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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 clichťs 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 ‚€œtraditional,‚€ or ‚€œnative‚€ 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 FranÁois dubet, olivier cousin, eric macť, 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, FranÁois Dubet, Olivier Cousin, Eric Macť 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 ‚€œmany 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 MŁller‚€™s study of the Veda is positioned within a larger history of German philosophical interest in eastern thought. MŁller appears less an exceptional German scholar and eccentric Oxford phenomenon once his derivation and links with earlier European Indology are made clear.

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

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

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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-FranÁois Gerber and Rajeswari S. Raina : Rs1075 ISBN: 9789352873937

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Bodies Of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India by Linda Hess : 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 ‚€œborder crossings‚€ and represent important contributions to the discourses on modernity, diasporic mobility, populism, migration, exile, sub-nation, trans-nation, as well as the formation of nationalities, communities, and identities. Borders, in these contexts, signify social and national inequities and hierarchies and also the ways to challenge and transgress entrenched barriers sanctioned by habit, custom, and law. The volume also honours and celebrates the life and work of Amritjit Singh as a teacher, mentor, author, scholar, and editor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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: ‚€œVery few monographs, if any, have ever rivalled the meticulous research and the thick description that characterised this book, or the lucidity of its exposition and the persuasive power of its overall argument.‚€

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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  FranÁois  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 DrŤze : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245218

Jean DrŤze 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.

DrŤze‚€™s insights on India‚€™s ‚€œunfashionable‚€ 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.

‚€œJholawala‚€ 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, DrŤze 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 ‚€œgiven entities‚€, but that they evolved historically.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 ‚€œstyle‚€: 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 ‚€œdoing style‚€ 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, ‚€œsnapshots‚€ focus on important issues such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) grouping and terrorism.

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

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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 ‚€œsocial‚€? Taking us from Sierra Leone to India to Lebanon, Life, Emergent challenges conventional understandings of biopolitics, and views the politics of life through the lens of life, not death.

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

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

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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 ‚€œopen door imperialism‚€ of the Rockefeller Foundation in India. It ends with the Cold War emigration of Indian nurses as one outcome of the critical role played by U.S. medical interests in a colonial ‚€œcivilizing mission.‚€

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

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

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

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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 DrŤze : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125062844

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

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

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

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

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The 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 ‚€œReason belonged uniquely to the West.‚€ She identifies key substances that were appropriated, first through trade and then through colonial governance, and that eventually became intellectual products of European science. Colonialism is thus read not only as a form of governance but as a technology of empire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 ‚€œmartial‚€ groups‚€”posed a real threat to democracy. They also saw the structure of the army, with its recruitment on the basis of caste and religion, as incompatible with their hopes for a new secular nation.

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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 MŁller‚€™s study of the Veda is positioned within a larger history of German philosophical interest in eastern thought. MŁller appears less an exceptional German scholar and eccentric Oxford phenomenon once his derivation and links with earlier European Indology are made clear.

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

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

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

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

Using government records, personal memoirs, private club records, and club histories themselves, In the 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 ‚€œculture wars‚€ are visibly ripping the country apart as groups talk past one another, each confident that it is the proprietor of culture and interpreter of religion, while others are misinterpreting both.

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

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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). ‚€œThe passage of thirty years having rendered that work thoroughly dated, the futility of any attempt to revise it became increasingly clear to me, especially as over this period my own historical perspectives took new and unexpected directions‚€, says the author. The present work is an entirely fresh view of the same period. Focusing on three huge areas ‚€” Economy, Environment, and Culture ‚€” Professor Sarkar offers his magisterial perspective on these.

Scientific discourses, laws, forest administration, peasants and adivasis, irrigation, and conflicts over land-use are examined, as are agrarian relations, commercialization, indebtedness, and famine. Trade, finance, and industry are other major focus areas.

Modern urban India is scrutinized via the literature on its big cities. Sociabilities, caste configurations, and public culture (theatre, cinema, and sports) are discussed, as are literature, dance, music, and painting.

In conclusion, says Professor Sarkar, ‚€œI have within each chapter incorporated the relevant historiographical developments, changes, and debates. Separate bibliographical sections will I hope facilitate the work of teachers and students.‚€

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Nature and Nation : Essays on Environmental History by Mahesh Rangarajan : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244594

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 ‚€œgovernmentality.‚€ The modern state is distinctive for its bureaucratic organization, official procedures, and accountability that in the colonial context of governing at a distance instituted a vast system of recordation bearing semblance to and yet differing markedly from the Victorian administrative state.

The colonial rule of difference that shaped liberal governmentality introduced new categories of rule that were nested in the procedures and records and could be unraveled from the archive of colonial governance. Such an exercise is attempted here for certain key epistemic categories such as space, time, measurement, classification and causality that have enabled the constitution of modern knowledge and the social scientific discourses of ‚€œeconomy,‚€ ‚€œsociety,‚€ and ‚€œhistory.‚€

The different chapters engage with how enumerative technologies of rule led to proliferating measurements and classifications as fields and objects came within the purview of modern governance rendering both statistical knowledge and also new ways of acting on objects and new discourses of governance and the nation. The postcolonial implications of colonial governmentality are examined with respect to both planning techniques for attainment of justice and the role of information in the constitution of neoliberal subjects.

The book would be useful to researchers and advanced post-graduate students in the fields of history, political science, postcolonial studies, anthropology, sociology, economics, and public administration.

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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.

