought.

By translating and marshalling his most significant writings, Meera Kosambi shows the manifold dimensions of Dharmanand‚€™s personality, and the profoundly moral character of his intellectual journeys. Her Introduction also contextualizes the life, career, and achievement of one of modern India‚€™s greatest scholar-savants.

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Dilli : Pracheen Itihas (Hindi) by Upinder Singh (Ed.) : Rs425 ISBN: 9788125033875

This is the Hindi edition of Delhi: Ancient History a collection of essays on Delhi‚€™s ancient history published by Social Science Press, New Delhi. This collection of essays has been put together for a discipline centered course by an eminent historian for the second year Honours students of Delhi University other than History Honours students. The maximum marks for this paper is 50 and the scores are supposed to be added to the main total of the student. The readings of this book give us a glimpse of the lives of people who lived over the centuries in the Delhi area, and how these details are pieced together by historians. The book also brings in to focus the importance of the historians‚€™ method and the sources of information found in ancient texts, edicts and inscriptions, archaeology and even legends and folklore, sometimes hanging on the thread of a slender historical fact. This is the first book in the series of three titles published by Orient BlackSwan for concurrent courses of History of Delhi University. The other two in the pipeline are: Adhunik Bharat ka Sanskritic Itihas by Dilip M Menon - forthcoming Madhyakaleen Bharat ka Sanskritic Itihas by Meenakshi Khanna - under consideration

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Empire and Nation: Essential Writings 1985-2005 by Partha Chatterjee : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242675

This book brings together some of the most significant and best-known writings of Partha Chatterjee. It includes his pathbreaking interventions in the theoretical analysis of nationalism, as well as several of his pieces on the political, intellectual, and cultural history of nationalism.

The volume also contains Chatterjee‚€™s provocative and theoretically innovative essays analysing the phenomenon of democracy in a post-colonial country like India. There are also examples of his early engagement with agrarian politics, and his life-long participation in the project of Subaltern Studies.

A special feature of this book is the sampling it provides of Partha Chatterjee‚€™s best short journalistic pieces, of humorous and stylistically brilliant book reviews, and the first translations into English of some of his Bengali essays. This is the most comprehensive single volume encompassing the full range of the work of one of India‚€™s most original social scientists.

An Introduction by Nivedita Menon (Professor of Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), outlines and critiques Chatterjee‚€™s ideas, their range, their importance, and their influence in political thought today.

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Exploring Medieval India, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Culture, Gender and Regional Patterns Vol. II by Meena Bhargava (Ed.) : Rs575 ISBN: 9788125041047

Bringing together the writings of eminent historians, Exploring Medieval India, volumes I and II, delve into the many interpretations, perspectives and complexities of Indian history across the sixteenth to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Probing different aspects of India‚€™s society and culture, this volume comprises four thematic clusters‚€”diverse forms of culture; gender and medievalism; patterns of transition; and region, regional formations and the Mughal Empire. A comprehensive introduction places the essays in perspective showing how the Mughal Empire remained composite, intricate and loosely-structured, perhaps hegemonic but over a disparate, divergent, energetic and lively economy and society.

Focusing on culture in its diverse forms, section one brings to the fore the expansion of Persian as the language of power, the development of insha as a literary trend, the nuances of Mughal architecture, the importance of Mughal paintings and how they became a medium of recording the history of the Mughal empire, the various genres of music and their explicit manifestations of the gender politics. Concepts of love, the politics of marriage and reproduction, and the role of women within and outside the confines of the Mughal household, form the second section. The third section discusses the emergence of provincial and regional political configurations, the shifts in the Indian economy and traces the growing European influence in the rise of the East India Company. The last section contributes to the understanding of how and to what extent different geographical conditions determined the logistics of the outer frontiers of the Mughal empire, the importance of centralisation of authority around local rulers, the reasons behind Akbar‚€™s territorial expansion, and the continued presence of pluralistic socio-cultural centres characterised by Hindu-Muslim symbiosis.

This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of history, linguistics, art and aesthetics, gender, regional history and those studying the transition period.

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Exploring Medieval India, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Politics, Economy, Religion Vol. I by Meena Bhargava : Rs550 ISBN: 9788125041030

Bringing together the writings of eminent historians, Exploring Medieval India, volumes I and II, delve into the many interpretations, perspectives and complexities of Indian history across the sixteenth to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

This volume comprises three broad thematic divisions: political consolidation and the methods of legitimising rule; agrarian and commercial trends; and religious trends and social movements. A critical introduction places the essays in perspective and provides a broad framework for the study of Indian history.  

