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Dissent on Aadhaar: Big Data Meets Big Brother by Reetika Khera : Rs475 ISBN: 9789352875429

Aadhaar, India‚€™s unique identity system, was introduced in 2009 with the stated purpose of creating a more inclusive and efficient welfare system. Hundreds of millions of Indians were enrolled into the biometric database, with successive governments creating pressure by making it compulsory for social benefits. Even after the Supreme Court verdict in 2018, it remains a must-have for welfare.

Dissent on Aadhaar argues that Aadhaar was never really about welfare. The essays in this book explain how the project opens the doors to immense opportunities for government surveillance and commercial data-mining.

Focussing on Aadhaar, but drawing lessons from ID projects from other parts of the world also, this book alerts readers to the dangers lurking in such expansive digital ID projects. For example, how profiling, made possible by Aadhaar, impinges on the fundamental Right to Privacy; or how surveillance leads to self-censorship and can choke free thought and expression; or how Aadhaar, contrary to government claims, excludes people entitled by right from welfare when made compulsory. On the technology side, what are the perils of using biometrics and the dangers arising from centralised databases? Who has access to all our data, and how can it be used against us?

With contributions from economists, lawyers, technologists, journalists and civil liberties campaigners, this book is for everyone concerned about a healthy democracy in India and beyond. It will be also be of interest to students and scholars of political science, law and public policy.

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Media‚€™s Shifting Terrain: Five Years that Transformed the Way India Communicates by Pamela Philipose : Rs575 ISBN: 9789352875344

Changes in communication technologies are transforming our social environment. In India, ‚€˜media convergence‚€™ has brought together older (mainstream) media and newer (digital) media, making India one of the most mediatised societies in the world.

Media‚€™s Shifting Terrain explores the social and political impacts of this media convergence between 2011 and 2015, through a study of five media-driven mobilisations that transformed India‚€™s public culture.

  • In 2011 came the India Against Corruption (IAC) protests, one of the largest civil society mobilisations in post-independence history.
  • A year later, in December 2012, there were spontaneous demonstrations of public outrage over the gang rape of a young woman student in a Delhi bus, named ‚€˜Nirbhaya‚€™ by the Indian public.
  • In 2013, we saw the unprecedented arrival of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which assumed power in Delhi through a coalition government.
  • The General Election of 2014 witnessed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerge victorious with a majority no party has achieved in thirty years.
  • Finally, in 2015, AAP swept the Delhi assembly polls against all odds and returned to power.

These mobilisations made effective use of multiple media platforms and, taken together, constitute a turning point in the mediatisation of the country, its society and politics.

 

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Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India‚€™s Higher Education by Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta : Rs595 ISBN: 9789352872763

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. However, much of this expansion has been of dubious quality, the result of severe regulatory and governance failures.

This book analyses the multiple and complex challenges facing higher education in India, and suggests possible solutions. 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; initiatives such as community colleges; and the financing and governance of higher education in India.

The book combines diverse methodologies: ethnography of institutions, case studies and data-based work.

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Rajniti Siddhant ki Samajh by Sanjeev Kumar (volume editor) : Rs220 ISBN: 9789352874958

1]This is a textbook for the paper "Understanding Political Theory‚€ as per the latest CBCS syllabus operational in all Universities in India. This paper is offered in Semester 1 in Political Science courses of CBCS. The book is written in Hindi original and is aimed for the Hindi medium students of the Hindi speaking belt in India.

2]This book attempts to understand various possibilities related to ‚€œtheory formation‚€ and ‚€œTheory of Politics‚€. It is aimed to introduce main concepts and traditions of the political theory to the undergraduate students. Where many important projects and researches going on in the field of politics, as the same way the scope of study of political science has also been widespread. It is essential for the students to know about challenges like democracy, independence, justice, gender, equality etc. All these topics have been discussed in detail in the book.

3]This book has 12 chapters which discuss What  is politics: theorizing the ‚€˜‚€˜Political‚€™‚€™; approaches to Political Theory: historical, normative and empirical. Traditions like liberal Marxist, anarchist, conservative, feminist, postmodern etc. The book has chapters on the history of the concept of democracy; procedural democracy; participation and representation, and deliberative democracy.

4]There are notes and references given at the end of each chapter. There is also a list of important questions given at the end of each lesson. 

5]Apart from the preface by the author, the book has a FOREWORD too by Professor Ashok Acharya, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.

6]The second cover carries reviews of the book written by eminent political scientists like Mahendra Prasad Singh, Formerly a Professor of Political Science at the University of Delhi; Prakash C Sarangi, Professor of Political Science, University of Hyderabad; Hilal Ahmed, Associate Professor, CSDS, New Delhi; Kaushiki, Jamia Miliya Islamia, New Delhi; Asima Sahu, Professor and Head, Department of Political  Science, School Of Social Sciences, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack.

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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 State in India: Ideas, Norms and Politics by Vidhu Verma : Rs1225 ISBN: 9789352875474

A few decades ago, India was viewed primarily as a country beset by poverty and cultural differences. Its political system was in transition from one-party dominance to coalition politics. However, recent political changes with a majority government have led to democratic practice being challenged, particularly in light of persistent economic and social inequality. The state‚€™s capacity to redistribute wealth and alleviate poverty has been questioned, along with the robustness of its institutions and the negotiation of boundaries between state and civil society.

In this context The State in India offers an insightful overview of the literature on the state and showcases the interplay of state and society in new sites: processes of globalisation, assertions of sovereignty, and across the regional and local.The volume moves beyond the state question to interrogate how the state can shape concepts, ideas, and institutions central to our lives. The rise of the welfare state with extensive social policies of affirmative action and the emerging penal state are some of the core themes of the volume.

The essays view the state through different lenses: nation, democracy, rights, security, legitimacy, hegemony, decentralisation, welfare, and violence.They study how social, symbolic and political orders are deeply infused with structures of gender, caste, class, and regional hierarchies. Thereby, the volume questions the terrain that identifies and gives meaning to our received understanding of the state.

This book is a comprehensive source for foundational concepts in studying the state and will be valuable for specialists, researchers and students of political science, public policy and governance, in addition to civil society and human rights organisations.

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Bharat mein Samvaidhanik Shasan aur Loktantra (Constitutional Governance and Democracy in India) by Abhay Prasad Singh and Krishna Murari : Rs275 ISBN: 9789352874651

This is a textbook for the paper "Constitutional Governance and Democracy in India‚€ as per the latest CBCS syllabus operational in all universities in India. This paper is offered in Semester 1. The book is written in Hindi original and is aimed for the Hindi medium students of the Hindi speaking belt in India.

This book discusses the constitutional design of state structures and institutions, and their actual working over time. The Indian Constitution accommodates conflicting impulses of liberty and justice, territorial decentralization and a strong union. It further talks about the state institutions in their mutual interaction, and in interaction with the larger constitutional environment.

The Book covers the following topics:  Philosophy of the Constitution, the Preamble, and Features of the Constitution; Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles; The Legislature: the Parliament; The Executive: President and Prime Minister; The Judiciary: Supreme Court; Federalism and Panchayati Raj and Municipalities.
The book is fully updated with latest conceptual discourses and facts as per the syllabus.

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Gandhi‚€™s Conscience-Keeper : C. Rajagopalachari and Indian Politics by Vasanthi Srinivasan : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245331

Hailed by Mahatma Gandhi as his conscience keeper, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (1878‚€“1972; better known as Rajaji) epitomized the practical wisdom, religious tolerance, and statesmanship that Gandhi brought to the nationalist movement. He articulated how Gandhi‚€™s ideas and practices could be reconciled with the needs and aspirations of a modern nation-state. His political and philosophical positions were argued in a manner, and with an ideological orientation, strikingly different from that of Jawaharlal Nehru.

And yet Rajaji remains virtually unknown today.

Vasanthi Srinivasan presents Rajaji‚€™s vision as that of a theocentric liberal. She argues that he tried to temper majoritarian democracy with statesmanship, a free economy with civic virtue, realistic patriotism with genuine internationalism, and secularism with a religiosity derived from the Hindu epics.

Examining his political ideas and actions alongside his literary works, as well as in relation to statesmen-ideologues such as Nehru and Periyar, she shows how Rajaji steered clear of ideological dogma and charted an ethic of responsibility.

This book will interest general readers as much as scholars of Gandhi, political theory, and Indian politics. 

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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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How India Votes: A State-by-State Look by Ashutosh Kumar and Yatindra Singh Sisodia : Rs1395 ISBN: 9789352874613

Over the past few decades, diverse social groups in India have been politicised and mobilised for electoral purposes on the basis of social cleavages, rather than on the basis of common economic interests, ideology or leadership. Almost all such social groups are spatially confined to a particular state or sub-region, following the reorganisation of states in India on a linguistic/ethnic basis,resulting in the rise of many state and sub-state parties. In effect, today India‚€™s states are now important political units, and critical to the understanding of emergent ‚€˜national‚€™ politics.

How India Votes studies almost every state in India to develop a theoretical framework that will analyse and trace the processes of transition and reconfiguration in the electoral landscape. It answers the questions: What message do the states hold for parliamentary elections? How do the people, who belong to a state, respond to national and state leadership?

Drawing from the CSDS-Lokniti National Election Study 2014 data, the essays in the volume study demographic composition and the nature of socio-political cleavages and linkages; analyse the electoral outcomes of major state elections of the past decade and the influence of trends, alliances, seat adjustments, candidate selection and campaigns; study the impact of assembly and local elections held in the state, both in terms of electoral verdict and behaviour; and explore the developments that have taken place since the 2014 elections.

With its focus on the 2014 elections and state politics, this book will be useful for students of political science, psephology and sociology. It will also help the reader anticipate the issues that are likely to dominate the 2019 elections.

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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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In the Hall of Mirrors: Reflections on Indian Democracy by Peter Ronald deSouza : Rs850 ISBN: 9789352871957

A single mirror reflects the truth as it is but only from one perspective. A ‚€˜hall of mirrors‚€™, on the other hand, exposes the truth through overlapping reflections, with varying depths and from a wide range of perspectives. In this book, political scientist Peter Ronald deSouza places India at the centre of such a hall of mirrors. He reveals for the reader the layered nature of Indian democracy, one particular depth, one particular perspective at a time.

In the Hall of Mirrors discusses the dynamics of democracy and the nature of the human condition in India through a range of multidisciplinary, analytical and methodological tools. It documents our achievements and failures, follies and humanity, through the fall and rise of competing ideologies. The essays here, written over the course of the past two decades, document the aspirations and anxieties of the Indian people, the accommodations that our plural society has made, and the uncertainties and ambivalences that remain as a result of this grand experiment of and in democracy.

With this eclectic collection of his writings in journals and popular dailies, the author takes us through an array of issues facing us. At every turn and in every corner, he reflects on the resilience of India‚€™s democracy, the world‚€™s largest and most challenging. Students, scholars and the general reader interested in democracy, political science and contemporary India will find this book invaluable.

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Jaati ki Samajh : Mahatama Buddh se Babasaheb Ambedkar aur Unke Baad (Understanding Caste: from Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond) by Gail Omvedt : Rs235 ISBN: 9789352872640

  • Jaati ki Samajh: Mahatama Buddh se Babasaheb Ambedkar aur Unke Baad is the Hindi version of the book Understanding Caste: From Budhha to Ambedkar and Beyond published by Orient blackSwan.
  • This book talks about the complex subject of caste in a very easy to understand way. It discusses the historical issue of caste and anti-caste movements. It tells us that how Dalit politics and the Dalit vision require going beyond even the term ‚€˜Dalit‚€™ and how it has contributed to being symbolic of the most oppressed and exploited sections within the graded hierarchies of caste. Discusses about Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and  Mayawati.
  • This book starts with Buddhism and radical bhakti, in the anti-patriarchal stands of early feminists, in the pervasive radicalism of the dalit activists‚€”from Phule and Periyar, Ramabai and Tarabai, to Kabir, Tukaram and Ambedkar. The book also discusses the role of Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and Mayawati in the rise of Dalit politics and Dalit power.
  • This book brings to the reader the failures and triumphs of the many efforts that have aimed to dissolve the oppressive facets of Hinduism and its caste ideology, and continue to organise in newer ways for 'another' possible world where equality and human freedom reign supreme. It also makes visible the logic of dalit politics and the rise of the Bahujan Samaj Party, as a major alternative to the rise of Hindutva.

This important and essential book will be an invaluable primer on the subject of Dalit to students of Dalit and caste studies and politics.

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Migrants and the Neoliberal City by Ranabir Samaddar : Rs1150 ISBN: 9789352872909

India nurtures a contradiction between two images of its cities‚€”they are the engines of economic growth and, at the same time, an inadequate and contested space for its various residents and subjects. Migrants and the Neoliberal City, a culmination of the research conducted by the Calcutta Research Group on rural migrants as the core of the urban poor in India, shows us why and how this contradiction plays out in the lives of migrants, on whose labour the city thrives.

This collection of twelve essays, based on extensive research and fieldwork, investigates the experience of migrating to three of India‚€™s populous metropolitan cities: Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi. They focus on the interrelations between urban policy, governance, forms of labour, migration, and neoliberalism as the political ideology motivating increasing urbanisation of India. It also shows how cities are increasingly turning into sites of conflict, fragmentation and gentrification, fragmentation and acute class conflict.

Since the migrant is central to neoliberal urban development and migrant labour is critical to the transformation of the city, their position in the informal, unorganised sector and their vulnerability to violence makes migrant labour and life precarious. This book documents and examines the coping strategies of such migrants, new forms of urban struggles, and resistances to legal and policy regimes. Focusing on the connections between the material conditions of labour and specific issues such as old age, rent, wage forms, etc., this book also shows how the recruitment and dispersal of this migrant labour in turn restructures urban spaces.

An important addition to the growing literature on Indian urbanism and urbanisation, this book will interest policy analysts and students and scholars of sociology, migration studies, development studies, urban studies and geography.

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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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Novel Formations: The Indian Beginning of a European Genre by Baidik Bhattacharya and Sambudha Sen : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245362

This volume looks at the early Indian novel in a comparative frame, in the light of new conceptual approaches and research. It looks at novels written in various Indian languages as well as English. 

This is not a chronological or comprehensive history of the Indian novel, but a book about the connections between the novel in India as an emerging genre in relation to discourses such as political writing, visual culture, popular print genres, law and ethnography.

A wide-ranging examination of the early Indian novel of the kind to be found here has not been attempted before. This volume breaks new ground in the scholarship on the novel both in India and Europe. It will contribute to discussions on cultural modernity, the emergence of public spheres, and the history of expressive resources and literary languages in modern India.

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Political Ecology of Survival: Life and Labour in the River Lands of East and North-East India by Madhurilata Basu, Rajat Roy and Ranabir Samaddar : Rs925 ISBN: 9789352873616

The world over, resource extraction and an extractive mode of economy have impacted on various population groups, and consequent conflicts over natural resources have damaged earlier modes of resource sharing. The river lands are one such resourceful space where conflicts relating to the development discourse are played out. These once economically-viable lands have become sites of unplanned growth, rampant commercialisation, administrative apathy and the politics of resource extraction.

Drawing on intensive field studies and research, Political Ecology of Survival studies how people living along the river banks, and ‚€˜with the rivers‚€™, of Bihar, deltaic Bengal and the North-East negotiate nature on the one hand, and the economy, politics and administration on the other. It presents a close look at a landscape that is the battleground of environment, economy, and politics, and offers a fresh look at how best to preserve river systems so as to continue with the life and livelihood of humankind.

The communities studied here, heavily dependent on natural resources and hailing from the lowest rungs of society, are forced to negotiate environmental and developmental challenges and related displacements and migration. The essays explore, among others, the problem of floods and erosion in the Brahmaputra valley, resource crises, resource sharing, large scale displacements of population groups in deltaic Bengal and the pressing problem of migration around Barak river in the North-East.

This unique collection will interest students and scholars of migration studies, environmental studies, political science and anthropology. It will also be invaluable for development activists, journalists, policymakers and NGOs working in the field.

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Post-Growth Thinking in India: Towards Sustainable Egalitarian Alternatives by Julien-FranÁois Gerber and Rajeswari S. Raina : Rs1075 ISBN: 9789352873937

The Indian sub-continent has long been involved in global capitalism. While some parts of India are like the Global North in terms of lifestyle and wealth, the majority is clearly part of the poor and exploited Global South.

As the state and the market became key actors in the economy, GDP growth has emerged as the central policy goal. Presently, as a rapidly growing economy with widening inequality and huge environmental problems, India needs to rethink its social‚€“ecological transitions. Post-Growth Thinking in India discusses the relevance of ‚€˜prosperity without growth‚€™, or ‚€˜post-growth‚€™ for India, at a time when grassroots alternatives confront and question the consequences of growth.

‚€˜Post-growth‚€™ calls for a resizing and reorganisation of the social metabolism that would allow societies to live within their ecological means, and within democratic, equitable, and localised economies. This book presents diverse alternatives to the current growth-driven model of development.

The chapters in this book, some of which are Indian contributions to knowledge and policy, seek diverse alternatives to the current growth-driven model of development.

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Rajniti Vigyan: Ek Samagra Adhyayan (Sixth edition) - UGC NET/JRF, TGT, PGT and Higher Education Entrance Exam ke liye vishesh oopyogi by Rajesh Mishra : Rs575 ISBN: 9789352872893

  • This is the SIXTH EDITION of this book published by Orient BlackSwan. The other five editions have been published by Saraswati IAS, Delhi.
  • This edition of Rajniti Vigyan : Ek Samgra Adhyayan is specially designed for Political Science paper of  UGC(NET/JRF) TGT, PGT and Higher Education entrance examinations.
  • This book has SIX PARTS : I. Political Concepts; II. Political Thinkers;  III. Comparative Politics and Political  Analysis;  IV. Indian Political System; V. Public Administration; VI. International Relations.
  • This is the most updated and elaborate book on the subject as it includes current topics such as Goods and Service Tax [GST], Doklam issue, Elections in Nepal etc. which are the most recent topics of 2017-2018
  • This is already an established title among the aspirants of these examinations.
  • Since the questions asked in these examinations are in objective type format, therefore the entire text given in the book is in bullets for making it easier for the students to assimilate and prepare for the exams.
  • The terms have been also given in English wherever found necessary.
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Shasan : Mudde aur Chunotiyan (Governance: Issues and Challenges) by Abhay Prasad Singh & Krishna Murari : Rs275 ISBN: 9789352872022

This is a textbook for the paper ‚€˜Governance: Issues and Challenges‚€ as per the latest CBCS syllabus operational in all universities in India. This paper is offered in both odd and even semesters 1, 2, 3 and 4.

This book deals with different concepts and dimensions of governance highlighting major debates in the contemporary times. There is a need to understand the importance of the concept of governance in the context of a globalizing world, environment, administration, and development. The essence of governance is explored through various good governance initiatives and practices in India.

The book covers the discussion on State Market and Civil Society in the Era of Globalization; Changing Dimensions of Development in India; Strengthening Democracy through Good Governance; Human-Environment Interaction; Green Governance: Sustainable Human Development; Democratic Decentralization; People's Participation in Governance; Good Governance Initiatives in India: Public Service Delivery; Electronic Governance; Citizens Charter & Right to Information and Corporate Social Responsibility.

This Book is written in easy to understand way and has information about the latest initiatives on Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Digital India etc.

Bibliography and index
‚€“ given at the end of the book
Definitional terminology ‚€“ given in preliminary pages

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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 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 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 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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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 Rasa Reader: Classical Indian Aesthetics by Sheldon Pollock : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788178245171

From the early years of the Common Era to 1700, Indian intellectuals explored with unparalleled subtlety the place of emotion in art. Their investigations led to the deconstruction of art's formal structures and broader inquiries into the pleasure of tragic tales. Rasa, or taste, was the word they chose to describe art's aesthetics, and their passionate effort to pin down these phenomena became its own remarkable act of creation.

This book is the first in any language to follow the evolution of rasa from its origins in dramaturgical thought‚€”a concept for the stage‚€”to its flourishing in literary thought‚€”a concept for the page. A Rasa Reader incorporates primary texts by every significant thinker on classical Indian aesthetics, many never translated before.
The arrangement of the selections captures the intellectual dynamism that has powered this debate for centuries. Headnotes explain the meaning and significance of each text, a comprehensive introduction summarizes major threads in intellectual-historical terms, and critical endnotes and an extensive bibliography add further depth to the selections.

The Sanskrit theory of emotion in art is one of the most sophisticated in the ancient world. A Rasa Reader's conceptual detail, historical precision, and clarity will appeal to any scholar interested in a full portrait of global intellectual development.