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

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The Calling of History : Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth by Dipesh Chakrabarty : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178244693

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

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

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

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The Gender Of Caste: Representing Dalits in Print by Charu Gupta : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243894

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

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

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

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

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The Indian Ideology: Three Responses to Perry Anderson by Partha Chatterjee, Sudipta Kaviraj, Nivedita Menon, Sanjay Ruparelia : Rs495 ISBN: 9788178244549

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

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

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

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The Languages of Kerala and Lakshadweep by M. Sreenathan and Joseph Koyipally(Eds.) : Rs1500 ISBN: 9788125056270

This fifteenth volume of the People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India, The Languages of Kerala and Lakshadweep contextualises Kerala‚€™s language wealth in its social ecology. This volume deals with Malayalam and provides a description of its linguistic features. The volume also looks into the other tribal languages of the state.  Another sizeable section of the volume is devoted to the variant of Malayalam, Dweep Malayalam which is spoken in Lakshadweep, and which varies considerably from the language of the mainland.

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The Languages of Uttarakhand - Volume 30, Part 2 - People‚€™s Linguistic Survey of India by Uma Bhatt, Shekhar Pathak : Rs1525 ISBN: 9788125056263

The People‚€™s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities. The volume documents the languages prevalent in the state of Uttarakhand. Critically, the book encapsulates the world view of the speakers of the discussed languages.

The languages of Uttarakhand have a wide variety as well as rich heritage because of the various linguistic influences of the different settlers who came to India from time to time. Here, languages of the Tibeto-Burman family are spoken along with Austro-Asiatic languages. This volume attempts to document these varieties of languages so as to preserve them in this globalised world, where migration and other factors are resulting in loss of languages.

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The Reflective Teacher: Case Studies of Action Research by Neeraja Raghavan : Rs325 ISBN: 9788125060451

This book describes the action research undertaken by teachers at the Azim Premji School in Dineshpur, Uttarakhand, guided by facilitators from the Azim Premji Foundation. Teachers with varying lengths of experience took a fresh look at their teaching practices, examined and identified specific problems that they faced, and succeeded in addressing many of these problems.

Consisting of teachers‚€™ documentation of their action research, classroom observations and facilitators' notes, the book also analyses the case studies against the backdrop of the research of pioneers such as John Dewey and Donald Schon. The work presented here can enable the emergence of the reflective practitioner in teachers and empower them to channelise this reflection into action by continuously re-examining their own teaching practices.

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The State of Being Stateless: An Account of South Asia by Paula Banerjee, Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury and Atig Ghosh : Rs825 ISBN: 9788125059684

Statelessness is defined as the quality of being without a state, a nationality, or even the protection that nationality should offer. Addressing the lacuna in literature on stateless people in post-colonial South Asia, this study brings together the lived experiences of diverse stateless groups within a comparative framework. Through research conducted across dissimilar groups in different geographical locations‚€”India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan‚€”it asks some critical questions: How are certain groups and communities‚€”often, the minorities‚€”rendered stateless? Is the existing legal regime adequate to deal with the problem of statelessness? And do policymakers now need to think beyond legal terms, as judicial activism has clearly proved ineffective?

Demonstrating that continued situations of dislocation and/or refugeehood can produce statelessness, the book elaborates a new way of thinking about this increasingly important field of study, and suggests a way towards framing better and more inclusive international and national laws to deal with this issue.

With its cross-disciplinary approach, this volume will be invaluable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of international relations, political science, law, history and refugee studies. It will also be useful to research centres and non-governmental organisations working on/with stateless and refugee groups across the world.

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The Toda Landscape: Explorations in Cultural Ecology by Tarun Chhabra With a Foreword by Anthony R. Walker : Rs4750 ISBN: 9788125060017

The Toda people of the Nilgiris District in south India are one of the oldest indigenous groups in South Asia; they are also reportedly among the most studied and written-about in the region. While the field was dominated by Western scholars in the beginning, Indian researchers and writers began contributing to Toda studies from the early twentieth century.

The Toda Landscape: Explorations in Cultural Ecology represents a major breakthrough in Toda studies. From his interactions with the Todas from 1990 onwards, the author, Tarun Chhabra, has collected and analysed ethnographic data that had eluded even the greatest of Western ethnographers. Through his first-hand narrative accounts of important Toda rituals, ceremonies and routines, all accompanied by visual documentation in the form of photographs and maps, he provides new data that will significantly aid the preservation of Toda traditional culture.

The Toda Landscape highlights previously unknown aspects of Toda cultural heritage:

  • Their sacred geography‚€”sacred waters, sacred hills, and sacred trees and rocks.

  • Some sacred institutions, which have their own distinct, hitherto undocumented, rituals, and the intricacies of their traditional attire and embroidery motifs.

  • The entire domain of Toda ethnobotany.

  • The complex interweaving of myth and reality in Toda lives, evidenced in the routes Toda spirits are said to follow to their afterworld.

With its detailed descriptions of sparsely documented aspects of Toda life, all complemented with stunning photographs, The Toda Landscape is an invaluable addition to the field of social anthropology and cultural studies. Its focus on ethnobotany and the flora and fauna of the Nilgiris region will also greatly help students and scholars of environmental studies and botany.

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The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India by Srimati Basu : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125058649

The Trouble with Marriage considers the legacies of legal reforms around marriage and gendered violence in India in the 1980s which were strongly influenced by demands of the women‚€™s movement: lawyer-free Family Courts, the criminal prosecution of domestic violence, rape law reform, and the promotion of alternate dispute resolution as a mode of better gendered access. Looking backward to legislative debates, and forward to everyday life in legal sites of marital trouble, such as Family Court, police cells for women, and mediation organizations, it presents a portrait of contemporary marriage and of legal culture.

New legal subjectivities and strategies emerge as men and women negotiate concerns with money, kinship and violence in formal and informal venues, using a range of potentially contradictory civil and criminal laws. Some laws become popular in ways not imagined as part of their feminist scope: Family Courts proffer reconciliation as optimal solution, rape law secures marriage by evacuating consent as a criterion; domestic violence claims help with better economic settlements while rendering violence invisible.

Through compelling ethnographic vignettes and a re-evaluation of feminist theories of law, marriage, violence, property, and the state, Basu argues that despite reforms, legal process reproduces the profound structural vulnerabilities generated by marriage. Alternative dispute resolution, designed to empower women in a less adversarial legal environment, has created new subjectivities, but, paradoxically, also reinforces oppressive socioeconomic norms.