Section one begins with a discussion of the evolution of the numerous political meanings of shari‚€™a in India. Focussing on diplomacy and diplomatic procedures under the Mughals, this section presents process of social mobilisation wherein an Ethiopian slave called ‚€˜Chapu‚€™ becomes the Malik Ambar of Ahmednagar. Section two on agrarian and commercial trends focuses on conformity and conflicts between the tribes and the Mughal agrarian system, foreign merchants in western Indian sea ports, conflicts and cooperation among European traders, and a comparative discussion of forest people and policies of the Mughals and the East India Company. The third section on religion, social movements and disputes discusses Naqshbandi mysticism under Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi, the rasa mandala of the Gaudiya Vaishnava emanating from the mystical movement led by Chaitanya, Aurangzeb‚€™s religious policy and Mosque-Temple disputes in a late eighteenth century chronicle. It further attempts a comprehensive reading of a series of political and ideological currents underpinning empire-building strategies over a major part of Eurasia in the sixteenth century.

This volume will be essential reading for both students and scholars of Medieval Indian History, regional political patterns, agrarian relations, movements and uprisings during this period.

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For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India by Anjali Arondekar : Rs620 ISBN: 9788125040255

For the Record considers the relationship between sexuality and the colonial archive by posing the following questions: Why does sexuality (still) seek its truth in the historical archive? What are the spatial and temporal logics that compel such a return? And conversely, what kind of ‚€œarchive‚€� does such a recuperative hermeneutics produce? Rather than render sexuality‚€™s relationship to the colonial archive through the preferred lens of historical invisibility (which would presume that there is something about sexuality that is lost or silent and needs to ‚€œcome out‚€�), Arondekar engages sexuality‚€™s recursive traces within the colonial archive against and through our very desire for access.

The logic and the interpretive resources of this book arise out of two entangled and minoritized historiographies: one in South Asian studies and the other in queer/sexuality studies. Focusing on late colonial India, Arondekar examines the spectacularization of sexuality in anthropology, law, literature, and pornography from 1843‚€“1920. By turning to materials and/or locations that are familiar to most scholars of queer and subaltern studies, Arondekar considers sexuality at the centre of the colonial archive, rather than at its margins.

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Foundations of Tilak‚€™s Nationalism: Discrimination, Education and Hindutva by Parimala V. Rao : Rs1225 ISBN: 9788125039198

Foundations of Tilak‚€™s Nationalism: Discrimination, Education and Hindutva shows how, as opposed to being simply a struggle of the colonised against the coloniser‚€™s oppression, the anti-colonial struggle in India was much more nuanced and complicated. In this process, it examines the role of Bal Gangadhar Tilak and draws attention to issues concerning education, gender, caste, peasantry and communalism, how these were interlinked and had a decisive influence on his anti-colonial nationalism. The study also deconstructs the categories of the moderate and the extremist, the reformer and the orthodox and questions the validity of calling reformers like M. G. Ranade, G. K. Gokhale, N. G. Chandavarkar and G. G. Agarkar as moderates, collaborators and compradors of colonial rule.

This book critically analyses Tilak‚€™s stance against a single Indian nationality free from caste and religious prejudices and gender inequalities, of how he advocated the hegemonic control of the landed elites over society contrary to that of the Reformers and inquires into the debates concerning the Nationalist agenda of preventing women and non-Brahmins from gaining access to education. Tilak‚€™s was a patriarchal and orthodox position, that ideated that teaching Hindu women to read and write would ruin their traditional virtues making them immoral and subordinate. Criticism of the caste system and allowing education to women and non-Brahmins, were according to Tilak, ‚€˜un-national tendencies‚€™ and ‚€˜against the Hindu nation‚€™.
The author also addresses the origin of the concept of ‚€˜Hindutva‚€™ and locates it not in the conflict of interest between the Hindus and Muslims, or the Hindus and the British, but in the discarding of religious neutrality and the enforcement of caste restrictions. In this context, the author presents the ideology of Hindutva as one further away from the concept of Hinduism, a rigorous representation of the ‚€˜Muslim other‚€™ and traces in it the consequent rise of communalism.

