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Gramin Samaj Aur Sanchar : Badalte Ayam  by Dr Nirmala Singh & Rishi Gautam HINDI Rs499 ISBN : 9789384314651

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Ethics, 2014, by K.K. Singh : Rs695 ISBN: 9789331321626

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Ethnic Movements in North-East India 2010, by D.K. Kundu : Rs495 ISBN: 9788131307557

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Management thoughts on Police Administration, by J. Vadackumchery : Rs400 ISBN: 9788170249146

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Marginalised Groups 2012, by E.A. Gandhi : Rs1995 ISBN: 9789331316905

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Minorities 2012, by P.Y. Swamy : Rs595 ISBN: 9788131316009

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Minorities in India : Protection and Welfare, 1997, by Rajendra Pandey : Rs600 ISBN: 9788170248736

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Mulk Raj Anand: The Short Story Writer, by Vijay Mohan Sethi : Rs100 ISBN: 9788170243755

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My Dear Judge 2007, by P.N. Duda : Rs200 ISBN: 9788131300848

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My Experiments with Truth (An Autobiography) 2014, by M.K. Gandhi : Rs995 ISBN: 9788131310939

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Nation Keepers : Central Reserve Police Force 2004, by R.S.D. Dogra : Rs495 ISBN: 9788176486064

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National Police Commission : Issues for Rethinking, 1998, by J. Vadackumchery : Rs400 ISBN: 9788170249970

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The New Terrorism : Islamist International 2005, by D.P. Sharma : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788176487993

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Normal and Handicapped Children: A Comparative Approach, by Hassan Uddin : Rs200 ISBN: 9788170246633

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Organised Crime 2018, by C.K. Gandhirajan : Rs995 ISBN: 9788176484817

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Pakistan’s Quest for Food Security, by Asmi Raza : Rs200 ISBN: 9788170245506

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Panchayats and Good Governance 2014, by S.R. Singh : Rs595 ISBN: 9788131315897

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Panchayati Raj, 2008, by P.C. Swain : Rs695 ISBN: 9788131303795

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Police and People : Role and Responsibilities 2006, by Dalbir Bharti : Rs300 ISBN: 9788131300459

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Police Leadership : The Inside Story, 1999, by J. Vadackumchery : Rs600 ISBN: 9788176481205

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Policing the Largest Democracy: 50 Years and After, 1998, by J. Vadackumchery : Rs400 ISBN: 9788170249795

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Population Geography 2015, by S.A. Qazi : Rs695 ISBN: 9788176489935

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Poverty Alleviation in the Third World 2013, by Sita Ram Singh : Rs795 ISBN: 9788176488020

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Poverty Eradication and Self Help Groups, 2014, by V. Neelamegam : Rs995 ISBN: 9789331321190

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Prisoners and Human Rights, 1999, by S.K. Pachauri : Rs600 ISBN: 9788176480754

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Professional House Keeping 2016, by R.K. Arora : Rs795 ISBN: 9788131307670

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Professional Police-Witness Interviewing, 1999, by J. Vadackumchery : Rs400 ISBN: 9788176480611

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Professionalism in Indian Police, by A.K. Saxena : Rs300 ISBN: 9788170248514

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Public Health Expenditure and Human Development 2014, by Shahid J. Ansari : Rs595 ISBN: 9789331323156

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

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Religion and Socio-Economic Profile of the Bhumij in Keonjhar District of Orissa 2012, by Sebati Malik : Rs995 ISBN: 9788131313800

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Reflective Thinking 2012, by S. Thomas : Rs695 ISBN: 9788131315040

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Religious Conversion: Myths and Reality 2009, by A. Mani : Rs595 ISBN: 9788131305355

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Right to Education : Challenges and Implementation 2014, by Neetu Ohri : Rs2495 ISBN: 9789331323231

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Role of Police in a Changing Society, 1999, by A. Srivastava : Rs500 ISBN: 9788176480338

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Sansadhan Mulyaankan avm Gramin Vikas (in Hindi) Evaluation of Resources and Rural Development 2012, by V.S. Rajput : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788131311820

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Saints and Sages of Kashmir 2004, by T.N. Dhar ‘Kundan’ : Rs895 ISBN: 9788176485760

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Scheduled Castes & Tribes: Socio-Economic Upliftment Programmes, by Hemlata Rao : Rs200 ISBN: 9788170245667

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Seheduled Caste Welfare 2008 by P. Kannappan : Rs495 ISBN: 9788131303702

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Scheduled Caste Welfare: Myth or Reality, 2003, by R.B. Singh : Rs495 ISBN: 9788176484084

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Short Stories 2003, by Rathin Das : Rs300 ISBN: 9788176484725

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Social Exclusion : Dimensions of Marginality in India 2015, by Sundara Raj T. : Rs795 ISBN: 9789331326836

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Sociology : UGC NET/SET 2016, by Poonam Rani : Rs995 ISBN: 9789331327628

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Slum in India 2005, by L.N.P. Mohanty : Rs495 ISBN: 9788176488921

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Socio- Cultural Dimension of Reproductive Child Health 2003, by R.N. Pati : Rs695 ISBN: 9788176485104

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Social Aspects of Education, 2011, by D.K. Singh : Rs595 ISBN: 9788131312315

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Social Capability and Rural Industrialisation 2005, by R.T. Tiwari : Rs795 ISBN: 9788176488570

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Social Cognition, 2018, by Bincy Mathew : Rs595 ISBN: 9789387460126

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Socio-Economic Background of Beggars in Religious Centres, by A. Joshi : Rs400 ISBN: 9788176481052

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Social Exclusion and Human Development, 2013, by P. Subba Rao : Rs995 ISBN: 9789331319364

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Social Exclusion and Inclusion 2011 by S. Gurusamy : Rs1795 ISBN: 9788131310007

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Sociological Foundation of Education 2018, by O.B.Pal : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788131311356

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Sociology Of Education, 2018, by P. G. R. Kumar : Rs895 ISBN: 9788176480499

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Social Security, 2013, by P.K. Pandey : Rs695 ISBN: 9789331320339

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Social Work Concerns and Challenges in the 21st Century 2009, by V.V. Devasia : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788131304679

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Socio-Legal Study of Cultural & Educational Rights of the Minorities, 2000, by B.N. Pandey : Rs700 ISBN: 9788176481472

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A Soldier’s Life in War and Peace 2004, by A.S. Naravane : Rs495 ISBN: 9788176484374

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Street Children 2009, by K. Suriyan : Rs595 ISBN: 9788131305935

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

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Swami Vivekananda 2014, by K.S. Srivastava : Rs695 ISBN: 9788131310618

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Tests and Measurements in Social Research 2014, by K. Chandrakandan : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788176482417

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The Labyrinth of Latin American Development 1999, by Henry Veltmeyer : Rs500 ISBN: 9788176481397

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The Pain & Horror: Gujarat Earthquake, 2001, by L.R. Reddy : Rs500 ISBN: 9788176482523

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The Police and Delinquency in India, by J. Vadackumchery : Rs300 ISBN: 9788170247258

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The Police, The Accused and Criminal Injustice 1997, by J. Vadackumchery : Rs400 ISBN: 9788170248268

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The Police, The Court and Injustice, 1997, by J. Vadackumchery : Rs400 ISBN: 9788170248064

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The State of Pakistan’s Children 1998. by S. Fayyazuddin : Rs600 ISBN: 9788170249832

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The Worst of Global Terrorism, 2002, by L.R. Reddy : Rs995 ISBN: 9788176482950

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Teaching of Home Science, 2014, by Afshan Anees : Rs395 ISBN: 9789331324023

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Teaching of Social Studies 2018, by Rajesh Sharma : Rs695 ISBN: 9789331323347

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Teaching of Social Studies, 2013, by R. C. Kumawat : Rs695 ISBN: 9789331319418

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Teaching of Social Studies 2016, by A.S.Jha : Rs995 ISBN: 9788131310335

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Teaching of Social Studies, 2015 by Y.K. Singh : Rs695 ISBN: 9788176487238

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Terrorism : A Comprehensive Analysis of World Terrorism 2012, by Deepak Rao : Rs495 ISBN: 9788176485272

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Third Millennium Police : Take off Trends in India. 1999, by J. Vadackumchery : Rs400 ISBN: 9788176480628

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Tibet : A Reality, by M.G. Chitkara : Rs250 ISBN: 9788170246398

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Toxic Tibet under Nuclear China, by M.G. Chitkara : Rs300 ISBN: 9788170247180

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Traditional Embroideries of India, 2017, by Shailaja D. Naik : Rs700 ISBN: 9788170247319

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Traditional Embroideries of India, 2018, by A. Agrawal : Rs595 ISBN: 9789387460737

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Training of I.P.S. by Kaneez Zehra : Rs200 ISBN: 9788170245872

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Transgender Inclusion : Challenges and Implications, 2016, by Sundara Raj T. : Rs1795 ISBN: 9789331328199

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Tribal Education 2015, by Ramakanta Rout : Rs495 ISBN: 9789331326126

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Tribal Education 2015, by B.Devender : Rs995 ISBN: 9789331326003

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Tribal Education 2010, by N. Srinivas : Rs595 ISBN: 9788131308844

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Tribals and Their Culture 2006, by Das Kornel : Rs695 ISBN: 9788131300213

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Tribal Demography in India, by R.N. Pati : Rs300 ISBN: 9788170244455

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Tribal Ethnomedicine : Continuity & Change, 1998 by Jose Boban K. : Rs800 ISBN: 9788176480277

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Tribals and their Health Status, by V. Rani Gopal : Rs200 ISBN: 9788170247661

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Tryst with Law Enforcement and Human Rights, 2002, by Sankar Sen : Rs595 ISBN: 9788176483407

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Understanding Aids : Myths, Efforts and Achievements 2014, by Shalina Mehta : Rs795 ISBN: 9788176485425

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Victimology in India, 2012, by V.N. Rajan : Rs700 ISBN: 9788170246732

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Victims of Terrorism, 2003, by D.P. Sharma : Rs495 ISBN: 9788176484510

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Victorian Literary Orientalism 2010, by S.F. Zaidi : Rs795 ISBN: 9788131308882

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War on Poverty 2004, by Brij K. Taimni : Rs695 ISBN: 9788176485661

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Weapons of Mass Destruction 2004, by M.N. Sastri : Rs395 ISBN: 9788176487422.

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Weeping Womb (Poems) 2009, by Parokode P.L.S. : Rs495 ISBN: 9788131306703

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When Fathers Rape : A Socio-Psycho-Legal-Global Study, by Manish Sharma : Rs500 ISBN: 9788170247395

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Widows in India : Social, Economic and Policy Implications 2012, by J. Niswade : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788131315606

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Women Empowerment : A Reflection, 2016, by Anita Swami : Rs695 ISBN: 9788179460375

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Women Empowerment 2015, pp .144 by C.Ramanujam : Rs495 ISBN: 9789331325877

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Women Empowerment 2014, by P. Raja : Rs995 ISBN: 9789331323866

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Women Empowerment, 2013, by K.R. Reddy : Rs595 ISBN: 9789331320445

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Women Empowerment : Yet a Distant Dream 2016, by Tajinder Kour : Rs795 ISBN: 9789331327376

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Women in Society 2013, by E.A. Gandhi : Rs1295 ISBN: 9789331318039

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Working Women, 2014, by Sunita Pandey : Rs795 ISBN: 9789331321350

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A Text Book Of Sociology by Neelam Kumari : Rs355 ISBN: 9789381390009

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Sociology by Madhu Sharma : Rs195 ISBN: 9789381390702

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From Popular Movements To Rebellion: The Naxalite Decade by Ranabir Samaddar : Rs1750 ISBN: 9789383166299

From Popular Movements to Rebellion: The Naxalite Decade argues that without an understanding of the popular sources of the rebellion of that time, the age of the Naxalite revolt will remain beyond our understanding. Many of the chapters of the book bring out for the first time unknown peasant heroes and heroines of that era, analyses the nature of the urban revolt, and shows how the urban revolt of that time anticipated street protests and occupy movements that were to shake the world forty-fifty years later.

