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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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The Subaltern Speaks: Truth and Ethics in Mahasweta Devi‚€™s Fiction on Tribals by Sanatan Bhowal : Rs550 ISBN: 9789352873661

A study and critique of Mahasweta Devi‚€™s major fictional writings on tribals, The Subaltern Speaks addresses some primary concerns of Subaltern Studies historians, and explores the representation of tribals as ‚€˜subaltern‚€™.

Adivasis today are caught between an aggressive and seemingly benevolent version of capitalism. British India replaced traditional property rights with formal ones; neoliberal India chased them off their land in pursuit of development, dubbed them ‚€˜terrorists‚€™ and unleashed the army against them. Adivasis only seem to appear in recorded history when resisting the state, and their ‚€˜consciousness‚€™, along with their politics, has been reduced to this identity. The story of adivasi women is far more harrowing.

Following Gayatri Spivak‚€™s deconstructive approach, Sanatan Bhowal draws upon some leading thinkers of our time‚€”Badiou, Levinas, Foucault, Deleuze, Lacan and Zizek‚€”to address Spivak‚€™s question: Can the Subaltern Speak? Bhowal focuses on Mahasweta Devi‚€™s ethical representation of the adivasis she loved and lived with, and whose cause she passionately espoused lifelong. He also underlines the need to debunk conventional discourses before any genuine understanding of tribal consciousness can be arrived at.

This book will be valuable for students of Subaltern Studies, English and comparative literature.

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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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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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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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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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In the Public‚€™s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi by Gautam Bhan : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125062325

Like many cities in the global South, New Delhi has not been built by architects, engineers or planners, but by residents themselves. One form of such auto-construction is the basti‚€”an urban settlement that houses income-poor residents. A basti marks years of an urban life, built slowly and incrementally. It is more than a ‚€˜slum‚€™‚€”it is a claim to development and citizenship. In the moment of the basti‚€™s eviction, this claim is erased, signifying a closure for the political, legal, social and economic negotiations that allowed a vulnerable citizenry to settle and survive for decades.

Contemporary Delhi is a city scarred by the evictions of bastis. Ironically, many of these evictions were ordered in Public Interest Litigations by the Indian Judiciary. How did a judicial innovation introduced precisely to enable the marginalised to seek justice become an instrument of their exclusion? Drawing on an archive of court cases that resulted in evictions in Delhi from 1990 to 2007 as well as ethnographic research with basti residents and social movements resisting eviction, In the Public‚€™s Interest shows how evictions have been fundamental to how urban space is been structured and produced, and asks what they tell us about the contemporary Indian city.

Students and scholars of sociology, urban studies, development studies and geography will find this book engaging and useful.

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Life, Emergent: The Social in the Afterlives of Violence by Yasmeen Arif : Rs895 ISBN: 9789386296689

How does an inquiry into life as it lives (or dies) amid mass violence look like from the perspective of the ‚€œsocial‚€? Taking us from Sierra Leone to India to Lebanon, Life, Emergent challenges conventional understandings of biopolitics, and views the politics of life through the lens of life, not death.

Yasmeen Arif focuses closely on biopolitics‚€™ other pole: ‚€œmaking live‚€, by highlighting the various means and forms of life that are shaped in the aftermath‚€”or afterlives‚€”of violent events, in the contexts of law, justice, community, and identity. Her analysis of the social repercussions of violence is both global and local in scope. This rigorously argued book brings together the various strands of both life and the social, and thereby frames a politics both of and in life.

This book will be useful to post-graduate scholars and researchers in Sociology, Social Anthropology, Political Science and Theory, Philosophy, Social Theory, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies and International Law. It will also be of interest to organizations involved in formal humanitarian work in conflict areas.

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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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The Subaltern Speaks: Truth and Ethics in Mahasweta Devi‚€™s Fiction on Tribals by Sanatan Bhowal : Rs825 ISBN: 9788125062790

A study and postmodern critique of Mahasweta Devi‚€™s major fictional writings on tribals, The Subaltern Speaks addresses some primary concerns of Subaltern Studies historians and explores the representation of tribal people as ‚€˜subaltern‚€™.