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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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Bhartiya Shasan, Samvaidhanik Loktantra aur Rajnitik Prakriya Foreword by Professor Rekha Saxena by Tapan Biswal (Volume editor), : Rs395 ISBN: 9789386392695

This textbook is written as per the CBCS syllabus for the following  papers of BA Political Science First year:
Indian Government and Politics [BA Programme Paper II]
Constitutional Government and Democracy in India  [Sem I Paper 1]and 
Political Process in India [Sem I paper II].  

The book covers the basic structure of Indian government; how constitutional democracy works; and the political process takes place during the functionality of Indian Democracy.

This book will acquaint students with the constitutional design of state structures and institutions, and their actual working on over a period of time. The Indian Constitution accommodates conflicting impulses (of liberty and justice, territorial decentralization and a strong union, for instance) within itself.

The book further  shows that actual politics in India diverges quite significantly from constitutional legal rules. An understanding of the political process thus calls for a different mode of analysis - that offered by political sociology. It will also familiarize students with the working of the Indian state, paying attention to the contradictory dynamics of modern state power.

The book has 27 Chapters spread over 10 Units.
The book is appended with bibliography, index and political terminology English-Hindi.

The Foreword of the book is written by Professor Rekha Saxsena , Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. 

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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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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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Decentralisation, Governance and Development: An Indian Perspective by Pranab Kumar Das (ed.), with a Foreword by Dilip Mookherjee : Rs995 ISBN: 9789386296887

India believed it could take development closer to its people, make the government more accountable, and empower women and oppressed communities through decentralisation‚€”the provision of political and financial autonomy at the local level through the three-tier Panchayati Raj structure.

Fifteen years after the 73rd and 74th Amendments that brought in this innovation, what is the performance of the local government in India? Decentralisation, Governance and Development provides a comprehensive assessment that answers this question.

Drawing from the examples of the two states where decentralisation has been most successful‚€”Kerala and West Bengal‚€”this volume explores the causes and effects of failures in implementation and issues of governance. These essays by scholars from diverse disciplines, as well as policymakers and practitioners, will equip readers with both a theoretical understanding of the issues concerning local government, and the practical problems of designing and implementing policy framework in the field.

This book will be useful to students and scholars of development studies, economics, political science and sociology, and public servants and policymakers.

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Exploring Emergent Global Thresholds: Towards 2030 by Richard Falk, Manoranjan Mohanty and Victor Faessel (Eds) : Rs1050 ISBN: 9789386392428

This volume presents multiple viewpoints on the possible future of the planet, as well as on what people in different parts of the world hope for and fear about the near future.

Our current era can be described as the beginning of a new, historical phase of the ‚€˜Anthropocene‚€™ age, where humans are becoming increasingly conscious of the effects of their actions on nature, culture, and human relationships. As the first section shows, this realisation is acquiring greater significance in current development discourse and policymaking, particularly in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The fate of the human species rests on a sustainable collaboration with nature, as is apparent by the impact of climate change on food, energy, and water.

Arguing in favour of a possible decline in American importance, the second section discusses the encouraging opportunities this could create, as well as the future of both ‚€˜citizenship‚€™ and national self-determination. The third section focuses on the re-emergence of religion and civilisational identities as significant factors in world affairs, along with an exploration of alternative forms of secularism that could respond to changing cultural expectations. The final section considers the arena of policy and behaviour ‚€“ gender-specific practices and policies; political participation in India; and international peacekeeping operations.

With contributions from leading thinkers and academics from around the world, this prescient volume will interest students and scholars of global studies, international relations, culture studies, peace and conflict studies, and political theory.

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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 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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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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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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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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Neighbours, Major Powers and Indian Foreign Policy by Aneek Chatterjee : Rs225 ISBN: 9788193415757

Neighbours, Major Powers and Indian Foreign Policy is a significant addition to the field of International Relations. Today, after nearly three decades of economic liberalisation, the nation is poised to become a major economic force in the world. The tectonic shift in India‚€™s economic performance has attracted the attention of the world, especially neighbours and major powers. But the most important question in the broader picture of an ‚€˜Emerging India‚€™ relates to India‚€™s Foreign Policy. Has Indian Foreign Policy emerged sufficiently to allow India to shoulder the label of an Economic Powerhouse? This volume seeks an answer to this crucial question.

The volume is divided into two sections: the first, titled ‚€˜India and Its Neighbours‚€™, studies India‚€™s relations with countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Myanmar. The second section, titled ‚€˜India and Major Powers‚€™, explores India‚€™s foreign relations with the US, the UK, China, Russia, Japan, the European Union, and the ASEAN.

This volume:

  • Acquaints readers with the history of bilateral relations between India and other countries.
  • Recommends future course of India‚€™s foreign policy with all the countries studied.
  • Provides a comparative analysis of trade and economic relations between nations.
  • Traces the evolution of Indian foreign policy‚€”from the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, to the incumbent prime minister, Narendra Modi.
  • Discusses the impact of contemporary international politics, such as Donald Trump‚€™s presidency in the US and India‚€“US relations.

Written in a lucid and accessible style, this book will be indispensible for UG and PG students, civil service aspirants, researchers and foreign policy analysts.

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Public Administration: From Government to Governance by Bidyut Chakrabarty and Prakash Chand : Rs295 ISBN: 9789386689320

This book describes the various models, theories and practices of public administration and governance. It balances the dominant Western perspectives and models on administration with non-Western perspectives, and blends theory with practice by carefully explaining the theories governing the discipline while simultaneously focusing on public policy programmes. And, importantly, it describes how the local context heavily influences public administration, and why, therefore, it is difficult to formulate a universal definition or theory of the discipline.

Public Administration: From Government to Governance provides:

  • Detailed discussions on the various classical theories, landmark conferences (such as Minnowbrook) and the changing discourses around the discipline of public administration.
  • A comprehensive study of various non-Western models of governance through the works of M. K. Gandhi, Mao Zedong and Julius Nyerere.
  • Chapters on governance and e-governance, public policy, and the failures and successes of major policies, ethics in governance, and the untapped potential of local governance in our country.
  • Contemporary theoretical developments and the growing role of the market and civil society in governance.

This book serves as a ready-reckoner of public administration, incorporating almost all the important aspects of political and social life that are part of the process of governing. It will be useful for undergraduate and postgraduate students of political science and public administration, researchers and civil service aspirants.

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Rashtravaad ka Bhaaratnama : Bharat mein Upniveshvaad aur Raashtravaad by Abhay Prasad Singh : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125058892

Rashtravaad ka Bharatnama : Bharat mein Upniveshvaad aur Rashtravaad  is aimed for the students of Choice based Credit System (CBCS) course semester 5 under ‚€˜Discipline Specific Elective‚€™-4 (DSE) 5. of BA Hons political science.  The purpose of this book is to help students understand historically the advent of colonialism in India and the emergence of the discourse on nationalism as a response to it. The aim is to engage with theoretical explanations of colonialism and nationalism in India at the same time study the social, political and institutional practices that unfolded in that period, gradually paving way towards independence and democracy in India. This is a core textbook on the nationalism, which will help students  to  understand the complexity  of the subject.

The introduction of the book covers the latest debate on nationalism, which is taking place at national as well as  international levels.

The Foreword of the book is written by Professor Mahendra Prasad Singh, Ex-Head, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, an an authority on the subect.  

The four Appendices of the book include :  I. bibliography; II. Important personalities of the National Movement; III. Glossary;  IV. A chronology of events related to colonialism in India given as a ready reckoner.

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Refashioning India: Gender, Media, and a Transformed Public Discourse by Maitrayee Chaudhuri : Rs895 ISBN: 9789386689009

In 1991, the Indian state‚€™s new economic policies led to a greater role of the market. A public discourse that had till then been defined by self-reliance, equity and austerity had to be refashioned. The Indian middle class learnt that ‚€˜thrift‚€™ was not a virtue, and ‚€˜shopping was legitimate pleasure‚€™.

This period witnessed other significant developments: the rise of Hindutva; assertion of marginalised castes; and increasing institutionalisation of feminism. The book details how consumerism, combined with ideas of individualism, empowerment and choice in a contemporary public culture, paved the way for an instant, feel-good, and then aggressive nationalism.

Refashioning India maps this process through a compilation of the author‚€™s works, written at different points in time from the early 1990s, through the next two decades up to mid-2017.

The chapters offer detailed studies of advertisements; everyday details in the English-language print media; the communicative abundance of television; the dangers of instant access and unequal ignorance; and the dynamics of a transformed public sphere.

Refashioning India provides a chronicle of contemporary India, written by an author who is as much a participant member as an observer of everyday life in a changing India.

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Samyukta Rashtra evm Vaishvik Sangharsh by Vijay Kumar Verma : Rs325 ISBN: 9789386392596

Samyukta Rashtra evm Vaishvik Sangharsh is a core/text book for the BA (Hons) Political Science courses of Delhi University. This is a generic elective (interdisciplinary) paper for first four semesters of CBCS  UG course. 
It will also cater to the Political science course of School of Open Learning.  It also covers some parts of the syllabus on the United Nations for Civil serices courses.

This book is a detailed account of the organizational structure and the political process of the UN, and how it has evolved since 1945, especially in terms of dealing with the major global conflicts.

The Book is divided into five parts:
I.The United Nations
(a) An Historical Overview of the United Nations;
(b) Principles and Objectives;
(c) Structures and Functions: General Assembly, Security Council, and Economic and Social Council; the International Court of Justice and the specialized agencies
(d) Peace Keeping, Peace Making and Enforcement, Peace Building and Responsibility to Protect;
(e) Millennium Development Goals.

II. Major Global Conflicts since the Second World War:
(a) Korean War
(b) Vietnam War
(c) Afghanistan Wars
(d) Balkans: Serbia and Bosnia. It also covers Assessment of the United Nations as an International Organization: Imperatives of Reforms and the Process of Reforms.

III.Social and Economic Issues: Human rights, Women‚€™s rights, Global Environment, Peace and Development, UN and the third world countries. 

IV. Assessment of the UN.

V. Appendix: UN Charter, Universal declaration of Human rights, International Court of Justice, Independence of colonies, Peace Keeping Missions.

This book provides UN charter both in Hindi and English, as ready reference for students and reader to consult.

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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 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 Indian Parliament: A Critical Appraisal by Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar : Rs650 ISBN: 9789386392435

The Indian Parliament: A Critical Appraisal examines the credibility and legitimacy of the Indian parliament and its functioning, and provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of India‚€™s parliamentary democracy.

The introduction analyses the relationship between the functioning of parliamentary institutions and rapid changes in Indian society, particularly the onset of coalition politics and economic reforms. Part One examines the institutional standards of Parliament‚€™s performance: the need for a more effective law to curb defections; the important procedure of private members‚€™ legislation; whether bicameralism has served its original purpose; and the need for better enforcement of rules to prevent indiscipline and misbehaviour. Part Two focuses on different forms of parliamentary control, and the evolving relationship between the legislature and the executive in a time of unstable coalitions. Finally, Part Three analyses external factors affecting the internal functioning of Parliament, such as the role of the media, criminalisation of politics, and the influence of civil society organisations and movements.

This volume will be indispensable for students and scholars of political science, law and public administration, policymakers and journalists.

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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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Theoretical Foundations of Comparative Politics by Subrata Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy : Rs350 ISBN: 9789386296306

The modern study of Comparative Politics emerged in the late nineteenth century, and since then has evolved largely due to the research in US universities. Comparative Politics is one of the three core components of political science, the other two being political theory and international relations. However, it was only in the twentieth century that comparative government and politics emerged as an important sub-field within the discipline of political science. Since then, it has undergone tremendous transformation in terms of its nature and ambit of study.

Theoretical Foundations of Comparative Politics analyses in depth the theories and concepts that form the foundation of comparative politics. Concentrating on the study of this sub-discipline in the context of the developing world, this book:

  • Analyses core concepts from a non-Western perspective.
  • Explains new modifications to the study of comparative politics, for example, through the theories of Skocpol and Wallerstein.
  • Analyses various forms of government‚€”federal system, parliamentary and presidential systems.
  • Analyses the notion of the state and its different perspectives.
  • Discusses the impact of liberalisation and globalisation on comparative politics.
  • Discusses important world events, such as the collapse of communism in the 1990s, a unified Europe and the recent Brexit, and their effect on the discipline.
  • Examines new issues of gender and environment, and how they are affecting contemporary comparative politics.

Detailed and filled with recent, relevant examples from world and Indian politics, this book will be invaluable to undergraduate and postgraduate students of political science and comparative politics.

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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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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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Afghanistan‚€™s Regional Dilemmas: South Asia and Beyond by Harsh V. Pant : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125063223

All major regional players and global powers are struggling to come to terms with the aftermath of the withdrawal of NATO-led Western military forces from Afghanistan. Regional cooperation has been declared as the only viable alternative to the tensions that have plagued Afghanistan for decades.

Various South and Central Asian governments have underscored that they recognise that Afghanistan‚€™s problems of terrorism, narcotics trafficking and corruption affect them all; and that these have to be addressed through cooperative efforts. In November 2011, they adopted the Istanbul Protocol that committed countries as diverse as China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Russia to cooperate in countering terrorism, drug trafficking and insurgency in Afghanistan and its neighbouring areas. 

However, practical difficulties in implementing the vision of regional cooperation remain stark, as regional power struggles remain potent. While Turkey made a public effort to mediate differences between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Central Asian states worry that extremist groups based in Pakistan and Afghanistan will infiltrate Central Asia and launch terrorist attacks.

Iran opposes any long-term American presence in Afghanistan, while Russia wants to ensure that Afghanistan does not become the source of Islamist instability. China wants to preserve its growing economic profile in Afghanistan, but is not interested in making any significant political investment; India, for its part, shares common interests with the regional states with respect to Afghanistan.

The first book to examine the impact of Western withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and the interests and policies of major regional players, Afghanistan‚€™s Regional Dilemmas: South Asia and Beyond will be indispensible for students and scholars of international relations, strategic studies, peace and conflict studies.

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Antarrashtriya Sambandh by Tapan Biswal : Rs370 ISBN: 9788125061397

Antarraashtriya Sambandh is a book for the students of International Relations [IR]. This book clearly portrays the Indian perspective on the emerging international issues. In terms of simplicity, clarity and coverage, the book adequately addresses to the requirements of the students [undergraduates and post graduates] of universities where this subject is taught in Hindi. It is a useful book for the aspirants of IAS and allied Civil services.

The book provides good understanding of International Relations to the students. This book has eleven chapters.

The book introduces students to theoretical approaches to international relations.

It deals with the Cold War and Post Cold War era, a period where India‚€™s participation in international relations actually started. The chapter discusses in detail major events happened in the world beginning with the twentieth century like Russian revolution, First World War, Second world War, bipolar world and Cold war, NAM, post cold war, emergence of unipolar world, 9/11 and the Iraq war.

The book talks about India‚€™s foreign policy since independence till date. The chapter provides the latest developments [including Modi era up to 2015], which includes India‚€™s relations with the US, China, Russia, France, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan and Africa. It has also covered the conference on Climate change held in Paris in 2015.

The book is very contemporary in its contents as it covers the multilateral economic organizations and international monetary and trade regimes, e.g the working of the World Bank, IMF, GATT, WTO, Patent system, Intellectual property rights, global environment etc. It also describes the agencies of international political economy like formation of SAPTA, NAFTA, ASEAN etc. Chapter 6 is dedicated to globalization only.

The book also analyzes the issues like international terrorism and actors like the UN in contemporary world. The book analyes the Role of the UN in the perspective of its strengths and weaknesses, feminist perspectives in international relations, global environmental issues and international terrorism. It also covers the geopolitics and geo economic perspective in international relations, which is very rare for any book written in Hindi on the subject.

This book provides to an international relations‚€™ student, everything which he/she needs to understand this subject.

The book is appended with the terminological glossary of international relations and an index.

This is the second edition published by Orient BlackSwan. The book has been updated up to 2015 in the OBS edition published February 2016. Antarrashtriya Sambandh has been an established book and the first edition of which was published by Macmillan India in 2010.

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Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History by Stuart Hall and Jennifer Daryl Slack and Lawrence Grossberg (Eds) : Rs925 ISBN: 9789386296696

Cultural Studies 1983 is a testament to Stuart Hall's contributions to progressive thought and politics. The eight foundational lectures that Hall delivered at the University of Illinois in 1983 introduced a broad range of audiences to a thinker and a discipline that changed the course of critical scholarship and of political imagination and strategy.

Unavailable until now, these lectures clearly lay out Hall's original engagement with the theoretical positions that led to the formation of Cultural Studies. While presenting the intellectual background of the discipline of Cultural Studies, Hall discusses the works of Richard Hoggart, Raymond Williams, and E. P. Thompson; the influence of structuralism; the limitations and possibilities of Marxist theory; the importance of Althusser, and the radical possibilities opened up by Gramsci.

These lectures also highlight the connection between Hall‚€™s academic work and his political strategizing. As a founding member of the original English New Left, and the founding editor of New Left Review, Hall helped to reshape and reorient our understanding of progressive politics in the modern world.

This book will be invaluable to scholars and students in the disciplines of critical race studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, literary studies, gender studies, political science, and sociology.

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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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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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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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Indian Foreign Policy: An Overview by Harsh V. Pant : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125063148

India now plays an important role on the global stage. Its political clout has increased, along with its economic and military growth. Considered a balancing power in the Asia-Pacific region, it is also seen as a democratic ally in the West, even as it challenges it on issues such as non-proliferation or global trade. India‚€™s rise in global politics has confounded policy-makers and observers alike. However, while India is more confident of its capabilities than in the past, it remains unsure of its role in the world.

This book presents an overview of Indian foreign policy today. It looks at the range of factors shaping India‚€™s foreign policy, from domestic politics to material capabilities, as well as India‚€™s relations with the world and neighbouring countries. Key global issues, such as India‚€™s role in international and regional organizations, nuclear proliferation, democracy, or climate change, are also discussed. In addition, ‚€œsnapshots‚€ focus on important issues such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) grouping and terrorism.

Written by an expert in the field, Indian Foreign Policy will be a key resource for scholars and students studying Indian politics, comparative international relations, Asian politics, as well as globalization.

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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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New South Asian Security: Six Core Relations Underpinning Regional Security by Chris Ogden : Rs875 ISBN: 9788125062615

New South Asian Security recasts the interpretation of security and international relations in South Asia. Moving away from the traditional emphasis on India‚€“Pakistan relations, this volume focuses on the region‚€™s unique confluence of two of the international system‚€™s rising great powers (China and India), and two of its failing and most unstable states (Pakistan and Afghanistan). It also acknowledges that South Asian security rests upon the interaction between these four important states.

The volume also highlights the region‚€™s present status as the fulcrum of contemporary dynamics of international relations and global trends (from rising powers and an Asian Century, to international terrorism, nuclear proliferation and energy security threats). These factors make South Asian security significant to the world, and highlight its relevance to the nature (and future) of the international system.

It explicitly:

brings Afghanistan and China into the study of South Asian relations;

confirms the relevance of big powers in South Asia to regional/global politics;

compares the core norms underpinning bilateral relations among its four critical states; and

constructs a collective understanding of the strategic interests driving regional security.

It thus both broadens and redefines our sense of South Asia, while underscoring the increased need for regional understandings concerning its security and stability, in the context of the planned withdrawal of external actors from Afghanistan.

This book will be indispensable for students and scholars of international relations, strategic studies, and peace and conflict studies. 

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Padilechina Telangana (telugu version of the fall and rise of telangana) by Gautam Pingle : Rs395 ISBN: 9788125059547

This book is a Telugu version of the Book The Fall and Rise of Telangana published by Orient BlackSwan in 2014.

Post Independence, the state of Andhra Pradesh was created by merging the Telangana region, a part of the princely state of Hyderabad, with the coastal region of Andhra and Rayalaseema‚€”both parts of the erstwhile Madras state. With Madras, the major source of income of the state, allocated to Tamil Nadu, it was necessary to include the revenue-surplus Telangana to create a financially viable entity.

However, there had always been doubts about the long-term feasibility of such an arrangement. Jawaharlal Nehru had even considered the provision of a ‚€˜divorce‚€™ if the ‚€˜marriage‚€™ between the three regions did not turn out to be mutually beneficial.

Despite several agreements, laws and government orders safeguarding the interests of the people of Telangana, modern history records a sordid tale of exploitation, agitation, assurances and broken promises. The author shows how the Srikrishna Commission that was formed to look into the matter and impartially recommend a way forward ‚€˜subverted‚€™ the process and came forward with a predetermined solution.

Today, despite violent agitation, the surplus revenue of the region continues to be disproportionately diverted to Coastal Andhra, while land around Hyderabad is quite often illegally allocated to land sharks from other regions.

The author has painstakingly dissected the Telangana problem from its inception to the where a separate state seems to be inevitable. He has identified the political reasons for the behaviour of the national leaders in making promises and later reneging on them, and shows how this betrayal has affected the people of the region.