This is a moving and poignant book. Some of the essays are deeply reflective about why the movement failed and was at the end alienated. Ranabir Samaddar says that, the Naxalite Movement has been denied a history.

The book also carries six powerful short stories written during the Naxalite Decade and which are palpably true to life of the times.  The book has some rare photographs and ends with newspaper clippings from the period.

As a study of rebellious politics in post-Independent India, this volume with its focus on West Bengal and Bihar will stand out as an exceptional history of contemporary times.

From Popular Movements to Rebellion: The Naxalite Decade will be of enormous relevance to students and scholars of history, politics, sociology and culture, and journalists and political and social activists at large.

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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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Negotiating Marginality: Conflicts Over Tribal Development In India by Rajakishor Mahana : Rs1100 ISBN: 9789383166312

Providing a critical ethnography of five different tribal movements fighting against the mega-industrialization projects in Odisha, India, Negotiating Marginality: Conflicts over Tribal Development in India presents a thick description of the confrontation of the tribals to the authoritative forces of state domination. This confrontation, a counter-hegemonic discourse, is neither antagonistic to change nor anti to development, but rather in fact, the author argues, that the tribals are the subaltern citizens who aspire for not only more material and economic prosperity but also freedom – freedom from domination and deprivation. The book therefore seeks to answer one important question: how do the tribals appropriate marginality in their everyday lives in challenging domination and celebrating their desires, wishes, anticipations and material prosperity as well as in coping with the ruins of frustration and suffering.

Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork carried over a decade (2006-16), this book provides empirical evidences and conceptual explorations on the resistance of subaltern citizens against domination. The author challenges current theories of social movements which claim that a cultural critique of the ‘development’ paradigm is writ large in the political actions of those marginalized by ‘development’ – tribals who lived in harmony with nature, combining reverence for nature with the sustainable management of resources. On the other hand, questioning the established notion of ‘marginality as a problem’, the author re-visits ‘marginality’ as a possible site that nourishes the capacity of the tribals to resist and to imagine and create a new world. The complexity of tribal politics, then, cannot be reduced to an opposition between ‘development’ and ‘resistance’. The book therefore persuades us to re-examine the politics of representation within the ideology of progressive movements.

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Of Colonial Bungalows And Piano Lessons: Memoirs Of An Indian Woman by Monica Chanda, Edited by Malavika Kalrlekar : Rs750 ISBN: 9789383166282

Of Colonial Bungalows and Piano Lessons can be read as a metaphor — as an icon — of the encounter between cultures. The memoir is based on Monica Chanda’s recollections between about 1913 and 1927, of life in Calcutta, districts of undivided Bengal, holidays in Kashmir and in Europe. There is more than a whiff of a Victorian upbringing in the pages. Neither honed in one culture nor fully at home in those practices superimposed by Monica’s father’s professional life as a member of the Indian Civil Service, her dilemma comes through in these writings. While her father, Jnanendra Nath Gupta, was avowedly against formal schooling for girls, he encouraged his daughter to undertake long and at times hazardous journeys by river, rail and road to perfect her skills as a pianist. Though there was an occasional longing for a freer life like that lived by her cousins, yet, Monica also enjoyed the privileges of living in spacious bungalows with a retinue of servants, going on exclusive launch trips down the Ganges, and being invited to parties at Government House and even Buckingham Palace. While there is a tautness palpable in her narration of an encounter with a clearly racist Eurasian sergeant and almost near-encounter with a tiger, Monica’s style avoids hyperbole and dramatic sequences. She presents facts and situations as she saw them — though there are a few times when emotions of love, fear and excitement ripple through the pages of this tightly–woven memoir.

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People’s Car: Industrial India and the Riddles of Populism by Sarasij Majumder : Rs695 ISBN: 9789352875504

India is witnessing a unique moment in populism, with sentiments divided between economic reforms that promise fast industrialization and protests that thwart such industrialization. This book offers an ethnographic study of divergent local responses to the proposed construction of a Tata Motors factory in eastern India that would have produced the Nano, the so-called people’s car.

Initial excitement was followed by lengthy protests among the villagers whose agricultural land was being acquired for the project. After these protests led to the relocation of the factory, further demonstrations followed, sometimes involving the same participants, seeking to bring the factory back.

People’s Car explores this ambivalence concerning industrialization, asking why long- drawn resistances against corporate industrialization coexist with political rhetoric and slogans promoting fast-paced industrialization. Majumder argues that such contradictory rhetoric and promises target divided sentiments in rural India, where small land-holding villagers aspire to futures beyond agriculture.

Previous studies of industrialization have generally focused on either demands for development or populist critiques. Moving beyond romantic clichés about urban / rural divides, People’s Car offers a single analytical and ethnographic framework demonstrating how pro- and anti-industrialization forces feed off each other.

book will be of interest to scholars in Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies and Cultural Geography.

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Privileged Minorities: Syrian Christianity, Gender, and Minority Rights in Postcolonial India by Sonja Thomas : Rs955 ISBN: 9789352875184

The Syrian Christians of Kerala are considered “traditional,â€� or “nativeâ€� Christians in India.  They trace their conversion to the year 52CE, when St. Thomas reportedly converted Hindu Brahmins to Christianity.  Although Christians are demographically a minority in India, the Syrian Christians are not a marginalised community. They are caste-, race-, and class-privileged, and have long benefitted, both economically and socially, from their privileged position.

In Privileged Minorities, Sonja Thomas questions the assumed link between numerical minorities and political vulnerability. She explores how this community sheds light on larger questions of multiple oppressions, privilege and subordination, racialization, and religion and secularism in India.

Thomas examines a wide range of sources, including clothing, oral histories, interviews, and legislative assembly debates, to question the relationships between religious rights and women's rights. Using an intersectional approach and US women of colour feminist theory, she demonstrates the ways that race, caste, gender, religion, and politics are inextricably connected, giving rise to both alliances across upper-caste/middle-class communities and dissimilar experiences amongst women in minority rights movements. 

Privileged Minorities asks not only if women benefit from the struggle for minority rights, but also which women are in a position to benefit, and what sort of benefit it is. By focusing on inequalities within groups and alliances across others, Thomas lays the groundwork for imagining how new feminist solidarities across religions, castes, races, and classes can be achieved.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of feminist studies, religious studies, anthropology and sociology.

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The Experience Of Discrimination In France - Why me? by François dubet, olivier cousin, eric macé, sandrine rui : Rs825 ISBN: 9789383166275

Racial discrimination hurts more than discrimination on the basis of class. This is because one can move up the class ladder but one cannot change one’s physical features or skin colour. This remarkable book, The Experience of Discrimination in France: Why Me? brings out graphically that in the developed world like France for instance, the discriminated do not starve or get locked up but they nevertheless suffer pain and discrimination both latent and manifest. The authors, François Dubet, Olivier Cousin, Eric Macé and Sandrine Rui flesh out each of these, which makes the everyday life of the discriminated, come alive at every turn.

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What Is Economic Development - Comparative Performance Of Indian States by Amit S Ray, Manmohan Agarwal & M. Parameswaran : Rs495 ISBN: 9789383166305

Economic development is not merely economic growth and prosperity, but it includes a multitude of goals. This book analyses the expanding concept of economic development as it evolved over time, encompassing multidimensional human wellbeing extending well beyond material prosperity. The book adopts the generic framework of Stiglitz et al. (2009), where economic development is viewed as achievements across eight dimensions – material prosperity, education, health, economic security, personal security, environmental conditions, political voice and social connections. The authors implement this concept to design a robust measure of development for comparing Indian states. The authors also define three sub-measures – human development, security and voice and confidence – broadly representing three distinct aspects of development.

The results clearly show that state level performances vary considerably across various dimensions of development. No state does uniformly well or badly across all levels, thereby exposing the fallacy of branding the development experience of a particular state as ideal based on its achievement on some aspects of development. Since good performance in one dimension does not ensure doing well in other dimensions too, it would be inappropriate to look only at the overall measure of development, ignoring the achievements in the three sub-measures and the eight dimensions. Recognition of such diversity of performance is particularly important in a federal structure, like India, where different states may have different development priorities. This book will enable states to reflect on whether they have been performing according to their priorities, and if not, they may choose to their policies or their development strategies.

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A Handbook of Rural India by Surinder S. Jodhka : Rs825 ISBN: 9789352871988

‘Rural’ and ‘urban’ are the foremost categories through which social life has been visualised and engaged with in modern and contemporary times.

The idea of the ‘rural’ or the ‘village’ has been of particular significance in India. British colonisers represented India to the world as a land of ‘village republics’. This representation was so influential that even the nationalist leaders accepted it uncritically.

Gandhi advocated ‘a return to the village’ as the only genuine way to gaining swaraj, or self-rule. Nehru and Ambedkar too saw the village as the site of India’s traditional life; however, to them it was also a signifier of India’s economic backwardness and social ills. These notions have shaped social science scholarship, popular politics and public policy.

The idea of such a demographic transition continues to be a core element of state policy and an important indicator of positive social change and economic growth/ modernisation. However, the ‘rural’ in India persists; nearly two-thirds of India’s population still lives in rural settlements.

A Handbook of Rural India, brings together 36 research papers written by some of the leading social scientists, from the early 1950s to the present. It provides a historical perspective on the subject of the ‘rural’ and covers a wide range of topics that have been critical to the imaginings and empirics of village life in contemporary India.

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A Very Old Machine - The Many Origins of the Indian Cinema 1840–1930 by Sudhir Mahadevan : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245256

This book shows how Indian cinema’s many origins in the technologies and practices of the nineteenth century continue to play a vital and broad function in the twenty-first.

Mahadevan proposes that there has never been a singular cinema in India; rather, Indian cinema has been a multifaceted phenomenon that was understood, experienced, and present in everyday life in myriad ways.

Employing methods of media archaeology, close textual analysis, archival research, and cultural theory, he digs into the history of photography, print media, practices of piracy and showmanship, and contemporary everyday imaginations of the cinema to provide an understanding of how the cinema came to be such a dominant cultural force in India. The result is an innovative account of Indian cinema’s “many origins.�

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Agnipariksha: An Ordeal Remembered by Hamid Kureshi (Translated from the original Gujarati by Rita Kothari) : Rs235 ISBN: 9789352871964

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bhisma Devavrata: Authority in Epic Mahabharata by Kevin McGrath : Rs945 ISBN: 9789352872015

So Bhisma, the son of Sastanu, Grand-father of the Bharatas,
Learned, a knower of time and place, knower of truth, aware
of all dharma …

A plethora of complex and nuanced characters populate the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. One in particular stands tall even today as the face of moral authority—Bhisma Devavrata, the eldest of the Kuru clan. In this book, the prolific scholar of Indic and Greek classics, Kevin McGrath, studies in microscopic detail the authority of this pitamaha, ‘grand-father’/patriarch, and explores why he still resonates with 21st century India.

Does Bhisma leave a lasting impression on us because of his steadfast loyalty and maintaining of vows, even when dharma dictates that he do otherwise? Or, if we could challenge conventional wisdom, is it because Bhisma (and not Arjuna) is the sole recipient and embodiment of cosmic inspiration from Krisna?

Relying on close and careful readings of the Bombay and Pune Critical editions of the grand epic, and drawing mainly on the text of the latter, this book describes the manner in which Bhisma negotiates the tortuous path of honourable and principled living. It describes how Bhisma’s express decisions pave the way for the collapse of his clan and the partition of the kingdom, despite his consistent efforts to prevent it.

This book is the first study to view Bhisma as a hero and moral authority. This elegant literary exploration into one of the world’s great epics will interest students and scholars of South Asian studies, cultural studies, and the classics.

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Companion to Planning in the Global South by Gautam Bhan, Smita Srinivas, Vanessa Watson : Rs1225 ISBN: 9789352872930

The Companion to Planning in the Global South offers a collection of essays on planning in parts of the world which, more often than not, are unrecognised or unmarked in mainstream planning texts. This edition is particularly timely for a South Asian audience, given the emerging debates on cities and urbanization in India, as well as on both planning practice and education. The global South is home to much of the urbanization of the 21st century; and the need of the hour is no longer to fill a ‘gap’ that leaves this ‘mainstream’ unquestioned, but to re-theorise planning from these geographies and from a commitment to diverse modes of practice.