Adivasis today are caught between an aggressive and seemingly benevolent version of capitalism, although the lines between the two have increasingly blurred. British India created formal property rights to replace customary ones; neoliberal India chased them off their land in pursuit of development, dubbed them ‚€˜terrorists‚€™ and unleashed the army‚€™s might against them. Adivasis have only seemed to appear in recorded history when resisting the state, and their ‚€˜consciousness‚€™ has been reduced to this identity along with their politics. The story of adivasi women is far more harrowing.

Following Gayatri Spivak‚€™s deconstructive approach, Sanatan Bhowal draws upon some leading thinkers of our time‚€”Badiou, Levinas, Foucault, Deleuze, Lacan and Zizek‚€”to address Spivak‚€™s question: Can the Subaltern Speak? Using this heterogenous assemblage of ideas as a backdrop‚€”in which Badiou's philosophy of truth, resistance and responsibility for the ‚€˜other‚€™ figure prominently‚€”he focuses on Devi‚€™s ethical representation of the adivasis she has loved, lived with and whose cause she has passionately espoused lifelong. He also underlines the need to unthink conventional discourses before any genuine understanding of tribal consciousness can be arrived at.

The volume will be of interest to scholars and students of Subaltern Studies, English and Comparative Literature.

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After the Bomb: Reflections on India‚€™s Nuclear Journey by Achin Vanaik : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125058533

Proponents of India‚€™s nuclear weapons programme have felt vindicated ever since the 2009 Indo‚€“US Civilian Nuclear Deal allowed India to have access to advanced civilian nuclear technology without renouncing its nuclear weapons programme. Over the next few years, supporters of nuclear weaponisation within have gained greater importance in the country‚€™s strategic discourse. Against this backdrop, Achin Vanaik, a prominent critic of nuclear weapons, warns of the dangers of indulging in sabre-rattling with weapons of mass destruction.

After the Bomb analyses the main flaws in the arguments favouring nuclear weapons. The volume presents ten dilemmas of nuclear deterrence followed by a politico-psychological analysis of why the Indian bomb lobby takes the effectiveness of nuclear deterrence as an article of faith. It also tells us why nations should not overestimate the danger of nuclear terrorism by non-state actors.

The author discusses the contrasts and similarities in the viewpoints of prominent advisors involved in formulating the nuclear policy while presenting an extended critique of India‚€™s professed path to nuclear disarmament. The conclusion forcefully argues why India needs to go beyond the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to ensure a world free of nuclear weapons.

This book is a must-read for students and scholars of political science, international relations, strategic studies, peace and conflict studies as also for every concerned citizen of the world.

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Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations : Two Centuries of Power and Protest by Kumari Jayawardena and Rachel Kurian : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125058786

Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations takes as its central theme the plantations of Sri Lanka, from their inception in the early nineteenth century to almost the present day in the twenty-first. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, it offers a detailed and compelling empirical narrative of the lives and struggles of plantation workers, who have constituted, for much of modern Sri Lankan history, the single largest organised workforce in the country. In doing so, it explores the complex links between power and class, gender and ethnic hierarchies both on the plantations and outside and crucially situates the labour movement on the plantations within the wider political and social economy of Sri Lanka.

The current volume begins by tracing the origins of the plantations in then Ceylon, the acquisition of Indian Tamil workers and the labour practices during the colonial period. This in turn contextualises the subsequent discussion on rising labour and political consciousness among plantation workers and their struggles for labour and democratic rights, which the authors track through the post-Independence period and into the twenty-first century. Particular attention is paid to the role of political parties, trade unions and other pressure groups in supporting or opposing these rights, within a background of class, ethnic, linguistic and nationalist consciousness and chauvinism. The book provides an astute analysis of the strategic alliances and political manoeuvres made by the various actors in this struggle.