This book would be of interest to those in Law and Society Studies, Gender / Women‚€™s Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, and to those activists and NGOs who work on gender, marriage and violence.

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Tuberculosis in India: A Case of Innovation and Control by Nora Engel : Rs775 ISBN: 9788125059615

India is the country with the highest number of patients with active tuberculosis (TB). Emerging drug resistance poses a huge threat, but migration, urbanisation, poverty and the complexity of public and private healthcare challenge the control efforts as well. Innovation for TB control is urgently needed and is often imagined as providing new drugs, diagnostics and vaccines. In this book, Nora Engel argues that innovations of services, organisations, strategies and delivery mechanisms are crucial too.

In a unique analysis on how innovation for TB control is practised, this book provides extensive coverage of four cases of innovation in public TB control in India: the involvement of private sector players, the emerging policy responses to multidrug resistant TB, the development of new diagnostic technologies and of new treatment guidelines.

The book asks how diverse actors (public and private health providers, patients, activists, researchers and policymakers) engaged in TB control in India are balancing innovative activities with ongoing control work. This shows that innovation for TB control is not a linear process of improvement, but rather a complicated, continuous undertaking, in which different perspectives and practices often clash. How can innovation be fostered without jeopardising the control efforts? And how is an infectious disease to be controlled without stifling innovation?

Using approaches from science and technology studies (STS), innovation studies, medical anthropology and sociology, the book provides suggestions on how innovation and control could be balanced, and offers a relevant and unique contribution to the literature on innovation in global health and on TB in India.

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Violence and the Burden of Memory: Remembrance and Erasure in Sinhala Consciousness by Sasanka Perera : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125060512

Post-Independence Sri Lanka has been wracked by decades of civil war and political violence, particularly from the late 1970s to 2009. These protracted conflicts have been immensely destructive, resulting in many thousands of deaths and disappearances, both of armed personnel (whether of the Sri Lankan state or separatist outfits) and civilians.

How is such extraordinary institutional violence remembered? Political conflict in Sri Lanka and the attendant death and destruction have resulted in the emergence of public monuments and memorials, built and maintained by the state or other public organisations as well as private ritual and memorial practices, which have occasionally moved into the public domain. They have also provoked a great deal of commentary in the form of visual arts.

Violence and the Burden of Memory takes as its theme these forms of remembering and memorialising large-scale violent death and destruction and the attendant loss, grief and suffering. Sasanka Perera explores how issues of memory and forgetting are represented in these monuments, public and private rituals and the works of visual artists through sociological analysis and ethnographic research. This, then, is read within a wider intellectual discourse on how memory works, drawn from other global contexts.

The author skillfully demonstrates how most public narratives, particularly state narratives, of Sinhala heroism have focused on institutional victories and successes, thereby erasing particular acts of individual suffering and loss and eroding spaces for critical evaluation. While the state has enjoyed relative success in preserving and presenting a public narrative of triumph and heroism through its war memorials and military monuments and rituals, it has not been as successful at providing survivors of the fallen spaces in which to remember and mourn their dead, nor at mourning the loss of innocence effectively. Personal and evaluative approaches to the horrors of political violence have, therefore, become the province of private forms of remembering and artistic commentaries.

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

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

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

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

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

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Wording the World: Veena Das and Scenes of Inheritance by Roma Chatterji : Rs1550 ISBN: 9788125057338

The essays in this book explore the critical possibilities that have been opened by Veena Das‚€™s work. Taking off from her writing on pain as a call for acknowledgment, several essays explore how social sciences render pain, suffering, and the claims of the other as part of an ethics of responsibility. They search for disciplinary resources to contest the implicit division between those whose pain receives attention and those whose pain is seen as out of sync with the times and hence written out of the historical record.

Another theme is the co-constitution of the event and the everyday, especially in the context of violence. Das‚€™s groundbreaking formulation of the everyday provides a frame for understanding how both violence and healing might grow out of it. Drawing on notions of life and voice and the struggle to write one‚€™s own narrative, the contributors provide rich ethnographies of what it is to inhabit a devastated world.

Ethics as a form of attentiveness to the other, especially in the context of poverty, deprivation, and the corrosion of everyday life, appears in several of the essays. They take up the classic themes of kinship and obligation but give them entirely new meaning.

Finally, anthropology‚€™s affinities with the literary are reflected in a final set of essays that show how forms of knowing in art and in anthropology are related through work with painters, performance artists, and writers.

The book brings together case studies from different parts of the world, from Palestine, Lebanon, Chile, the US and India. It will be of interest not only to anthropologists and sociologists interested in comparative perspectives but also to artists, scholars in art, literary studies and philosophy.

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

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

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

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

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Beyond Tranquebar: Grappling Across Cultural Borders in South India by Esther Fihl and A. R. Venkatachalapathy(Ed.s) : Rs1375 ISBN: 9788125054375

A rare Indian colony of the Danish empire. A place that fostered the modern printing press and Protestant Christianity in the subcontinent. A tourist haunt that was ravaged by the tsunami in 2004. This is Tranquebar, known as Tharangampadi, a charming coastal town in present-day Tamil Nadu.

Beyond Tranquebar is a collection of twenty-four essays by scholars who bring to relief the many dimensions of this town. The book takes us to seventeenth-century Denmark, as the kingdom strives to find a place in the thriving colonial enterprise. It moves east to Maratha-ruled Tanjore where gifts can shift the balance of power. It takes us to a place where ideas, textiles and furniture arrive and depart, from as far away as Serampore in Bengal and Copenhagen in Denmark‚€”going beyond geography to contribute to literacy and education in India and alter tastes in distant Europe.