The five sections of this book discuss planning and the state; economy and economic actors; new drivers of urban change; landscapes of citizenship; and planning pedagogy

The chapters in each section are not generalised, ‘universal’ analyses and prescriptions, but instead are critical and located reflections in thinking about how to plan, act and intervene in highly complex city, regional and national contexts. The contributing authors to this Companion are all planners of very different kinds, and this diversity ensures a rich variety of insights, primarily based on cases, to emphasise the complexity of the world in which planning is expected to happen.

This volume will be of interest to urbanists, planners, urban economists, sociologists and environmental scientists, as well as practitioners across a range of urban sectors wishing to engage with new planning theory and practice from India and across the global South.

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

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

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

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

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Conservation At The Crossroads: Science, Society, and the Future of India’s Wildlife by Ghazala Shahabuddin : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178245348

India faces an ecological crisis of massive proportions.  The overexploitation of the country’s forests and wetlands is eating away at vital ecological processes. Rapid and unplanned economic development threatens to fragment and devour the wildlife habitats that remain. Plant and animal species are joining the ranks of the critically endangered at faster rates than ever before.

Using the Sariska Tiger Reserve as one of its major anchors, this book analyses the historical, socio-political, and biological contexts of nature conservation in the country in an effort to identify the malaise underlying India’s dominant conservation paradigm, which is primarily one of top-down control and exclusion.  It then surveys alternative approaches to conservation—emerging in India and elsewhere—which attempt to reconcile social equity with biodiversity goals.  

The author argues that a broad-based participatory  approach to conservation, accommodating both use-based and preservationist paradigms, is necessary if we are to see India’s extraordinary wildlife survive into the next century.  Environmental justice and improved governance have to be as much a part of this agenda as sound ecological science and practice.

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Conservation from the Margins by Umesh Srinivasan and Nandini Velho : Rs975 ISBN: 9789352872824

The diverse landscape of India is home to globally important wildlife species and habitats. However, a rapidly growing economy and human population, along with socio-political issues such as ethnic and political marginalisation, have serious, if often unrecognised, impacts on this vast biodiversity.

While some of India’s conservation issues—the tiger and elephant conservation, mining and global warming—have gained currency in media and policy discourse, several others remain confined only to the academic world of conservation biologists and environmental activists, and rarely enter either public consciousness or public policy. Conservation from the Margins talks about some of these neglected conservation issues.

Conservation and environmental degradation cannot be confined to domains of only the state and activists; communities are also actively engaged with their natural surroundings. The essays in this volume do not merely analyse the ecological aspects of these environmental problems unidimensionally; instead, they examine the complex intersection of the natural with the social.

The chapters range from the realities of illegal wildlife trade in India to the impact of naxalism on the Palamau Tiger Reserve, and from conservation in marine fisheries to identity politics in the Gangetic fisheries. The result of extensive fieldwork done by some of the finest biologists and sociologists across the country, the book highlights the personal experiences of the scientists to understand and resolve the issues.

While the stories told are specific to India, the overarching questions this volume raises about conservation are relevant to the developing world, particularly to Asia, Sub-saharan Africa and Latin America.

This volume will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars of environmental studies, sociology, ecology and conservation.

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

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

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

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

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

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Doing Theory: Locations, Hierarchies and Disjunctions by Maitrayee Chaudhuri and Manish Thakur : Rs975 ISBN: 9789352873647

We live in times where theory is often understood as irrelevant in the real world. It appears to have no practical results. This has been further complicated in a post-fact world, where our ‘identities’ and ‘perception’ have become the final judges of truth.

Sociology/social anthropology, in contrast, rests on a fundamental distinction between commonsense and theoretically informed knowledge. It teaches us to get rid of ‘perceptions’ and alerts us to go beyond taken-for-granted ideas. The paradox is that although theory is taught as a mandatory paper in sociology, it is either reduced to a topic in the syllabi or used as ceremonial citations.

Emphasising that theories emerge in specific historical contexts and are embedded in economic, political, social, cultural, institutional, and intellectual processes, this volume takes a new approach by highlighting the sociological paths through which theories travel and are adopted by institutions in different parts of the country.

The contributors explore:

  • the search for an ‘indigenous’ theory within sociology in India;
  • critically examine the construction of the ‘local’ and the ‘postcolonial’;
  • theorise the ‘nation’ and ‘nationalism’, caste and modernity, industrial and media sociology;
  • study the disconnect between theory taught within the classroom and theory practised in the world outside.
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Elephants And Kings: An Environmental History by Thomas R. Trautmann : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245355

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

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

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

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

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English and Other International Languages - Volume 37 - People’s Linguistic Survey of India by G. N. Devy and T. Vijay Kumar : Rs1075 ISBN: 9789352872923

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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India in Nuclear Asia: Evolution of Regional Forces, Perceptions, and Policies by Yogesh Joshi and Frank O’Donnell : Rs850 ISBN: 9789352872855

This book explores the unique development of India as a nuclear weapons state, since it conducted a series of nuclear tests in 1998. When India’s first nuclear doctrine was declared in 1999, revised in 2003, the Indian government portrayed an image of a responsible and restrained nuclear power. However, the contemporary picture of India in the nuclear field is beginning to differ from these initial expectations. What explains India’s evolving nuclear posture? How is this technological drive complicating the questions of regional and global security?

India in Nuclear Asia provides an overview of the Indian nuclear force as it stands in 2018; studies the implications that the nuclear postures of India’s two main adversaries, Pakistan and China, have on its nuclear strategy; and the formation of India’s nuclear doctrine and challenges it faces. The book also explores India’s relations with countries such as Iran, North Korea and Syria, and how these reveal India’s global non-proliferation policy approaches.

The authors discuss key nuclear concepts, and emphasise the need to combine reforms with greater public communication for nuclear management.

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Industrial Relations in India: Towards a New Socio-Political Approach by V. Janardhan : Rs525 ISBN: 9789352872626

Industrial Relations refers to the social relationships that people enter into to produce material goods and services. In an inegalitarian society such as India, the unequal relationship between capital and labour leads to inequality in the industry. The struggle for equality often expresses itself in various forms—for example, unionisation.

This volume focuses on the sociology and politics of the relations between management and workforce, and details the highly statist and legalist Industrial Relations ‘system’ in India. It discusses the role of dominant institutions, such as managements, unions, and law and jurisprudence in the way this system evolved. Drawing on a broad corpus of literature on capital-labour relations, and detailed analyses of case law on retrenchment and closures, the volume argues for building and strengthening labour unions, and an independent politics of the working class in India.

At a time when a comprehensive Indian Industrial Relations theory is yet to be formulated, this book advocates for a new socio-political approach, as against the widely prevalent techno-managerial view. It fills a lacuna in the extant literature, which is either excessively theoretical—thereby glossing over realities such as conflict—or rooted in Western examples, with no reference to the Indian context. Students and scholars of sociology, economics and law, and organisations working on labour issues will find this book very useful.

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Inside Indian Schools: The Enigma Of Equity And Quality by Vimala Ramachandran : Rs850 ISBN: 9789383166251

After seventy years of independence, the tragic reality is that the schools we attend and the quality of education we receive are influenced by our identity; who we are, where we live, how much we earn and our gender.

In Inside Indian Schools: The Enigma of Equity and Quality, Vimala Ramachandran explores the contours of a school system that is facing a crisis of legitimacy. While India aspires to march towards a knowledge driven society and economy, millions of young people are left behind. Those who can afford march out of government schools only to realize that the private schools (barring the elite schools) are no better. The schools they attend leaves them with little knowledge or skill, a very low self-esteem and a bleak future.

The inequalities in the larger society are reflected in the school system, and the elite schools to which the majority of the children have no access, stand apart from the rest. The book argues that the struggle for equality in education, in all schools, is ultimately a struggle for quality, both being two sides of the same coin.

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Macroeconomics of the Black Economy by Saumen Chattopadhyay : Rs795 ISBN: 9789352872817

In the clamour around the demonetisation of high-value Indian currency notes in 2016, a few questions were never asked: What is the black economy? Does it only include the illegal sector, i.e. drug trafficking and the like? How do we take into account illegal earnings from the legal sector, i.e. unreported or tax-evaded income? How do these illegal earnings contribute to consumption, and therefore money circulation? Do black profits slow down money circulation, or accelerate it?

Macroeconomics of the Black Economy answers these questions and explains how we can factor in the entire gamut of illegalities when we study the economy as a whole. It looks at the concepts and measures of the black economy, its sources and mechanisms, and its implications for development policy. Moving away from previous studies that examine corruption and tax evasion only from a microeconomic perspective, this book analyses the implications of these measures for the macro-economy as a whole.

The book begins with a detailed study of early attempts at modelling the black economy. The author then incorporates black incomes into this model of estimation and studies its impact on the government expenditure multiplier. Following this, he studies the implications of the black economy on external balance, by reformulating the balance of payment to study illegalities in exports and imports, and illegal flight of capital through hawala and other channels in an open economy. The book ends with a detailed study of the Indian macro-economy in the light of these insights.

This work applies not only to India but also to every developing economy around the world, and will interest students of economics and development studies.

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Marrying in South Asia: Shifting Concepts, Changing Practices in a Globalising World by Ravinder Kaur and Rajni Palriwala : Rs750 ISBN: 9789352872732

Marrying in South Asia looks closely at the changing notions and practices of marriage in Bangladeshi, Pakistani and south Indian Muslims, Bhutanese ethnic groups, Nepali widows, the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, south Asian gays and lesbians, middle class and urban, working class communities, and many other groups. With the globalising world as the backdrop, the essays in this volume examine the processes that make a marriage, the implications of marriage, cohabitation and divorce on domesticity and work, and the acknowledgement of multiple sexualities, as well as the contestations and conflicts—including in the law courts—that are part of the institution. The diverse ethnographic accounts, demographic analyses and economic investigations provide a wider window to marriage than is usually available in a single volume.

This volume brings together scholars in sociology, anthropology, economics, demography, development studies, queer theory and gender studies, and historical research from around the world. It is a must-read for students and scholars of sociology, anthropology and South Asia studies.

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Mayilamma: The Life of a Tribal Eco-Warrior by Jothibai Pariyadath, Translated from the original Malayalam by Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Sreejith Varma : Rs575 ISBN: 9789352873593

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

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

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

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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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Of Indian Origin: Writings From Australia by Paul Sharrad, Meeta C. Padmanabhan : Rs675 ISBN: 9789352872954

Of Indian Origin is a dazzling collection of short stories and poetry by Australian writers of Indian origin. Cultures collide as children encounter racism in the playgrounds of Canberra, migrant women scrounge for a living nursing Melbourne's elderly, and a young author moves to a strange and unfamiliar country where she suffers from dreamlessness. These searing works bring new meaning to the field of ‘Asian-Australian writing’ and new perspectives on the Indian diasporic experience. Though the field of Indian-Australian writing is still small, this vibrant mix of emerging and established writers shows it is by no means a homogenous entity. Bold, experimental and wildly original, Of Indian Origin unapologetically tackles issues of home and provides a unique overview of how Indian-Australian literary writing has developed over half a century.

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

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

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

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

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

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Post-Growth Thinking in India: Towards Sustainable Egalitarian Alternatives by Julien-François 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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Sociology and Social Anthropology in South Asia: Histories and Practices by Ravi Kumar, Dev Nath Pathak and Sasanka Perera : Rs975 ISBN: 9789352873814

While intellectual practices always take place within a definite socio-cultural context, disciplinary histories and practices have overlapped with the territorial boundaries of nation-states in South Asia. As a result, the disciplinary history of India, for example, appears to have no relation with that of any other country in the region.

Believing that disciplinary histories, even while engaging with the local and the national, are influenced by larger regional forces, Sociology and Social Anthropology in South Asia calls for a more complete understanding of history and culture in the region, over time and at specific moments.

In the various chapters, sociologists and social anthropologists from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan show how social anthropology and sociology have worked as well as collapsed in South Asia, and how a more inclusive research agenda for this intellectually connected region can be imagined.