In refuting the value premises of viewing an individual independent of caste identity, this book also sheds light on Tilak‚€™s constant ridicule of the Reformers‚€™ emphasis on the Bhakti tradition as a source of spiritual guidance. It introduces the reader to the vehement Nationalist critique of Vedic revivalism, i.e., the advocation of the Vedic religion and a Vedic way of life, which included Vedic rituals, relaxation of rigid caste restrictions and improvement in the condition of women by adopting post-puberty marriage, widow marriage and the education of girls that attempted to incorporate the lower caste groups into its fold‚€”shattering the social and economic hegemony of the Brahmins.

This meticulous piece of scholarship is a crucial insight into Tilak‚€™s role in India‚€™s struggle for independence and questions the basis of his status as an uncompromising champion of the freedom movement and his being projected as the greatest Maharashtrian. In trying to read history from an entirely new perspective, this book will be useful to students and scholars of modern Indian history, education, political science and gender studies.

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Ganga and Yamuna: River Goddesses and their Symbolism in Indian Temples by Heinrich von Stietencron : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178242859

There are many books on the Ganga and Yamuna rivers, pictorial and celebratory. The present one is of a different kind. Professor von Stietencron investigates the temple sculptures of Ganga and Yamuna in order to unveil a whole cosmos of Hindu ritual and conceptual tradition. He shows how an entire worldview informs the planning and sculptural embellishment of such a temple‚€”conceived of as the body of the deity enshrined in it.

Consequently this book is a historical study of the sculptures of the goddesses Ganga and Yamuna adorning the doorways of Indian temples, most recognizable from the Gupta period onwards. It examines how these gracious and purifying riverine deities have been conceived in human form. It discusses in detail the rich store of puranic myths and legends woven around these deities, tracing their Vedic roots and showing their evolution since then.

Translated from the German, this is a significant work of classical Indological scholarship. Drawing upon Sanskrit and various other sources, it provides major insights into the complex cultural history of Hindu religious traditions.

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Greek Myths by Lucilla Burn : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039471

Here retold in all their dramatic power are some of the most exciting and influential of all Greek myths: the epic struggle of the Trojan War, the wanderings of Odysseus, the tragic destiny of Oedipus, and the heroic adventures of Herakles, Theseus, Perseus and Jason. The author introduces the complex pantheon of Olympian gods and goddesses, describing their attitudes, genealogies and often comic relationships, and illustrates the personalities and their stories by drawing upon the artistry of the ancient culture which created them. A concluding chapter reviews the powerful and continuing imaginative legacy of Greek myth, from Botticelli to Freud. This book contains 50 illustrations

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Hindu Myths by A. L. Dallapiccola : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039488

India has long been regarded as the home of Hinduism, its mythology constituting the backbone of Indian culture. The myths have been adapted over the centuries to incorporate new or revised characters and continue to play a central role in modern Indian life. Retold here in their colourful and dramatic splendour, they touch on the key narrative themes of creation, preservation, destruction, delusion and the bestowal of grace. They also portray the main deities of the Hindu pantheon—Shiva, Vishnu and Devi—and their relationships with anti-gods, nymphs and ascetics. Drawn from a variety of sources, most notably the encyclopaedic texts the Puranas, the myths range from the early centuries ad to the sixteenth century, conveying their enduring appeal and the religious teachings derived from them. This books contains 37 illustrations.

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Historical Demography and Agrarian Regimes: Understanding Southern Indian Fertility, 1881‚€“1981 by Ravindran Gopinath : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125038627

This book, situated at the interface of history and demography, reconstructs demographic changes in southern India from 1881 to 1981. It measures and maps fertility changes keeping in mind the trends in the present, the concerns of the past processes and trajectories, and the spaces within which changes have taken place. Population and fertility change is thus analysed beyond the narrow confines of purely demographic variables with crucial emphasis on concrete historical contexts. The work also provides, for the first time, data on mortality, fertility and nuptiality, at the district level.

A pioneering study, it critically reviews the historiography on demography, in particular fertility change, and provides a detailed annual series of corrected population statistics for a full century. Applying conventional methodology to hitherto underutilised registration data, the author shows the dynamic trends in demographic change and their links to the larger changes in the political and economic spheres. Further, he identifies key determinants of fertility by analysing the interconnections between different demographic variables.

For the first time since Kingsley Davis‚€™ seminal work on the historical demography of the subcontinent, The Population of India and Pakistan (1952), this study comes as an invaluable reference for students and scholars of history, demography and population studies.