In the final chapter, the author proposes a model for the trifurcation of the state and how this can be made equitable and just. Vocal and hard-hitting, this book will be valuable for students of political science and general readers interested in the movement.

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Participation at the Crossroads: Decentralisation and Water Politics in West Bengal by Bhaskar Chakrabarti : Rs775 ISBN: 9788125063087

There is a trend the world over to make governments more accountable and responsive to local people through decentralisation of authority. Such an effort is aimed at overcoming inefficient allocation of natural resources by centrally administered agencies. The objective is to encourage participation of people in the decision-making process at the grassroots level. In India, the 73rd constitutional amendment of 1992 decentralised agriculture, irrigation and management of drinking water to the Panchayats. In West Bengal, the Panchayats were revitalised much before the constitutional amendment, soon after the Left Front government came to power. 

While the initial phase of Left Front rule saw enthusiastic participation by the village poor, when the water crisis reached a peak during the last years of Left Front rule, relatively few people in villages took part in government-sponsored initiatives. This leads to the core question: Why do more people not participate? Why are small cultivators and agricultural labourers, who are most profoundly affected by decisions regarding water management, even less inclined to be involved in decision-making?

Participation at the Crossroads discusses decentralised governance and the politics of water management in India, with specific focus on West Bengal. Through fieldwork in villages during the last years of Left Front rule in the state, the author highlights the little studied aspect of local participation in decision-making processes relating to allocation of water. Through his case studies, the author shows how the unavailability of water is causing small cultivators to turn away from agriculture; the reasons behind the low turnout of small cultivators and agricultural labourers at village meetings; and how political interference at various levels in decentralisation creates problems, often leading to a skewed access to water.

This timely and important book will be very useful to students and scholars of development studies, political science, public administration, anthropology, and sociology. It will also be invaluable to practitioners working in the fields of water policy and rural management.

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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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Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle to Decriminalize Homosexuality in India by Jyoti Puri : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125062363

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is one among the large and complex system of laws, policies, and practices aimed at mitigating the threat of homosexuality. This statute endangers a range of subjects, including religious minorities, who are troublingly considered prone to same-sex behavior.

In Sexual States, Jyoti Puri tracks the efforts to decriminalize homosexuality and to show that the regulation of sexuality is fundamentally tied to the enduring existence of the state in order to understand how Section 377 is governed. Through extensive fieldwork among state institutions, she finds that the law and state agencies such as the police are pre-occupied with managing sexuality and its perceived threat to the social order. Equally interested in efforts to modify Section 377, this book draws on encounters with sexuality rights activists to highlight the approaches and strategies that have evolved over the course of their struggle.

Sexual States also discusses the shutting down of dance bars, modifications in rape laws, and efforts to curtail migration from Bangladesh to show that regulating sexuality more generally helps uphold regional and national states as inevitable, legitimate, and indispensable. By highlighting the heterogeneous sexual states in the Indian context, Puri provides a framework to understand the links between sexuality and the state. 

This book will be of significant interest to scholars and students of sexuality and gender studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, and legal studies.

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Social Policy by Jean DrŤze : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125062844

The reach of social policy in India has expanded significantly in recent years. Facilities such as schools and anganwadis (child care centres) have become an accepted norm for every village; health centres are more accessible and better equipped; nutrition programmes, public works and social security pensions are reaching larger numbers of people than before. Some of these benefits now take the form of enforceable legal entitlements.

Yet the performance of these social programmes is far from ideal. Most Indian states still have a long way to go in putting in place effective social policies that directly address the interests, demands and rights of the unprivileged.

Social Policy is a collection of essays, previously published in the Economic and Political Weekly, on these and related issues. The 24 chapters have been clustered around six major themes: ‚€˜health‚€™, ‚€˜education‚€™, ‚€˜food security‚€™, ‚€˜employment guarantee‚€™, ‚€˜pensions and cash transfers‚€™ and ‚€˜inequality and social exclusion‚€™. For the first time, wide-ranging analyses of these critical issues by distinguished scholars are brought together in a single volume. The wealth of data presented in these studies will be invaluable to researchers in this field.

With an introduction by Jean DrŤze, Social Policy will be an indispensible read for students and scholars of sociology, economics, political science and development studies.

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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 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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The Writings of James Manor: Politics and State-Society Relations in India by James Manor, with a Foreword by Niraja Gopal Jayal : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125062509

The Writings of James Manor: Politics and State-Society Relations in India is a definitive collection of essays which depicts Manor‚€™s range of interests. They are divided into five sections. The first is a commentary on the emergence of a consolidated democracy in India, and discusses two major themes‚€”political awakening and political decay‚€”which, together with political regeneration, forms the three key processes at work in Indian politics over the past forty years.

If one aspect of the management of democratic affairs is linked to the Indian voters and their shifting political choices, the other is where political leaders step in; and Manor is equally interested in both. He devotes three sections to the nature of political parties, the trends of regional politics, and how, at all these levels, political actors manage the challenges of governance. He addresses the regional dynamics of politics through the lens of political leadership in the fourth section. In the last section, he comments on the more recent phase of Indian politics.

The Foreword by Niraja Gopal Jayal is a fitting tribute from a colleague. A celebration of the singular scholarship of one of the leading chroniclers of Indian politics, this will be invaluable for students, teachers and everyone interested in the politics of India.

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Tulnaatmak Rajniti: Sansthaayen aur Prakriyayen (Hindi original) by Tapan Biswal : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125061403

The world is beset with conflicting realities. Inhuman slave trade and the scramble for colonies coexisted while liberal values were sweeping the western world. In contemporary times Rule of law coexists with oppressive regimes, while Globalization promotes universal global economic order there are crumbling economic realities such as deprivation and marginalization.

This textbook traces the transition from an aristocratic social order deeply laced with the concept of hierarchy to a democratic order based on equality. Invoking equality as the norm for establishing a new legal and political order has not wiped out traces of hierarchical order in the modern world. Events like French Revolution, Russian Revolution, Tiananmen Square and Tahrir Square to the silent revolution by Aung San Suu Kyi are a testimony of an egalitarian world.

The book Tulnatmak Rajniti: Sansthaayen aur Prakriyayen is carefully crafted and constructed around those areas which unfold the history and evolution of institutions of governance in the developed, developing and underdeveloped countries as also the various political processes associated with it.

This book is designed to cover major topics/course of School of Open Learning, Delhi University; Delhi and other university‚€™s undergraduate program along with Central and Provincial civil service examination‚€™s syllabus of Comparative Politics. Chapters are penned by various scholars of Political Science while edited by a very senior academic of Delhi University Tapan Biswal. This book is quite useful for all types of graduate students and participators of important competitive examinations.

This book has all chapter titles and major technical terminologies given in Hindi with their English equivalents wherever found necessary in the text and also appended in the book in Appendix I [paaribhashik Shabdaavali]. Appendix II includes the index of words [Shabd-anukramanika].

This is the first Orient BlackSwan edition of this book.

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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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Water: Growing Understanding, Emerging Perspectives by Mihir Shah and P. S. Vijayshankar : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125062929

For decades after independence, Indian planning ignored the need for sustainability and equity in water resource development and management. There was just one way forward, that of harnessing the bounty in our rivers and below the ground, and this strategy had almost completely unquestioned acceptance. It was only in the 1990s that serious questions began to be raised on the wisdom of our understanding and approach to rivers. Around the same time, the sustainability of our strategy of groundwater development under the Green Revolution also began to be interrogated.

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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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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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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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Building a Just World : Essays in Honour of Muchkund Dubey by Manoranjan Mohanty,Vinod C. Khanna,Biswajit Dhar (eds.) : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125059066

Muchkund Dubey is one of Indias best-known diplomats and public intellectuals. For many decades he played a key role in the making of India‚€™s foreign policy and in shaping the United Nations programmes for developing countries. This volume celebrates Muchkund Dubey‚€™s life-long endeavour to build a just world through purposive action in the form of policy and scholarship.

In discussing the key components of building a just world, in this volume, contributors from across the world address global, national, regional as well as grass-roots concerns. They make strong pleas for changes in the global trading and financial systems, propose alternative economic models for developing countries, and reflect on the impact of the emergence of China and India in global politics.

The chapters also discuss ways to promote disarmament in general and nuclear disarmament in particular, voice their concerns on the impasse over climate change negotiations and the recurrent hunt for natural resources in developing countries by forces of global hegemony, besides examining key issues concerning social development.

The interviews with Muchkund Dubey provide readers an insight into his life and career. The Foreword by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former UN Secretary General, is a fitting tribute significant to this book.

This book will be useful for national and global policy makers as well as students and scholars of international relations, strategic studies and political science.

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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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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 club explores 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 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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Naarivaadi Siddhaant aur Vyavahaar by Shubhra Parmar : Rs295 ISBN: 9788125060482

This book is aimed for the Political Science third year honours course for the paper ‚€˜feminism: Theory and Practice‚€™ Generic Elective II core interdisciplinary paper‚€™ of Delhi University. It is an optional paper for the students of all subjects except who opt Political Science honours.

This book covers history of feminism in the west, socialist societies and in anti-colonial struggles. It also talks about the gendered analysis of Indian society, economy and polity with a view to understanding the structures of gender inequalities. The book discusses the contemporary debates on feminism and the history of feminist struggles in India; the construction of gender and an understanding of complexity of patriarchy. It analyses the theoretical debates within feminism. The book also deals with the contemporary Indian women‚€™s movements.

This book covers contemporary issues like sex worker and sex trafficking, honor killing and domestic violence.The book has a separate chapter on women achievers from various walks of life.This book is appended with case studies, chronology of important events of feminist movements in India and the world; feminism related vocabulary; and an index. 

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Pipe Politics, Contested Waters : Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai by Lisa BjŲrkman : Rs1025 ISBN: 9788125059578

Despite Mumbai's position as India's financial, economic, and cultural capital, water is chronically unavailable for rich and poor alike. Mumbai's dry taps are puzzling, given that the city does not lack for either water or financial resources.

In Pipe Politics, Contested Waters, Lisa BjŲrkman shows how an elite dream to transform Mumbai into a "world class" business center has wreaked havoc on the city‚€™s water pipes. In rich ethnographic detail, Pipe Politics explores how the everyday work of getting water animates and inhabits a penumbra of infrastructural activity‚€”of business, brokerage, secondary markets, and socio-political networks‚€”whose workings are reconfiguring and rescaling political authority in the city. Mumbai‚€™s increasingly illegible and volatile hydrologies, BjŲrkman argues, are lending infrastructures increasing political salience just as actual control over pipes and flows becomes contingent upon dispersed and intimate assemblages of knowledge, power, and material authority. These new arenas of contestation reveal the illusory and precarious nature of the project to remake Mumbai in the image Shanghai or Singapore, and gesture instead towards the highly-contested futures and democratic possibilities of the actually existing city.

Pipe Politics, Contested Waters will find interest among both scholarly and popular readerships, as well as among policymakers and urban practitioners.  The text is suitable for graduate and postgraduate courses related to Global Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Governance, Urbanization and Planning, Political Ethnography, Subaltern Urbanism, Indian Politics, and Water Studies.

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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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Samkaleen Bharat mein Vikas ki Prakriya aur Saamaajik Aandolan by Abhay Prasad Singh : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125059448

1] This textbook is written as per the ‚€˜Samkaleen Bharat mein Vikas ki Prakriya aur Saamaajik Aandolan [Development Process and Social Movements in Contemporary India]‚€™ ‚€“ paper of undergraduate courses in  Delhi university. [This is the Paper xix of Semester V of the three year Honors courses and xiv paper of FYUP DC-I, III year UG courses of Delhi university]
b] This paper is also taught in MA political science in Delhi University.
c] The aspirants of Civil services will also be benefited with this book.

2] Development process has been an untouched area so far a political science textbook is concerned. Books on basic topics like Indian government and politics, comparative politics etc. have been written and published for UG and PG or UPSC markets in abundance across Hindi speaking belt in India. But there has been a dearth of a textbook on development process as such in detail.  
Currently, the students make their own notes from the books published on the various aspects and events of the development of Indian political events and social movements but always look for an exclusive book on the process of development in contemporary Indian political scenario. 

3] This is a contributory volume. This book introduces the students to the conditions, contexts and forms of political contestation over development paradigms and their bearing on the retrieval of democratic voice of citizens.
Under the influence of globalization, development processes in India have undergone transformation to produce spaces of advantage and disadvantage and new geographies of power.
A variety of protest movements emerged to challenge this development paradigm that evidently also weakens the democratic space so very vital to the formulation of critical consensus.

4] There is a detailed introduction to the book.
5] Each chapter has end notes and references.
6] This textbook is appended with glossary, abbreviations, bibliography and an index.
7] This book is going to be one of its kind ever published in Hindi on this subject.

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Secularism, Identiy, And Enchantment by Akeel Bilgrami : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244716

Bringing clarity to a subject clouded by polemic, Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment is a rigorous exploration of how secularism and identity emerged as concepts in different parts of the modern world. At a time when secularist and religious worldviews appear irreconcilable, Akeel Bilgrami strikes out on a path distinctly his own, criticizing secularist proponents and detractors, liberal universalists and multicultural relativists alike.

Those who ground secularism in arguments that aspire to universal reach, Bilgrami argues, fundamentally misunderstand the nature of politics. To those, by contrast, who regard secularism as a mere outgrowth of colonial domination, he offers the possibility of a more conceptually vernacular ground for political secularism. Focusing on the response to Salman Rushdie‚€™s Satanic Verses, Bilgrami asks why Islamic identity has so often been a mobilizing force against liberalism, and he answers the question with diagnostic sympathy, providing a philosophical framework within which the Islamic tradition might overcome the resentments prompted by its colonized past and present.

Turning to Gandhi‚€™s political and religious thought, Bilgrami ponders whether the increasing appeal of religion in many parts of the world reflects a growing disillusionment not with science but with an outlook of detachment around the rise of modern science and capitalism. He elaborates a notion of enchantment along metaphysical, ethical, and political lines with a view to finding in secular modernity a locus of meaning and value, while addressing squarely the anxiety that all such notions hark back nostalgically to a time that has passed.

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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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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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Three Essays on the Mahabharata: Exercises in Literary Hermeneutics by Sibaji Bandyopadhyay : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125060710

Three Essays on the Mahabharata investigates what the Mahabharata and the Gita mean today, how that meaning has been constituted, and how it is exploited to fashion the practice of everyday Indian politics.

Treating these hallowed texts as ‚€˜pre-texts‚€™ to gain a more nuanced understanding of India‚€™s colonial and pre-colonial discourses on the meaning of the Indian ‚€˜essence‚€™, the author underscores that the forty-seventh verse of the second chapter of the Gita (Gita 2.47‚€”ma phale?u kadacana) is now unanimously accepted as the kernel verse. By situating pre-modern commentaries on 2.47 with modern commentaries on and translations of the same, the author demonstrates that a series of conceptual shifts have accompanied the process of consecrating the verse to the highest rank.

Together, the three essays in this book deal with:

  1. The political ramifications of both the form and the content of Gita 2.47 through nineteenth and twentieth-century commentaries on and translations of the Gita;

  2. The style of narration of the Mahabharata War, and the significance of the disquiet expressed by several modern commentators;

  3. The ethical significance of the term An??amsaya (‚€˜non-cruelty‚€™ / ‚€˜leniency‚€™), which functions as a middle term between ‚€˜violence‚€™ and ‚€˜non-violence‚€™ in the Mahabharata, and the long shadow it casts on the question of ethical propriety in the domain of political practice.

Rather than offering yet another alternative interpretation of either the Mahabharata or the Gita, this book looks at the subtle processes through which pre-modern categories are transformed by modern mediations, and how these provide for a retrospective analysis of texts composed centuries ago. This deeply interesting and unique work will be invaluable to students of cultural studies and philosophy.

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‚€˜When the Saints Go Marching In‚€™: The Curious Ambivalence of Religious Sadhus in Recent Politics in India by Rajesh Pradhan : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125052692

India is full of stories of yogis, bursting in saffron on photo-postcards and mundane streets. These are saints who speak in many voices: calm and wise, vitriolic and adversarial, mystical and transcendental. Their non-worldliness sets them apart from the common man. But one event showed the world another face of the quintessential sadhu‚€”that of the political actor.
When the Saints go Marching In documents the role played by sadhus in Indian national politics. They came together in 1992, to oversee the Babri-mosque demolition and propelled the BJP into national prominence. Then these sadhus splintered among themselves and with the BJP, and preferred reticence to the spotlight.

What were the factors that caused the theatrical union of these highly-individualistic, strong-willed and eloquent sadhus? How did the sudden splintering in their unity come about soon after 1992?
This volume is based on fieldwork across two decades and presents a unique insight into the mind of ascetics who were active in a political upheaval. By drawing our attention to their inconsistencies, worldliness and their human aspirations as actors in this political drama, this volume breaks the monolithic image of the sadhu that traditional narratives have scripted. This book makes necessary immediate reading, given the penetration of religious fundamentalism and its looming presence in national political life.

This book will be an indispensible read for students and scholars of political science and will also be of interest to general readers.

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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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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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Combating Corruption: The Indian Case by Yogesh Atal and Sunil K. Choudhary : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125052333

With the exposure of major scams like 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh, public anger against corruption boiled over as witnessed in the massive protests of 2011‚€“12.
Combating Corruption: The Indian Case provides a perspective for viewing the increasing levels of corruption in the higher echelons of politics and bureaucracy in post-Independence India, and the limits of popular struggles and legislative/administrative measures to combat it. Looking at the phenomenon as ‚€˜deviance‚€™ from norms and a systemic dysfunctionality, the authors argue that it can be resisted by effective strategies of mass mobilisation under charismatic leaders. Focusing on peoples‚€™ participation, it traces the emergence of anti-corruption movements to the JP Movement of the 1970s, and culminates with the protests led by Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev and the rise of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party.
The book fills a major lacuna in our sociological understanding of corruption‚€”as exemplified by cases of grand embezzlement‚€”and the popular opposition to it. Identifying the traditional sources of corruption, the authors show how the problem manifests itself in the social, economic and political contexts peculiar to India. And in doing so, they underline the crucial role of state institutions and a vigilant civil society in tackling a problem that afflicts almost all, and not only the developing, societies.
As ‚€˜instant history‚€™, Combating Corruption is an account of an unprecedented phase of mass protests in India. A must-read for political analysts, sociologists, journalists and general readers alike, it is indispensable for understanding contemporary India.

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Critical Studies in Politics: Exploring Sites, Selves, Power by Nivedita Menon, Aditya Nigam and Sanjay Palshikar : Rs1275 ISBN: 9788125052708

Critical Studies in Politics is a collection of essays that redefines the discipline of political science. It brings into view objects of study not normally visible to the discipline, through a creative engagement with other disciplinary formations.

The volume is divided into four broad intersecting sections. The question of constructions of selfhood emerges as a central pre-occupation in the first titled ‚€˜Exploring Selfhood'. The essays in this section--ranging from the modern Dalit self to the construction of the Asura over time--investigate the construction of the Self in the face of the Other; and looks at selfhood, not so much as a question of past cultural memory but as self-fashioning in the present.

The second section--'Spatiality and Power'--analyses the idea of spatiality and explains its relationship with power. It discusses issues ranging from urbanisation and the politics of SEZs, to the entry of cinema halls in Delhi, and its implications for the formation of the 'public'. The third section titled 'State and Governmentality' examines state practices as they render legible various aspects of populations--from prison labour under colonialism to the organisation of official memory by the postcolonial state.

'Reconfiguring Categories of Thought'--the final section--seeks to unsettle conceptual categories such as 'capitalism', 'science', 'politics' and 'development'.

Located in the 'interstices of disciplines', these essays by scholars from mainstream political science departments are at once contemporary and historical. This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, film and culture studies, gender studies and anthropology.