The authors explore the nature and scope of the disciplines emerging in each context; evaluate the relationship between sociology and social anthropology within a historical framework; and focus on the contemporary status of the disciplines, given the increasing thrust towards development objectives and agendas set by NGOs in each country.

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

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

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

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

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The Collected Writings of Jandhyala B. G. Tilak: Dilemmas in Reforming Higher Education in India by Jandhyala B. G. Tilak : Rs1450 ISBN: 9789352872794

Why is public higher education important? How can a country as economically and socially diverse as India ensure the growth and prosperity of its population through a robust public higher education system?

Dilemmas in Reforming Higher Education in India, which includes a short selection of writings of eminent scholar of education, Jandhyala B. G. Tilak, brings together critical articles, and discusses how higher education, a valuable and special public good, can counter the many tensions between tradition and modernity.

Exploring the issue of whether higher education is a ‘public good’, these essays trace direct and indirect social benefits that are commonly overlooked, and highlight the several inadequacies in our system.

The author argues that the chronic shortage of public funds for higher education, and the widespread introduction of neo-liberal economic policies and globalisation in every sector, has displaced this cherished view of higher education as a public good, legitimising its sale and purchase instead.

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

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

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

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

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

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The Languages of Sikkim - Volume 26 - Part 2 by G. N. Devy and Balaram Pandey : Rs1325 ISBN: 9789352872534

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

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

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

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

—B. R. Ambedkar, Annihilation of Caste

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

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

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The Prisons We Broke (2nd Edition) by Baby Kamble, Translated from the Marathi by Maya Pandit : Rs375 ISBN: 9789352873708

Writing on the lives of the Mahars of Maharashtra, Baby Kamble reclaims memory to locate Mahar society before the impact of Babasaheb Ambedkar, and tells a powerful tale of redemption wrought by a fiery brand of individual and collective self-awareness. The Prisons We Broke is a graphic revelation of the inner world of Mahars, and the oppressive caste and patriarchal tenets of Indian society—but nowhere does the writing descend into self-pity. Kamble vividly and unapologetically brings to life the rituals and superstitions, the joys and sorrows, the hard lives and the hardier women of the Maharwada. Breaking the bounds of personal narrative, it is at once a sociological treatise, a historical and political record, a feminist critique, a protest against brahminical Hinduism, and the memoir of a cursed people.

Jina Amucha, the original first published as a book in 1986, redefined autobiographical writing in Marathi, not only in terms of form and narration, but also in the selfhood and subjectivities articulated. The first autobiography by a Dalit woman in Marathi, Maya Pandit’s masterful English translation made it available to a wider readership for the first time in 2008. This second edition includes translations of Baby Kamble’s Prefaces to the first and second edition of Jina Amucha.  

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The Right to Food Debates: Social Protection for Food Security in India by Harsh Mander, Ashwin Parulkar and Ankita Aggarwal : Rs1250 ISBN: 9789352872848

State food provisioning in India had been regarded as an instrument of social policy since independence. In 2001, however, following a series of starvation deaths in several states, a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court served as the catalyst for extensive debates regarding the recognition of the right to food as a basic right in India.

This process resulted in the passage of the National Food Security Act in 2013. The Right to Food Debates lays out the principal arguments offered in the years leading up to the final act by academics, policymakers and government officials, and prominent civil society groups such as the Right to Food Campaign.

Each chapter in the volume concerns a major debate relevant to the food security bill. They also include extensive discussions of the draft bill formulated in 2011 by the National Advisory Council, a body of experts that advised the then government on social policies and the rights of disadvantaged groups.

A rigorous presentation  on debates surrounding whether and how to legislate  access to food,, this volume will be of interest to scholars and researchers in development studies, NGOs, and research organisations in India and other developing countries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Together, the essays discuss:

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

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

 

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Too Many Men, Too Few Women: Social Consequences of Gender Imbalance in India and China by Ravinder Kaur : Rs925 ISBN: 9789352872787

The gender balance in Asia is significantly shaped by the male-biased sex ratios of two of its most populous countries, China and India. The rapid fertility declines in the two countries, resulting from China's one-child policy and India's two-child norm, combined with the advent of sex determination technologies, has contributed to the birth of fewer girls. As a result of these factors, both countries now have an excess of males and a shortage of females.

There is increasing concern over the likely adverse consequences of such highly masculine populations. Most work on adverse sex ratios has dealt with the identification, patterns and causes of skewed sex ratios; Too Many Men, Too Few Women is the first book to focus specifically on the social consequences of the skewed sex ratio in both India and China. Well-known sociologists, economists and demographers come together to explore the social consequences of a skewed sex ratio from varied perspectives: the position of women in communities with fewer women; the likely increase in incidents of crime and violence; the impact on cultural practices such as dowry and bride price, as well as on domestic violence; and possible policy and reform measures that governments can undertake to correct the gender imbalance.

Based on new empirical work and ethnographical accounts, this book takes a critical look at demographic approaches and policies in both India and China. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of sociology, as well as researchers, policymakers, and funding agencies involved in population studies and problems related to male-biased sex ratios.

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Towards a New Sociology in India by Mahuya Bandyopadhyay and Ritambhara Hebbar : Rs625 ISBN: 9789352872756

The past few decades have seen tremendous changes, both in the larger conditions that characterise the world and in the shifts in the way people relate to each other, to social relationships, identity, place and culture. Given the changes that have occurred in the very ideas of ‘society’ and the ‘social’, how has the discipline of sociology equipped itself to understand this transformation? What are the challenges of capturing the interrelations between the state, market and society? Can sociological imagination enable innovation and newness as researchers struggle to make sense of the rapidly altering worlds they encounter?

In this context, this book brings together research conducted in new and unconventional sites to present a different sociological imagination that bypasses the dominant categories (that of caste and village) through which India is sociologically known and represented. It presents a collection of essays by young scholars attempting to redefine the contours of the discipline—through the choice of field sites, the exploration of new issues and problems, and the reworking of traditional anthropological methodology in new, unconventional sites.

This volume deals with contexts as diverse and unique as a genetics laboratory; a Bollywood editing studio; a community arts project spanning an urban village, a bus journey, and a town that has ceased to exist; a defence think-tank; and family and communal relationships in a transformed world. While reflecting the authors’ concern with changing issues, methodology and field sites, they are also accounts of personal journeys into the discipline of sociology.

The essays challenge and push the boundaries of sociology and provide a re-imagining of India through new sites and methods of research. It will be invaluable for students and researchers in sociology at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Youth Migration in Emerging India: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities by S. Irudaya Rajan and P. Sivakumar : Rs895 ISBN: 9789352873890

Migration is a natural outcome when society faces a shortage of resources or opportunities. While migration in India has been studied extensively, these discussions often do not include one of the most important stakeholders involved—young people. Youth constitute a valuable human capital resource base for India, and migration of young people has become more frequent as a result of neoliberal policies, coupled with social, political, economic and demographic conditions.

Youth Migration in Emerging India focuses on this challenging and neglected aspect of Indian society. Although marriage-based migration dominates youth migration in India, this volume focuses on the significance of education and employment-related migration through the lens of the youth.

Relying on primary data collected from the field and secondary data from sources like the Census of India and National Sample Survey Office, the authors analyse the causes of youth migration and its impacts on the Indian economy. Young people opt for migration to improve their economic prospects, and the demand for skilled youth is growing. In this context, young people themselves become a pull factor for migration, as the remittances they send home improve both their economic prospects and the Indian economy.

The book focuses on several aspects of youth migration, ranging from distress migration to Indian cities for survival to the voluntary move made by affluent, urban Indians for higher education abroad. Also studied are the latest National Youth Policies of the government, which identifies migrant youth as a target group.

An important contribution to the area of youth and migration studies, this volume will be useful to students and scholars of migration studies, development studies, public policy and planning, and policy think tanks.

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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 Concise History of Indian Literature in English by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244846

For anyone interested in the story of English in India, or in the finest English storytellers of India, this is the essential book.

A history of two hundred years of Indian literature in English, it starts by looking at the introduction of English into India’s complex language scenario around 1800. It then takes up the canonical poets, novelists, and dramatists, as well as unjustly forgotten figures who made significant contributions to Indian literature in English.

This new, expanded edition of a book established as the standard work on its subject, comprises twenty-nine chapters, each by an expert, and focused on either a single author (Kipling, Tagore, R.K. Narayan, D.D. Kosambi), or a group of authors (the Dutt family of Calcutta; diasporic writers; nature writers; ‘pulp’ novelists), or a genre (literary fiction; poetry since Independence).

This book is written for general readers. Biographical information is provided and each author is contextualized.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why another book on caste? Hasn’t enough research been conducted on the subject; and doesn’t writing on or about caste help keep it alive?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dalit Women – Honour and Patriarchy in South India by Clarinda Still : Rs625 ISBN: 9789383166183

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

Key to both, the author argues, is the ‘respectability’ of women. This has significant effects on gender equality in the Dalit community.

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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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Dynamics of Inclusive Classroom: Social Diversity, Inequality and School Education in India by Manoj Kumar Tiwary, Sanjay Kumar and Arvind Kumar Mishra : Rs945 ISBN: 9789352870134

Dynamics of Inclusive Classroom explores the challenges and possibilities of rendering classrooms more inclusive by contributing to a better understanding of educational needs of socially diverse children in India.

The contributors to this volume show how, in a world of rapid social, political, economic and educational changes, social diversity, inequalities and social exclusion/inclusion are subjects of great import. Part of this process is the significant increase in the number of children from socially diverse backgrounds in the classroom. This increase calls for a better understanding of their needs and for processes that render classrooms more inclusive.

In India, the increased enrolment of socially diverse students requires us to give special attention to issues of inequality based on caste, class, religion, gender, language and region, which affect children’s learning processes and outcomes. This volume is based on a great variety of research, drawn from academic analyses, policy formulation, and classroom practices. Collectively, the contributors argue that, in order to render Indian classrooms inclusive, the country needs to formulate a school education policy that would result in pedagogical preparedness to deal with the increased enrolment of historically marginalised and oppressed children from diverse backgrounds. Through case studies and field examples, the authors also demonstrate the processes and practices through which learning can be made inclusive and democratic in Indian classrooms.

This book offers fresh insights into diversity and contemporary educational practices in India and will be of considerable interest to students, scholars, practitioners and policy-makers involved in education, development studies, social work, sociology, history, and public policy.

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Economic Growth in India and its Many Dimensions by Arup Mitra : Rs975 ISBN: 9789352870875

We are told that the Indian economy has posted a high growth rate for about two decades. But how good is this growth? Is industry the engine of growth? If so, how has it performed over these two decades, and what are the constraints and challenges facing the sector today? Why is the decline in poverty sluggish? How well does the state provide for its vulnerable—the socio-politically disadvantaged and the elderly?

This compendium of twelve essays answers these questions through a multi-dimensional critique of the narrative of growth in India. With essays that challenge the established statistical system, to those that analyse data on wage rates and health to portray the widening inequality, this book examines the social and economic consequences of a growth that is not pro-poor. The contributors also investigate the performance of the sub-sectors dependent on agriculture, and ask whether the financial market in India is conducive to economic growth.

The book argues that in addition to studying sectoral issues, any analysis of economic growth should embrace relevant and interconnected aspects of the development experience, such as macro issues and inclusiveness. It reminds us that going beyond the figures through intuitive insight is imperative to obtain a holistic picture of the economy.

Written by leading economic thinkers in the country, this collection will interest policymakers, and students and scholars of economics and development studies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Including the Socially Excluded: India’s Experience with Caste, Gender and Poverty by Rahul Ramagundam : Rs850 ISBN: 9789386392442

Policymakers and academics have viewed poverty—its definition and extent, causes for its persistence and ways to tackle it—as a source of concern for a long time. The subject of social exclusion and initiatives to encourage inclusion have recently emerged as responses to the continuing poverty in India.

In Including the Socially Excluded, Rahul Ramagundam explores how social exclusion is linked to the mechanism of poverty. The first section deals with the definition of social exclusion and its connections with the institution of caste, vote-bank politics and rural livelihoods. Is social exclusion a cause of poverty or a consequence of it? Ramagundam answers this question through an investigation of social exclusion as a pervasive phenomenon, affecting democratic practices, the daily lives of the poor, and social and economic transactions between the rich and the poor.