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History in the Vernacular by Raziuddin Aquil and Partha Chatterjee (Eds.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243016

Historians of India have lately been looking at the place of history in the country, both as an academic discipline and as a mode of public representation of the past. This book explores the status of regional and vernacular histories in relation to academic histories by professional historians.

Was there history writing in India before the British colonial intervention? The stock answer to this question is ‚€˜no‚€™. Other than the Rajatarangini of Kalhana, no ancient text adequately resembles a historical narrative. The itihasa-purana tradition is largely indistinguishable from mythology. The vamsavali and caritra traditions do not really distinguish between the legendary and the historical.

Yet these genres of narrating the past did percolate into India‚€™s regional languages, being later complemented by the Persian court chronicles of Islamic rulers, with the latter showing writing practices much closer to European conventions of history writing.

Looking closely at vernacular contexts and traditions of historical production, the essays in this book question the assumption that there was no history writing in India before colonialism. They suggest that careful and appropriate techniques of reading reveal distinctly indigenous historical narratives. Such narratives may be embedded within non-historical literary genres, such as poems, ballads, and works within the larger itihasa-purana tradition, but they are marked by discursive signs that allow them to be recognized as historical.

Vernacular history traditions in Assam, Bengal, the North-East, Kerala, the Andhra-Tamil region, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh are examined here with fresh archival material and new insights, making this a valuable book for historians, sociologists, and South Asianists.

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History of India 1707‚€“1857 by Lakshmi Subramanian (Ed.) : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125040934

The period 1707‚€“1857 was punctuated by dramatic events which had porofound consequences for the history of the subcontinent. The ascendency of the British colonial enterprise was a more complex process than was conventionally understood, and scholarship from the 1980s has contributed to a more nuanced understanding of this period of flux. This authoritative textbook identifies and examines the processes of social and political change that took place over a century and a half.

Synthesising and analysing decades of research on this period, History of India 1707‚€“1857, covers the following main themes:

  • The disintegration of the Mughal Empire, the emergence of successor states, and the establishment of the East India Company‚€™s dominance in the subcontinent. It also examines the debate around the so-called eighteenth century transition to capitalism, and the consequences of the colonial intervention.
  • The processes that aided consolidation of the Raj, its methods of governance and the bliss of its economic set up.
  • Social and intellectual constructs which developed during this period, laying the ground for colonial dominance as well as resistance to it.
  • A comprehensive overview of developments in the fields of culture, art, literature, music and ideas during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
  • Resistance to the colonial enterprise, culminating in the rebellion of 1857.

Each chapter is accompanied by maps and an up-to-date bibliography as well as an extensive glossary, making this an essential textbook for undergraduate students of Indian history.

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Imagining the Urban: Sanskrit and the City by Shonaleeka Kaul : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178242781

When you think of India‚€™s ancient cities, you think of khaki archaeologists digging crumbling structures out of ancient mud. Urban spheres, from this perspective, often look as dull as the dust from which they emerge.

But the early Indian city wasn‚€™t like that at all, says Shonaleeka Kaul; it was certainly not only brick-and-mortar, nor merely an agglomeration of built-up space. In Sanskrit literature these cities were alive, vibrant, teeming with variety. Kaul examines Sanskrit kāvyas over about a thousand years to see what India‚€™s early historic cities were like as living, lived-in, entities. She looks at ideologies, attitudes, institutions, and practices in ancient urban areas, showing the ways in which they often cohered into a worldview, a mentalitť.

This is also a book about Sanskrit literature. Scholars have long argued for a nuanced use of literary texts to achieve a more rounded understanding of ancient history, and Kaul achieves exactly that. She takes forward the idea of a Sanskrit ‚€˜literary culture‚€™, arguing that genres influence methods of historical representation. Her book gives us a fresh view of the early city, showing distinctive urban ways of thought and behaviour which relate in complex ways to tradition, morality, and authority. In advocating Sanskrit kāvyas as an important historical source, it addresses not just ancient India specialists but also scholars of literary history: the kāvyas rework history, says Kaul, providing us with ‚€˜transhistoricity‚€™ rather than ‚€˜ahistoricity‚€™.

By asking new questions about early Indian cities and ancient Indian texts, this book asks to be read by every scholar of history, urbanism, cityscapes, literary history, Sanskrit writings, and South Asian antiquity.