This volumeexamines the place from the perspectives of a diverse range of academic disciplines‚€”social anthropology, art history, sociology of religion, ethnography and history. It enquires into the lives of natives and foreigners, i.e. Danish, German and British, as they grapple(d) across borders both physical and cultural, in the past and the present. 
This collectionis unique in that it centres on activities which radiated from this important south Indian place, instead of seeing this place as an appendix to the national history of Denmark or to the Christian mission activities from Germany. Thereby, the authors and editors of this volume peg Tranquebar in its rightful place in the scholarly map.

This book will be useful for students and scholars of colonial history, South Asian studies and anthropology. They will benefit from the diverse strands of research a seemingly small place offers.
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Bharat Mein Saamajik Parivartan Evm Vikas (Hindi) by Ram Ganesh Yadav : Rs125 ISBN: 9788125055419

1] Bharat mein Samajik Parivatan evm Vikas is a prescribed undergraduate textbook for the ‚€˜Social Change and Development in India‚€™ paper [Bharat mein Samajik parivatan aur Vikas paper] of Lucknow University. This is aimed at the second paper of sociology BA 2nd year of this University. 

2] The chapters have been contributed by the faculty members of Sociology and Anthropology of various affiliated colleges of Lucknow University and  Gorakhpur University.

3] This book discusses the major concepts related to social change and development, such as theories of development by Rostow and Learner, Andre Gunder Frank and Samir Amin. This book also analyzes the human development, social development, sustainable development, and also the issues related to development.  Under the issues related to development the book discusses development and marginalization, development and displacement, culture and development. In the book, also covered are the processes of social change which includes sanskritization, modernization, secularization, westernization, urbanization and globalization. The issues of inequalities of caste and gender have also been discussed and analyzed in good details. 

4]Package: Bharat mein Samajik Privartan evm Vikas can be package with the following OBS titles:
  1. Samajshastra Parichay
  2. Samajshastriya Chintan ke Aadhar
  3. Bharatiya Samaj
  4. Bharatiya Samajshastra ke Agrani Chintak
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Bhartiya Samajshastra Ke Agreeni Chintak (Hindi) by Ram Ganesh Yadav : Rs125 ISBN: 9788125055426

1. Bhartiya Samajshastra ke Agreeni Chintak is a prescribed undergraduate textbook for the ‚€˜Pioneers of Indian Sociology paper [Bhartiya Samajshastra ke Agreeni Chintak paper]‚€™ of Lucknow University. This is aimed at the first paper of sociology BA 3rd  year of this University.

2. The chapters have been contributed by the faculty members of Sociology and Anthropology of various affiliated colleges of Lucknow University.

3. This book discusses the 12 prominent Indian thinkers and their concepts ‚€” Radhakamal Mukerjee ‚€“  Social values and social ecology; D P Mukerjee ‚€“ cultural diversity; D N Majumdar ‚€“ caste and tribal integration; G N Ghurye ‚€“ caste system and Indian sadhus; Irawati Karve‚€“ kinship in India; I P Desai ‚€“ Indian joint family and elite; MN Srinivas ‚€“ sankritization and dominant caste; Shyama Charan Dube ‚€“ Indian villages; B R Chauhan ‚€“  a village in Rajasthan as a little community and ritualization; A R Desai ‚€“ social background of Indian nationalism, Marxist approach to study Indian society; Ramkrishna Mukherji ‚€“ Joint family and the dynamics of a rural society and  Andre Beteille ‚€“ changing pattern of caste, class and power.

4. The book will be useful for the undergraduate courses in Sociology of other Indian universities of Hindi speaking states in the country; and also for the aspirants of UPSC and allied civil services.

 5. Package: Bhartiya Samajshastra ke Agreeni Chintak can be package with:  

  1. Samajshastra Parichay 2. Bharat mein Samajik Parivartan aur Vikas 3. Bhartiya Samaj 4. Samajshastriya Chinatan ke Aadhar 5. Samajik Anusandhan Paddhatiyan 6.  Grameen-Nagriya samajshastra 7. Samjshastriya Vichar 8. Rajnitik Samajshastra
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Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia by David N. Gellner : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125054238

Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia provides valuable new ethnographic insights into life along some of the most contentious borders in the world. The collected essays portray existence at different points across India's northern frontiers and, in one instance, along borders within India. Whether discussing Shi'i Muslims striving to be patriotic Indians in the Kashmiri district of Kargil or Bangladeshis living uneasily in an enclave surrounded by Indian territory, the contributors show that state borders in Northern South Asia are complex sites of contestation.

India's borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, China and Nepal encompass radically different ways of life, a whole spectrum of relationships to the state, and many struggles with urgent identity issues. Taken together, the essays show how it is possible to comprehend Northern South Asia's various nation-state projects without relapsing into conventional nationalist accounts.

Academic borderland studies are dominated by examples from North America (especially the US-Mexico border) and from Europe; this volume shows that examples from Northern South Asia also deserve a central place in discussions of borders and state-making.

This book will be an essential reference for South and Southeast Asian specialists, for anthropologists, sociologists, and historians of the region, for anyone interested in border and boundary issues, and for those using and studying ethnographic approaches to the state.

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Cine-Politics: Film Stars and Political Existence in South India by M. Madhava Prasad : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125053569

Cine-politics explores the unique link established between cinema and politics in south India since the 1950s. Taking up the trajectories of three major stars‚€”M. G. Ramachandran, N. T. Rama Rao and Rajkumar, from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively‚€” the book shows how the widespread political mobilisation of star charisma in south India‚€”‚€˜cine-politics‚€™‚€”sheds critical light on the nature of democratic political life in postcolonial India. Insisting on the centrality of both cinematic and political aspects in interpreting the cine-political event, the author locates the emergence of the phenomenon against the backdrop of demands for the linguistic reorganisation of the states soon after independence. The argument leads us through the various formal and narrative shifts enabling the production of a cinematic form that allowed marginalised populations, deprived of political existence in the newly forged nation, to enact the fantasy of popular sovereignty.