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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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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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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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Language Politics, Elites, and the Public Sphere by Veena Naregal : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243832

The bilingual relationship between English and the Indian vernaculars has long been crucial to the construction of ideology as well as cultural and political hierarchies. Print was vital for colonial literacy‚€”for initiating a shift in the relation between ‚€˜high‚€™ and ‚€˜low‚€™ languages. This book looks at the relationship between linguistic hierarchies, textual practices and power in colonial Western India. Whereas most studies of colonialism focus on India‚€™s ‚€˜high‚€™ literary culture, this work looks at how local intellectuals explored their ‚€˜middling‚€™ position through initiatives to establish newspapers and influential channels of  communication. 
How was the ‚€˜native‚€™ intelligentsia able to achieve a position of ideological influence? This book shows that, despite their minority position and the bilingual division, such people negotiated the arenas of education policy, the press, and voluntary associations to advance their interests as a social class. In doing this it illuminates the Indian intelligentsia‚€™s self-definitions before anti-colonial thinking articulated its hegemonic claims as nationalistic discourse.
This book will interest readers of Indian history, cultural politics, and colonial thought.
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Pathways to Power: The Domestic Politics of South Asia by Arjun Guneratne and Anita M. Weiss : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788125054573

Pathways to Power introduces the domestic politics of South Asia in broad comparative perspective, revealing the interplay between politics, cultural values, human security, and historical luck. While these are important correlations everywhere, nowhere are they more compelling than in South Asia where such dynamic interchanges loom large on a daily basis. Identity politics‚€”not just of religion but also of caste, ethnicity, regionalism, and social class‚€”infuses all aspects of social and political life in the sub-continent. Recognizing this complex interplay, this volume moves beyond conventional views of South Asian politics as it explicitly weaves the connections between history, culture, and social values into its examination of political life. 

The volume covers the five major South Asian states and includes a comprehensive grounding of the politics of modern South Asia in their shared colonial history, tracing how institutions inherited from British rule‚€” parliament, constitutions, judicial systems, the civil service‚€”have diverged in the context of the different social and cultural forces that shape politics in the successor states of Britain‚€™s South Asian empire. The book examines the many factors that bring together the disparate countries of the region into important engagements with one another, forming an uneasy regional entity.

South Asian readers will find useful ways of comparing the five major South Asian countries through consistent themes that enable a richer understanding of domestic politics throughout the region.

 Although the book is intended primarily for students of South Asian politics, it also serves as an excellent introduction to the politics of the region for the general reader.
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Power and Contestation : India since 1989 With a new Epilogue by Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125056195

This book traces the post-1989 tectonic shifts in Indian society, economy and polity, which marked the unraveling of the ‚€˜Nehruvian consensus‚€™ around a ‚€˜modern, secular nation with a self-reliant economy‚€™.

In this period of rapid transformation, caste and religion have come to play major roles in national politics, global economic integration created conflict between the state and dispossessed people, even as the processes of globalization enabled new spaces for political assertion, such as around sexuality. Simultaneously, older challenges to the state have continued in Kashmir and the North-East, while Maoist insurgency deepened its bases in the heartland. And in a unipolar world characterized by American hegemony, questions have arisen about the relevance of non-alignment for India as a nuclear power.

The epilogue to this edition makes the narrative up-to-date by extensively analysing issues animating India today. It offers insightful perspectives on the 2009 and 2014 general elections, the civil society-led anti-corruption movement of 2011‚€“13, as well as the massive protests against sexual violence and the need for legal reform.

As an introduction to the complex internal histories and external power relations of a major global player, Power and Contestation will be indispensable for students and scholars of Indian politics, journalists, and general readers with an interest in contemporary India.

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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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Silver Lining: Insights into Gujarat by Jayanti S. Ravi : Rs325 ISBN: 9788125054726

A success story of national pride and achievement, Silver Lining is told most engagingly by a civil servant whose experiences in Gujarat deserve to be widely known. Jayanti Ravi is not only an observer but an active participant in this theatre of higher education where motives and methods meet several lives to enrich them amid numerous challenges and privations. True learning, argues Ravi, begins when we learn to read the world rather than the word, instances of which she cites and celebrates in these pages. Above all, non-formal education has had very few committed votaries, a regrettable shortcoming Ravi‚€™s pages will certainly redress/ overcome.
This book would inspire serious aspirants to the Indian Administrative Service and the general reader.
The Foreword to this book is by Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council

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Social Inclusion in Independent India : Dimensions and Approaches by T. K. Oommen : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125056294

  • This book discusses the various forms of social and economic exclusion (discrimination and marginalisation) that persist in contemporary India, and how they may be remedied.
  • It argues that a welfare state can be created by securing social, economic and political justice for the socially and educationally backward classes of citizens.
  • It argues that inclusive growth and human development can be achived only by ensuring equality of status and opportunity for the vulnerable sections of society.
  • It suggests affirmative action/positive discrimination‚€”reservation of seats in education institutuions and reservation in jobs‚€”that may be adopted to build a more inclusive society.
  • This proposition is examined with reference to nine excluded social categories‚€”Dalits, Adivasis, subalterns, religious and linguistic minorities, women, migrants, the poor, and the disabled.
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The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai by Liza Weinstein : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125055082

Directly opposite Mumbai‚€™s newest and most expensive commercial developments, lies Dharavi, where as many as one million squatters live in makeshift housing on 535 acres of prime urban land. As property prices are booming and cities are now vying to be ‚€œworld class,‚€ governments across India, and throughout the world, are facing new pressure to clear settlements like these. But Dharavi and its residents have endured for a century, holding on to what has become some of Mumbai‚€™s most valuable land.

In The Durable Slum, Liza Weinstein draws on a decade of work, including more than a year of firsthand research in Dharavi, to explain how, despite innumerable threats, the slum has persisted for so long, achieving a precarious stability. She describes how economic globalization and rapid urban development are pressurizing authorities to eradicate and redevelop Dharavi‚€”and how political conflict, bureaucratic fragmentation, and community resistance have kept the bulldozers at bay. Today the latest ambitious plan for Dharavi‚€™s transformation has been stalled, yet the threat of eviction remains, and most residents and observers are simply waiting for the project to be revived or replaced by an even grander scheme.

Dharavi‚€™s remarkable story presents important lessons for a world in which most population growth happens in urban slums even as brutal removals increase. It demonstrates that these settlements may be more durable than they appear, their residents retaining a fragile but hard-won right to stay put.

This book would be of interest to sociologists and political scientists along with urban planners and architects. Scholars, students and practitioners involved in urban politics will welcome this volume.
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The Fall and Rise of Telangana by Gautam Pingle : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125054733

Post Independence, the state of Andhra Pradesh was created by merging the Telangana region, a part of the princely state of Hyderabad, with the coastal region of Andhra and Rayalaseema‚€”both parts of the erstwhile Madras state. With Madras, the major source of income of the state,
allocated to Tamil Nadu, it was necessary to include the revenue-surplus Telangana to create a financially viable entity.

However, there had always been doubts about the long-term feasibility of such an arrangement. Jawaharlal Nehru had even considered the provision of a ‚€˜divorce‚€™ if the ‚€˜marriage‚€™ between the three regions did not turn out to be mutually beneficial.

Despite several agreements, laws and government orders safeguarding the interests of the people of Telangana, modern history records a sordid tale of exploitation, agitation, assurances and broken promises. The author shows how the Srikrishna Commission that was formed to look into the matter and impartially recommend a way forward ‚€˜subverted‚€™ the process and came forward with a predetermined solution.

Today, despite violent agitation, the surplus revenue of the region continues to be disproportionately diverted to Coastal Andhra, while land around Hyderabad is quite often illegally allocated to land sharks from other regions.

The author has painstakingly dissected the Telangana problem from its inception to the where a separate state seems to be inevitable. He has identified the political reasons for the behaviour of the national leaders in making promises and later reneging on them, and shows how this betrayal has affected the people of the region.

In the final chapter, the author proposes a model for the trifurcation of the state and how this can be made equitable and just. Vocal and hard-hitting, this book will be valuable for students of political science and general readers interested in the movement.
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The Fall and Rise of Telangana by Gautam Pingle : Rs450 ISBN: 9788125054740

Post Independence, the state of Andhra Pradesh was created by merging the Telangana region, a part of the princely state of Hyderabad, with the coastal region of Andhra and Rayalaseema‚€”both parts of the erstwhile Madras state. With Madras, the major source of income of the state, allocated to Tamil Nadu, it was necessary to include the revenue-surplus Telangana to create a financially viable entity.

However, there had always been doubts about the long-term feasibility of such an arrangement. Jawaharlal Nehru had even considered the provision of a ‚€˜divorce‚€™ if the ‚€˜marriage‚€™ between the three regions did not turn out to be mutually beneficial.

Despite several agreements, laws and government orders safeguarding the interests of the people of Telangana, modern history records a sordid tale of exploitation, agitation, assurances and broken promises. The author shows how the Srikrishna Commission that was formed to look into the matter and impartially recommend a way forward ‚€˜subverted‚€™ the process and came forward with a predetermined solution.

Today, despite violent agitation, the surplus revenue of the region continues to be disproportionately diverted to Coastal Andhra, while land around Hyderabad is quite often illegally allocated to land sharks from other regions.

The author has painstakingly dissected the Telangana problem from its inception to the where a separate state seems to be inevitable. He has identified the political reasons for the behaviour of the national leaders in making promises and later reneging on them, and shows how this betrayal has affected the people of the region.

In the final chapter, the author proposes a model for the trifurcation of the state and how this can be made equitable and just. Vocal and hard-hitting, this book will be valuable for students of political science and general readers interested in the movement.
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The Indian Parliament : A Critical Appraisal by Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125056164

  • This volume examines the credibility and legitimacy of the Indian Parliament, scrutinising various aspects of its functioning.
  • The introduction provides a broad-ranging analysis of the relationship between the functioning of parliamentary institutions and the rapid changes witnessed in Indian society, particularly the onset of coalition politics and the initiation of economic reforms.
  • The first part of the volume examines the institutional standards of performance of the Parliament.
  • The second part focuses on different forms of parliamentary control, as well as the evolving relationship between the legislature and the executive in a period of unstable coalition formations.
  • The third part analyses the external factors which affect and determine the internal functioning of Parliament.
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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 Shifting Scales of Justice: The Supreme Court in Neo-liberal India by Mayur Suresh and Siddharth Narrain : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125054320

‚€Ę In the course of the last two decades, the Supreme Court has tried to regulate the use of India‚€™s forest resources, has passed orders on the type of fuel to be used by urban public transport, has controlled appointments to the higher judiciary and has even claimed the power to declare constitutional amendments invalid.

‚€Ę This volume traces the ideological direction that the Supreme Court has charted over the last two decades.

‚€Ę It examines the nature and origins of this expansion of its power and the transformation in the Court‚€™s worldview. 

‚€Ę It focuses on a time when many feel that the Supreme Court has become more conservative: it looks at the Court‚€™s conservative stand‚€”when it compares slum dwellers to pickpockets, orders the interlinking of rivers in the name of national progress and reasons that tribal populations will benefit from mining of their lands among others.

‚€Ę The essays provide an account of this shift within a larger narrative that identifies the precise manner in which these changes have taken place. It looks at the emergence of judicial sovereignty that appears to be honouring its commitment to the ‚€˜oppressed and bewildered‚€™ in name only.

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Traversing Bihar : The Politics of Development and Social Justice by Manish K. Jha and Pushpendra : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125055679

To a curious onlooker, Bihar seems like a place full of paradoxes. It has a rich cultural heritage from the civilisational past, but evokes images of being ‚€˜uncultured‚€™, ‚€˜primitive‚€™ and ‚€˜rustic‚€™ in the present.

Traversing Bihar depicts and interprets Bihar‚€™s internal contradictions and struggles. The volume examines and analyses crucial political, social and developmental concerns of the state over the past two decades.

Between 1990 and 2005, Bihar under Lalu Prasad Yadav witnessed a social churning, called the politics of social justice. This period ushered in a process of de-elitisation of politics with far-reaching consequences. However, over time, Yadav‚€™s regime became chaotic and failed to combine change and development.

In 2005, the people voted for a change and brought the Nitish Kumar-led JDU-BJP coalition to power. The new regime restored the state‚€”the police, the quiescent bureaucracy, the rule of law. It seemed to be making concerted efforts to improve the climate of development in the state.

The 13 chapters of this volume, divided into three sections, look into issues such as growth and development, the politics of water resources, social exclusion in flood response, land rights, agrarian relations, the Left movement, and voting patterns in Bihar.

Well into its second term, the concerns about Bihar have re-emerged. Is Nitish Kumar‚€™s model of development devoid of social justice? Does it re-elitise politics? Why did the new developmental state renege on its promises of tenancy reforms? Is the bureaucracy not responsible for raising the scale of corruption? Was the restoration of law and order and the model of development geared to satisfy middle-class demands for security and well-being?

In asking these questions and providing in-depth analyses of Bihar‚€™s contemporary issues, this one-of-a-kind book will be an invaluable guide for scholars and students of economics, development studies and political science.

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Aaj ka Bharat: Arth aur Samaj by Basuki Nath Chaudhary and Yuvraj Kumar (Eds.) : Rs225 ISBN: 9788125051732

  1. Aaj ka Bharat: Arth aur Samaj is a syllabus based undergraduate textbook for the ‘Contemporary India paper[Samkaleen Bharat paper]’ of University of Delhi.  This is one of the papers of the Second Semester of Foundation course of three year BA Program of Delhi University. This is a paper for 100 marks credit at this level.
  2. The chapters have been contributed by the faculty members of political science and economics of various affiliated colleges of Delhi University.
  3. The book discusses the various issues pertaining to the Politics and Economy in   Contemporary India as of 2013, as it covers under this broad head the following:
    1. Economy related issues like basic features of Indian economy at independence; the strategy of development in India in post independence era: liberalization and role of state; major economic problems and public policy: poverty, unemployment, food security and regional disparity; and some important constituents of economic policies in present times.
    2. The book also includes a chapter on changing nature of social sector: assessment of public policy in respect of education and health sector; technology polices in India’s development; and catalysts of social change: universal education, adult suffrage and mass media.
      Thus, the book provides a complete insight into the situation of current India with reference to polity and economy.
  4. The book will be useful for the undergraduate courses in political science of other Indian universities of Hindi speaking states in the country; and  also for the aspirants of UPSC and allied civil services. It must be promoted equally well in the IAS coaching institutes.
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Aaj ka Bharat: Rajneeti aur Samaj by Basuki Nath Choudhary and Yuvraj Kumar (Eds.) : Rs225 ISBN: 9788125051329

  • Aaj ka Bharat: Rajniti aur Samaj is a syllabus based undergraduate textbook for the ‚€˜Contemporary India paper[Samkaleen Bharat paper]‚€™ of University of Delhi.  This is one of the papers of the first Semester of Foundation course of BA Program of  Delhi University. This is a paper for 100 marks credit at this level.
  • The chapters have been contributed by the faculty members of political science and sociology of various affiliated colleges of Delhi University.
  • The book discusses the various issues pertaining to the Society and Politics in   Contemporary  India as. It covers under this broad head the following:
    1. Social issues like social mobility and emergence of new social forces: movements of  Dalits, OBCs, Tribals and Women and also the debate on their representation and social justice in India.
    2. The book also includes  a chapter on Secularism, Communalism and Minority rights in India which analyses the political aspects such as democracy and functioning of parliamentary system; Indian federalism and democratic  decentralization; changing character of public administration and corporate governance in India; and India‚€™s foreign policy in post cold war era.
      Thus, the book provides a complete insight into the situation of current India.
  • The book will be equally useful for the undergraduate courses in political science of other Indian universities of Hindi speaking states in the country.
  • This book will be equally useful for the aspirants of UPSC and allied civil services. It must be promoted equally well in the IAS coaching institutes.
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Bharat mein Rajneeti (Doosra Sanskaran) by Rajni Kothari : Rs325 ISBN: 9788125051336

This is a Hindi translation of the second edition of Politics in India by Rajni Kothari published by us. In this edition Professor Prakash Sarangi offers a new introduction that places the key themes of the book in the context and points out to its relevance in contemporary times.

This second edition of Bharat mein Rajniti remains as distinctive as when it was first published. The book‚€™s detailed analyses and commentary cover existing and emerging paradigm of Indian political life and action. It also deals with the politics of party system and coalitions, social infrastructure and balanced growth options; India‚€™s challenges and greater role it envisage in subcontinent and international politics.

This book is useful for all the students of political science, at different levels and teachers and those who wants to know about Indian politics.

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Development Communication: Contexts for the Twenty-first Century by Dipankar Sinha : Rs395 ISBN: 9788125051022

‚€˜Development Communication‚€™ refers to the systematic application of the processes, strategies and principles of communication to bring about positive social change. It uses various mediums, such as radio, music, theatre, booklets,  to, help transform, for instance, attitudes towards the girl child, promote literacy, and increase awareness about HIV/AIDS, the adverse effects of polio and need for potable water.

This volume looks at the origins, the theoretical underpinnings and the major debates in the discipline of Development Communication. While arguing that it rightfully belongs in the realm of the social sciences, the author critically scrutinises the concepts of both ‚€˜development‚€™ and ‚€˜communication‚€™.

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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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Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy by Partha Chatterjee : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243771

In Lineages of Political Society the eminent political theorist Partha Chatterjee reveals the emergence of a new theory of postcolonial democracy. As against earlier ideas about the nature of democracy‚€”which grew predominantly out of notions and practices in the West‚€”Chatterjee powerfully argues that the theory now in evidence is not merely a record of the imperfections and immaturity of democracy in the non-Western world. On the contrary, it has devised concepts and analytical tools 2to understand the formation of new democratic practices. In doing so, it has also shown up histories of modern political institutions which are not part of the genealogy of Western democracy.

In the course of making these arguments Chatterjee revisits several themes introduced in his acclaimed earlier work, The Politics of the Governed (2004). To those themes he now adds historical depth and contemporary empirical detail. And although most of the examples in Lineages of Political Society are drawn from India, the arguments within it afford comparisons with countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Chatterjee also here clarifies the location of his work in relation to liberal political theory, understandings of contemporary capitalism, and theories of nationalism and populism. In several chapters he joins the lively and ongoing debate over his concept of ‚€œpolitical society‚€.

This work will seem indispensable to anyone wishing to understand the nature and history of democracy, its practices and functionings within the contemporary non-West, and the major expansion in political thought being brought about by one of the world‚€™s most fertile political philosophers.

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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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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 Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future by Praful Bidwai : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125051244

Irreversible, catastrophic climate change represents the greatest threat to human kind's survival today. Relentlessly rising greenhouse gas emissions are heating up the atmosphere. Planet Earth is hurtling towards disaster, with rapidly melting ice-caps and glaciers, rising sea levels, rainfall pattern changes, and a breakdown of fragile climate balances.

The earth can cope with maximum global warming of 1.5-2 degree C. But temperatures are set to rise way beyond this-unless greenhouse emissions are drastically reduced by 2020.Yet1 the world has failed to reach agreement on this. Industrialised countries, which are primarily responsible for climate change, balk at cutting their emissions. They continue to occupy climate space at the expense of the developing countries' climate-vulnerable poor people. Equally unfairly, their emissions-reduction pledges are lower than the poor countries‚€™.

The climate crisis thus aggravates the global developmental crisis. It is also intimately linked through the prevalent iniquitous development model to grave economic, social and political crises in evidence globally.

This unique book has a dual focus: impacts of climate change, and the politics of the international climate negotiations; and second, lndia as an example of an 'emerging economy' major polluter, which can potentially both aid or obstruct the fight against climate change. It analyses the role of the new BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) grouping and the short-term calculations of other major players in the climate talks.

Yet, there are alternatives to this dismal situation, based on equity, resource conservation, curbs on luxury consumption, promotion of renewable energy and new patterns of production and consumption which sustain low-carbon development. What the global effort lacks is candid acknowledgement of the need for a qualitative change in the growth model and the will to bring it about through democratic popular participation.

Written lucidly, The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future is mandatory reading for social scientists, environmentalists, civil servants, social activists and environmentally conscious citizens.

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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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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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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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Decentralisation and Local Governments: The Indian Experience by T. R. Raghunandan : Rs775 ISBN: 9788125048831

The idea of devolving power to local governments was part of the larger political debate during the Indian national movement. It had strong advocates like Mahatma Gandhi who felt that the panchayats had to be the basis of government in independent India. This volume maps the trajectory that decentralisation of government has taken in the decades following Independence and discusses the constitutional changes and policy decisions that make governance more accountable to and accessible for the common man. It presents a set of twenty-five readings that analyse the impact of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments, which gave autonomy to the institutions of both rural and urban governance.

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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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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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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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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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Listening to the Loom: Essays on Literature, Politics, and Violence by D.R. Nagaraj, Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi (Ed.) : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243306

D.R. Nagaraj (1954‚€“1998) has been widely recognized as among India‚€™s most important thinkers in the broad area of cultural politics. Until now, his English writings have only been available in book form as The Flaming Feet and Other Essays (1993; 2nd revised edition, Permanent Black, 2010), a work centred on the Dalit movement in India.

Now, for the first time, a largely unknown and unavailable corpus of Nagaraj‚€™s ideas and essays, amplifying and supplementing those in The Flaming Feet, are published in Listening to the Loom. This book provides Nagaraj‚€™s most important writings on literature, politics, and violence. Some of the thirteen pieces here are translated from Kannada into English for the first time, while others long unavailable have been hunted out from scattered sources.