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India and China in the Colonial World by Madhavi Thampi (Ed.) : Rs295 ISBN: 9788187358534

India and China in the Colonial World brings together thirteen essays by eminent Indian and Chinese scholars as well as young researchers who look at the multidimensional interaction between the two countries. This interaction was of many kinds and took place at various levels. This volume casts new light on some of the problems that have confronted the relations between India and China as new states and, in doing so, challenges stereotyped images of this relationship.

The major areas of India-China relationships covered in this book include some aspects of the situation during and after World War II.  Some papers, such as those on the importance of Shanghai in Sino-Indian trade, the presence of the Chinese community in India and  Indians in China; Indian fighters in the Taiping Rebellion; Gandhi and the Chinese in South Africa; and ties between south-west China and north-east India during World War II; present the findings of new research.  Others such as those pertaining to India-China relations in the period, such as the opium trade; the controversial visit of Rabindranath Tagore to China; and the complexity of  Subhash Chandra Bose‚€™s position with relation to both China and Japan have been put in a new light.

The essays in this book are particularly relevant as they help to understand the relationship between India and China in the context of a historical perspective.

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India Remembered by Percival Spear and Margaret Spear. Introduction by Narayana Gupta : Rs425 ISBN: 9788125039600

This book is ‚€œone of memories and reflections‚€� of historian Percival Spear, and his wife Margaret. Their association with India began in 1924 when he joined St Stephen's College, Delhi, as a young lecturer and stayed on in the city till 1944.

Unlike many books of the period that studied the political turmoil from the viewpoint of the leaders, India Remembered looks at India during its quest for freedom in the early twentieth century through the eyes of two perceptive people. In the first part of the book, Percival Spear carefully writes about his two-decade long relationship with the college, fellow teachers, missionaries, students, friends, both he and his wife made, and the huge political storm of the freedom struggle through the eyes of a sympathetic yet detached historian. In the second part, Margaret Spear takes the ‚€œVerandah Viewpoint‚€� on India‚€”painting a sketch of the land, the ordinary people, their lives, joys, travails and festivities.

The Spears‚€™ passionate involvement with India is reflected in their writing, imbued with feelings, observations and insights, that makes this memoir an enduring read. This second edition of the book has an introduction by historian Narayani Gupta, and will be of interest not only to students of history, but also yet to the general reader.

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Left Politics in Bengal: Time Travels among Bhadralok Marxists by Monobina Gupta : Rs525 ISBN: 9788125040248

This remarkable book traces the Left Front government‚€™s rise to power in the wake of the Emergency. It tells the story of how a communist almost became India‚€™s Prime Minister; and how the CPI-M powering its way to electoral victory through promises of empowerment to the most wretched, began gradually to betray its followers and abandon its ideology. Tracking the heady 60s and 70s, Left Politics in Bengal describes the CPI-M‚€™s evolution from a party leading peasant movements to one that unleashed violence to take land away from the peasantry; from a party of unstinted opposition to the Congress to one keeping its former adversary in power at the Centre.

The author narrates a tale both deeply personal and objective. Through academic histories, literature, music, films, narratives of former comrades and her own journalistic and personal experience, she explores the structures and relations of power; specific not just to the CPI-M but communist parties in general. Emphasising both the representation of the Left in popular mentality, and the institutional changes wrought by the party in government, she creates a nuanced, well-observed portrait of a government‚€™s fall from grace.

This is a must-read for all those interested in the comtemporary politics of India.

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Literature and Nationalist Ideology: Writing Histories of Modern Indian Languages by Hans Harder (Ed.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788187358336

‚€˜This volume takes on‚€¶big questions, making a sophisticated and significant contribution to the great tradition of assessing the emergence of literary modernity in South Asia.‚€™- Vasudha Dalmia, Professor of Hindi and Chair of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Writing histories of literature means making selections, passing value judgments, and incorporating or rejecting foregoing traditions. The book argues that in many parts of India, literary histories play an important role in creating a cultural ethos. They are closely linked with nationalism in general and various regional ‚€˜sub-nationalisms‚€™ in particular.

Literary historiography helps to establish a national literature in a way that is not always unproblematic: systematic representation of literary works and authors is as much part of this story as conscious omissions or political spins in the making of a literary heritage.The contributors to this volume look at a great variety of aspects of the historiography of modern regional languages of India. The approach excludes classical languages of India from this approach, except Tamil which is considered a modern and a classical language at the same time. It includes the late yet undoubtedly successful arrival of English in the nation‚€™s literary corpus.