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

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

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Covering and Explaining Conflict in Civil Society by Nalini Rajan (Ed.) : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125054849

Covering and Explaining Conflict in Civil Society is a collection of essays that highlights issues of ethics specifically in journalism of conflict. The media takes an active interest in reporting cases of conflict as political unrest has a direct and immediate impact on people‚€™s lives.

In the first part, this volume presents four such reportages; one each from Libya, Pakistan, Turkey and Khairlanji (India). Devoted to reportage, these case studies raise an important question: How far can a reporter prescribe and opine in her reportage? The authors explain, by their own example, the need for a journalist to be aware of this question during live reportage.

The second part of this volume is a critical look at the contemporary media scene in India. The authors draw our attention to the vibrant civil society that shook the administration when allegations of corruption cropped up. Citing instances of corruption within the media, the essays delineate the conflict between vested interest and ethics in journalism. In the concluding part, the authors focus on social media, as a new medium of civil society, playing an active role in the reportage of conflict‚€”through clicks and shares. The essays here provoke the reader to ask if journalistic ethics do find a place in social media at all!

Presenting case-studies, theory and arguments, this volume is invaluable for students of journalism and mass communication. It will also be of interest to the lay reader.

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Cultural History of Early South Asia: A Reader by Shonaleeka Kaul : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125053590

Cultural History of Early South Asia: A Reader presents a wide-ranging survey of the diverse art forms of early South Asia. In doing so, it departs from the dominant tendency of treating the arts as static ‚€˜heritage of the past‚€™ with just exhibition value, and instead perceives them as dynamic processes of meaning and communication in the past. It connects cultural production with ordinary life, to explore the various roles which literature and visual arts played in the lives of their communities. Here, art is investigated as objects of aesthetic enjoyment, but also as creations of rhetorical or philosophical moment, as well as of utilitarian value.
Through its broad chronological sweep covering the earliest specimens of cultural expression like the prehistoric rock paintings of Bhimbetka; the ornaments of the Harappan culture; the frescoes and rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora; the Pali Jatakas, and South Asian folklore, the book argues for a variety of audiences in ancient and early medieval South Asia.
Bringing together authoritative voices on South Asian history, archaeology and literature, the book presents complementary views which will help in understanding the popular dimensions of the subcontinent‚€™s art and culture. It will acquaint its readership with fundamental contributions to the region‚€™s art history, and yet do so in a way that questions and opens up received wisdom, and initiates a new understanding of early cultural processes. Scholarly, yet accessible, it will be of enduring relevance for researchers, students of history and cultural studies, as well as lay readers interested in the artistic traditions of South Asia.

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Decolonisation, Development and Disease: A Social History of Malaria in Sri Lanka by Kalinga Tudor Silva : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125054290

The 1901 Census of Ceylon identified malaria as a ‚€œbane‚€ of the island. And through the ensuing century a story of development has sprung around the control of this endemic disease. A story of development that is scripted by a postcolonial state, as it grew to espouse a hegemonic Sinhala nationalist ideology.

Decolonisation, Development and Disease looks at the dynamic interplay between malaria and its social, political and environmental milieu in Sri Lanka over an 80-year period from 1930 to 2010. The volume begins with an ethno-historical account of the accumulated body of indigenous knowledge and practices and cultural adaptation to fevers and how it saw a rapid decline with the arrival of western medicine. Then it analyses the consequences of the devastating malaria epidemic of 1934‚€“35, which, affecting mainly the Sinhala South, in some ways shaped Sri Lanka‚€™s transition from a colony to a postcolonial developmental state. The book also examines the manner in which civil war (1983‚€“2009) triggered yet another outbreak of a malaria epidemic.

Employing postcolonial studies, post-development and discourse analysis, and examining colonial records, government statistics, oral history, ethnographic research and newspapers, this book challenges the conventional modernist wisdom relating to the role of tropical medicine in combating disease and points to the social and historical embeddedness of malaria epidemics.

Arriving at a time of reconciliation in Sri Lanka, this volume will be of interest to ethnographers, social historians, public health experts, administrators and students of political science.

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Early Medieval Indian Society : A Study in Feudalisation by R.S. Sharma With a Prologue by Jaya Tyagi : Rs450 ISBN: 9788125056119

The traditional view of feudalism, defined by scholars like Karl Marx and Marc Bloch, describes a system where a dominant social group controlled ownership of land and enjoyed the benefits of labour of servile serfs who toiled to generate produce from land. While this model was based on conditions in Europe, Marx felt that this did not apply to medieval India as most peasants were technically free land-owners.

R.S.Sharma goes beyond this traditional view of feudalism.In hisEarly Medieval Indian Society,he shows how dominant groups used techniques such as land-grants, control of common services, caste and religion to gain control over the means of production. R.S. Sharma explains how despite differences from the European model of feudalisation, similarities in economic traits like decline of towns and long-distance trade, reduction in the usage of metal coins and the establishment of a subsidiary market economy made the feudal model a useful tool to understand this period. He uses feudalism to trace the emergence of early medieval India and to also understand developments in art, religion, literature, polity and society.

The Prologue to this edition is a fitting tribute to the author by Jaya Sinha Tyagi, a historian of ancient Indian history. Analysing R.S. Sharma‚€™s pioneering study, she charts this erudite historian‚€™s contribution to the transformation of the study of early medieval India. She also explains why this book continues to serve as a critical resource material for tracing the economic changes in history.

R.S. Sharma‚€™s seminal work will be invaluable for students, scholars and teachers of ancient and medieval Indian history. It will be useful to readers interested in studying transitions in socio-cultural ideologies and institutions from the early medieval times.