Inclusion, on the other hand, is mostly understood in connection with the state and state action. The second section discusses the attempts of governments in independent India to include those excluded from public life by means of reservations, redistribution of agricultural land, universalisation of primary education and women’s empowerment.

An outcome of the author’s own association with grassroots activism since 1995, this book draws on data and case studies from his decade-long fieldwork in the hinterlands of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

It will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology and development studies, policymakers and think-tanks, and non-governmental organisations working towards poverty alleviation.

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Indigenist Mobilization: Confronting Electoral Communism and Precarious Livelihoods in Post-Reform Kerala by Luisa Steur : Rs1075 ISBN: 9789386689061

The emergence of the Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha led to a shift in Kerala's political landscape. The movement rejected the Communist rhetoric and instead framed its demands around adivasi and dalit identity. Yet, most activists in the movement had a Communist background, and building a coherent and effective political notion of adivasi (dalit) identity was complex. How and why, then, did the idea of indigenous belonging come to replace the discourse of class in subaltern struggles? Indigenist Mobilization answers this question through detailed ethnographic research combined with theories of anthropological political economy. It explores the life histories of different generations of subaltern activists and argues that indigenism grew with the declining ability of the Communist party to continue effecting social transformation. The book demonstrates that a closer understanding of the uncertainty of working lives in contemporary Kerala explains the conditions that made indigenist visions appealing.

Indigenist Mobilization highlights those aspects of indigenous identity politics that are particular to Kerala, while also showing how indigenism in Kerala is closely connected to the cycles and shifts in global capitalism. As such, the critical theory that this book offers has important implications for debates on the rise of indigenism in other regions of the world.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of anthropology, sociology and development studies.

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

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

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

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

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

How does research in the social sciences happen?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mobilizing Krishna’s World: The Writings of Prince Savant Singh of Kishangarh by Heidi R. M. Pauwels : Rs925 ISBN: 9789352871278

Savant Singh (1694–1764), the Rajput prince of Kishangarh, is famous for commissioning beautiful works of miniature painting and composing Krishna bhakti poetry under the nom de plume Nagaridas. Behind the idyllic world of the poetry and paintings lies a tragic life story: while designated the crown prince by his father, he never managed to ascend the throne, losing it to his younger brother. In the political tumult of the mid-eighteenth century, it proved hard to forge the necessary military alliances to regain his kingdom.

While on the road, seeking support for his cause, Savant Singh continued composing poetry. This book studies three of his more lengthy works authored in this turbulent period: an autobiographical pilgrimage account, Tirthananda; a hagiographic anthology, Pad- prasang-mala; and a reworking of the story of Rama, Ram-carit-mala. While mobilizing soldiers, Savant Singh also mobilized myths, songs, and stories about saints to cope with his personal and political crisis. 

In Tirthananda, Nagaridas focuses on the comfort of the satsang he finds in tirthas along the way, and in Braj where he settled down. His account of how major festivals were celebrated in Braj at the time provides historical depth to today’s calendar cycle of this center of Krishna pilgrimage. In Pad-prasang-mala, he provides anecdotes that attest to the popularity of his favorite devotional songs, including those in Sanskrit by Jayadeva, in Marathi by Namdev, in Gujarati by Narsi Mehta, in Sant Bhasha by Kabir and Raidas, in Avadhi by Tulsidas, and of course in Braj by Mira, Surdas, Svami Haridas, and many others.

Finally, in his anthology Ram-carit-mala, he reworks the story of Rama, which acquires a poignant existential meaning for him as a prince in exile with his throne usurped by his brother.

Mobilizing Krishna's World allows us a glimpse into a world of intrigue involving political and religious reform movements, but one that also provides a promise of comfort in turbulent times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Performance and the Political: Power and Pleasure in Contemporary Kerala by Ameet Parameswaran : Rs795 ISBN: 9789386392459

In Performance and the Political, Ameet Parameswaran demonstrates how cultural performances can stage the political in ways that add to the more visible and traditional practices of popular politics. Through the lens of Performance Studies, the book explores Kerala’s transformation into a neoliberal region.

Influenced by contemporary theories of ‘affect’, Parameswaran highlights bodily sensory locations and actions, and embodiment in general, as important but neglected sites of enormous political significance. His first two chapters focus on two sensory locations central to the experience of any performance—vision and voice. The third emphasises gesture, while the last two chapters focus on two aspects that push at the boundaries of being-human—the machinic and the animal.

By closely analysing how these ‘affects’ and embodiments are used in performances, Parameswaran discusses the cultural politics of staging both the revolutionary and the terrorist during the Emergency of 1975–77 and after; the relationship between authoritarianism and democracy; and the emergence of a neoliberal consumption regime following widespread migration to the Gulf. In the process, he analyses diverse performance forms, like theatre, cinema, kathaprasangam, mimics parade and popular poetry recitals.

Deeply theoretical and original, this book will interest students and scholars of Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Theatre Studies and Film Studies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Provisional Authority: Police, Order, and Security in India by Beatrice Jauregui : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245140

Policing as a global form is often fraught with excessive violence, corruption, and even criminalization. These sorts of problems are especially omnipresent in postcolonial nations such as India, where Beatrice Jauregui has spent several years studying the day-to-day lives of police officers in its most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. In this book, she offers an empirically rich and theoretically innovative look at the great puzzle of police authority in contemporary India and its relationship to social order, democratic governance, and security.

Jauregui explores the paradoxical demands placed on Indian police, who are at once routinely charged with abuses of authority at the same time that they are asked to extend that authority into any number of both official and unofficial tasks. Her ethnography of their everyday life and work demonstrates that police authority is provisional in several senses: shifting across time and space, subject to the availability and movement of resources, and dependent upon shared moral codes and relentless instrumental demands. In the end, she shows that police authority in India is not simply a vulgar manifestation of raw power or the violence of law but, rather, a contingent and volatile social resource relied upon in different ways to help realize human needs and desires in a pluralistic, postcolonial democracy.

Provocative and compelling, Provisional Authority provides a rare and disquieting look inside the world of police in India, and shines critical light on an institution fraught with moral, legal and political contradictions.

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Raga’n Josh : Stories from a Musical Life by Sheila Dhar : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244631

Sheila Dhar’s autobiographical stories, essays, and memoirs are classics of modern Indian prose. An accomplished singer, the world she inhabited included renowned north Indian classical musicians such as Begum Akhtar, Siddheshwari Bai, Fayyaz and Niaz Ahmed Khan, Kesar Bai Kerkar, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, and Bhimsen Joshi. No writer has ever conveyed the ethos of this world and the quirks of its denizens with such wit, irreverence, perceptiveness and empathy.

Sheila Dhar’s writing straddles many worlds. Once a part of Delhi’s political elite, she is inimitably observant about celebrities as diverse as Indira Gandhi, Joan Robinson, Richard Attenborough, and the Queen of Tonga. In other parts of this book she returns to the Old Delhi she grew up in—its sprawling bungalows, its labyrinthine households with their complicated domestic politics, its bygone musical ambience.

Incisive intelligence, comic effervescence, self-deprecating humour, and a fascinating ability to manipulate the English language for Indian contexts—all combine to make this book an absolute delight.

Many of these writings have been unavailable or out of print for some time. The present book provides, for the first time within the covers of a single volume, Sheila Dhar’s collected shorter writings, including all her memorable stories and essays.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Raja Yudhisthira: Kingship in Epic Mahabharata by Kevin McGrath : Rs1050 ISBN: 9789386392732

In Raja Yudhi??hira, Kevin McGrath brings his literary, ethnographic, and analytical knowledge of the Mahabharata to bear on the representation of kingship in the epic. He shows how the Mahabharata depicts both archaic and classical models of kingly and premonetary polity and how the king becomes a ruler who is seen as ritually divine. McGrath then addresses the idea of heroic religion in antiquity and the present, for bronze-age heroes still receive great devotional worship in modern India and communities continue to clash at the sites that have been—for millennia—associated with these epic figures.

One of the most important contributions of Raja Yudhi??hira is the revelation that neither of the contesting side of the royal Hastinapura clan triumphs in the end, for it is the Yadava band of K???a that achieves real victory. That is, it is the matriline and not the patriline that secures ultimate success: it is the kinship group of K???a—the heroic figure who was to become the dominant Vai??ava icon of classical India—who benefits most from the terrible Bharata war.

This book will appeal to scholars in the field of Mahabharata Studies as well as to students of early Hinduism and of late bronze-age cultural and political tradition. It will also be of interest to scholars of early Indian history, kinship, religious studies, and poetry.

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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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Revolutionary Passions: Latin America, Middle-East And India by Hamit Bozarslan, Gilles Bataillon, Christophe Jaffrelot : Rs625 ISBN: 9789383166176

While  Europe   was    the  centre stage  of   revolutions since  the  end  of  the 18th century,  the non-European world, too,  was   drawn into revolutions  around  the same period and up to the years of the early 21st century.

How   do  we  understand  these revolutionary  passions,  born  outside  the  continent  of  Europe?  How far  have  they  been  conditioned  by  the  European  matrices they  refer  to? Have they, in turn, given birth  to  exportable  models ?

Across three  continents: Latin  America, the Middle  East and India, three  authors interrogate the  phenomenon  of  revolution  and hold a dialogue  with  the major   work of  François  Furet entitled, The  Passing  of  an  Illusion. The latter is a  retrospective  of  the  ‘communist  idea’, that was published  in  1995, shortly after  the  fall  of  the Berlin Wall in 1990.

Furet’s ideas of the links between revolution and democracy, revolution and totalitarianism, revolution and egalitarianism are explored with reference to the revolutions in Cuba (1959), Nicaragua (1979), the revolutions of the Middle East, specifically the Iranian revolution (1989), and the revolutionary movement in India prior to Independence.

Hamit Bozarslan, Gilles Bataillon and Christophe Jaffrelot explore the nuances within revolutionary contexts like the ‘bureaucratization’ of Revolution in Latin America, the growing religious fundamentalism of Khomeni’s Iran and the ‘revolutionary terrorism’ of heroes like Bhagat Singh.

The book will be of interest to political scientists and historians and students of international affairs and other general readers.

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Sense And Solidarity - Jholawala Economics for Everyone by Jean Drèze : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245218

Jean Drèze has a rare and distinctive understanding of the Indian economy and its relationship with the social life of ordinary people. He has travelled widely in rural India and done fieldwork of a kind that few economists have attempted. This has enabled him to make invaluable contributions not only to public debates on economic and social policy but also to our knowledge of the actual state of the country.

Drèze’s insights on India’s “unfashionableâ€� issues – hunger, poverty, inequality, corruption, and conflict – are all on display here and offer a unique perspective on the evolution of social policy over roughly the past two decades. Historic legislations and initiatives of the period, relating for instance to the right to food and the right to work, are all scrutinised and explained, as are the fierce debates that often accompanied them.

“Jholawalaâ€� has become a disparaging term for activists in the business media. This book affirms the learning value of collective action combined with sound economic analysis. In his detailed Introduction, Drèze persuasively argues for an approach to development economics where research and action become inseparably interconnected.

This is a book as much for economists as for every reading citizen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Textile Science by Deepali Rastogi and Sheetal Chopra : Rs345 ISBN: 9789386392664

Textiles are an indispensable part of human life. Besides the apparel industry, textiles also find use as industrial filters and geotextiles, fireproof clothing and covering, and in the making of backpacks, tents and nets. Textile Science provides a comprehensive knowledge of the manufacture, properties and uses of these various textiles.

The book begins with an introduction to the basic element of textiles and fibres, and goes on to describe yarns and the various processes that result in the forming of various fabrics. The book is divided into three units:

  • The first unit is devoted to the production and properties of natural and man-made fibres, and the manufacture and properties of the yarns of these fibres.
  • The second unit deals with the production and properties of major types of fabrics that are made from yarns—knitted, woven and non-wovens.
  • The third unit describes the various processes involved in preparing the final textile from fabrics—finishing, dyeing, printing and labelling.