The title of this book, Listening to the Loom, derives from a story recounted by the novelist U.R. Ananthamurthy. Walking in Kathmandu with Nagaraj, once, his companion asked him to stop and listen to the sound of a weaver‚€™s loom that only he had heard. Ananthamurthy recalls saying to Nagaraj that so long as he, Nagaraj, retained this ability to hear the sound of a loom, he would never become a ‚€˜Non-Resident Indian‚€™ intellectual. In the present volume, Nagaraj‚€™s ear for the sound and sense of things quintessentially Indian is everywhere apparent.

Part I comprises essays on Kannada‚€™s cultural experiences, Part II contains essays on politics and violence. All of them were mostly written between 1993 and 1998, the period when Nagaraj emerged as a mature thinker and produced some of his most important insights.

For anyone interested in vernacular cultures, subaltern histories, hinterland political discourses, metropolis-periphery relations, and D.R. Nagaraj‚€™s distinctive insights into all these, the present book is essential.

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Politics in India by Rajni Kothari : Rs495 ISBN: 9788125042815

In this pioneering study of India as a vibrant and politically sustainable polity, Rajni Kothari covers considerable basic ground. Politics in India was first published in 1970 and marks a turning point in the evolution of the author‚€™s intellectual contributions.

From the theoretical, historical, socio-cultural, and comparative matrices of Indian polity, this book ranges through strategies, concerns, and issues that strengthen and support India‚€™s tried and tested political institutions and the agencies that promote the country‚€™s national integration. Kothari‚€™s superiority as a theorist and teacher is evident in this book. Its detailed analyses and commentary cover existing and emergent paradigms of Indian political life and action. It also deals with the politics of party system and coalitions, social infrastructure and balanced growth options, including India‚€™s challenges and the greater role it envisages in subcontinental and international politics. The concluding chapter on ‚€œFuture Perspectives‚€ is Kothari‚€™s helpful pointer towards this prospect.

In this second edition, the introduction by Prakash Sarangi highlights the significance of book as an important landmark and its relevance in contemporary times.

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Rebels from the Mud Houses: Dalits and the Making of the Maoist Revolution in Bihar by George J. Kunnath : Rs625 ISBN: 9788187358527

Dalits participate in the Maoist Movement in a variety of ways ‚€“ as party cadres, guerrilla fighters, loyal suppliers of food and shelter, and as both active and passive members of a host of revolutionary mass organizations.

Why did the Dalits of the Magadh region of South Bihar and, in particular, the district of Jehanabad, infamously termed ‚€˜the killing fields‚€™ join the Maoist Movement? Were they trapped between ‚€˜two fires‚€™ ‚€“ the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary violence? Did all Dalit castes support the Maoists or was there any particular Dalit caste at the forefront of the struggle? What did they achieve through the Maoist Movement? What reasons do they give for their current state of demobilization? Rebels from the Mud Houses: Dalits and the Making of the Maoist Revolution in Bihar examines Dalit mobilization and the transformation of rural power relations in the context of intense agrarian violence involving Maoist guerrillas and upper caste militias backed by state forces in Bihar in the 1980s. The book investigates why thousands of Dalits took up arms and participated in the Maoist Movement. It explores the dynamic nature of Dalit response which involved a movement from relative quiescence to mobilization and armed resistance, and eventually, to demobilization and alternative assertions based on caste identities.

Rebels from the Mud Houses highlights the specificities of Dalit participation in the Maoist Movement and develops an anthropology of the Maoist Revolution in India.

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Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India by Akhil Gupta : Rs1300 ISBN: 9788125047209

Red Tape presents a major new theory of the state developed by the renowned anthropologist Akhil Gupta. Seeking to understand the chronic and widespread poverty in India, the world''s fourth largest economy, Gupta conceives of the relation between the state in India and the poor as one of structural violence. Every year this violence kills between two and three million people, especially women and girls, and lower-caste and indigenous peoples. Yet India''s poor are not disenfranchised; they actively participate in the democratic project. Nor is the state indifferent to the plight of the poor; it sponsors many poverty amelioration programs.

Gupta conducted ethnographic research among officials charged with coordinating development programs in rural Uttar Pradesh. Drawing on that research, he offers insightful analyses of corruption; the significance of writing and written records; and governmentality, or the expansion of bureaucracies. Those analyses underlie his argument that care is arbitrary in its consequences, and that arbitrariness is systematically produced by the very mechanisms that are meant to ameliorate social suffering. What must be explained is not only why government programs aimed at providing nutrition, employment, housing, healthcare, and education to poor people do not succeed in their objectives, but also why, when they do succeed, they do so unevenly and erratically.

This book will be of interest to students and practitioners in sociology, anthropology, politics, geography, economics, development studies, and literature. Its insights into bureaucracy and development will provide essential inputs to policy makers, administrators, and people who work in the non-governmental sector.

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The Adivasi Question: Issues of Land, Forest and Livelihood by Indra Munshi (Ed.) : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125047162

Depletion and destruction of forests have eroded the already fragile survival base of adivasis across the country. Deprived of their traditional livelihoods, an alarmingly large number of adivasis have been displaced to make way for development projects. Many have been forced to migrate to other rural areas, the urban fringes or cities in search of work, leading to further alienation.

This systematic alienation, however, is not a modern-day phenomenon. Invasion of adivasi territories, for the most part, commenced during the colonial era and later intensified during the post-colonial period. The Adivasi Question situates the issues concerning the adivasis in a historical context while discussing the challenges they face today.

The introduction examines how the loss of land and livelihood began under the British administration. The British brought tribal land under their control and weaned the adivasis away from shifting cultivation. It analyses how the colonial government forced a section of the adivasis to take up cultivation on lower rates of assessment, thereby making them dependent on the landlord-moneylender-trader nexus for their survival.

The articles, drawn from writings of almost four decades, discuss questions of community rights and ownership, management of forests, the state‚€™s rehabilitation policies, and the Forest Rights Act and its implications. It presents diverse perspectives in the form of case studies specific to different regions and provides valuable analytical insights.

Bringing together contributions by well-known sociologists, historians and environmental activists, this book will be an indispensible read for students and scholars of environmental studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, and policy-analysts.

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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 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 Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future by Praful Bidwai : Rs1010 ISBN: 9788125045038

Irreversible, catastrophic climate change represents the greatest threat to human kind's survival today. Relentlessly rising greenhouse gas emissions are heating up the atmosphere. Planet Earth is hurtling towards disaster, with rapidly melting ice-caps and glaciers, rising sea levels, rainfall pattern changes, and a breakdown of fragile climate balances.

The earth can cope with maximum global warming of 1.5-2 degree C. But temperatures are set to rise way beyond this-unless greenhouse emissions are drastically reduced by 2020.Yet1 the world has failed to reach agreement on this. Industrialised countries, which are primarily responsible for climate change, balk at cutting their emissions. They continue to occupy climate space at the expense of the developing countries' climate-vulnerable poor people. Equally unfairly, their emissions-reduction pledges are lower than the poor countries‚€™.

The climate crisis thus aggravates the global developmental crisis. It is also intimately linked through the prevalent iniquitous development model to grave economic, social and political crises in evidence globally.

This unique book has a dual focus: impacts of climate change, and the politics of the international climate negotiations; and second, lndia as an example of an 'emerging economy' major polluter, which can potentially both aid or obstruct the fight against climate change. It analyses the role of the new BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) grouping and the short-term calculations of other major players in the climate talks.

Yet, there are alternatives to this dismal situation, based on equity, resource conservation, curbs on luxury consumption, promotion of renewable energy and new patterns of production and consumption which sustain low-carbon development. What the global effort lacks is candid acknowledgement of the need for a qualitative change in the growth model and the will to bring it about through democratic popular participation.

Written lucidly, The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future is mandatory reading for social scientists, environmentalists, civil servants, social activists and environmentally conscious citizens.

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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 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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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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Village Society by Surinder S. Jodhka : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125046035

This volume presents a set of readings which primarily focus on the social, political and cultural aspects of village life.  A few readings discuss issues of agrarian change and the economy of rural India.  A comprehensive introduction provides a detailed historical analysis of the study of rural India, the changes in rural social life, and the forces shaping life in villages today. The articles, drawn from writings over four decades (1972 to 2010), cover various features of village society: caste and community, land and labour, migration, discrimination and use of common property resources, among others. The volume will be a single reference point for some of the best published works in the field.

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Women and Work by Padmini Swaminathan (Ed.) : Rs725 ISBN: 9788125047773

The notion of ‚€˜work and employment‚€™ of ‚€˜work and employment‚€™ for women is complex. While economic factors predominantly determine a man‚€™s participation in employment, the reasons why women work, or do not work, or whether they work part-time or full-time, can be diverse and are often rooted in a complex interplay of economic, cultural, social and personal factors.

In India, as in most other parts of the world, fewer women participate in employment compared to men. This is the backdrop against which Women and Work analyses a wide range of issues‚€”from what counts for ‚€˜work‚€™ to the economic contribution of women to how gendering of work has many significant and related consequences.

The introduction talks of how oppression faced by wage-earning women is the result of patriarchal norms and capitalist relations of production. It also demonstrates how policies and programmes anchored around data based on national income accounts and/or labour force surveys seriously disadvantage women in more ways than one.

Divided into four sections, the articles focus on women engaged in varied work‚€”paddy-growers in West Bengal, beedi-rollers in Tamil Nadu, laceworkers in Andhra Pradesh and bardancers in Maharashtra‚€”all of whom live and work in dismal conditions, and earn paltry incomes.

Bringing together well-known sociologists and economists, this volume will be useful for students and scholars of sociology, economics, political science and women‚€™s studies.

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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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Bhartiya Shashan Aur Rajneeti (Hindi) by Basuki Nath Choudhary and Yuvraj Kumar (Eds.) : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125041849

This is an undergraduate textbook on Indian Government and Politics. It discusses political development in India since independence.

Divided into five parts its contents include: Overview of the Indian Political system- Problems facing India on the eve of independence, The Constituent assembly: perspective on the Indian polity, Constitutional provisions and institutional functioning; Indian constitution-Fundamental rights, directive principles and fundamental duties, Nature of Indian state, Social structure and the democratic process, perspectives and problems, The federal structure and process; area of tension, state reorganization policy in India, Indian Parliament, President and federal executive, Judiciary: judicial review and judicial activism, State governments and their functioning, Constitutional amendments: socio-political implications; Party system and elections- Indian party system: national and regional parties, Elections in India: politics and voting behavior; Development process- Peasent, labor and tribal movements in India, Woment and  Dalit and backward class movements, Problems of underdevelopment; poverty,illiteracy,regional imbalance and environment  degradation, Nation integration, Development process and foreign policy; This book also discusses issues like Right to education, Right to information, human rights, gender, environment and rights of forest dwellers.

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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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Economic Reforms and Growth in India: Essays from Economic and Political Weekly by Pulapre Balakrishnan : Rs495 ISBN: 9788125042716

This volume investigates the nature of economic growth in India, its pace over time, its relationship to changes in the policy regime and the role of the external sector, and uses data to evaluate the policies that have implicitly underpinned the changes. Presenting a range of approaches, views and conclusions, this collection comprises papers from the Economic and Political Weekly that are marked by an empirical awareness necessary for an understanding of a growth history. The articles reflect a certain groundedness in their approach in that they privilege content/context over methodology.

The introduction outlines the importance of putting together the writings of almost a decade on the subject, explains why the issue of development is conspicuous by its absence, and presents this book as a complement to studies addressing a wider set of issues around the economy since 1990.

The book is thematically divided into five sections. The first two are macroscopic in nature, focusing on the overall economic growth. While section one provides an overview, of the subject, attributing causes and delineating the phases of economic growth, the papers in the second section are largely statistical and reflect the progress made by econometricians in devising estimation methodologies. The two sections identify growth regimes and structural breaks in the Indian economy.

The third section focuses on sectoral performances, in particular agricultural and industrial growth, intersectoral linkages, the role of trade and capital flows, and the sources of growth of India‚€™s exports before and after economic reforms. Section four presents data and analyses of inter-state variations in economic growth and regional inequality. The last section analyses the political economy of growth in India. It throws light on the systemic implications of socio-economic changes, their effect on the poor, and the relationship between economic growth and social development.

This volume is an important addition to the literature on post-liberalisation economic growth in India. It will be useful to students and scholars of economics and management.

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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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Lineages of Political Society: Studies in Postcolonial Democracy by Partha Chatterjee : Rs750 ISBN: 9788178243177

In Lineages of Political Societythe eminent political theorist Partha Chatterjee reveals the emergence of a new theory of postcolonial democracy. As against earlier ideas about the nature of democracy‚€”which grew predominantly out of notions and practices in the West‚€”Chatterjee powerfully argues that the theory now in evidence is not merely a record of the imperfections and immaturity of democracy in the non-Western world. On the contrary, it has devised concepts and analytical tools 2to understand the formation of new democratic practices. In doing so, it has also shown up histories of modern political institutions which are not part of the genealogy of Western democracy.

In the course of making these arguments Chatterjee revisits several themes introduced in his acclaimed earlier work, The Politics of the Governed (2004). To those themes he now adds historical depth and contemporary empirical detail. And although most of the examples in Lineages of Political Societyare drawn from India, the arguments within it afford comparisons with countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Chatterjee also here clarifies the location of his work in relation to liberal political theory, understandings of contemporary capitalism, and theories of nationalism and populism. In several chapters he joins the lively and ongoing debate over his concept of ‚€œpolitical society‚€.

This work will seem indispensable to anyone wishing to understand the nature and history of democracy, its practices and functionings within the contemporary non-West, and the major expansion in political thought being brought about by one of the world‚€™s most fertile political philosophers.

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Lived Islam in South Asia: Adaptation, Accommodation and Conflict by Imtiaz Ahmad and Helmut Reifeld (Eds.) : Rs325 ISBN: 9788187358473

Lived Islam in South Asia: Adaptation, Accommodation and Conflict explores the everyday religious lives of Muslims in South Asia. The book argues that Islam cannot be understood through the works of theologians alone, for whom it is a formal, uniform and rigid system of beliefs and practices. Popular Islam, or Islam as it is practised by millions of Muslims in South Asia, has an empirical validity and is a dynamic process of adjustment and accommodation as well as conflict with other religions, with which it coexists.

The book is divided into four parts.

Part I: Concepts and Interpretations brings coherence and meaning to the confusion of everyday life.

Part II: Lived Islam and its Historical Context, explores the distinctive developments of Islam in Kashmir and Nepal.

Part III: Conflict and Accommodation analyses various aspects of both religious conflicts and accommodation. For instance, harmonious relations between Muslims and Hindus united by common worship at Muslim shrines in Karnataka is an empirical fact and common worship unites the marginalized Shia women in Hyderabad with women of other religions.

Part IV: The Presence of Sufism describes how marginalized Hindus and Muslims find acceptance in Sufism.

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Masculinity, Asceticism, Hinduism: Past and Present Imaginings of India by Chandrima Chakraborty : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242989

This book analyses the links between religion, masculinity, and asceticism in Indian political and cultural history.

Through an examination of nationalist discourse in the writings of Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Raja Rao, V.D. Savarkar, M.S. Golwalkar, and many others, Chakraborty reveals how ideas about masculinity and Hindu asceticism came to be reworked for cultural and political purposes. Over the colonial period, Indian leaders and the literati were impelled to contest colonialist views of Hindu effeminacy. In the process, asceticism became a critical site for notions of masculinity.

Chakraborty also argues that the politics of the contemporary Hindu Right relies heavily on selective and manipulated images of Hindu asceticism and manliness, drawn selectively from such writers. Inaccuracies and distortions within Hindu Right politics are shown up by careful analysis of the many different ways in which masculine asceticism was actually imagined and written about.

Ignoring disciplinary divisions, this book cuts through politics, history, cultural studies, and literary analysis to offer an excellent view of concepts such as aggression, effeminacy, manliness, spirituality, asceticism, and nationalist virtue as these have been configured and reconfigured over the past century and a half.

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New World of Indigenous Resistance: Noam Chomsky and Voices from North, South and Central America by Lois Meyer and BenjamŪn Maldonado Alvarado (eds.) : Rs875 ISBN: 9788125043256

After centuries of colonization, the ongoing struggle to preserve communal knowledge, rituals, language, traditions, and teaching and learning practices has taken on even more significance in the increasingly standardized world of globalization. For many indigenous societies, protecting community-based customs has involved the rejection of state-provided education, raising a series of interconnected issues regarding autonomy, modernity and cultural sustainability.

In New World of Indigenous Resistance, these questions are approached from multiple perspectives by means of an innovative exchange between linguist and human rights advocate Noam Chomsky, and more than twenty scholars, activists and educators from across the Americas.

In response to Chomsky‚€™s ideas, voices from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay draw from their first-hand experience and scholarship, speaking to, with, and at times against Chomsky‚€™s views.

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Privatizing Water: Governance Failure and the World‚€™s Urban Water Crisis by Karen Bakker : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125043218

Water supply privatization was emblematic of the neoliberal turn in development policy in the 1990s. Proponents argued that the private sector could provide better services at lower costs than governments; opponents questioned the risks involved in delegating control over a life-sustaining resource to for-profit companies. Private-sector activity was most concentrated‚€”and contested‚€”in large cities in developing countries, where the widespread lack of access to networked water supplies was characterized as a global crisis.

In Privatizing Water, Karen Bakker focuses on three questions: Why did privatization emerge as a preferred alternative for managing urban water supply? Can privatization fulfill its proponents' expectations, particularly with respect to water supply to the urban poor? And, given the apparent shortcomings of both privatization and conventional approaches to government provision, what are the alternatives?

In answering these questions, Bakker engages with broader debates over the role of the private sector in development, the role of urban communities in the provision of "public" services, and the governance of public goods. She introduces the concept of "governance failure" as a means of exploring the limitations facing both private companies and governments. Critically examining a range of issues‚€”including the transnational struggle over the human right to water, the "commons" as a water-supply-management strategy, and the environmental dimensions of water privatization‚€”Privatizing Water is a balanced exploration of a critical issue that affects billions of people around the world.

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Radical, Religious, and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism by Eli Berman : Rs675 ISBN: 9788125041665

How do radical religious sects run such deadly terrorist organizations? Hezbollah, Hamas, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban all began as religious groups dedicated to piety and charity. Yet once they turned to violence, they became horribly potent, executing campaigns of terrorism deadlier than those of their secular rivals.

In Radical, Religious and Violent, Eli Berman approaches the question using the economics of organizations. He argues that these terrorists (even suicide terrorists) are best understood as rational altruists seeking to help their own communities. Yet despite the vast pool of potential recruits‚€”young altruists who feel their communities are repressed or endangered ‚€”there are less than a dozen highly lethal terrorist organizations in the world capable of sustained and coordinated violence that threatens governments and makes hundreds of millions of civilians hesitate before boarding an airplane. What is special about these organizations, and why are most of their followers religious radicals?

Drawing on parallel research on radical religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Berman shows that the most lethal terrorist groups have a common characteristic: their leaders have found a way to control defection. Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Taliban, for example, built loyalty and cohesion by means of mutual aid, weeding out ‚€œfree riders‚€ and producing a cadre of members they could rely on. The secret of their deadly effectiveness lies in their resilience and cohesion when incentives to defect are strong.

These insights suggest that provision of basic social services by competent governments adds a critical, nonviolent component to counterterrorism strategies. It undermines the violent potential of radical religious organizations without disturbing free religious practice, being drawn into theological debates with jihadists, or endangering civilians.

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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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The Limits to Scarcity: Contesting the Politics of Allocation by Lyla Mehta : Rs840 ISBN: 9788125043997

Scarcity is considered a ubiquitous feature of the human condition. It underpins much of modern economics and is widely used as an explanation for social organisation, social conflict and the resource crunch confronting humanity's survival on the planet. It is made out to be an all-pervasive fact of our lives - be it of housing, food, water or oil. But has the conception of scarcity been politicized, naturalized, and universalized in academic and policy debates? Has overhasty recourse to scarcity evoked a standard set of market, institutional and technological solutions which have blocked out political contestations, overlooking access as a legitimate focus for academic debates as well as policies and interventions?

Theoretical and empirical chapters by leading academics and scholar-activists grapple with these issues by questioning scarcity's taken-for-granted nature. They examine scarcity debates across three of the most important resources - food, water and energy - and their implications for theory, institutional arrangements, policy responses and innovation systems. The book looks at how scarcity has emerged as a totalizing discourse in both the North and South. The 'scare' of scarcity has led to scarcity emerging as a political strategy for powerful groups. Aggregate numbers and physical quantities are trusted, while local knowledges and experiences of scarcity that identify problems more accurately and specifically are ignored. Science and technology are expected to provide 'solutions', but such expectations embody a multitude of unexamined assumptions about the nature of the 'problem', about the technologies and about the institutional arrangements put forward as a 'fix.' Through this examination the authors demonstrate that scarcity is not a natural condition: the problem lies in how we see scarcity and the ways in which it is socially generated.