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Environmental Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court: Litigation, Interpretation, Implementation by Geetanjoy Sahu : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125055037

Since the 1980s, the Supreme Court of India has intervened regularly and actively in cases involving environmental issues, calling both state and private agencies to task on environmentally destructive actions and policies and asserting itself in the implementation of its judgments. It has thus earned itself a widespread and formidable reputation as a ‚€˜green court‚€™. But how ‚€˜green‚€™ is it really and what does it even mean to be green in an Indian context?

Environmental Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court sheds light on these questions by offering the first comprehensive empirical analysis of cases pertaining to environmental litigation that appeared before the Supreme Court between 1980 and 2010. This analysis, supplemented by interviews with judges, lawyers and petitioners in environmental litigations, reveals that there is no single stance or attitude governing the Supreme Court‚€™s approach to environmental issues. Rather, the Court has reacted differently in different cases, sometimes in ways that seem contradictory to its own precedents.

The current volume examines a range of judicial attitudes, concerns, pressures and trends with respect to environmental jurisprudence. It emphasises that environmental litigation and activism in India cannot ever be studied or practised in isolation but must rather be concerned in tandem with the twin (and sometimes rival) concerns of development and social justice. It also contextualises the Supreme Court‚€™s decisions within the wider framework of environmental discourse in India, which itself assumes a variety of radically different forms. These range from the so called ‚€˜environmentalism of the poor‚€™, which privileges people‚€™s traditional use and stewardship of natural resources to the more rarefied environmentalism of the middle class, which jettisons concerns of social welfare and development to focus on the intrinsic value of nature.

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Figurations in Indian Film by Meheli Sen and Anustup Basu : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125054252

Just as the celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema comes to an end, this book takes stock of continuities as well as breaks that have made Indian cinema what it is now

Volume contains original, sophisticated and complementary selection of chapters that examine ‚€˜figures‚€™ in and of Indian cinema

Indian cinema here is taken in its broad sense to include popular and more art and new / niche film developments

This collection of essays brings together ideas about figures and figurations that have been swirling around in Indian cinema studies for a considerable period now

Thematically arranged under four sections, the essays (12) examine a wide range of films that differ stylistically and linguistically under an umbrella concept of ‚€˜figuration‚€™ or ‚€˜Indian modernity‚€™

The authors approach Indian cinema from multiple perspectives, ranging from investigations of the political and the generic, to unraveling the figurative resonances of fabrics, stars, and icons, in an era of media convergence.

Figurations in Indian Film demonstrates that the conversation about the relationship between bodies, modernity, globalization, aesthetics and politics is far from settled and suggests some exciting new ways of theorizing the same.

This book would appeal to any reader interested in Indian cinema, culture and politics.

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From Plassey to Partition and After: A History of Modern India by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay : Rs425 ISBN: 9788125057239

Since its first publication in 2004, From Plassey to Partition has come to be regarded as an authoritative history of modern India. And this enlarged edition offers a perceptive analysis of India‚€™s efforts towards modernisation and democratisation since Independence.
The book addresses important historiographical questions by taking cognisance of emergent perspectives adopted by social science scholarship over the last twenty-five years. As a major work of our times, it engages in though-provoking debates on issues like political economy of eighteenth-century India, socio-religious reform and revival, and the nationalist movement.
The newly added concluding chapter provides a succinct account of major developments in postcolonial India during the Nehruvian and subsequent years. It links contemporary debates about Indian nationhood with changes in society, economy and polity, from the years of state-directed planning under a one-party system to the emergence of a market economy in an era of predominantly coalition governments.
Capturing inimitably the rhythms of India‚€™s polyphonic nationalism, this book will be indispensable for students of history and political science. Scholars and researchers will benefit from its detailed and extensive bibliography. And it will guide general readers to an understanding of contemporary India.

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Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective by Supriya Singh : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125051121

This book is about how men and women, particularly the poor and the unbanked in the global South, use money in ways that empower them and their families. Money as a medium of relationships across cultures is at the center of this inclusive story of globalization. It includes interconnected markets and half the world that is unbanked, particularly women. 

Globalization and Money covers new and old currencies and ways of banking and payments. Men and women‚€™s banking patterns connect with the way they display their management of money in the joint family or nuclear household. Migrants send money home to show they care for their families and communities left behind. Yet these remittances are worth more than three times official development assistance. The mobile phone transforms communication, as well as ensuring people in the Global South can send money instantaneously to their family in the village.

The author emphasizes these personal dimensions of money and globalization. She draws on her research on money, banking and the use of information and communication technologies in Australia, India, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Kenya, as well as her global family networks as a migrant.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars alike who engage with the sociology of money and banking, and policy makers interested in migration and remittances. It will also appeal to everybody interested in globalization and the personal and market aspects of money in the global South.

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Gramin-Nagriya Samajshastra (Hindi) by Ram Ganesh Yadav : Rs195 ISBN: 9788125055440

1] Gramin-Nagriya Samajshastra is a prescribed undergraduate textbook for the ‚€˜Rural-Urban Sociology‚€™ paper [Gramin-Nagriya Samajshastra‚€™ paper]of Lucknow University. This is aimed at the third paper of sociology BA 3rd year of this University. 

2] The chapters have been contributed by the faculty members of Sociology and Anthropology of various affiliated colleges of Lucknow University. 

3]The book provides a detail account of rural and urban society in India. It discusses issues such as peasant suicide, peasant movement in contemporary India, and health problems in rural India. It also covers the Panchayti raj system, Mahatama Gandhi NREGA and community development programmes.  Also included exclusive chapters on urban poverty, urban slum, urban governance and urban renewal, rural ‚€“urban continuum, town city and ghetto. 