This volume offers readers a truly integrated history of the labour movement on Sri Lankan plantations. It balances an empirically rich narrative with a nuanced analysis of the class, ethnic, linguistic and political consciousness that has informed and opposed the struggles of plantation labour on the island.

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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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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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Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women‚€™s Rights in Pakistan by Anita M. Weiss : Rs795 ISBN: 9788125057734

Throughout the world, and especially in South Asia, myriad constituencies are grappling with rethinking and renegotiating the contours of society, particularly women‚€™s place in the larger social order. This is raising profound questions regarding women‚€™s social roles and rights eliciting disparate, conflicting images concerning what constitutes women‚€™s rights, who is to define these rights, where responsibility lies for ensuring rights, and the role states should play in articulating and clarifying what is acceptable and unacceptable within local contexts.

This book analyzes various efforts in Pakistan to conduct ijtihad‚€”interpretation‚€”as different groups reinterpret women‚€™s rights, seeking to reconcile the exigencies of modernity, local and global pressures to ensure women‚€™s rights with prevailing Islamic and cultural views, and feminist analyses of power and control of women and their rights. It begins with an overview of the Government of Pakistan‚€™s construction of an understanding of what constitutes women‚€™s rights, elaborates on traditional views and contrasts these with contemporary popular opinion. It then focuses on three very different groups‚€™ perceptions of women‚€™s rights: progressive women‚€™s organizations as represented by the Aurat Foundation and Shirkat Gah; orthodox Islamist views as represented by the Jama‚€™at-i-Islami, the MMA government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (2002-2008), and al-Huda; and the Swat Taliban.

Author Anita Weiss argues that the resultant ‚€œculture wars‚€ are visibly ripping the country apart as groups talk past one another, each confident that it is the proprietor of culture and interpreter of religion, while others are misinterpreting both.

This book will be an essential resource to scholars interested in the discourse on Islam and women‚€™s rights, gender studies and development studies as well as to how different groups come to understand women's rights while grappling with the forces of modernity.  

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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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Women Survivors of Violence: Genesis and Growth of a State Support System by Anjali Dave : Rs675 ISBN: 9788125059158

In the 1980s, a field action project, which later developed into a socio-legal service to address Violence against Women (VAW), was initiated and developed by an academic institute of social work in strategic partnership with the police in Mumbai and Maharashtra. This service, termed the ‚€˜Special Cells‚€™, worked in tandem with the police force, and in the past three decades, has been replicated in eight states across India.

Women Survivors of Violence is a first-person account of the evolution of the Special Cells. In the mid-1980s, the author was the first social worker of the TISS-initiated ‚€˜field action project‚€™‚€”working on the issue of violence against women from within the police system. The result was the introduction of Special Cells in the police system. This narrative traces the 29-year-old journey of this institution, and provides a deeply personal account of the effectiveness of a multi-agency coordinated response to VAW, in the form of a partnership between an academic institute, the police system, and the violated woman.

This books adds to the limited literature available in India on the processes and lessons learnt from developing and implementing an intervention on VAW. It details the processes of understanding the violated woman and the police; setting up of systems to work with women from within the police system; and engaging with the state as the instrument that can secure the right of women to a safe and secure life. It critically reflects on the learnings of the Special Cells from the women, police, the state, law, and social work practices, in the context of the ongoing struggles to respond to violence against women.

An informative and deeply important account, this book will be of interest to students and educators in departments of Social Work and Women‚€™s Studies, government personnel, trainers in police academies, and administrators. Those interested in women‚€™s issues will also find it fascinating.

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From Village Elder to British Judge: Custom, Customary Law and Tribal Society by Asoka Kumar Sen : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125045571

From Village Elder to British Judge examines the definition and redefinition of custom/ law in the context of the adivasis of Jharkhand during pre-colonial and colonial times. As a significant historical account, this book engages with the contemporary assertion of indigenous identity that draws boundaries between the adivasi as a custom-governed and law-governed people.