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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 Politics of Sanitation in India: Cities, Services and the State by Susan E. Chaplin : Rs1005 ISBN: 9788125042037

The Politics of Sanitation in India examines how the environmental problems confronting Indian cities have arisen and subsequently forced millions of people to live in illegal settlements that lack adequate sanitation, and other basic urban services. This has occurred because of two factors. The first is the legacy of the colonial city characterised by inequitable access to sanitation services, a failure to manage urban growth and the proliferation of slums, and the inadequate funding of urban governments. The second is the nature of the post-colonial state, which, instead of being an instrument for socio-economic change, has been dominated by coalitions of interests accommodated by the use of public funds to provide private goods.

The result is that the middle class has been able to monopolise what sanitation services the state has provided because the urban poor, despite their political participation, have not been able to exert sufficient pressure to force governments to effectively implement policies designed to improve their living conditions. The consequence is that public health and environmental policies have frequently become exercises in crisis intervention instead of being preventive measures which benefit the health and well-being of the whole urban population.

These issues are explored by studying the history of colonial and post-independence urban development and management in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, and analysing why these cities have failed to provide equitable access to sanitation services for all residents.

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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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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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Vidhayika Aur Nyayapalika: Sansad Avm Rajya Vidhan Mandalon Se Sambandhit Nyaayik Nirnay (Hindi) by Raghbir Singh (Ed.) and K N Chandershekharan Pillai (Editorial Team Head) : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788125041931

This is the Hindi version of The Legislature and the Judiciary published by us in English recently for the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi.

The Indian Constitution provides for a federal form of government, with a division of power between the legislative and executive arms of the state. Both institutions have evolved, over the years, as mature, dynamic and relatively autonomous in their respective spheres of activity‚€”further strengthening the edifice of democracy. While these two organs have functioned with restraint and responsibility, the legitimate concerns of the respective institutions to guard their autonomy have led to differences between the two. Since independence, the courts have been called upon on numerous occasions to resolve such conflicts.

A pioneering volume, The Legislature and the Judiciary explains the powers, privileges and immunities of legislatures in India. It also highlights the role of the judiciary in articulating a constitutional position on the legislature‚€™s autonomy, along with a detailed discussion of all the important cases dealt by the high courts and the Supreme Court. 

In the critical Foreword, eminent jurist Upendra Baxi provides a brief background to the birth of the Indian constitution. He highlights how the constitution-makers were profoundly influenced by the powers, privileges and immunities enjoyed by the House of Commons. He draws our attention to the interesting fact that a majority of cases filed so far are by the legislators themselves, and explains the need for them to have privileges and immunities.

This volume consists of two sections:

Section 1 details the evolution of law through judicial interpretations of provisions relating to Parliament and the State Legislature. Stating, precisely, the current position of the law, it encapsulates the principles of law laid down by the high courts and the Supreme Court.

Section 2 provides a brief summary of judgments. Almost all the significant rulings of the high courts and the Supreme Court relating to Parliament and the State Legislatures have been incorporated in this section.

This consolidation of legal information will facilitate a clear understanding of the existing legal position of the legislature. This volume will also be a valuable resource for constitutional experts, jurists, students of political science and law, and legislators.

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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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Caste in Indian Politics by Rajni Kothari and James Manor (Eds.) : Rs525 ISBN: 9788125040132

Rejecting the prevailing dichotomy between traditional society and modern polity, Caste in Indian Politics examines their interaction in given community and territorial settings. A critical introduction by Rajni Kothari provides the analytical framework. Of the nine studies that follow, four are based on detailed investigation of individual caste movements and structures and their induction into the political process. The other five focus on the macro dimensions of the political involvement of caste. Each essay tries to bring out the substantial change that has taken place in the inter-relationship between the antecedent social structure of Indian and democratic politics and underlies the emerging idiom of social-political behaviour.

This second edition has an extended prologue by eminent political scientist James Manor. Manor‚€™s ‚€˜Caste and Politics in Recent Times‚€™ is an optimistic account of the changes and developments in the interplay of caste and politics over the past four decades. He shows how the diminishing influence of caste hierarchies has had widespread implications for the voting patterns of the ‚€˜jati-clusters‚€™ (caste groups).

Taking up the debate where Kothari and other contributors had left it, Manor‚€™s new chapter makes this seminal collection truly contemporary. The volume will be of interest to students and scholars of political science.

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China After 1978: Craters on the Moon by Economic and Political Weekly : Rs395 ISBN: 9788125039532

The People‚€™s Republic of China celebrated its 60th anniversary on 1 October 2009. December 2008 marked 30 years since the Chinese Communist Party‚€™s decision to launch ‚€˜market reforms‚€™. The breathtakingly rapid economic growth witnessed after 1978 has attracted worldwide attention. But the condition of more than 350 million workers is abysmal, especially that of the migrants among them. The stagnation of peasant incomes had fuelled a huge, historically unprecedented migration into the cities‚€”over the past 25 years, some 150-200 million persons, including women, migrated from the countryside to the urban areas in search of jobs.

Why do the migrants put up with so much hardship in the urban factories? Has post-reform China forsaken the earlier goal of ‚€˜socialist equality‚€™? What has been the contribution of rural industries to regional development, alleviation of poverty and spatial inequality, and in relieving the grim employment situation? How has the meltdown in the global economy in the second half of 2008 affected the domestic economy? What of the current leadership‚€™s call for a ‚€˜harmonious society‚€™? Does it signal an important ‚€˜course correction‚€™?

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Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times by Meenakshi Thapan (Ed.) : Rs820 ISBN: 9788125040927

Individuals and groups negotiate increasingly complex relationships between the local, the national and the global. Contested Spaces: Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary Times focuses on the everyday experience of divided or contested allegiances, and foregrounds the experiential, the embodied and the emotional, while also examining the social and the cultural.

Divided into three sections, this volume is broadly grouped around the themes of exclusionary practices, experiences of identity, and gender. The first section opens with a powerful commentary on the practices deployed by the state to enforce adherence to a desired narrative of the nation-state. It goes on to show how the state uses the concept of ‚€˜time‚€™ in schooling practices as a means for the further marginalisation and exclusion of underprivileged subjects. It also demonstrates how immigrant and minority students experience processes of ‚€˜othering‚€™ in multicultural/ institutional context.

In discussing the question of identity, the second section analyses the role of the state and shows how immigrants, seeking to establish a legitimate place for themselves, have to constantly grapple with their dual allegiance. Issues of identity are reflected in art as well as where the state plays a role in either promoting or modifying folk art. Aesthetics, as a result, become embroiled with politics when traditional tribal art and craft become politicised‚€”it may be deployed in protest, or co-opted to facilitate assimilation.

Section three variously examines the changing nature of masculinity in Sri Lanka and its relevance to the dynamics of conflict within the self and the nation; the Buddhist Medaw nuns of Myanmar, whose heightened asceticism to create an identity for themselves is co-opted by the state; and four films made by Muslim women in the West that seek to sensitise Western audiences about the war in Afghanistan by using an approach that valourises the West and denigrates Islam and Afghanistan.

Based on fieldwork in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Denmark, Canada and USA, this cross-cultural, multi-country study will be useful for students and scholars of sociology, political science, identity politics, diaspora and migration studies.

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Education, Unemployment and Masculinities in India by Craig Jeffrey, Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery : Rs750 ISBN: 9788187358589

"...[T]hrough close ethnographic work, the authors throw new light on larger debates about development, education and employment in India, and raise important issues and questions that demand further exploration and debate by sociologists and policymakers alike."

Economic & Political Weekly

"The focus on masculinity, education, modernity, and social status among rural young men in northern India highlights the problems with education in India. The authors explore the mindset of those for whom rural education is a system that often fails, demonstrating a volatile mix of disenfranchisement on the one hand and underemployment on the other."

Susan S. Wadley, Syracuse University

"The book is important for both academics and policy makers: 'we question accounts of education as an unproblematic social good within development academia'. Not quite the condemnation of education as causing the problem, but a warning that education on its own will not achieve its goals, and that with some people in some contexts, it can have its 'dark side'."

Alan Rogers, University of East Anglia

Education, Unemployment and Masculinities in India re-evaluates debates on education, modernity, and social change in contemporary development studies and anthropology. Education is widely imputed with the capacity to transform the prospects of the poor. But in the context of widespread unemployment in rural north India, it is better understood as a contradictory resource, providing marginalized youth with certain freedoms but also drawing them more tightly into systems of inequality.

The book advances this argument through detailed case studies of educated but unemployed or underemployed young men in rural western Uttar Pradesh. This book draws on fourteen months' ethnographic research with young men from middle caste Hindu, Muslim, and ex-Untouchable backgrounds. In addition to offering a new perspective on how education affects the rural poor in South Asia, Education, Unemployment and Masculinities in India includes in-depth reflection on the politics of modernity, changing rural masculinities, and caste and communal politics.

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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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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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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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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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Liberalization‚€™s Children: Gender, Youth, and Consumer Citizenship in Globalizing India by Ritty A. Lukose : Rs565 ISBN: 9788125040071

Liberalization‚€™s Children explores how youth and gender have become crucial sites for contested cultural politics of globalization in India. Popular discourses draw a contrast between ‚€œmidnight‚€™s children‚€, who were rooted in post-independence Nehruvian developmentalism, and ‚€œliberalization‚€™s children‚€, who are global in outlook and unapologetically consumerist. Through a careful analysis of consumer citizenship, Ritty A. Lukose argues that the breakdown of the Nehruvian vision connects with ongoing struggles over the meanings of public life and the cultural politics of belonging. Those struggles play out in the ascendancy of Hindu nationalism; reconfigurations of youthful, middle-class femininity; attempts by the middle-class to alter understandings of citizenship; and assertions of new forms of masculinity by members of lower castes.

Moving beyond elite figurations of globalizing Indian youth, Lukose draws on ethnographic research to examine how non-elite college students in the southern state of Kerala mediate region, nation, and globe. Kerala sits at the crossroads of development and globalization. Held up as model of left-inspired development, it has also been transformed through an extensive and largely non-elite transnational circulation of labour, money and commodities to the Persian Gulf and elsewhere. Focusing on fashion, romance, student politics and education, Lukose carefully tracks how gender, caste, and class, as well as colonial and postcolonial legacies of culture and power, affect how students navigate their roles as citizens and consumers.

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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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Public Administration in the Globalisation Era: The New Public Management Perspective by Uma Medury : Rs450 ISBN: 9788125038436

This book explores the transformative effect of globalisation on the theory and practice of public administration in the twenty-first century. It outlines on the complex dynamics of worldwide changes‚€”the reformulation of the fundamental premises of the discipline, restructuring actual administrative models and rapid technological advancement with accompanying changes in the traditional hierarchical and bureaucratic system of governance, resulted in the emergence of an alternate paradigm‚€”the New Public Management. Detailing the influence of New Public Management with its dominant neo-liberal orientation on public administration, the author outlines:

  • The reorientation of the fundamental bases of public administration,
  • The restructuring of administrative models,
  • The concerns raised about applying its uniform principles in diverse political and socio-economic systems, and
  • The adoption of a pragmatic development strategy that welds market individualism with a state-centred approach.

This book offers a comprehensive understanding of the historical processes that shaped the discipline of public administration, its reincarnation in the present form and its current challenges. Grounding the readers in the realities of the field through examples of political experience of countries, this book will be indispensable for students, scholars and practitioners of public administration

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Religious Division and Social Conflict: The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in Rural India by Peggy Froerer : Rs295 ISBN: 9788187358510

Religious Division and Social Conflict: The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in Rural India is an ethnographic account of the emergence of Hindu nationalism in a tribal (adivasi) community in Chhattisgarh, central India. It is argued that the successful spread of Hindu nationalism in this area is due to the involvement of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a militant Hindu nationalist organization, in local affairs. While active engagement in 'civilizing' strategies has enabled the RSS to legitimize its presence and endear itself to the local community, the book argues that participation in more aggressive strategies has made it possible for this organization to fuel and attach local tensions to a broader Hindu nationalist agenda.

The book further argues that while the RSS is the active agent in this process, its specific impact is a function of its relation of opposition to the Church. The influence of the latter, which was well established in the area, has recently been challenged by the RSS. In order to protect and strengthen their respective positions of dominance, both institutions have been instrumental in dividing the local population. This division has often been expressed in conflict over land, healthcare and political leadership.

The book engages with themes such as religion, land relations, liquor disputes, health care, and political leadership.

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Subjugated Nomads: The Lambadas under the Rule of the Nizams by Bhangya Bhukya : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125039617

This book traces the historical transition of the Lambada community of Hyderabad State under the Nizams during colonial rule. The study spans nearly two centuries‚€”from the early eighteenth to about the middle of the twentieth century. The author shows how this community, originally caravan traders, confronted the colonial or modern state power which had adversely transformed their lives.

The market economy and growth of transport hampered the Lambadas‚€™ caravan trade. The state discouraged their nomadic ways, inducing them to become peasants on wastelands and in forest tracts. From the middle of the nineteenth century, they had to depend on cattle-raising and agriculture, often becoming agricultural labourers. The state came to view their extension of agriculture as a threat to forest conservation, subjecting them to harassment and eviction. They began losing their plots of land through usurious money-lending and extortion. Zamindars claimed rights over wastelands, and extracted taxes. Exploitation by various agencies reduced the Lambadas to working as bonded labourers on farms. During famines and the off-season, some resorted to dacoity. This led the state to brand them as a criminal community and relocate them as ‚€˜criminal tribes‚€™ under surveillance. Protracted suffering and victimisation compelled the Lambadas to revolt, which was transformed into the Telangana armed struggle at the end of the Nizams‚€™ rule.

The Lambadas had tried to respond to the challenges faced through a programme of self-reform. From the 1820s, leaders emerged from within the community, who rearticulated Lambada history, spiritual beliefs and culture. These find expression in the oral tradition which was crucial in shaping their community identity, now a significant element in democratic politics.

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Telecommunications Industry in India: State, Business and Labour in a Global Economy by Dilip Subramanian : Rs895 ISBN: 9788187358428

Telecommunications Industry in India represents the first comprehensive study of a state-run enterprise in the telecommunications industry. The study traces over a period of half a century (1948-2009) the growth and decline of Indian Telephone Industries (ITI). At the heart of the monograph stands one central interrogation: How does the socio-technical system of production in a state-controlled firm shape the relations linking the four main actors: the state, management, union and workers?

The original contribution of this book lies in combining business history and labour history within a single conceptual framework.  The author evaluates the broader conclusions about the telecommunications industry and public sector through the lens of an individual firm to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the dynamics of change in the globalizing Indian economy.

The work is well in command of the literature on the global business history counterparts of ITI in the telecommunications industry. It is further strengthened by the use of French material on the subject which is now accessible for the first time in English.

‘This is an impressive achievement that fills a major gap in the literature, that is genuinely inter-disciplinary, and that calls on a range of Francophone literature on the sociology of industry and work that is seldom cited in studies of Indian industry.’

Jonathan Parry, FBA
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology,
London School of Economics and Political Science

‘[The work]… has the potential to become a benchmark study in government-business-labour relations during the import-substituting industrialization era in India…. The proposed work evidently has a global readership….’

Tirthankar Roy,
London School of Economics and Political Science

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The Enchantment of Democracy and India: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242965

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 Everyday State and Society in Modern India by C. J. Fuller and Vťronique Benei (Eds.) : Rs350 ISBN: 9788187358572

The Everyday State and Society in Modern India focuses on how the large, amorphous and impersonal Indian state affects the everyday lives of ordinary citizens. All the eight essays in this book are original contributions and are based on empirical research. They dwell on a variety of issues, such as riot control, the Emergency, corruption, irrigation, rural activism and education and cut across academic disciplines.

Written lucidly on themes which preoccupy most people, these essays lend clarity and cogency to the confusion of everyday life, contributing to a better understanding of the Indian social and political environment.

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The Idea of Gujarat: History, Ethnography and Text by Edward Simpson and Aparna Kapadia (Ed.) : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125041139

The hegemony of India‚€™s states on the way the country is imagined is such that it is often forgotten that Gujarat only emerged as both a political unit and as a form of cultural identity over the course of the last century.

The Idea of Gujarat: History, Ethnography and Text critically examines the processes that went into the formation of the region and in the process unsettles a series of conventional wisdoms about the land and its inhabitants. Individual chapters examine the work of courts, colonial officers, politicians, scholars and gods and goddesses in the making of the state. As a whole, the book provides a broad introduction to the idea of Gujarat, the scope of its history, the nature of its politics, and the dynamics of its society.

It will be of use to students and scholars interested in the study of Gujarat, and to those concerned with wider questions of identity formation, colonial and post-colonial knowledge practices, and contemporary politics.

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The Legislature and the Judiciary: Judicial Pronouncements on Parliament and State Legislatures by Rajya Sabha Secretariat : Rs2050 ISBN: 9788125041917

The Indian Constitution provides for a federal form of government, with a division of power between the legislative and executive arms of the state. Both institutions have evolved, over the years, as mature, dynamic and relatively autonomous in their respective spheres of activity‚€”further strengthening the edifice of democracy. While these two organs have functioned with restraint and responsibility, the legitimate concerns of the respective institutions to guard their autonomy have led to differences between the two. Since independence, the courts have been called upon on numerous occasions to resolve such conflicts.

A pioneering volume, The Legislature and the Judiciary explains the powers, privileges and immunities of legislatures in India. It also highlights the role of the judiciary in articulating a constitutional position on the legislature‚€™s autonomy, along with a detailed discussion of all the important cases dealt by the high courts and the Supreme Court. 

In the critical Foreword, eminent jurist Upendra Baxi provides a brief background to the birth of the Indian constitution. He highlights how the constitution-makers were profoundly influenced by the powers, privileges and immunities enjoyed by the House of Commons. He draws our attention to the interesting fact that a majority of cases filed so far are by the legislators themselves, and explains the need for them to have privileges and immunities.

This volume consists of two sections:

Section 1 details the evolution of law through judicial interpretations of provisions relating to Parliament and the State Legislature. Stating, precisely, the current position of the law, it encapsulates the principles of law laid down by the high courts and the Supreme Court.

Section 2 provides a brief summary of judgments. Almost all the significant rulings of the high courts and the Supreme Court relating to Parliament and the State Legislatures have been incorporated in this section.

This consolidation of legal information will facilitate a clear understanding of the existing legal position of the legislature. This volume will also be a valuable resource for constitutional experts, jurists, students of political science and law, and legislators.

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The Trajectories of the Indian State: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242880

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 access 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 World Bank in India: Undermining Sovereignty, Distorting Development by Michele Kelley and Deepika D‚€™Souza : Rs1475 ISBN: 9788125038641

Bringing together academic discussions on public policy and the experiences of the common people of India, this collection of essays by a range of eminent scholars across disciplines tackles the problems of contemporary development policy and contributes to the ongoing debate.

The current financial crisis has clearly demonstrated the inability of international financial institutions to maintain a stable global economic order. However, few challenges to this order have been taken seriously due to the nearly complete dominance of the ideology of free markets. This volume contributes to the emerging critique of the present economic order and attempts to find alternatives.

The essays originate from testimonies given at the Independent People‚€™s Tribunal on the World Bank held in New Delhi. The book discusses the ways in which the World Bank has used undue leverage to impact key sectors of India‚€™s economy and shows that the Bank‚€™s policies of extreme marketisation, trade liberalisation and reduced public spending have created a shocking trend of jobless growth and increased poverty for the majority of people in India. It also covers the negative impacts of the World Bank on local democratic processes and their negative ramifications on the environment. This work is a timely contribution to the debate over pro-poor versus pro-corporate development policy in India and across the globe.

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The WTO and India: Issues and Negotiating Strategies by Alokesh Barua and Robert M. Stern : Rs1350 ISBN: 9788125040422

This book addresses the complex issues pertaining to WTO agreements and negotiations, and provides a rigorous analysis of the impact of WTO-induced reforms on the Indian economy. It also outlines what India‚€™s strategic thinking ought to be in future multilateral negotiations under the WTO, keeping in view their long-term economic goals. Bringing together the work of several economists and policy thinkers, the volume sheds light on several questions.

  • Why is trade liberalisation beneficial forboth developed and developing countries in
  • their long-term economic interests?
  • What are India‚€™s interests in a multilateralforum like the WTO and how can India gain maximum advantage?
  • Does India have a clear-cut and well-defined set of negotiating strategies?
  • How have the economic reforms affected different segments of the Indian economy?
  • Do the reform measures conform to India's long-term economic interests?
  • Are the benefits from the WTO-induced reforms fairly and evenly distributed across regions and population?
  • Is there evidence to support that economic reforms have led to a decrease in income inequality and poverty in India.