Carefully designed to be accessible to undergraduate students, this book will help them visualise and easily remember the various industrial manufacturing processes, classifications, properties and structures of fibre polymers and organic dyes. It will be a valuable text resource for students of home science, fashion designing and textile engineering.

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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 “given entitiesâ€�, 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 “Great Tradition� and “Little Traditions�.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confronting Anderson’s claim to originality, Nivedita Menon exposes his failure to engage with feminist, Marxist, and Dalit scholarship, arguing that a British colonial ideology is at work in such analyses. Partha Chatterjee studies key historical episodes to counter the “Great 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 Languages of Arunachal Pradesh-Volume 4, Part 2 (PLSI) by G. N. Devy and Lisa Lomdak : Rs1400 ISBN: 9789386392688

• The People’s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—B. R. Ambedkar, Annihilation of Caste

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

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

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The Substance of Play: Principles of Pre-primary Teaching by K. T. Margaret : Rs495 ISBN: 9789352871391

In this book, K. T. Margaret sets out to explain the substance of play and why she believes it is the most important element in the education of pre-primary children. Taking up common issues faced in nursery classes, she draws on her considerable experience as a teacher and educator for more than thirty years to elaborate on a methodology she devised to improve children’s overall learning experience. Personal yet instructive, the book includes anecdotes, photographs, case histories and comprehensive lesson plans. It has been compiled with the aim of assisting and motivating both aspiring and experienced pre-primary teachers in developing a curriculum which will provide a strong foundation for future learning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Using Kerala’s cultural history as his entry point, Udaya Kumar has written an uncommonly inspirational book of ideas about the relationship of literature to history, on literature as—in a sense—‘history in person’.

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

“. . . 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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Arjuna Pandava: The Double Hero in Epic Mahabharata by Kevin McGrath : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125063094

Why should Arjuna, a late Bronze Age hero in the epic Mahabharata, be worshipped today and receive popular devotion, not just in India but throughout the world? Mahabharata scholar Kevin McGrath addresses this question through an examination of Arjuna’s presence in the Pune Critical Edition of the epic. According to him, the heroic Arjuna, the perfect warrior, acquired such significance because of his dual nature—he exists simultaneously in two worlds, the human and the supernatural. This duality is intrinsic to the nature and character of Arjuna, as well as to the narrative of the epic itself.

Through his text-based analysis of the mortal-immortal Arjuna’s significance, the author explores what charaterises this category of ‘hero’, figures who are neither deities nor simple mortal beings, but who make up a unique group of beings by themselves. He also draws connections between the myth of poetry and its potential for ritual and cult; the book is a commentary on the poetic thought processes that formed the basis of the early tradition of composition in preliterate poetry. As the first study of the late Bronze Age period in which the Mahabharata is set, McGrath also provides us with an understanding of how kinship systems worked during that time, and how political alliances functioned.

With its well-tested and innovative concepts and methods of analysis that will change contemporary understandings of epic heroes and heroines, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Indian history, cultural studies, language and literature, and sociology.

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Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance by Arjun Appadurai : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125060758

Renowned scholar Arjun Appadurai argues that the economic collapse of 2008, while indeed spurred on by greed, ignorance, weak regulation, and irresponsible risk-taking, was ultimately a failure of language. To prove this point, he takes us into the world of derivative finance, which is now the core of contemporary trading and the primary target of blame for the collapse.

Through his incisive analysis, Appadurai draws on thinkers such as J. L. Austin, Marcel Mauss, and Max Weber as theoretical guides to showcase the ways language—and particular failures in it—paved the way for ruin. He also

  • highlights the importance of derivatives in contemporary finance, isolating them as the core technical innovation that markets have produced.
  • shows that derivatives are essentially written contracts about the future prices of assets—they are, crucially, a promise.
  • pinpoints one crucial feature of derivatives (seen especially in the housing market)—that they function as complicated promises that are used to speculate on the probability of others not keeping their promises—and details how this feature spread like a contagion through the market.

With his characteristic clarity, Appadurai explains one of the most complicated aspects of our modern economy, and makes the critical link between the numerical force of money and the linguistic force of what we say we will do with it. 

Banking on Words will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of cultural and social anthropology, economics, and language and linguistics.

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Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan : Uttar Pradesh Ki Bhashayen (Volume 29, Part 1) by Ganesh Devy,Badri Narayan, Ramashankar Singh : Rs2075 ISBN: 9788125061366

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

This book is Part 1of Volume 29 (Uttar Pradesh ki Bhaashyen [Hindi]) of The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) undertaken and executed by Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Baroda.  

The present book contains the information on language and linguistic variety of the Uttar Pradesh State of India. The languages included in this book are: four scheduled languages:
Urdu, Nepali, Sindhi, Hindi; Non-scheduled languages - Awadhi, Ilahabadi, Kannuji, Kaurvi, Tharu, Bagheli, Bundeli, Baiswari Awadhi,  Brij, Bhojpuri and Other nomadic languages –[like the languages of Nishad, Pandas, Nat, Kanjar jati and the Mahavatas]

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Conceptions: Infertility and Procreative Technologies in India by Aditya Bharadwaj : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125063278

Assisted reproductive technologies have become a visible part of contemporary Indian reality. Popular culture, print and electronic media, and the expansion of IVF clinics in Indian cities and towns have together normalised the idea of ‘test-tube babies’. For the first time in modern India, the traditionally stigmatised condition of infertility and its cultural and biomedical management is being vocally and publicly articulated.

Infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in India lie at the intersection of multiple cultural conceptions. These ‘conceptions’ are key to understanding the spread of reproductive technologies and the social implications of infertility and childlessness in India. This study is situated in a number of diverse locales: the political economy of health in India; biomedical politics within the private sector; emerging governance frameworks to control the application of these technologies; the mass media as a field for promoting and contesting assisted conception; traditional norms and ideas and their continued relevance in the contemporary religious domain; and the way Indian culture produces gendered suffering, stigma and the eventual engagement with conception technologies. Together, these aspects unravel the complex nature of infertility and assisted conception in contemporary India.

Conceptions will be of interest to scholars and students of anthropology, sociology, medical science and technology studies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Disnarration: The Unsaid Matters by Sudha Shastri : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125062387

Disnarration: The Unsaid  Matters  is the outcome of a conference on the theme of disnarration, narrative refusals, counterfactual histories, held at IIT Bombay, Mumbai. Since the time it was first introduced by Gerald Prince, the concept of disnarration has brought a new perspective of looking at narrative and theorising about it. Disnarration, in principle, can be applied as an interpretive tool to almost all narrative texts to see how far they yield to its investigative strategies. At the same time, disnarration also signposts discourses such as postcolonialism and feminism, because of the way it foregrounds silencing, and thus extends beyond being merely a tool for reading narrative structures.  The first section of this book looks at the notion of disnarration itself as a theoretical principle and examines its possibilities and trajectory. In the second section, it addresses subjects like postcoloniality, gender, physical disability and ethnicity and examines how chosen texts have disnarrated it. Disnarration: The Unsaid Matters thus approaches the idea of disnarration from two ends: the specific text and the larger, broader, theoretical reach. The editor’s introduction effects a dialogue between these two vantage-points of deliberating disnarration.

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Doing Style: Youth and Mass Mediation in South India by Constantine V. Nakassis : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125063018

In Doing Style, Constantine V. Nakassis explores the world of youth and mass media in South India. Through ethnographic descriptions of college life in urban Tamil Nadu, Nakassis examines what Tamil youth call “styleâ€�: the display of ostentatious brand fashion, speaking in cosmopolitan English, or acting out bombastic film heroism, among other kinds of acts. As Nakassis shows, acts of “doing styleâ€� express the ambivalent desires and anxieties of these youth who live in the shadows of global modernity. This ambivalence is reflected in the conflicted ways that youth do style. Among youth, what appear are not authentic but fake branded garments, not fluent English but English-peppered Tamil, and not imitations of film heroes but ironical and playful citations.

Doing Style also explores the connections among youth peer groups and the sites where such stylish objects are produced: textile workshops, music-television channels, and the Tamil film industry. Nakassis shows how these connections deeply condition the production and circulation of these media. They inscribe youth style on these media, materializing as fashionable garments, on-air speech styles, and film texts that anticipate and give form to youth’s ambivalent acts of style.

Doing Style presents an important and timely look at contemporary youth culture, globalization, and mass media as they interact in a vibrant and rapidly changing India. This book will appeal to socio-cultural anthropologists, sociolinguists, and scholars of media and cultural studies.

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Education, Conflict and Peace by Krishna Kumar : Rs295 ISBN: 9788125062479

The past few years have witnessed an alarming rise in prejudice and aggression in India. A nation like ours, pluralistic in nature and secular by Constitution, could have prevented this by educating young minds to appreciate diversity, peace and tolerance as basic elements of democracy.

In this crisply argued book, Krishna Kumar shows why education fails to create a reflective ethos and a sense of common cause. He examines the structure and content of education to locate conflicting positions in key areas of knowledge. Recent reforms in curriculum design mark a positive beginning, but they remain isolated and fragile. The tendency to overwhelm students with unnecessary minutiae of detail persists in most States. Science is taught like religion and social sciences, such as history, deny students the opportunity to learn about differences and conflict. Classroom routines teach children to live in fear and to mind their own business.

Krishna Kumar places the problems of education in the broader perspective of political and economic change. His own pedagogy of peace is constructed around the idea that acknowledging conflict is the first step towards developing awareness and other intellectual skills needed to live together peacefully.

This is a very timely book—not only for education policy-makers and curriculum designers grappling with the task of determining what should be taught in schools, but also for teachers, parents, and every individual concerned about how our vast and complex system of education could be adjusted to meet the needs of the country.

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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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Immunising the Children of the World by Ralph H. Henderson : Rs550 ISBN: 9788125064190

In Immunising the Children of the World, Ralph H. Henderson tells the story of WHO’s contributions to the global efforts to ensure worldwide immunisation. He served with the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) during its formative years as Programme Manager and then Director from 1977 to 1989 before becoming a WHO Assistant Director-General from 1990 to 1999. 

Written in the form of a professional memoir, the author describes the technical details and political intrigues behind these efforts. The book begins by describing his service with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in West Africa.  It concludes with an account of an attempt to establish for WHO the ‘Health Leadership Service’, a young professionals programme modelled on the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the CDC. His story is supplemented with posters, photographs, and detailed charts and figures that bring to life a largely ignored public health triumph.

Engaging and informative, this book will be of interest to students, scholars and researchers of public health and medical sociology.

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

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

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

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

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In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi by Gautam Bhan : Rs350 ISBN: 9789386296788

Like many cities in the global South, New Delhi has not been built by architects, engineers or planners, but by residents themselves. One form of such auto-construction is the basti—an urban settlement that houses income-poor residents. A basti marks the years of an urban life, built slowly and incrementally. It is more than a ‘slum’: it is a claim to development and citizenship.

Contemporary Delhi is a city scarred by the evictions of bastis. Ironically, many of these evictions were ordered in Public Interest Litigations by the Indian Judiciary. How did a judicial innovation introduced to enable the marginalised to seek justice become an instrument of their exclusion?

Drawing on an archive of court cases that resulted in evictions in Delhi from 1990 to 2007, as well as ethnographic research with basti residents and social movements resisting eviction, In the Public’s Interest shows how evictions have been fundamental to the way urban space is structured and produced. It also explores what they can tell us about the contemporary Indian city. Students and scholars of sociology, urban studies, development studies and geography will find this book engaging and useful.

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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, “snapshots� 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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Industrial Relations in India: Towards a New Socio-Political Approach by V. Janardhan : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125062332

Industrial Relations refers to the social relationships that people enter into to produce material goods and services. In an inegalitarian society such as India, the unequal relationship between capital and labour leads to inequality in the industry. The struggle for equality often expresses itself in various forms—for example, unionisation.

This volume focuses on the sociology and politics of the relations between management and workforce, and details the highly statist and legalist Industrial Relations ‘system’ in India. It discusses the role of dominant institutions, such as managements, unions, and law and jurisprudence in the way this system evolved. Drawing on a broad corpus of literature on capital-labour relations, and detailed analyses of case law on retrenchment and closures, the volume argues for building and strengthening labour unions, and an independent politics of the working class in India.