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M K Gandhi's Hind Swaraj: A Critical Edition by Suresh Sharma and Tridip Suhrud (Eds.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788125039181

Hind Swaraj, Gandhi‚€™s seminal text in Gujarati, was written between 13 and 22 November 1909 aboard the Kildonan Castle bound for South Africa. It is a dialogue on modern civilisation, composed at a moment in modern history when the pre-modern in the world beyond Europe could still be touched and spoken of, not as mere memory or longing but as a living form. As a mode of exposition and argument, Hind Swaraj stems from a cognitive universe that abides beyond the ambit of modernity. It is perhaps the only critique of the modern order that seeks an understanding of its salient facts. Its referents are tradition and modernity, the ancient and modern, ethical-moral and instrumental-efficient. Hind Swaraj is a plea for non-violence as a mode of self-affirmation and resistance against oppression and injustice. For anyone engaged with the life and thought of Gandhi and with the question of the meaning of life within the modern order of things, Hind Swaraj remains a critical text.

This critical centenary edition is intended as a renewal of a deeper engagement with the text and the discourse around it. It reinstates the 1910 edition of the English rendering and the original in Gujarati as the first textual referent in conversation with the 1921 edition and the authorised second edition of 1939. It is presented along three axes: marginnotes (alternative readings/translations of the Gujarati original), footnotes (notations for categories-concepts) and Hindi translation (to mute the current placement of English as the exclusive mediation between languages). This is also the first edition of Hind Swaraj in two languages.

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Macaulay: The Tragedy of Power by Robert E. Sullivan : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125040439

On the 150th anniversary of the death of the English historian and politician Thomas Babington Macaulay, Robert Sullivan offers a portrait of a Victorian life that probes the cost of power, the practice of empire and the impact of ideas.

His Macaulay is a Janus-faced master of the universe: a prominent spokesman for abolishing slavery in the British Empire who cared little for the cause, a forceful advocate for reforming Whig politics but a Machiavellian realist, a soaring parliamentary orator who avoided debate, a self-declared Christian, yet a skeptic and a secularizer of English history and culture, and a stern public moralist who was in love with his two youngest sisters.

Perhaps best known in India for the insolent tone of the Minute of 1835 and the drafting of the Criminal Procedure Code, Macaulay‚€™s History of England is a celebrated western classic. His father ensured that ancient Greek and Latin literature shaped Macaulay‚€™s mind, but he crippled his heir emotionally. Self-defense taught Macaulay that power, calculation, and duplicity rule politics and human relations. In Macaulay‚€™s writings, Sullivan unearths a sinister vision of progress that prophesied twentieth-century genocide. That the reverent portrait fashioned by Macaulay‚€™s distinguished extended family eclipsed his insistent rhetoric about race, subjugation, and civilizing slaughter testifies to the grip of moral obliviousness.

Devoting his huge talents to gaining power‚€”above all for England and its empire‚€”made Macaulay‚€™s life a tragedy. Sullivan offers an unsurpassed study of an afflicted genius and a thoughtful meditation on the modern ethics of power.

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Madhyakaleen Bharat: Prashasan, Samaj Evam Sanskriti (Hindi) by Neeraj Srivastava : Rs325 ISBN: 9788125040675

This is the second edition of Madhyakaleen Bharat: Prashasan, Samaj evam Sanskriti [first edition published by Wisdom Prakashan, Allahabad in 2009], a textbook for UG and PG students of various Indian universities across northern region. This book is a narrative of medieval Indian history [8th to 13th century] from a new perspective which is a demand of UPSC and allied Civil services students.

‚€˜Divided into 59 chapters Madhyakaleen Bharat by Neeraj Srivastavais paradoxically a slender text which takes the reader through the administrative, social and cultural developments in India‚€™s history between later Gupta period and the climactic decades of the Delhi Sultanate.

‚€˜The major strength of this book lies in the lucid presentation of factual information in a narrative style, which even most lay readers shall find accessible and comprehensible. Author has tried to steer clear of contentious issues, not by eluding them but by referring to the general range of interpretations available on the subject by well known scholars.

‚€˜Unlike many other textbooks on the same period, this book has a pan-Indian focus as there is inclusion of eight relevant chapters on the history of south India. Besides, as added attraction is the smooth amalgamation of six chapters on the historiography of medieval India.