4]Package: Grameen-Nagriya Samajshastra can be packaged with:
  1. Samajshastra Parichay
  2. Bharat mein Saamajik Parivartan evm Vikas
  3. Bharatiya Samaj
  4. Samajshastriya Chinatan ke Aadhaar
  5. Saamajik Anusandhan Paddhatiyan
  6. Bharatiya Samaajshastra ke Agrani Chintak
  7. Samajshastriya Vichaar
  8. Rajnitik Samaajshastra
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Ideas, Institutions, Processes: Essays in Memory of Satish Saberwal by N. Jayaram : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125056850

  • This book commemmorates eminent sociologist Satish Saberwal who pioneered interdisciplinarity in the social sciences in India through a series of 15 collected essays in four different parts.
  • The first part takes a biographical approach to Saberwal and includes both reminiscences by his peers as well as an extensive interview with Saberwal. The second part is devoted to the methodology of studying sociology in India
  • The third part is dedicated to historical perspectives, as Saberwal was interested in combining historical and sociological approaches and considers both ancient and modern Indian history.
  • The fourth part focuses on different institutions and processes in contemporary India, and discusses issues like education, caste, violence and environmentalism.
  • The different essays in the volume draw from Saberwal‚€™s important work on crisis, conflict, social mobility and institutional rules and norms and generate new perspectives on a wide variety of issues.
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Language Politics, Elites, and the Public Sphere by Veena Naregal : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243832

The bilingual relationship between English and the Indian vernaculars has long been crucial to the construction of ideology as well as cultural and political hierarchies. Print was vital for colonial literacy‚€”for initiating a shift in the relation between ‚€˜high‚€™ and ‚€˜low‚€™ languages. This book looks at the relationship between linguistic hierarchies, textual practices and power in colonial Western India. Whereas most studies of colonialism focus on India‚€™s ‚€˜high‚€™ literary culture, this work looks at how local intellectuals explored their ‚€˜middling‚€™ position through initiatives to establish newspapers and influential channels of  communication. 
How was the ‚€˜native‚€™ intelligentsia able to achieve a position of ideological influence? This book shows that, despite their minority position and the bilingual division, such people negotiated the arenas of education policy, the press, and voluntary associations to advance their interests as a social class. In doing this it illuminates the Indian intelligentsia‚€™s self-definitions before anti-colonial thinking articulated its hegemonic claims as nationalistic discourse.
This book will interest readers of Indian history, cultural politics, and colonial thought.
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Marrying in South Asia: Shifting Concepts, Changing Practices in a Globalising World by Ravinder Kaur and Rajni Palriwala : Rs1375 ISBN: 9788125053552

Marriage has long been central to the study of kinship and family and to imaginings of culture, identity and citizenship. If the deeply gendered nature of marriage has been critiqued by feminist researchers, the conjugal contract has been the subject of debate in the legal domain and the economics of marriage and of the wedding ceremony figure in the discourse on development.

Engaging with these and other strands is Marrying in South Asia, a volume which looks closely at 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 trace the encounters with changing notions and practices of marriage.  The book examines processes that make a marriage, the implications of non-marriage or its end 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 integration of the larger economic and political contexts in understandings of personal relations around marriage is significant. 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. Marrying in South Asia is a must-read for students of the social sciences and for all of us interested in the ideas around conjugality and the institution of marriage.

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Modern Times: India1880s ‚€“ 1950s - Environment, Economy, Culture by Sumit Sarkar : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243825

Much has changed in the world of South Asian history-writing since Sumit Sarkar‚€™s renowned classic, Modern India (1983). ‚€œThe passage of thirty years having rendered that work thoroughly dated, the futility of any attempt to revise it became increasingly clear to me, especially as over this period my own historical perspectives took new and unexpected directions‚€, says the author. The present work is an entirely fresh view of the same period.

Focusing on three huge areas ‚€” Economy, Environment, and Culture ‚€” Professor Sarkar offers his magisterial perspective on these.

Scientific discourses, laws, forest administration, peasants and adivasis, irrigation, and conflicts over land-use are examined, as are agrarian relations, commercialization, indebtedness, and famine. Trade, finance, and industry are other major focus areas.

Modern urban India is scrutinized via the literature on its big cities. Sociabilities, caste configurations, and public culture (theatre, cinema, and sports) are discussed, as are literature, dance, music, and painting.

In conclusion, says Professor Sarkar, ‚€œI have within each chapter incorporated the relevant historiographical developments, changes, and debates. Separate bibliographical sections will I hope facilitate the work of teachers and students.‚€

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Nature without Borders by Mahesh Rangarajan, M. D. Madhusudan and Ghazala Shahabuddin(Ed.s) : Rs825 ISBN: 9788125056140

  • This book explores the ways in which conservation of biodiversity can coexist with human actions and interests through a series of eight essays. These are tied together by an analytical introduction by the editors.
  • It seeks to supplement the dominant discourse of conservation in India, which has traditionally depended on fencing off fragments of habitats and guarding them against human encroachment. However, formally designated Protected Areas occupy a very small proportion of territory and are therefore limited in value. Nature and natural processes transcend human boundaries and cannot be contained within the borders of nature reserves.
  • This eclectic collection of essays explores inclusive conservation approaches in a spectrum of landscapes, from lake restoration in a metropolis to the issue of overfishing on the coastline.
  • In the cases studied here, conservation action takes the producers‚€™ or residents‚€™ own imperatives into account along with wider ecological challenges. This method of conservation forges links with a range of actors: cultivators, herders, fishers and plantation owners, in addition to the government, the middle class and literati.
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Neoliberalism and Water: Complicating the Story of ‚€˜Reforms‚€™ in Maharashtra by Priya Sangameswaran : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125054917

  • Neoliberalism and Water tells us the story of the reforms in the water sector in Maharashtra in the first decade of the twenty-first century.
  • It looks at it through the prism of neoliberalism, which works in combination with other processes, and by the specific nature of water as a resource.
  • The introductory discussion of different approaches to understanding neoliberalism provides the base for the ensuing discussion of water reforms.
  • It discusses changes in urban and rural drinking water, and irrigation, and concepts like piped water, 24x7 water, water entitlements, commodity, and entrepreneurship.
  • It raises the questions‚€”What kinds of visions of development of the urban and the rural do current water reforms draw upon? How is decentralisation mediated by ideas like self-sufficiency, depoliticisation, and expertise? What kind of work goes into constructing markets and determining prices? Who are the new kinds of ‚€˜private‚€™ actors who have emerged in the arena of water? How are mindsets and modes of working changing even among ‚€˜public‚€™ institutions?
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New Perspectives in the History of Indian Education by Parimala V. Rao : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125051251