A brief historical overview of the WTO presents the readers with the necessary background. The book is divided into six thematic sections. Section I analyses the perspective of developing countries, with special reference to India. Section II addresses various negotiating options and strategies. India‚€™s sectoral interests in market access are dealt with in Section III. Section IV looks at issues of trade facilitation and transparency in government procurement. Issues such as TRIPS and the GATS are considered in Section V. Finally, Section VI focuses on issues of poverty and income inequality.

The volume provides a sound economic analysis of India‚€™s proactive role in the revival of the WTO negotiations. It will be a valuable reference to scholars and students in understanding the causality between actual economic events and WTO-induced economic reforms.

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Through War and Famine: Bengal, 1939‚€“45 by Srimanjari : Rs1025 ISBN: 9788125035480

‚€˜Through War and Famine: Bengal, 1939-45‚€™: World War II and the Famine of 1943 in Bengal are the two windows through which this book explores the history of Bengal between 1939 and 1945. The social base of the different sections of the people in Bengal during this period determined the impact of both the War and the famine on them. Drawing upon this multidimensional reality, the book presents a holistic history of Bengal during this period. The author delves into questions of how the War transformed the relationship between the imperial state and it subjects, and their political representatives. She focuses on the fears and hopes, and the political ambitions and frustrations of different political groups and individuals as the state used propaganda and force to command their loyalty. The work shows how the War provided an opportunity to challenge the validity of the colonial classification of martial and non-martial races as it was applied in Bengal. It highlights the tense relations between the military and civil society and how war and deprivation drew religious and lower-caste groups into sectarian politics. Bringing to the fore the alterations in the economic landscape of Bengal, the author highlights the realities of wage cuts, longer working hours, absence of insurance against injury and non-payment of compensation. The book draws attention to the economic distress of the peasants and the curious case of the famine unfolding in the rural interiors and the government‚€™s debt collection drive in 1943, that made a mockery of the latter‚€™s famine relief activities. It was not just a coincidence or a war-time casualty, the author argues, that a substantial section of destitute women were driven by circumstances into the network of prostitution in the war-years. This book will be useful to students and scholars interested in studies on partition, communalism, gender, and famine studies.

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Understanding Contemporary India: Critical Perspectives by Achin Vanaik and Rajeev Bhargava (Eds.) : Rs825 ISBN: 9788125039891

Understanding Contemporary India: Critical Perspectives brings together contributions from scholars and teachers of the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. This Reader examines the peculiarities of Indian democracy‚€”the character of its political institutions and patterns of governance‚€”and the remarkable paradoxes that co-exist in what is easily the most diverse society in the world perceived from whatever angle one chooses‚€”socially, culturally, geo-ethnically, politically and intellectually.

The widespread belief that India is an ‚€˜emerging power‚€™ on the world stage cannot hide the fact that India faces many grave problems and difficulties even as it is equipped with significant material and cultural resources to tackle them. This collectively agreed project deals with the central issues which confront India today.

This volume will be of great interest to not only the undergraduate and graduate students of Delhi University, but also to the students of other universities, as well as to a more general readership keen to understand how practicing political scientists view the various processes shaping contemporary India.

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Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics by Manjari Katju : Rs550 ISBN: 9788125040347

This book provides a detailed historical account of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), one of the leading organisations in the Hindutva movement. It focuses on the VHP‚€™s transformation from a loosely knit body of Hindus aimed at preserving and promoting Hindu dharma, into a mass organisation actively involved in mobilising the urban middle classes, service professionals and religious leaders for the creation and promotion of a strong Hindu nation.

In elaborating this transformation, the author specifically looks at: the VHP‚€™s programmes immediately prior to the demolition of the Babri Mosque and in its immediate aftermath; the aggressive and communal idiom employed by it during the nineties; its contestation of the secular structure of the Indian state; its negative politicisation of the activities of Christian missionaries; and crucially, the changing relations between the VHP and the RSS on the one hand, and the BJP on the other, which informs the analysis of this transformation.

Rich in empirical data, the second edition of this book charts how amidst the Sangh Parivar‚€™s ebbing fortunes the VHP is going back to its original agenda of performing grassroots work, especially in the states where the BJP is in power. Detailing the nature of community-based work carried out by the VHP across the country, the note to the second edition discusses how the organisation has unleashed a reign of terror on the minority communities and communalised social relations. For all those who seek to know more about the VHP and to understand the ideological and political space occupied by Hindutva in recent years, this book is a must-read.

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A Dictionary of Public Administration by S.R. Maheshwari : Rs695 ISBN: 9788125037798

A Dictionary of Public Administration is the first work of its kind in India as well as perhaps in the Third World. It covers the terms, concepts, theories and paradigms of public administration. Each term is defined and explained concisely but clearly. While a large number of entries are discussed in a few lines, many of them are very comprehensively treated, which is usually characteristic of an encyclopedia. The dictionary deals with the theory of public administration in all its sub-fields like administrative theory, personnell administration, financial administration, comparative public administration, administrative law and public policy. It goes beyond and includes the institutions and processes of Indian administration as well. All these features make this an indispensable volume for students and teachers of public administration as well as policy planners and analysts.

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Against Stigma: Studies in Caste, Race and Justice since Durban by Balmurli Natrajan and Paul Greenough : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125036005

Historical barriers still inhibit comparative frameworks to map and challenge two of the most odious forms of discrimination―racism and casteism.  Both justify themselves on a principle of biological descent; they enable stigma as if it were a natural fact, refusing to see it as deleterious social exclusion.

Against Stigma carries fifteen essays that build upon the energies generated in scholarship as a result of the landmark 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance at Durban, South Africa.  The contributors, who represent a multiplicity of disciplines and intellectual orientations, explore comparative aspects of caste and race including conundrums of a globalized discourse and national problematics of racism and casteism.  The editors‚€™ Introduction locates this comparative project around descent-based discrimination in a wide context; the editors suggest that globalization itself holds out the promise of more generalized practices of resistance and emancipation by oppressed national minorities.  A critical bibliography on race and caste is a bonus to students and teachers of Human Rights, Race Relations, Caste Studies and Politics of Socio-economic Exclusion.

At a time when democratic movements are sweeping across the globe, Against Stigma presents a fresh selection of authoritative scholarship and instructive debates centred on race and caste, two of the most potent and divisive concepts in the histories of humanity, sociology and human governance.

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Cinema and Censorship: The Politics of Control in India by Someswar Bhowmik : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125036654

This ‚€˜narrative historiography‚€™ traces the evolution of censorship discourses in post-colonial India, delineates the theoretical bases of censorship claims and contentions, and uncovers its many socio-political dimensions and complexities.

The exercise of film censorship in modern India, Bhowmik argues, must be de-linked from its colonial origins, as such a practice violates the sacrality of the constitutionally granted freedom of speech and expression in the post-independence system. Penetrating the haze of bureaucratic manipulation, judicial laxity, vested interest and political or public pressure surrounding the film censorship debate, the author disagrees with the popular notion of censorship as moral restraint. Rather, he reveals that its true import lies in the propagation of political agendas. The overarching chronological schema that he devises outlines the intricate interplay of policies of governance and strictures of censorship. As in his other books ‚€“ Indian Cinema Colonial Contours (1995) and Behind the glitz: Exploring an Enigma called Indian Film Industry (2008) ‚€“ Bhowmik grounds the specific topicality of Cinema and Censorship within the wider contexts of film history and culture. A riveting read, this book goes into the very heart of the problematiques of Indian cinematic censorship.

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Crises and Creativities: Middle Class - Bhadralok in Bengal, c.1939‚€“52 by Amit Kumar Gupta : Rs1275 ISBN: 9788125037033

The 1940s was the decade of crisis and change in Bengal. The years that began with famine, war and devastation ended with rioting, death and mass migration as a land, its people and its soul were partitioned. In the darkness of terrible human tragedy, however, twinkled significant triumphs of human achievement. Bengali intellectualism flourished on either side of Independence, and new landmarks were erected in thought, art and aesthetics. The bhadralok, a multilayered social category comprising educated professionals, translatable literally as ‚€˜gentlemen‚€™ and as ‚€˜middle class‚€™ in socioeconomic terms confronted change with a mix of radicalism and reaction. The loftiness of the resultant intellectual product was in inverse proportion to the drastic fall in the general conditions of life. Littťrateurs and artists broke out of the elitism of their predecessors to experiment with new forms, and thinkers and theoreticians adapted the philosophical debates of 20th century Europe to contemporary Indian circumstances. This book is an account of the Bengali bhadralok‚€™s distinctive creative response to historical circumstances that remain without parallel in the rest of India in the years both before and after their passage. It evaluates aesthetic resurgence in socio-economic perspective, following its many twists and turns, and mapping its essentially non-conformist, liberating and egalitarian spirit. It will be of great interest to students of social crisis and cultural change, and everyone seeking to appraise artistic responses to historical realities.

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Gandhi's Conscience Keeper: C. Rajagopalachari and Indian Politics by Vasanthi Srinivasan : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178242460

Hailed by Mahatma Gandhi as his conscience keeper, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (1878‚€“1972; better known as Rajaji) epitomized the practical wisdom, religious tolerance, and statesmanship that Gandhi brought to the nationalist movement. He articulated how Gandhi‚€™s ideas and practices could be reconciled with the needs and aspirations of a modern nation-state. His political and philosophical positions were argued in a manner, and with an ideological orientation, strikingly different from that of Jawaharlal Nehru. And yet Rajaji remains virtually unknown today. Vasanthi Srinivasan presents Rajaji‚€™s vision as that of a theocentric liberal. She argues that he tried to temper majoritarian democracy with statesmanship, a free economy with civic virtue, realistic patriotism with genuine internationalism, and secularism with a religiosity derived from the Hindu epics. Examining his political ideas and actions alongside his literary works, as well as in relation to statesmen-ideologues such as Nehru and Periyar, she shows how Rajaji steered clear of ideological dogma and charted an ethic of responsibility. This book will interest general readers as much as scholars of Gandhi, political theory, and Indian politics.

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Hindu Nationalism: A Reader by Christophe Jaffrelot : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178242651

In India and beyond, Hindu nationalism came into the headlines in the 1990s, when the Ayodhya movement‚€”to build a temple in place of a mosque‚€”gained momentum. This was when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power. This stream of Indian politics is, however, considerably older: in fact older than the Left, the Congress, and any other.

The first part of this reader, comprising the writings of both famous and unknown ideologues, shows that some of the nineteenth-centuryHindu socio-religious reformers, such as Dayananda (founder of the Arya Samaj), prepared the ground for Hindu nationalism by positing a Vedic Golden Age. On this foundation, leaders of the Hindu Mahasabha and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) elaborated their vision of Hindu India in the twentieth century.

Now, V.D. Savarkar viewed the Muslim as the perfect ‚€˜Other‚€™, a figure to be stigmatized and emulated with fascinating ambivalence. A full-fledged ethno-religious concept, Hindutva, came into being, a notion that mentors of the Jana Sangh and the BJP‚€”such as Deendayal Upadhyaya and Balraj Madhok‚€” refined subsequently by adding Gandhian nuances as well as more exclusivist overtones.

The second part of the reader outlines every major political issue on which the Hindu nationalist movement has taken a distinct position. These include: how to participate in party politics without diluting the core cultural doctrine; how to cope with conversions by catering more to class needs; how to promote Hindi without alienating South India; how to fight reservations without losing the Other Backward Castes vote; how to criticize secularism without seeming communal; how to reform education and the economy; how to recuperate Kashmir; and how to make the Hindu diaspora replicate the original ideology beyond India‚€™s boundaries.

In brief, this reader is indispensable for anyone who wishes to understand contemporary Indian politics, society, culture, and history.

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India‚€™s Economic Future: Education, Technology, Energy and Environment by Manmohan Agarwal (Ed.) : Rs595 ISBN: 9788187358176

The Indian economy continues to grow rapidly, taking in its stride poor harvests and rising oil prices. Industrial output, which had tended to be relatively low, has increased to double-digit levels, accompanied by rising levels of savings and investment. India‚€™s healthy export performance has resulted in increased amounts of foreign exchange reserves, insuring against a large balance of payments (BOP) deficit in the future. An important factor in this process has been India‚€™s relative political stability. Democracy is well entrenched and changes of government occur reasonably peacefully.

Is there a fly in the ointment? Could the growth process slacken or can it be accelerated further? What are the constraints to maintaining a high rate of growth over the next decade or two? These questions acquire special significance as we try to understand long-term growth in the current context of global economic slowdown. The papers in this volume seek to answer these questions.

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The Burden of Refuge: Partition Experience of the Sindhis of Gujarat by Rita Kothari : Rs625 ISBN: 9788125036739

Unlike most partition narratives, the narratives of the Sindhis is not marked by violence and bloodshed. The Hindus of Sindh came to India by ship, camel and train, and were unharmed most of the time. The Burden of Refuge is about Partition, and the resettlement and fragmentation of the Sindhi Hindus of India. Rita Kothari traces the trajectory of the Sindhi Hindus from Sindh to India, specifically to Gujarat.

The Burden of Refuge tells the story of the Sindhi Hindus of Gajarat beginning with colonial Sindh and tracing the socio-political dynamics of the pre-Partition days. Through personal narratives, Kothari begins to life the story of various Sindhis as they migrate to India and begin their process of resettlement. She delineates the contexts that made an atypical commodity like the Sindhis re-modify themselves to suit more textbook notions of Gujarati bourgeois society. In their desire to assimilate with the India (especially Gujarat), the Sindhis  gained much, but also suffered many losses. Though Sindhis have risen from the ashes of Partition as a model immigrant community, the Sufi syncreticism that informed their former life has been tragically damaged and they have also suffered the loss of their language. In Gujarat, their loss are accompanied with a desire to become ‚€˜popular‚€™ Hindus by adopting a more monolithic Hindu identity and by denying their ‚€˜Sindhiness‚€™.

Using intergenerational voices and combining history with personal narratives, Kothari‚€™s book examines the phenomena of psychological violence during and after Partition, and explores a different facet of Partition Studies. Going beyond Partition Studies, this book also makes an important contribution to the area of identity politics in contemporary India. This multidisciplinary study is relevant to everyone interested in India‚€™s past and present.

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The Politics and Culture of Globalization: India and Australia by Hans LŲfgren and Prakash Sarangi (Eds.) : Rs625 ISBN: 9788187358220

We experience the culture of globalisation every time we visit a Tandoori restaurant in Chicago, or a Pizza Hut in Hyderabad, or as we watch Bollywood films in Australia. Globalisation is a label used for a wide range of political, social and cultural phenomena, many of which are explored in this volume.

The Politics and Culture of Globalisation: India and Australia brings together Indian and Australian experts in the fields of political science, international relations, philosophy, cultural theory and political economy. Its timeliness and unifying theme derive from comparisons between Indian and Australian perspectives, and analyses by Australian writers on developments in India. Indian-Australian relations are explored in several chapters.

The neo-liberal form of globalisation is a key focus of critique in this volume. Several chapters examine the search for alternative forms of governance as the nation-state undergoes profound change due to global interconnectedness.

‚€˜An important contribution to the critical discourse on globalisation it is a unique Indo-Australian intellectual endeavour grappling incisively with deeper issues of philosophy and policy in the contemporary world.‚€™

Manoranjan Mohanty,
Council for Social Development, New Delhi

‚€˜With its cogent analysis and lucid style, this volume is a valuable addition to critical readings on globalisation‚€¶The focus on process ‚€“ governance, institutions, and area studies ‚€“ is an added strength... With its analytical depth and empirical stretch, it will be a valuable addition to this important field.‚€™

Subrata K Mitra,
University of Heidelberg, Germany 

‚€˜It will be a very useful volume for all the graduate students who are trying to understand [the] complex and multi faceted nature of the phenomenon of globalisation.‚€™

Rajen Harshe,
Vice Chancellor, University of Allahabad

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The Writings of Rajni Kothari by Rajni Kothari : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788125037552

This volume brings together three landmark books-‚€“Politics in India, Caste in Indian Politics and Rethinking Democracy.  Drawing upon contributions from various disciplines, Politics in India is the first comprehensive treatment of the Indian political system examined from different vantage points.

Caste in Indian Politics rejects the dichotomy between traditional society and modern polity and examines the interaction between the two.  It shows how the India intelligentsia regrets the way caste has entered politics while completely ignoring how politics has turned caste into a unit of political mobilisation.

In Rethinking Democracy, Kothari reflects, interrogates and even contests some of his earlier formulations on democracy, state and civil society.  He makes a powerful critique of democratic theory and practice and presents an alternative model for a decentralised and participatory democracy.

The foreword by Ashis Nandy is a fitting tribute by a distinguished political psychologist and sociologist of science.  In his words, ‚€œ...Rajni Kothari dared to be what he was-‚€”an Indian political scientist...in love with the idea and practice of democracy, who did not think democracy was an imported luxury but an indigenous cultural strand in continuity with an iniquitous, segmented but nonetheless highly plural society comfortable with radical diversity.‚€

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Antarrashtriya Sambandh : Sheetyuddhottar va Jagtikeekaranache Rajkarn (Marathi) (International Relations : Politics after Cold War and of Globalisation) by Dr. Aruna Pendase and Dr. Uttara Sahasrabuddhe : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125035183

The book as the title goes, is on International Relations, a subject taught at almost all Universities to their political science students. It is taught at both graduate and postgraduate levels and is compulsory at many places. This book gives updated information on the subject and is thus suitable for the revised courses. The book may help updating and revising of the course syllabus at many other departments of political science. The book includes information on the post cold war situation as well as on new relevant topics like feminism, environment and international organisations. The maps, photographs and logos and flags included in the book are quite useful. Though the book is in Marathi, it gives index of the terms used both in English-Marathi and in Marathi-English. The bibliography for additional reading gives books in English. These steps will make the students understand the subject matter in Marathi and then may take him to the wider English reading world.

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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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Languages of Political Islam in India c.1200‚€“1800, The by Muzaffar Alam : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178242231

This book shows the ways in which political Islam, from its establishment in medieval north India, adapted itself to a variety of Indian contexts and became deeply Indianized. This process, by which pre-existent Arabo-Persian traditions were moulded to new Indian contexts, involved changes in the manner in which Islamic rule was conceived and conducted in the subcontinent. It became gradually apparent to the conquering Muslim sultans (and later to their successors, the Mughals), as well as to medieval thinkers and writers of treatises on Islamic morality, theology and political doctrine, that the conduct of Islamic statecraft in a country comprising mostly Hindus entailed shifts in Islam‚€™s conceptual and institutional vocabulary. Islamic rulers could not command a vast country without accepting certain cultural limitations to the exercise of their power. In this process of acculturation, political Islam in India was forced to reinvent itself as a doctrine of rule.

From this stemmed a second change: a shift in the meanings of key Islamic terms, especially those pertaining to statehood, and relations between rulers and subject populations. Through a close reading of a variety of texts‚€”ranging from normative treatises and Sufi biographies to Persian court poetry‚€”Muzaffar Alam shows that the vocabularies in use went through certain changes so fundamental that the language of Indian Islam became quite different from what was in vogue in contexts outside. With its profound deployment of primary and secondary sources to study Indo-Muslim statecraft vis-ŗ-vis Islamic theocratic languages over an eight-hundred-year stretch, this book provides major insights into the changing nature of political Islam in India. It will interest scholars of the Islamic world, as well as all serious readers of Indian history and comparative politics.

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Resistance and the State: Nepalese Experiences (Rev. Edn.) by David N. Gellner (Ed) : Rs360 ISBN: 9788187358411

'‚€¶an excellent contribution to our understanding of Nepal's current situation and worth the attention of anyone seriously interested in the subject.' -- JOHN WHELPTON in European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 27 [2004] In all developing countries, the state, aided and supported by foreign donors, has held out the promise of development and tangible benefits to its citizens. Nearly always this has involved unprecedented interference in people's lives ‚€” which has provoked various forms of resistance in response. Resistance and the State: Nepalese Experiences uses ethnographic case studies to explore healthcare programmes, forestry, national parks, political parties, and ethnic revivalism. This fascinating and readable book also gives a graphic description of conflicts over the interpretation of history, and various perspectives on the Maoist insurgency that has taken control of large parts of rural Nepal since 1996. This is arguably the longest and most widespread Marxist rebellion that South Asia has known.

The contributors to this volume illuminate the complex relationship ‚€” sometimes wary, sometimes accommodative, and sometimes violent ‚€” between a modernizing, developmentalist state, and the people it professes to represent and benefit. This book will be of immense value both to experts ‚€” political scientists, historians, sociologists, and anthropologists ‚€” and to the general reader.