The work draws on previously untapped oral historical evidence from Village Papers, conventional archives and published sources, including details of court cases vividly depicting the adivasi ways of life in the past. Deploying jurisprudential, sociological and anthropological approaches, it offers a holistic account of social dynamics, contradictory colonial legal viewpoints, continuity and change in indigenous customs, the role of law and the court system in bringing about social change. The book presents its key arguments vis-ŗ-vis recent advances in India as well as other Asian and African territories. While it contests the general notion that customary law, rather, the very concept of tribe, is a colonial creation, it also describes the nature of adivasi customs and their self-representation.

This detailed yet critical study will be of interest to students and researchers of adivasi studies, colonial history, political science, law, sociology and anthropology as well as those engaged in social activism and developmental programmes.

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Hindu Widow Marriage: A Complete Translation, with an Introduction and Critical Notes by Brian A. Hatcher by Isharchandra Vidyasagar : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243504

Before the passage of the Hindu Widow‚€™s Remarriage Act of 1856, Hindu tradition required a woman to live as a virtual outcast after her husband‚€™s death. Widows had to shave their heads, discard their jewellery, live in seclusion, and undergo acts of penance. Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar was the first Indian intellectual to successfully argue against these strictures. Renowned Sanskrit scholar and passionate social reformer, Vidyasagar was the leading proponent of widow marriage in colonial India, urging his contemporaries to reject practices that caused countless women to suffer.

Vidyasagar‚€™s strategy involved a rereading of Hindu scripture alongside an emotional plea on behalf of the widow, resulting in the reimagining of Hindu law and custom. He made his case through a two-part publication, Hindu Widow Marriage, a tour de force of logic, erudition, and humanitarian rhetoric. In this new translation, Brian A. Hatcher makes available in English, for the first time, the entire text of one of the most important nineteenth-century treatises on Indian social reform.

An expert on Vidyasagar, Hinduism, and colonial Bengal, Hatcher enhances the original treatise with a substantial introduction describing Vidyasagar‚€™s multifaceted career, as well as the history of colonial debates on widow marriage. He also provides an overview of basic Hindu categories for first-time readers, a glossary of technical vocabulary, and an extensive bibliography.

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Industry, Labour and Society by Sharit Bhowmik : Rs395 ISBN: 9788125047629

Industry, Labour and Society studies the impact of industry on society and social institutions and vice-versa with reference to the changing economic, social and political landscapes of India.

The chapters in this book discuss the following themes:

  • Social organisation of industry that includes authority structures, bureaucracy, scientific management and human relations
  • The role of conflict and cooperation between labour and management and related theoretical perspectives.
  • The labour movement in India with a focus, among others, on labour legislations, viz., the Factory, Trade Union, and Industrial Disputes Acts.
  • The unorganised/ informal sector, which employs an overwhelming majority of the working population.

The author looks at how the lowering of trade barriers and the move towards liberalisation, privatisation and outsourcing, have affected the working class. He shows how providing labour rights can be a more effective way of ensuring productivity. In this context, he examines the notion of ‚€˜Decent Work‚€™ as promoted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) that deals with rights and social protection of/for children, women workers and those belonging to socially oppressed groups in developing countries.

Each chapter in the volume lists the salient features at the beginning, provides key concepts with their definitions and ends with further readings and references. Written in a lucid and accessible manner, this will be a must-read for students of industrial sociology, labour studies and development studies.

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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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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 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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Transnational Torture: Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India by Jinee Lokaneeta : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125045564

The opening scene of the 2009 film Slumdog Millionaire shows the Indian police torturing Jamal, the protagonist of the film, who was suspected of cheating on a game show. This powerful scene is a reminder of the routine use of torture in Indian police stations. Decades of reports by civil liberty and democratic rights groups have documented the torture, custodial deaths, and extrajudicial killings that continue in contemporary India despite the formal legal safeguards. These incidents of violence are primarily denied or explained away as aberrational acts by police and prison officials akin to the U.S. officials holding the ‚€œfew bad apples‚€ responsible for the torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in the Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq or GuantŠnamo Bay, Cuba.