At a time when a comprehensive Indian Industrial Relations theory is yet to be formulated, this book advocates for a new socio-political approach, as against the widely prevalent techno-managerial view. It fills a lacuna in the extant literature, which is either excessively theoretical—thereby glossing over realities such as conflict—or rooted in Western examples, with no reference to the Indian context. Students and scholars of sociology, economics and law, and organisations working on labour issues will find this book very useful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 “socialâ€�? 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: “making 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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Metabolic Living: Food, Fat, and the Absorption of Illness in India by Harris Solomon : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125062899

Public health officials estimate that India is among the global leaders of metabolic disease, specifically obesity and diabetes. In Metabolic Living, Harris Solomon shows how illness and social life interrelate in this context. The book examines how people in Mumbai experience the permeability of food, fat, the body, and the city. Solomon illustrates how this permeability takes shape as the lived predicaments of metabolic disease.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in Mumbai's home kitchens, metabolic disorder clinics, food companies, markets, and social services, the author details the absorption of everything from snack foods and mangoes to insulin, stress, and pollutants. Solomon contends that the onset and treatment of metabolic illness raise questions about who has the power to decide what goes into bodies and how much permeability people can ultimately bear. Evoking metabolism as a vital condition of urban life, Solomon reorients our understanding of chronic illness in India and beyond.

This book will be of interest to readers concerned with health and medicine in India and globally, and with the everyday life of food in urban India. It will be useful to students and scholars of anthropology and sociology, critical studies of the body, global health, and urban studies.

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Multilingualism and Multiculturalism: Perceptions, Practices and Policy by Supriya Pattanayak, Chandrabhanu Pattanayak, Jennifer M Bayer : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125060000

This book is a collection of essays in honour of Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, for whom multilingualism and mother tongue education a means to secure social and linguistic justice. Dealing with the concept of multilingualism, this book aims to bring to the reader the evolution of cultures and its direct or indirect relation to language development in a multilingual society. This book comprises a wide variety of essays all brought together by common theme that examines multilingualism and its complexities in terms of sociolinguistic hierarchy.

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New Perspectives in the History of Indian Education by Parimala V. Rao : Rs625 ISBN: 9788125063117

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Organisational Studies in India by R. C. Tripathi and Rohit Dwivedi(Eds.) : Rs1575 ISBN: 9788125064244

Indian organisations are more complex than organisations elsewhere, because of the unique cultural, economic and political contexts to which they belong. They present a diverse mix of new and old, religious and secular, rational and irrational; there are organisations that rank among the best, and those that barely deliver. In today’s economically interdependent world, the success and failure of Indian organisations have implications for other nations as well.

Unlike previous research that studied organisations on the basis of universal principles, through Euro-centric models based on Western knowledge, Organisational Studies in India presents a range of perspectives and employs multiple lenses to provide a comprehensive understanding of the way organisations function in India.

This collection of research studies focuses on a diversity of issues that organisationsin Indiaface, along with the differences in their contexts. The common theme across all chapters is an assessment of the extent to which Indianorganisations hasbrought about the convergence of resources to build a modern nation-state. Focusing on alternative ways of looking at organisational phenomena,the contributing authors bring together their vast experience in academia and practice in their writings to present a nuanced picture of organisational practices and behaviour.

With its emphasis on perspectives embedded in the Indian context,this book will be of immense value to students and scholars of psychology, organisational studies and comparative management,and scientist-professionals in India and abroad. It will also interest transnational organisations operating in India and those employing Indians in other countries.

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

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

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

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

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

Thematically presented— ‘I Began to See the World for What it is’, ‘Loss and Trauma’, ‘Negotiating Survival and Livelihood’, ‘Claiming Accountability, Seeking Justice’ – this book explores the gendered complexities of negotiating the immediate and long term aftermath of collective violence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Afterlife of Sai Baba: Competing Visions of a Global Saint by Karline McLain : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125063131

Nearly a century after his death, the image of Sai Baba, the serene old man with a white beard from Shirdi village in Maharashtra, is instantly recognizable to most South Asians (and many Westerners) as a guru for all faiths. During his lifetime Sai Baba accepted all followers who came to him, regardless of their religion, caste, or gender, and preached to them a path of spiritual enlightenment and mutual tolerance. These days, tens of thousands of Indians and foreigners make the pilgrimage to Shirdi each year, and Sai Baba temples have sprung up in unlikely places around the world, such as Munich, Seattle, and Austin.

Tracing his rise from village guru to global phenomenon, Karline McLain uses a wide range of sources—hagiographies and memoirs, songs and films, posters and photographs, temple rituals and sermons, fieldwork and interviews—to investigate the different ways that Sai Baba has been understood in South Asia and beyond and the reasons behind his popularity amongst Hindus in particular. Shining a spotlight on an incredibly forceful devotional movement that avoids fundamental politics and emphasizes unity, service, and peace, The Afterlife of Sai Baba is an entertaining—and enlightening—look at one of South Asia's most popular spiritual gurus.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of religious studies, media studies, anthropology and sociology.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal by Ralph W. Nicholas : Rs750 ISBN: 9788192304632

An expression common among Bengali Hindus says baro mase, tero parban, ‘in twelve months there are thirteen festivals.’ While each of these occasions is built around the worship of a particular god or goddess, they are also performances where setting, attire, ornamentation, recitation, music, and sometimes theater are brought together. Thirteen dramatically understates the number of such occasions around the year. Previous books in this series have described and analyzed the axial rituals in the annual cycle in the village of Kelomal, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal. These are the famous Sanskritic Durga Puja, the high point of the autumn in Bengal, and the less well known vernacular spring ritual of Gajan, devoted to Siva.  
The present work deals with the great variety of rituals that take place during the remainder of the year, including worship of Sitala, goddess of disease and mother of the village; Manasa, goddess of snakes; Laksmi, embodiment of prosperity dwelling in the rice crop; Krsna, who offers the possibility of liberation; Satya Narayana, who has a Muslim personality as Satya Pir; and the goddesses worshiped by women within the house: Sasthi, goddess of children; the auspicious Mangal Candi; and Bipattarini, who saves people from danger.

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Too Many Men, Too Few Women: Social Consequences of Gender Imbalance in India and China by Ravinder Kaur : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125062493

The gender balance in Asia is significantly shaped by the male-biased sex ratios of two of its most populous countries, China and India. The rapid fertility declines in the two countries, resulting from China's one-child policy and India's two-child norm, combined with the advent of sex determination technologies, has contributed to the birth of fewer girls. As a result of these factors, both countries now have an excess of males and a shortage of females.

There is increasing concern over the likely adverse consequences of such highly masculine populations. Most work on adverse sex ratios has dealt with the identification, patterns and causes of skewed sex ratios; Too Many Men, Too Few Women is the first book to focus specifically on the social consequences of the skewed sex ratio in both India and China. Well-known sociologists, economists and demographers come together to explore the social consequences of a skewed sex ratio from varied perspectives: the position of women in communities with fewer women; the likely increase in incidents of crime and violence; the impact on cultural practices such as dowry and bride price, as well as on domestic violence; and possible policy and reform measures that governments can undertake to correct the gender imbalance.

Based on new empirical work and ethnographical accounts, this book takes a critical look at demographic approaches and policies in both India and China. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of sociology, as well as researchers, policymakers, and funding agencies involved in population studies and problems related to male-biased sex ratios.

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Towards a New Sociology in India by Mahuya Bandyopadhyay And Ritambhara Hebbar : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125062745

The past few decades have seen tremendous changes, both in the larger conditions that characterise the world and in the shifts in the way people relate to each other, to social relationships, identity, place and culture. Given the changes that have occurred in the very ideas of ‘society’ and the ‘social’, how has the discipline of sociology equipped itself to understand this transformation? What are the challenges of capturing the interrelations between the state, market and society? Can sociological imagination enable innovation and newness as researchers struggle to make sense of the rapidly altering worlds they encounter?

In this context, this book brings together research conducted in new and unconventional sites to present a different sociological imagination that bypasses the dominant categories (that of caste and village) through which India is sociologically known and represented. It presents a collection of essays by young scholars attempting to redefine the contours of the discipline—through the choice of field sites, the exploration of new issues and problems, and the reworking of traditional anthropological methodology in new, unconventional sites.

This volume deals with contexts as diverse and unique as a genetics laboratory; a Bollywood editing studio; a community arts project spanning an urban village, a bus journey, and a town that has ceased to exist; a defence think-tank; and family and communal relationships in a transformed world. While reflecting the authors’ concern with changing issues, methodology and field sites, they are also accounts of personal journeys into the discipline of sociology.

The essays challenge and push the boundaries of sociology and provide a re-imagining of India through new sites and methods of research. It will be invaluable for students and researchers in sociology at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Using Kerala’s cultural history as his entry point, Udaya Kumar has written an uncommonly inspirational book of ideas about the relationship of literature to history, on literature as—in a sense—‘history in person’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty by Veena Das : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125057321

Affliction inaugurates a novel way of understanding the trajectories of health and disease in the context of poverty. Shifting the focus from the encounter between patient and practitioner within the space of the clinic, it privileges the networks of relations, institutions, and knowledge over which the experience of illness is dispersed.

Based on a long period of immersion in low-income neighborhoods in Delhi, Veena Das asks who is the subject of illness? How do different kind of healers understand their own practice? Documenting the astonishing range of practitioners found in the local markets in the poor neighborhoods of Delhi the book interrogates how the magical and the technical are knotted together in the therapeutic experience of healers and patients. What is expert knowledge? And how can we retain an openness to different disciplinary orientations to health, disease, and poverty while also critiquing the practices of global health, state policies, and markets in health care?

Affliction is the term Das gives to the experience of everyday forms of suffering that are routine and cruddy rather than spectacular and dramatic. Attentive to the way illness produces the braiding of care and violence, the book shows how illness is absorbed in everyday life even as it erodes it. Das demonstrates with great delicacy and tact the fragility of the real and the ordinary realism with which the poor navigate their milieu.

This book will be of interest to anthropologists, sociologists, public health researchers, students of philosophy and literary theory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Behind the Backlash : Muslim Americans after 9/11 by Lori Peek : Rs595 ISBN: 9788187358671

As America tried to absorb the shock of the 9/11 attacks, Muslim Americans were caught up in an unprecedented wave of backlash violence. Public discussion revealed that widespread misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Islam persisted, despite the striking diversity of the Muslim community. Letting the voices of 140 ordinary Muslim American men and women describe their experiences, Lori Peek's path-breaking book, Behind the Backlash, presents moving accounts of prejudice and exclusion. Muslims speak of being subjected to harassment before the attacks, and recount the discrimination they encountered afterwards. Peek also explains the struggles of young Muslim adults to solidify their community and define their identity during a time of national crisis. Behind the Backlash seeks to explain why blame and scape-goating occur after a catastrophe. Peek sets the twenty-first century experience of Muslim Americans, who were vilified and victimized, in the context of larger sociological and psychological processe

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

“Caste� 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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Bharat Grameen Vikas Report 2013|14 (Hindi version of India Rural Development Report 2013/14) by IDFC Rural Development Network : Rs1950 ISBN: 9788125059851

This is a Hindi version of India Rural development Report 2013-14 published by Orient BlackSwan.

India is a large country with significant social, cultural and ecological diversity reflected in the realities of its rural society and developmental processes. The economic policies and developmental initiatives since independence, pursued largely from a common national perspective, have helped in the political and economic integration of various states and regions. Inter-regional differences nevertheless persist and the disparities have significantly changed in the last six decades. Regions have transformed and have become more complex, with disparities now visible even at a sub-regional level.

This Report explores certain facets of rural transformations in their regional contexts. It brings together existing research by eminent scholars who have done extensive work on regional disparities on the following themes:

  • Natural resource endowments and groundwater irrigation

  • Backwardness within regions and districts

  • Market integration and development of commodity markets

  • Non-farm employment

  • Inclusion of dalits and adivasis in the business economy

  • Social movements and regions

The Report goes beyond studying regional disparities and constructs regional typologies in order to formulate policy. This is because it has become clear that ‘one-size-fits-all’ policies do not work. The emergence of new regions requires appropriate policy changes to accommodate diverse needs and aspirations.