‚€˜In times when authors are writing for other authors (not readers), when writing styles are becoming extremely complex and impenetrable, this book clearly emerges as a reader-oriented book. Dr. Srivastava‚€™s long experience in providing guidance to students is clearly reflected in the style he has chosen to write.‚€™

Satish Chandra‚€™s Madhyakaleen Bharat is facts of history and a NCERT labeled textbook reissued by us. Neeraj Srivastav‚€™s and Satish Chandra‚€™s book   both are for the same market, but students/IAS aspirants don‚€™t mind buying more than one book on this topic. Dr Srivastava‚€™s book is a good addition to our Hindi title list, i.e. to have one more book on Madhyakaleen Bharat  by a young author.

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Persian Myths by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039495

The traditional tales and stories of ancient Iran describe confrontations between good and evil, the victories of the gods, and exploits of heroes and fabulous supernatural creatures such as the magical bird Simurgh and the div or demons. Much of our information about Iran‚€™s pre-Islamic past comes from the holy book of the Zoroastrian religion, the Avesta. Although not written down in its present form until the thirteenth or fourteenth century, parts of the Avesta date back originally to between 1400 and 1200 BC. As well as the words of the prophet Zoroaster and stories about Ahura Mazda, the Wise Lord, it also incorporates earlier pagan myths which reappear in the Shahnameh (Book of Kings). A magnificent epic in rhyme completed in ad1010 by the poet Firdowsi and featuring his most famous hero, Rustum. Dr Curtis draws upon all of these sources to retell for modern readers the stirring legends of ancient Iran, which have inspired centuries of manuscript illustrations. This book contains 42 illustrations.

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Print Areas: Book History in India by Abhijit Gupta and Swapan Chakravorty (Eds.) : Rs295 ISBN: 9788178243146

In recent years, the growth of History of the Book as a major, multi-disciplinary area of investigation has energised traditional disciplines such as history and literary studies in new and unforeseen ways. History of the Book looks at literature as it is embodied in its technological products‚€”mainly those of the print industry, but also manuscripts, engravings, and electronic texts. It studies the various personnel associated with the making of books: not just authors, but also printers, publishers, illustrators, booksellers, and of course, readers. In so doing it has restored a measure of historicism and objectivity to literary studies, by insisting on a rigorous engagement with the records and what they tell us about modes of production, transmission and distribution of books.

Despite being a country with a long, rich and complex book culture, India does not have a comprehensive history of its books. Print Areas is the first attempt to write such a history and brings together the work of leading contemporary historians of the book in India. This pioneering volume features essays looking at some of the most fascinating examples of India‚€™s encounter with the book. The choice of the essays also reveals the range of possible approaches to the study of books. There are histories of major publishing houses such as Macmillan and Oxford University Press as well of the first edition of a single book of nonsense verse; perspectives are offered on Benares as a centre of publishing, the role played by print in shaping Maharashtra politics and the cultural impact of popular books in Bengal. These essays will be of interest not just to the historian or literary scholar but also to those interested in questions of tradition and modernity in colonial and postcolonial India.

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Renaissance Reborn: In Search of a Historical Paradigm by Sukanta Chaudhuri : Rs650 ISBN: 9788180280382

The term ‚€˜Renaissance‚€™ has been used to refer to various movements in cultural history ‚€“ originally in Europe, and later, by extension, to other civilizations. This book brings together a collection of articles by thirteen Italian and Indian scholars on the European and Indian renaissances. Between them they cover the work of major writers in Europe (Dante, Petrarch) and India (Bankim Chandra, Vidyasagar, Tagore); cultural and socio-historic movements like humanism, nationalism, the Reformation and Orientalism; and crucial social sectors like the growth of the vernaculars, the changing status of women and pursuit of science.

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Roman Myths by Jane F. Gardner : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125039501

The myths of the Romans are stories not about the gods but about the Romans themselves. Writers such as Livy, Virgil and Ovid presented myths as if they were actual histories of the origins and early days of Rome. The stories of Aeneas, Romulus and Remus and the ‚€˜Seven Kings‚€™ give varying accounts of the founding of the city; Rome‚€™s destiny‚€”her divinely fore-ordained rise to power‚€”is stressed in all of them. Some myths provided models of virtuous and public-spirited behavior which citizens (both men and women) were encouraged to emulate. They could also add lustre to the reputations of Rome‚€™s ruling families, and stress their fitness for power, by describing past acts of heroism and civic duty. Roman myths were, in short, propaganda. Jane F. Gardner retells some of the best-known stories, and a few less well-known, examining their place in the society