Transnational Torture focuses on the legal and political discourses on torture in India and the United States‚€”two common-law based constitutional democracies‚€”to theorize the relationship between law, violence, and state power in liberal democracies. Analyzing about one hundred landmark Supreme Court cases on torture in India and the United States, memos and popular imagery of torture, Jinee Lokaneeta compellingly demonstrates that even before recent debates on the use of torture in the war on terror, the laws of interrogation were much more ambivalent about the infliction of excess pain and suffering than most political and legal theorists have acknowledged. Rather than viewing the recent policies on interrogation as anomalous or exceptional, Lokaneeta effectively argues that efforts to accommodate excess violence‚€”a constantly negotiated process‚€”are long standing features of routine interrogations in both the United States and India, concluding that the infliction of excess violence is more central to democratic governing than is generally acknowledged.

This book would be of interest to political scientists, sociologists, legal scholars, human rights activists and policy makers.

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Everyday Life in a Prison: Confinment, Surveillance, Resistance by Mahuya Bandyopadhyay : Rs1450 ISBN: 9788125038337

Based on intensive fieldwork in a central prison in Kolkata, this book succinctly addresses issues in the sociology of institutions and organisations. It demystifies the image of the prison as an presenting a close understanding of lives and practices within its four walls. The book finds answers to such questions as: Is the prison a negative space? Does meaningful life cease to exist in a prison? Are there aspects of life of which prisoners are unable to make sense? What does the construction of meaningful worlds mean for organisational practice and goals? How do everyday life, organisational practice and goals interact, and what are the implications of this interaction for the nature of the organisation and the quality of prison life? The author thus constructs the prison as a space where inmates make meaningful social worlds that emerge out of despair.

Marking a departure from the existing sociological studies on prisons in India, Everyday Life in a Prison: Confinement, Surveillance, Resistance highlights the relationship between the prison and the people on whose lives it impinges. Methodologically, this work is significant as it observation, rapport-building, qualitative interviewing and ethnographic involvement in a prison. Introducing readers to a whole new world within the prison, this book will be useful to students and scholars of sociology, psychology, social work and human rights.

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Sacrificing People: Invasions of a Tribal Landscape by Felix Padel : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125038689

Sacrificing People is a new, updated edition of Felix Padel‚€™s classic case study of colonialism, originally entitled The Sacrifice of Human Being: British Rule and the Konds of Orissa. The journey of the book, like the struggle of the Konds, is from colonial intrusion to developmental destruction.

The book puts into perspective the communal murders and ethnic cleansing that happened in the district of Kandhamal where the Konds are concentrated, in 2007‚€“8, where an explosion of orchestrated violence occurred, mostly in the form of attacks against Christians, on a scale recalling violence at the time of colonial invasion (1830s-60s), when invading forces burnt dozens of Kond villages. The role and words of the first missionaries in Orissa, who targeted this district in particular, is analysed to throw light on recent events. The book‚€™s increasing relevance is also due to Bauxite cappings on the high mountains dominating the Konds‚€™ landscape in southern Orissa. Their base rock was named ‚€˜Khondalite‚€™, honouring the Konds, but their high aluminium content has elicited an invasion of mining companies with even greater impact on the Kond culture and environment than the British invasion.

As renowned anthropologist Hugh Brody writes in his Foreword to this new edition, ‚€œit is impossible to read Padel‚€™s work without being drawn into its flow of history, anthropology and profound insights into the way colonial projects have shaped how we see the world in general, India as a nation and tribal peoples in particular.‚€ Moving beyond the particulars of a remote resource conflict, Sacrificing People offers a way of comprehending the roots of human violence by understanding ourselves and our place in the modern structures of power and control, whose core is a sacrifice of human being‚€”a cruelty and dominance more extreme than human sacrifice because it sacrifices the essence of being human.

This book will fascinate scholars and the discerning public alike, as a meticulously researched, exceptionally original study of the forms of domination that permeate the modern world.