The Report also provides a comprehensive update on the state of rural development based on various new data available in the public domain since the release of the previous India Rural Development Reportin2013.

It will continue to be an invaluable resource for policy-makers at the Centre and in the states, local bodies and corporates engaged with the rural sector. Students, scholars and researchers too will find it immensely useful.

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

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

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

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

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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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Cognition, Experience and Creativity by Jaison A. Manjaly and Bipin Indurkhya (eds) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125057314

This book aims to showcase some of the recent developments in the areas of research in creativity and experience. The collection of essays embraces both theoretical and empirical approaches and tries to understand the complexity underlying creativity and its social, cultural and biological underpinnings.
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Conquest and Community: The Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan by Shahid Amin : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125059677

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

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

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

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

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Development, Decentralisation and Democracy by Ash Narain Roy and George Mathew : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125058779

Bringing together essays critical in contemporary development discourse, this volume addresses the broad themes of development as freedom, equality and human ascent within the framework of democracy and decentralised governance.

The first seven essays interrogate and critique the ideas of democracy, development and its translation into the pursuit of growth that is market driven and measured exclusively in terms of GNP. They search for possible,more inclusive reconceptualisations of ‘development’.The other seven look at issues like primary education, food security, metropolitan finance,caste and gender parity, technology as freedom, decentralisation and innovation in governance—in particular,the Kerala model of development,Latin American experiments in democracy,and China’s growth story—all of which offer valuable comparisons and lessons for India,and the world.

Eclectic in their range of concerns, perspectives and insights, the common thread binding the essays is the accent on human development and social inclusion—a fitting tribute to developmental economist Professor M. A. Oommen whose influential writings and teachings reflect a lifelong commitment to equity.

With contributions by well known economists from India and abroad, this volume will be useful for students and scholars of economics and development studies,finance, public policy, governance and sociology.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FDI in India: History, Policy and the Asian Perspective by Manoj Pant with Deepika Srivastava : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125057741

Will large corporate giants monopolise and take over highly profitable sectors? Will the government have effective control over these companies? How will FDI affect local businesses? These are frequently asked questions and FDI in India is a comprehensive study that attempts to answer them. 

The volume begins by tracing the evolution of India’s foreign investment policy in the 1980s to developments in the 2000s. This is contrasted with a study of the policy decisions of Asian countries that India competes with in the global stage—China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. In looking at the Indian case, the book highlights the changes in industrial productivity after liberalisation and also presents a comparison of the performance of domestic- and foreign-owned firms. 

Drawing on these analyses the book recommends policy changes for the government to consider. Breaking the artificial distinction between FDI and trade, it implores the government to reduce administrative obstacles in developing synergies between the two. The authors argue that in bringing greater competition and technology spinoffs for the local industry, FDI is likely to benefit the economy. 

By describing and providing econometric substantiation of spillovers due to the investment, FDI in India argues for wider engagement with FDI. This book is lucid in its style and will be useful for students and scholars of economics, commerce and development studies. It will also be of interest to those keen to understand foreign investment and the challenges it poses in the Indian context.

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Feminisms by Arpita Mukhopadhyay,Sumit Chakrabarti (Ed.) : Rs175 ISBN: 9788125060734

This volume attempts to locate feminism/s within historical and critical perspectives, and provides a broad framework within which to locate the possible politics of feminism. It traces the trajectory of feminism, from a movement for the rights of women to the possibility of an 'organic revolution', and from the renegotiations of the 'woman question' by early feminists and suffragists to the critical interventions of ecofeminists and lesbian feminism.

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Foundations of Human Development: A Life Span Approach by Asha Singh : Rs250 ISBN: 9788125059073

‘Human Development’ is the study of humans, from conception to death. It provides an understanding of the physical, socio-cultural and environmental influences on growth and development, and the different roles that individuals play at different stages. It also focuses on the changes that take place in individuals as they progress through the human lifecycle.

This book focuses on human development in all domains—physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, and emotional. It discusses the norms of growth and development, and the factors influencing their progress, in the Indian context, with special reference to the plurality of Indian families. The important features of this book are:

  • Introduces the study of human development, and the various theories underlying it.
  • Covers issues relating to sexuality, reproductive health, fertility and conception, and the influence of genetics, heredity and environmental factors.
  • Provides detailed discussions on childbirth, care of the newborn, infant care, and developmental milestones.
  • Explains the significance of the early childhood and preschool period.
  • Explains the concept of ‘middle childhood’, and the growing child’s position in the larger physical and social world.
  • Describes growth and developmental changes during adolescence, focusing on Indian social contexts.
  • Discusses the roles and responsibilities of adults.
  • Discusses physical changes and health issues among the elderly, as well as current demographic trends, policies for the elderly, and notions of death.

Lucid and engaging, this book will be invaluable for all students of Home Science. Child counsellors, teachers and behavioural psychologists will also find it useful.

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Founts of Knowledge by Abhijit Gupta and Swapan Chakravorty : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125060536

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

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

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

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Gender, Livelihood and Environment: How Women Manage Resources by Subhadra Mitra Channa and Marilyn Porter : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125059837

This volume brings together contributions from different parts of the world to show the multiple ways in which women manage their resources, while simultaneously providing for their families.

The essays, based on recent anthropological research in diverse societies across ecological zones—the Himalayan border, Kentucky (USA), Tanzania, Norway, and Gujarat—deal with issues of knowledge management, social control and hierarchy, responses during disasters, and the values placed on women’s work. Gender is the most pervasive of inequalities, and women are the most disadvantaged group. The ethnographic sketches presented here show how women negotiate adversity: they trade their bodies; put in extra labour for smaller returns; exchange and collect items that men do not consider worthwhile; form cooperatives, and join micro-credit savings systems.

The essays focus on a concept of development that incorporates ideas of justice and human rights, and a gendered perspective helps to identify areas often ignored in formal economic analysis. Providing important lessons for environmental management, Gender, Livelihood and Environment takes a close look at how women, who have traditionally been assigned the tasks of preservation, eke out their survival through sustainable means.

This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Environmental Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Sociology and Economics. It will also provide useful resource material for institutions and NGOs that deal with environmental management, resource management, gender issues, and planning and development.

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Genealogies of the Asian Present: Situating Inter-Asia Cultural Studies by Tejaswini Niranjana and Wang Xiaoming (eds) : Rs1350 ISBN: 9788125058540

Genealogies of the Asian Present showcases the conceptual framework of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS) project by consolidating insights from past thinkers, marking the continuity of concerns and their relationship to critical modern knowledge, and creating the pre-conditions for research in Inter-Asia cultural matters. There is also an archive section in the volume which contains foundational texts from specific national contexts.  The contemporary essays which demonstrate new ways of asking the culture question from a number of different Asian locations are presented in six sections. With its focus on methodology, this unique volume covers China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
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Hindu Pasts : Women, Religion, Histories by Vasudha Dalmia : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243993

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

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

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

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

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

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

Using government records, personal memoirs, private club records, and club histories themselves, In the 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 Rural Development Report 2013|14 by IDFC Rural Development Network : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125059141

India is a large country with significant social, cultural and ecological diversity reflected in the realities of its rural society and developmental processes. The economic policies and developmental initiatives since independence, pursued largely from a common national perspective, have helped in the political and economic integration of various states and regions. Inter-regional differences nevertheless persist and the disparities have significantly changed in the last six decades. Regions have transformed and have become more complex, with disparities now visible even at a sub-regional level.

This Report explores certain facets of rural transformations in their regional contexts. It brings together existing research by eminent scholars who have done extensive work on regional disparities on the following themes:

  • Natural resource endowments and groundwater irrigation

  • Backwardness within regions and districts

  • Market integration and development of commodity markets

  • Non-farm employment

  • Inclusion of dalits and adivasis in the business economy

  • Social movements and regions

The Report goes beyond studying regional disparities and constructs regional typologies in order to formulate policy. This is because it has become clear that ‘one-size-fits-all’ policies do not work. The emergence of new regions requires appropriate policy changes to accommodate diverse needs and aspirations.

The Report also provides a comprehensive update on the state of rural development based on various new data available in the public domain since the release of the previous India Rural Development Reportin2013.

It will continue to be an invaluable resource for policy-makers at the Centre and in the states, local bodies and corporates engaged with the rural sector. Students, scholars and researchers too will find it immensely useful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MODERN TIMES: INDIA 1880s – 1950s : Environment, Economy, Culture by Sumit Sarkar : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244709

Much has changed in the world of South Asian history-writing since Sumit Sarkar’s renowned classic, Modern India (1983). “The passage of thirty years having rendered that work thoroughly dated, the futility of any attempt to revise it became increasingly clear to me, especially as over this period my own historical perspectives took new and unexpected directions�, says the author. The present work is an entirely fresh view of the same period. Focusing on three huge areas — Economy, Environment, and Culture — Professor Sarkar offers his magisterial perspective on these.

Scientific discourses, laws, forest administration, peasants and adivasis, irrigation, and conflicts over land-use are examined, as are agrarian relations, commercialization, indebtedness, and famine. Trade, finance, and industry are other major focus areas.

Modern urban India is scrutinized via the literature on its big cities. Sociabilities, caste configurations, and public culture (theatre, cinema, and sports) are discussed, as are literature, dance, music, and painting.

In conclusion, says Professor Sarkar, “I have within each chapter incorporated the relevant historiographical developments, changes, and debates. Separate bibliographical sections will I hope facilitate the work of teachers and students.�

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Nature and Nation : Essays on Environmental History by Mahesh Rangarajan : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244594

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

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

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

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

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Pipe Politics, Contested Waters : Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai by Lisa Björkman : 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 Björkman 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, Björkman 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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Psychoanalytic Theory and Criticism by Andrew Slade : Rs150 ISBN: 9788125060727

This book is designed to help students learn the basics of psychoanalytic theory and criticism as they have developed in the last hundred years and as they have been put to use in literary and cultural studies. It focuses on Freud’s texts as the core and beginning of the discipline, while also pointing to the work of other psychoanalysts and literary and cultural theorists who have refined and developed Freud’s formulations. The book shows a way to engage with psychoanalysis that is loyal to Freud and what has come since Freud in psychoanalytic thinking.

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Readings on Dalit Identity: History, Literature and Religion by Swaraj Basu : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125060901

Social oppression over the centuries in the name of caste and tradition denied a large section of the Indian population its rightful place in society. The cultural world and contribution of these people remained largely ignored. Resistance to the ideology of caste and the assertion by Dalits for equity and justice have found expression through writings over a period of time.

Since the 1970s, there have been attempts by scholars across disciplines to shed light on the cultural world of Dalits by constructing alternative historical and religious traditions, and even today, Dalit identity continues to be an important agenda of academic debate.

This volume brings together a diverse selection of writings that looks at how, through the reinterpretation of history, literature and religion, Dalits challenged their ascribed status and created a new identity for themselves. It examines the Dalit deconstruction of the Aryan migration theory, rewriting of the historical narrative, identity formation, cultural symbolism and memory, Dalit literature and women in Dalit autobiographies, ideas and notions of work, religion and caste identity, and the linkage between Dalit conversion and the question of decolonisation.

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Rule by Numbers: Governmentality and Colonial India by U. Kalpagam : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125060246

Rule by Numbers examines aspects of the production of statistical knowledge as part of colonial governance in India using Foucault’s ideas of “governmentality.� 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 “economy,� “society,� and “history.�

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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Science, Technology and Development in India: Encountering Values by Rajeswari S. Raina : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125058557

There are multiple development problems in India that demand S&T solutions. Sound science is crucial for development policy formulation. Though many debates on technologies and development outcomes assume they are value-neutral, the S&T and development policy realms and the dynamic historically-conditioned interface between them are value-laden and normative. This book argues that to ensure ethical development outcomes, it is important to acknowledge these values and enable public engagement and dialogues to get them right. The essays in this volume—organised into four sections based on the values that inform the relationship between S&T and development policy—discuss and analyse how these values and norms govern India’s S&T and development choices

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Sociology and History: Dialogues Towards Integration by A. M. Shah : Rs725 ISBN: 9788125060130

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

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

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

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

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