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Writing History in the Soviet Union: Making the Past Work by Arup Banerji : Rs695 ISBN: 9788187358374

The history of the Soviet Union has been charted in several studies over the decades. These depictions while combining accuracy, elegance, readability and imaginativeness, have failed to draw attention to the political and academic environment within which these histories were composed. Writing History in the Soviet Union: Making the Past Work is aimed at understanding this environment.

The book seeks to identify the significant hallmarks of the production of Soviet history by Soviet as well as Western historians. It traces how the Russian Revolution of 1917 triggered a shift in official policy towards historians and the publication of history textbooks for schools. In 1985, the Soviet past was again summoned for polemical revision as part and parcel of an attitude of openness (glasnost') and in this, literary figures joined their energies to those of historians. The Communist regime sought to equate the history of the country with that of the Communist Party itself in 1938 and 1962, and this imposed a blanket of conformity on history writing in the Soviet Union.

The book also surveys the rich abundance of writing the Russian Revolution generated as well as the divergent approaches to the history of the period. The conditions for research in Soviet archives are described as an aspect of official monitoring of history writing. Another instance of this is the manner by which history textbooks have, through the years, been withdrawn from schools and others officially nursed into circulation. This intervention, occasioned in the present circumstance by statements by President Putin himself, in the manner in which history is taught in Russian schools, continues to this day. In other words, over the years, the regime has always worked to make the past work.

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Globalization and the Millennium Development Goals: Negotiating the Challenge by Manmohan Agarwal and Amit Shovon Ray (Eds.) : Rs675 ISBN: 9788187358329

GLOBALIZATION is a controversial subject. While some argue that it promotes economic growth that translates into social progress, others believe that it is detrimental to social advancement. There is a broad consensus in the international community that all states should be urged to improve their social conditions, a position most strongly articulated in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) declaration of the United Nations. Globalization and the Millennium Development Goals: Negotiating the Challenge brings together conceptual and empirical insights into the interaction of globalization and the social sectors, focusing especially on the MDGs. Some of the papers included here explicitly look at the Indian experience with social progress in the context of globalization. The volume reflects the multifarious views regarding the interplay between economic development and social progress and attempts to answer the question: Can globalization have a human face?

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Nation in Imagination: Essays on Nationalism, Sub-Nationalisms and Narration by C. Vijayasree, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Harish Trivedi and T. Vijay Kumar (Ed.) : Rs1350 ISBN: 9788125033639

The book is a collection of papers presented at the 13th Triennial conference of the Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS), held in 2004 in Hyderabad. The essays examine the swiftly changing connotations of nation in today‚€™s global world. The contributors to the volume come from different parts of the world, and this makes the collection a truly cross-cultural attempt to re-examine nationalism and understand its complex negotiations in the present. The title Nation in Imagination points to the shaping influence of narratives in the shifting contours of the concept of nation.

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Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World by Hent de Vries and Lawrence E. Sullivan (Eds.) : Rs795 ISBN: 9788187358367

In a globalized world, how can one bridge the private lives of individuals and public cultures or ways of life? In what ways does religion, with regard to words, gestures, and things, exert a pressure on structures of governance? Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-secular World opens an inquiry concerning the engagement of religion with politics. Religion, in its local and global form, is perceived as a ‚€˜problem‚€™ to which intellectuals, policy-makers, cultural critics and economists direct their attention with either fascination or thinly veiled irritation. Yet, in the present ‚€˜information age‚€™, religion in its public manifestations reveals a dual possibility ‚€“ for better and for worse. A potential source of inspiration and democratic openness, it simultaneously presents a danger of dogmatism and hence of closed societies. The ‚€˜post-secular‚€™ condition and its corresponding intellectual standing consist in this ‚€˜living-on‚€™ of religion. While it escapes pre-established contexts and concepts it takes on new forms. In order to track its movements, new methods are needed. A society is ‚€˜post-secular‚€™ if it reckons with the diminishing but enduring ‚€“ and hence, perhaps, ever more resistant ‚€“ existence of the religious. The seventeen papers in this volume examine interrelationships between the political, economic and cultural characteristics of the ‚€˜age of globalization‚€™ on the one hand and the vision of society and structures of governance developed over millennia by religious traditions on the other. It examines if contemporary political theologies have practical relevance in aspects of policies and decision-making by individuals and governments. It explores the possibility that religion might give people a chance to lead better lives in the modern milieu. The volume will be of great interest to students of religion, politics, sociology and philosophy, as well as the interested general reader.

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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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Regulation, Institutions and the Law by Jaivir Singh (Ed.) : Rs595 ISBN: 9788187358282

The twelve papers in Regulation, Institutions and the Law try to understand the specific context within which regulation has unfolded in a country like India, which is different in many ways from that of the United States and Western Europe. The volume also dwells on how these regulatory issues flow across national boundaries and affect the international arena in this age of globalization. While some papers discuss conceptual issues others engage with how the political economy affects regulation both in terms of domestic political economy and in relation to pressures from international organizations. Banning the import of carpets, which use child labour, is a case in point. Yet other papers discuss some specific sectors in the economy, which are regulated, such as, finance, telecommunications and competition policy, in relation to the problem of regulation itself.

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Reinventing Public Administration: The Indian Experience by Bidyut Chakrabarty : Rs675 ISBN: 9788125031604

Reinventing Public Administration: The Indian Experience outlines the historical processes associated with the growth of public administration as a discipline and discusses contemporary perspectives on, and experiences in administration theory. The book considers the history of the Indian administration from the colonial period to the present and also focuses on changes brought about by globalisation, privatisation and structural adjustment on governance. Importantly, Reinventing Public Administration looks at the effects of the Fifth Pay Commission on the Indian bureaucracy and also discusses the role of NGOs in governance. What is distinctive about the book is its attempt to conceptualise the Indian experience of administration through received wisdom and through indigenous intellectual inputs. Written by Bidyut Chakrabarty, a well-known scholar in this field, Reinventing Public Administration is an accessible and up-to-date textbooks on public administration theory.

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Unbecoming Modern: Colonialism, Modernity, Colonial Modernities by Saurabh Dube and Ishita Banerjee-Dube (Ed.) : Rs675 ISBN: 9788187358237

IN THIS VOLUME well-known scholars from India and Latin America ‚€“ Enrique Dussel, Madhu Dubey, Walter Mignolo and Sudipta Sen to name a few ‚€“ discuss the concepts of modernity and colonialism, and describe how the two relate to each other. Unbecoming Modern: Colonialism, Modernity, Colonial Modernities explores the vital impact of the colonial pasts of India, Mexico, China and the even the Unites States on the processes through which these countries have become modern. The collection is unique as it brings together a range of disciplines and perspectives. The topics discussed include the Zapatista movement in southern Mexico, the image of the South in recent African-American literature, the theories of Andre Gunder Frank about the early modernization of Asian countries, and the contradictions of the colonial state in India.

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After the Iraq War: The Future of the UN and International Law by Bernhard Vogel, Rudolf Dolzer and Matthias Herdegen (Eds.) : Rs595 ISBN: 9788187358213

After the Iraq War: The Future of the UN and International Law opens up a powerful debate on the future of the world order. The military occupation of Iraq by the United States and their allies in Spring 2003 has confronted the United Nations with new and fundamental questions concerning its authority, prestige, working methods, efficiency, even the justification of its existence in the future. Besides the United Nations, it concerns the general international law as such, especially the rules concerning the maintenance of peace and the prohibition of the use of force, which are also the central provisions of the United Nations Charter and the fundamental norms of customary international law. Contemporary general international law is inextricably linked to the fate of the United Nations. The very foundations of the post-war world order, which were established during the summer months of 1945 after the end of the Second World War, have been shaken. As regards the evaluation of the new situation since 2003, there is no unanimity among the various nations of the world. This divergence of fundamental positions on the future of international order, which runs right through the members of the Security Council, causes structural uncertainties and tensions to an extent that was not anticipated. The purpose of this volume is to reappraise the findings on the current situation and to give a differentiated picture of the international debate on the future international order.

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Social and Economic Profile of India by Peeyush Bajpai, Laveesh Bhandari and Aali Sinha : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788187358169

Social & Economic Profile of India is the only book of its kind on India in Economic Geography. According to a reviewer, ‚€˜there are some strong GIS systems, and there are strong spatial databases. This book is the first time these have come together in a satisfactory fashion.‚€™ A singular contribution of Social & Economic Profile of India lies in the quality of its presentation. A very complex and a very wide range of data and analysis has been put forward with remarkable clarity and in a very reader friendly way. This state of the art data and analysis (which offers many surprises), gives an almost complete picture of the socio-economic conditions of India in just 173 pages. These 173 pages consist of 84 colour coded maps with a corresponding text in colour. This text is both brief, lucid, and to the point. This book is the work of great scholarship but made accessible to a wide section of readers. It tells the story of what India has achieved since 1991. The information on India‚€™s development is of great relevance in the international scene today. The subjects covered are of enormous public interest and also extremely useful for the framing of public policies. This book is equally indispensable to all the state departments of the government and to Indian companies wishing to invest in particular areas as well as foreign corporate organisations that wish to invest in India. It goes without saying that the researcher will find this comprehensive body of data and analysis very useful. Anyone wishing to go deeper into a particular problem has been directed to go to the relevant sources.

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Caste and Democratic Politics in India by Ghanshyam Shah : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178240954

The Indian constitution seeks to prevent the perpetuation of caste and build a casteless social system. But this has not happened over the fifty-odd years since Indian independence, and shows little sign of happening in the near future. Therefore no understanding of Indian politics is possible without a thorough understanding of the complexities of caste. The aim of this book is to bring about such an understanding.

This volume offers state-of-the-art essays on the subject of caste and politics in contemporary India. It covers all the important grounds that students and scholars need in order to get to grips with the idea, ideology, and ground realities of India‚€™s caste system.

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History and the Present by Partha Chatterjee and Anjan Ghosh (Eds.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178240947

The essays in this volume bring together historians and anthropologists to reflect on the place of history and the historical within present-day conditions. The central focus here is on aspects of the popular, on the ways in which the popular relates to the scientific, the professional, the aesthetic, the religious, the legal, and the political.

The essays represent a critique of the disciplinary practices of history. They share some of the impulses that had earlier produced movements such as ‚€˜history from below‚€™ as well as Subaltern Studies, which had also opened historiography to the domain of the popular. But this volume also reflects an urge to rethink the place of history in the present.

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Lived Islam in South Asia: Adaptation, Accommodation and Conflict by Imtiaz Ahmad and Helmut Reifeld (Eds.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788187358152

Lived Islam in South Asia: Adaptation, Accommodation and Conflict is an extremely timely and important publication. Fourteen interesting papers, based on intensive fieldwork in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India, explore a highly controversial subject. They touch on the everyday religious lives of the Muslims in these countries. The book argues that Islam cannot be understood through the works of theologians alone, for whom it is a formal, uniform and rigid system of beliefs and practices. Popular Islam, or Islam as it is practised by millions of Muslims in South Asia, has an empirical validity and is a dynamic process of adjustment and accommodation as well as conflict with other religions, with which it coexists.

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Tamil Nadu Human Development Report by : Rs630 ISBN: 9788187358145

THIS IS Tamil Nadu‚€™s first Human Development Report. Tamil Nadu has fared very well in human development among the states in India. It needs to be noted, however, that there are vast variations in the indicators of human development within the state itself. Factors contributing to human development are disaggregated in this Report, and analysed at the district level. This will enable readers to understand the regional disparities in Tamil Nadu and the reasons behind them. The Report not only puts within one cover, all the various aspects of human development in Tamil Nadu but also seeks to explain why the state has fared well in certain areas and not in others. It also highlights the policy interventions that will be required to correct the imbalances. Tamil Nadu Human Development Report is a balanced and objective account of the state‚€™s performance and as such, will be of immense value to those planning for growth, social justice and equity in the state, as well as researchers and students of social sciences in university departments and other institutions.

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Caste and Democratic Politics in India by Ghanshyam Shah (Ed.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178240244

The Indian constitution seeks to prevent the perpetuation of caste and build a casteless social system. But this has not happened over the fifty-odd years since Indian independence, and shows little sign of happening in the near future. Therefore no understanding of Indian politics is possible without a thorough understanding of the complexities of caste. The aim of this book is to bring about such an understanding. This volume offers state-of-the-art essays on the subject of caste and politics in contemporary India. It covers all the important grounds that students and scholars need in order to get to grips with the idea, ideology, and ground realities of India‚€™s caste system.

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Dynamics of Bank Deposits: The Developing States in India by Debesh Roy : Rs595 ISBN: 9788187358114

Dynamics of Bank Deposits: The Developing States in India points out that there is ample scope for faster mobilisation of deposits in the rural centres ‚€“ the unbanked and underbanked areas ‚€“ where bank deposit is the only profitable savings instrument available. The data presented in this book is enriched by a comparative analysis of the growth of bank deposits in ten selected economically developed states, and in ten developing areas for the years 1973 and 1999. The economically developed states studied were Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Delhi and the developing areas examined were Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

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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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Middle Class Values in India and Western Europe by Imtiaz Ahmad and Helmut Reifeld (Eds.) : Rs510 ISBN: 9788187358138

THIRTEEN EXTREMELY interesting essays discuss what constitutes the middle classes, and distinguishes their values and way of life in France, Germany and India.

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WTO Agreement and Indian Agriculture by Anwarul Hoda(Ed.) : Rs660 ISBN: 9788187358077

In INDIA, the WTO Agreement has been dogged by controversy from the very beginning. This volume attempts to capture this ongoing debate. An interesting feature of this book is that it is interactive. Nine papers on the subject have been interspersed with arguments and counterarguments on them to flesh out the various strands in the controversy making it comprehensible to the interested reader while placing a wealth of data before the expert.

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An Anthropologist among the Marxists and other Essays by Ramachandra Guha : Rs450 ISBN: 9788178240039

‚€œInside every thinking Indian there is a Gandhian and a Marxist struggling for supremacy‚€, says Ramachandra Guha in the opening sentence of this wonderfully readable book of ideas, opinions and reflections. A substantial portion of the book expands on this salvo: it analyses Gandhians and pseudo-Gandhians, Marxists and anti-Marxists, Nehruvians and anti-Secularists, Democrats and Stalinists, scientists and historians, environmentalists and cricketers in short, it examines and discusses all those who comprise the intellectual life of thinking Indians today.

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Crisis as Conquest: Learning from East Asia by Jayati Ghosh and C. P. Chandrasekhar : Rs240 ISBN: 9788125018988

To what extent does the East Asian experience provide us with a viable model of economic development? This tract seeks to answer this through a careful analysis of the long-term development of the East Asian economies and their recent crisis. The tract shows thee contradictory implications of the process of industrialisation and the problems of unregulated finance which makes liberalized economies extra sensitive to the slightest ripple in investor sentiments. To understand the specificities of the East Asian experience, the tract looks carefully t the histories of crises in other parts of the world, and provides a powerful critique of the IMF response to them.

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Hindi Nationalism by Alok Rai : Rs295 ISBN: 9788125019794

This tract looks at the politics of language in India through a study of the history of one language‚€”Hindi. It traces the tragic metamorphosis of this language over the last century, from a creative, dynamic, popular language to a dead, Sanskritised, dePersianised language manufactured by a self-serving upper caste North Indian elite, nurturing hegemonic ambitions. From being a symbol of collective imagination it became a signifier of narrow sectarianism and regional chauvinism. The tract shows how this trans- formation of the language was tied up with the politics of communalism and regionalism.

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Sikkim Human Development Report 2001 by Mahendra P. Lama : Rs595 ISBN: 9788187358046

VERY LITTLE is known about Sikkim. This book outlines its development since it became a part of the Indian Union in 1975. It covers subjects such as population, poverty and planning; health, education and the status of women; land and agriculture; forest and environment; infrastructure for development such as industry, power and state finance; and governance for sustainable human development.

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Trade, Finance and Investment in South Asia by T. N. Srinivasan (Ed) : Rs780 ISBN: 9788187358053

THIS BOOK contains an important set of papers covering subjects such as the impact of changing global trade policies on India; charting a free trade area in South Asia; India‚€™s informal trade with Bangladesh and Nepal; India-Bangladesh bilateral trade; a plan to strengthen regional trade cooperation in South Asia with special reference to India and Pakistan; a comparative analysis of the Chinese and Indian experience of multinational and expatriate foreign direct investment; foreign direct investment and economic integration in the SAARC region and health policy challenges for India. All these papers are then placed within an overall perspective in an original paper by T. N. Srinivasan ‚€˜Issues in Trade and Finance in South Asia‚€™.

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Subaltern Studies XI: Community, Gender and Violence by Partha Chatterjee, Pradeep Jeganathan (Eds.) : Rs575 ISBN: 9788178240022

In its early phase, Subaltern Studies dealt extensively with community and violence in the context of peasant uprisings. Once the problem of peasant involvement in the modern politics of the nation had been posed, complexities in that relationship began to emerge. A new dimension was introduced when the relationship between community, gender and national politics came to be taken seriously. The present volume confronts the whole range of new issues raised by the relations between community, gender and the politics of violence.

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Income-Poverty and Beyond: Human Development in India by Raja J. Chelliah and R. Sudarshan : Rs510 ISBN: 9788187358008

THE BOOK emphasizes the need to go beyond the conventional definition of poverty and look at the various human aspects of the problem. Eminent social scientists study poverty in its wider sense, in the light of the latest data available for India.

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Dalit Visions by Gail Omvedt : Rs75 ISBN: 9788125006367

Dalit Visions explores and critiques the sensibility which equates Indian tradition with Hinduism, and Hinduism with Brahmanism; which considers the Vedas as the foundational texts of Indian culture and discovers within the Aryan heritage the essence of Indian civilisation. It shows that even secular minds remain imprisoned within this Brahmanical vision, and the language of secular discourse is often steeped in a Hindu ethos. The tract looks at alternative traditions, nurtured within dalit movements, which have questioned this way of looking at Indian society and its history. While seeking to understand the varied dalit visions that have sought to alter the terms of the dominant order, this tract persuades us to reconsider our ideas, listen to those voices which we often refuse to hear and understand the visions which seek to change the world in which dalits live.

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India in a Changing World by Achin Vanaik : Rs90 ISBN: 9788125006350

This is an overview of India‚€™s place in the world. It sheds light on Indian foreign policy from Independence to date. It critiques political realism as a ‚€œway of seeing‚€ the world, especially in view of changing global context before and after the Cold War. Issues taken up include Kashmir, the human rights issue and the impact of Hindu nationalism. The main focus of the tract is on the nuclear weapons issue.

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Kashmir: Towards Insurgency by Balraj Puri : Rs90 ISBN: 9788125006244

Kashmir: Towards Insurgency attempts to understand the nature and historical roots of the insurgency in Kashmir. It traces the complicated history of the early years after independence when the stability of Kashmir was the subject of intense debate and examines the process through which the emotional ties between Kashmir and the rest of the country were eroded and the basis of secular and democratic politics in the region were weakened. As the Indian state lost its legitimacy, militant groups gained popular support. This tract attempts to understand the logic of terrorism and secession and reflects on the ways in which such forces can be politically contained and democratic processes in Kashmir re-introduced.

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Khaki Shorts and Saffron Flags: A Critique of the Hindu Right by T. Basu, P. Datta, S. Sen, S. Sarkar and T. Sarkar : Rs125 ISBN: 9780863113833

Khaki Shorts and Saffron Flags is a penetrating and meticulously researched critique of the forces of Hindutva. The authors trace the roots of the Hindutva ideology to the politics of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. They discuss the history of the RSS and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, analyse the institutional structures of the organisations, their political language, their attempts at transforming Hinduism, and their strategies of communal mobilisation around the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid issue. This tract focuses not only on the speeches and writings of the RSS and VHP, but on their video cassettes, songs, posters and conversations.

This important tract is essential reading for anyone who is concerned with the real nature of the politics of Hindutva, and with the increasing communalisation of Indian society.

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The Question of Faith by Rustom Bharucha : Rs90 ISBN: 9780863113925

The Question of Faith examines the cultural resources underlying manifestations of ‚€˜faith‚€™ in the larger context of communalism and fundamentalism. Countering the economistic and political interpretation of these phenomena, the author focuses instead on the possibilities of resilience contained in the life-sustaining aspects of religious experience and symbology. Exploring different ‚€˜languages‚€™ outside of the social sciences, this monograph travels through the enigmas of the Kumbh Mela and the Ram Lila, the fiction of U. R. Anantha Murthy, the cultural writings of Rammanohar Lohia, and Mahatma Gandhi‚€™s politics of ‚€˜faith‚€™ to offer alternative modes of resisting the violence of our times through a deeper respect for cultural differences and the ambivalences of ‚€˜faith‚€™.

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