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Dishonoured by History: 'Criminal Tribes' and British Colonial Policy by Meena Radhakrishna : Rs725 ISBN: 9788125034032

In this path-breaking study, Meena Radhakrishna traces the history and implications of a piece of colonial legislation--the Criminal Tribes Act. She discusses the changing notions of crime and criminality over a period of time, and shows how the colonial administration's traditional prejudice against gypsies combined with realpolitik on the one hand, and with a need for wage workers on the other, to feed into the category 'hereditary criminal'.

Focussing on the itinerant trading community of Koravas in colonial Madras, Dr Radhakrishna studies in detail the process of its forced sedentarisation in a police and missionary-run settlement. Here the community was meant to be reformed, albeit more through wage work than evangelism. The study shows how inspite of severe and repeated ruptures from its past, the community survived and forged a strong trade union movement.

The archival sources used in this study establish the community to have been an honourable and useful part of sedentary society in the past. However, through a careful analysis of its present oral culture and folklore, Dr Radhakrishna shows that its members have lost memory of that history, and share the widespread belief of the community's earlier, dangerous criminality.

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Kashmir: Insurgency and After by Balraj Puri : Rs575 ISBN: 9788125034513

Kashmir: Insurgency and After attempts to understand the nature and historical roots of the insurgency in Kashmir, and examines the causes and consequences of the blood-soaked rupture between the Kashmiri people and the Indian state. It delves into the erosion of the basis for secular and democratic politics in the state by narrating the history of its alienation from the rest of the country. The author argues that the politics of secession and the militancy of the Kashmiri urge for freedom and democracy can be best contained by an unhindered extension of the processes of Indian democracy to the state. This tract was first published in 1993 as Kashmir: Towards Insurgency. This extensively revised edition brings the Kashmir story up to date.

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Linguistic Genocide in Education or Worldwide Diversity and Human Rights? by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas : Rs1595 ISBN: 9788125034612

In this powerful multidisciplinary new book, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas shows how most indigenous and minority education contributes to linguistic genocide according to United Nations definitions. Her starting point is that it is normal and desirable for people, groups, countries, and schools to be multilingual and multicultural. She brings together theoretical concerns and research areas which no other contemporary book synthesizes: linguistic human rights; minority and multilingual education; language ecology and threatened languages; the relationship between biodiversity and linguistic and cultural diversity; the impact of linguistic imperialism and unequal power relations on ethnicity, linguistic, and cultural competence, and identities. Theory is combined with a wealth of factual encyclopedic information and with many examples and vignettes. The examples come from all parts of the world and try to avoid Eurocentrism. Oriented toward theory and practice, facts and evaluations, reflection and action, the book prompts readers to find information about the world and their local contexts, to reflect, and to act. It is essential reading for scholars, students, and practitioners in the fields of language and society, language policy and language planning, the sociology of education, critical pedagogy, comparative education, educational linguistics, minority studies, cultural studies, human rights, ethnolinguistics, anthropology, and ecological issues.

Reviews:

"This work, by one of the leading scholars of linguistic human rights, presents a provocative, engaging, grand synthesis. It makes a major contribution by bringing together a number of contemporary theoretical and research orientations as evidenced by its focus on linguistic human rights, linguistic ecology, and the impact of linguistic imperialism. In addition, it provides basic insights on anti-racist education.... This is a book that deserves reading by students and scholars committed to furthering educational equity and human rights. Both specialists and those new to the field will find it challenging and informative. It is the type of book that forces educators and students to reflect on their own assumptions and values." -- Terrence Wiley, California State University-Long Beach

"A pathbreaking text, written with absolute clarity of purpose and commitment.... The book as a whole takes the debates about minority languages much further than ever before.... It is a fascinating and immediate social history of languages, political forces, struggles, and education.... .[Although] this is a lengthy work, and one which may appear to be daunting at the outset.... what one discovers is an engaging and varied style which teases the reader further and further into a domain which has never before been captured from so many and new angles.... It is a privilege and a pleasure to read a work of such international significance." -- Kathleen Heugh, Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, University of Cape Town

"An absolutely stirring 'J'accuse', appealing to the conscience of the Western world to cease the ethnolinguistic genocide which it has inflicted on humanity at large. Via a superb and compelling assembly of data, logic, argument, and analysis, Skutnabb-Kangas shows how justice, decency, health, social stability, and normal biodiversity all suffer, even in the West itself, when linguacidal state and global policies are implemented. Nothing less than an international campaign for linguistic human rights is called for and called for with compelling force and convincing clarity." -- Joshua Fishman, University Research Professor of Social Sciences, Yeshiva University, and Visiting Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University

"A substantial, important, and creative contribution.... Skutnabb-Kangas is a very gifted and respected scholar, and her past work has been seminal in the field. This book not only brings together a number of the themes and topics on which she has worked in the past, but moves forward in a substantial manner the debate about language policy in education broadly conceived.... It represents Skutnabb-Kangas at her very best, and will challenge other researchers, teachers, and policy makers to more honestly and thoughtfully address language-related issues in education." -- Timothy Reagan, University of Connecticut

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New Mansions for Music: Performance, Pedagogy and Criticism by Lakshmi Subramanian : Rs475 ISBN: 9788187358343

The essays in New Mansions for Music: Performance, Pedagogy and Criticism look at one of the most ancient and rigorous classical musical traditions of India, the Karnatik music system, and the kind of changes it underwent once it was relocated from traditional spaces of temples and salons to the public domain. Nineteenth-century Madras led the way in the transformation that Karnatik music underwent as it encountered the forces of modernization and standardization. This study also contributes to our understanding of the experience of modernity in India through the prism of music. The role of Madras city as patron and custodian of the performing arts, especially classical music offers an invaluable perspective on the larger processes of modernization in India As the title suggests, the areas of classical music, which were most influenced by these developments were pedagogy or modes of musical transmission, performance conventions and criticism or music appreciation. Once the urban elite demanded the widening of the teaching of classical music, traditional modes of music instruction underwent a major change involving a breakdown of the gurushishya parampara or the tradition wherein the teacher imparted knowledge to a chosen few. Caste and kinship were important determining factors for the selection of these shishyas or students, but in modern institutions like the universities these boundaries had to be demolished. Simultaneously, the public staging of music brought the performer into a new relationship with his audience, especially as the art form became subject to validation and criticism by the newly emerging music critic. In an immensely readable book peppered with anecdotes and conversations with leading musicians and critics of the day, as well as humorous visual representations, part caricature, part satirical, the author describes a rapidly changing society and its new look in early twentieth century Madras.

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Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects: Islam, Rights, and the History of Kashmir by Mridu Rai : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242026

This is a remarkable work of scholarship which shows how Kashmir‚€™s modern Muslim identity came into existence. In doing this, it demonstrates the complex manner in which politics can enforce the creation of religious identity. Kashmir is a hotbed of religious politics. Disputed between India and Pakistan, this territory comprises a large majority of Muslims who are subject to the laws of a predominantly Hindu and increasingly hinduised India. How did religion and politics become so inextricably enmeshed in defining and expressing the protest of Kashmir‚€™s Muslims against Hindu rule? This book is a brilliant historical study of this central issue in the troubled politics of South Asia‚€™s most picturesque‚€”and most volatile‚€”province. Mridu Rai argues that the origins of present political conditions and problems lie in the hundred-year period preceding the creation of India and Pakistan, when Kashmir was ruled by a succession of Hindu Dogra kings. The Dogras wielded power under the aegis of British imperialism, and the collusion of colonial state and collaborating vassals played no small part in shaping a decisively Hindu sovereignty over a subject Muslim populace.

This sovereignty took a novel political form in Kashmir. It was characterized by an unprecedented degree of control by rulers intent on establishing and legitimizing their authority via Hindu forms of patronage, tradition, ritual, and related strategies. The region‚€™s Muslims, unlike its Hindus, were left out of the power-sharing arrangements not simply because of their religion but because, as Muslims, they became irrelevant to the legitimizing devices installed by the Hindu Dogras and their British overlords. Therefore, the protest of Kashmiri Muslims historically represents not so much a defense of Islam as a defence of their rights by a community defined specifically as Muslims by an explicitly Hindu ruling hierarchy. This explains the development of a consciousness among Kashmiri Muslims of religiously-based neglect, as well as the emergence of their ongoing political protest. Everyone interested in Kashmir and its history will want this book, as will those who study religion, politics, legal rights, and community identities.

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Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law by Nivedita Menon : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178242101

This book is about the relation between law and feminist politics. Nivedita Menon identifies a key dilemma that faces a radical politics today, namely the 'paradox of constitutionalism'. This occurs when various differing moral visions come up against the universalising drive of constitutionality and the language of universal rights. By examining three issues that the women's movement in India has engaged with‚€”the practice of selective abortion of female foetuses, sexual violence, and reservations for women in representative institutions‚€”Menon unfolds a two-pronged argument, namely that

  1. the language of rights and citizenship is no longer unproblematically available to an emancipatory politics; and
  2. that specifically in the context of feminist politics it has become increasingly difficult to sustain 'woman' as the subject of such a politics, despite (or perhaps because of) the explosion of 'gender' as a category of analysis in official state and NGO discourse.
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Trafficking in Women and Children in India by ISS, NHRC, UNIFEM : Rs2500 ISBN: 9788125028451

This book presents the research findings of Action Research on Trafficking in Women and Children in India (ARTWAC) that involved the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the National Human Rights Commission and the Institute of Social Sciences. Through a human rights perspective, the first section of this book analyses the data generated by ARTWAC and gives detailed recommendations for better judicial interventions, law enforcement and community participation in anti-trafficking strategies. The second section contains a rich collection of case studies, giving an on-ground picture of how exploiters have little or no respect for the rights of trafficking victims.

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Hindu Rulers, Muslims Subjects: Islam Rights and the History of Kashmir by Mridu Rai : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178240657

This is a remarkable work of scholarship which shows how Kashmir‚€™s modern Muslim identity came into existence. In doing this, it demonstrates the complex manner in which politics can enforce the creation of religious identity. Kashmir is a hotbed of religious politics. Disputed between India and Pakistan, this territory comprises a large majority of Muslims who are subject to the laws of a predominantly Hindu and increasingly hinduised India. How did religion and politics become so inextricably enmeshed in defining and expressing the protest of Kashmir‚€™s Muslims against Hindu rule?

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The Wages of Impunity: Power, Justice and Human Rights by K G Kannabiran : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125026389

The Wages of Impunity consists of essays on human rights and civil liberties in India. Reiterating the indispensability of fundamental rights, the essays focus on aspects such as secularism, socialism, and the right to life, liberty, free speech and association. Using the Constitution as the point of departure, the author opens up the complexity of rights through incisive analyses of case law on each of these aspects.

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The Gujarat Carnage by Asghar Ali Engineer (Ed.) : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125024965

This book is a compilation of articles, editorial, investigative reports, surveys, memoranda and other significant material on the Gujarat carnage. The final report of the Human Rights Commission (that took a direct interest for the first time, of its own accord, in communal violence) is included in it. Useful material and information will be found in it by future researchers, academics and lay readers. As the specific event of the grim year are blurred and glossed over by other issues and by time, it is important to have such a compilation that preserves the lessons learnt in one of the most horrifying and ominous periods in India‚€™s modern history.

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Human Security in South Asia: Gender, Energy, Migration and Globalisation by P. R. Chari and Sonika Gupta (Ed.s) : Rs630 ISBN: 9788187358091

THE WORD SECURITY has a military connotation and refers to the activities involved in protecting or defending a country, in which the state has a central role. This book argues that the state provides as well as threatens security. Therefore, it needs to be checked and balanced by broadening the concept of security to include both military and non-military threats such as those related to social, economic, ecological and political causes.

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