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

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

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

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

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Out of Line : Cartoons, Caricature and Contemporary India by Christel R.Devadawson : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125055136

  1. This book explores the career of ‚€˜graphic satire‚€™, i.e., newspaper cartoons, in independent India (post-1947)
  2. It offers detailed analyses of the work of prominent practitioners of the genre, including: Shankar Pillai, R. K. Laxman, Abu Abraham, O. V. Vijayan and the collaborative team of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan
  3. Chapter 1 reflects on Shankar‚€™s endearing yet thoughtful portrayals of Nehru in his ‚€˜Man of the Week‚€™ series, which addresses the challenges confronting the early years of the republic
  4. In Chapter 2, the author deals with Laxman‚€™s character the ‚€˜Common Man‚€™, a usually silent witness who testifies to the complexities of the post-Nehruvian era
  5. Chapter 3 deals with Abu Abraham‚€™s Emergency-era series ‚€˜Private View‚€™, which sought to keep the national conscience alive through this difficult period
  6. Chapter 4 explores O. V. Vijayan‚€™s dark and bitterly ironic graphic world, which deals with the inequities of development and the failures of justice in 1980s India
  7. Chapter 5 takes up the collaborative work of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan, who address the issues and concerns of a more self-confident, post-liberalisation nation, including environmentalism, multinational capital and international warfare.
  8. Christel Devadawson interprets the genre of graphic dissent as a form of national ‚€˜lifewriting‚€™‚€”the autobiographical recording of self, memory and experience‚€”that brings to light the trials and travails of democracy in the young nation-state.
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Pathways to Power: The Domestic Politics of South Asia by Arjun Guneratne and Anita M. Weiss : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788125054573

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

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

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

 Although the book is intended primarily for students of South Asian politics, it also serves as an excellent introduction to the politics of the region for the general reader.
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Persistence of Poverty in India by Nandini Gooptu and Jonathan Parry (Eds.) : Rs745 ISBN: 9789383166046

What distinguishes Persistence of Poverty from most other poverty studies is the way in which it conceptualises the problem. This volume offers a variety of alternative analytical perspectives and fresh insights into poverty that are key to addressing the problem.  In looking at the day to day lived realities of the poor the volume  points out that in order to understand poverty one must take into account the wider system of class and power relations in which it is rooted. This volume suggests that ‚€™democracy in India may be as big a part of the problem as it is of the solution.‚€™   

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Power and Contestation : India since 1989 With a new Epilogue by Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125056195

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

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

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

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

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Rethinking Western India : The Changing Contexts of Culture, Society and Religion by DuŇ°an DeŠk and Daniel Jasper (Ed.s) : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125055822

  • While investigating the cultural, social and political dynamics in Maharashtra, Rethinking Western India looks into the relations and processes that make up what are usually thought to be regional problems.
  • The essays show how the regional must be understood in contexts that supersede the region and geographical determinism.
  • The opening essays not only contextualise Maharashtrian texts as coherent wholes, but also the meanings contained within these texts, thereby addressing ‚€œthe semantics of the social‚€.
  • A focus on ‚€œthe mechanics of the social‚€‚€”the interface of actions that articulate societal relationships at different levels, and of different characters‚€”is attempted by the next set of essays.
  • The concluding essays emphasise how local dynamics are as much a part of forces ostensibly ‚€œbeyond Maharashtra‚€, as they are products of dynamics within Maharashtra. There is, therefore, a deep analysis of the social and cultural referents upon which collective identities are built.
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Revisiting 1956: B. R. Ambedkar and States Reorganisation by Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125055143

In 1938, when he opposed the formation of Karnatak Province along linguistic lines, Ambedkar pointed out, ‚€˜‚€¶ we have been living together ‚€¶ only to emphasise the fact that those who want that this unity be sundered ‚€¶ must consider this matter in a much more serious way and not on grounds which are purely sentimental.‚€™

When the Indian identity was in its embryo, he feared that fostering cultural identities would result in separate nationalities. By 1953, after the formation of Andhra State, he pointed at the lack of proper thinking that had gone into the merger. In 1956, when the States Reorganisation Commission submitted its report, he identified its flaws, and famously laid down his ‚€˜One state, one language‚€™ principle.

The speeches, tracts and articles that Ambedkar produced on these lines were soon forgotten. And now, as new states are being formed, Ambedkar‚€™s works find renewed relevance. When he called the merger of Telangana and Telugu-speaking areas of Madras Presidency as ‚€˜artificial‚€™, Ambedkar showed remarkable vision that administrators can learn from. In laying criteria for reorganisation of states‚€”viability, size, economic feasibility, equality, federal balance, and the divisive issue of language‚€”he has already addressed concerns that the contemporary common man now asks.

Along with addressing students and scholars of political science, demography, public administration and Indian History, Revisiting 1956 resurrects the leader‚€™s works from oblivion and presents relevant portions from them for the general, interested reader.

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Samajshastra Parichay (Hindi) by Ram Ganesh Yadav : Rs175 ISBN: 9788125055389

1] Samajshatra Parichay is a prescribed undergraduate textbook for the ‚€˜Introduction to Sociolgy paper[Samajshastra Paricahy paper]‚€™ of Lucknow University. This is aimed at the first paper of sociology BA 1st year of this University.

2] The chapters have been contributed by the faculty members of Sociology and Anthropology of various affiliated colleges of Lucknow University.

3] The book discusses various aspects of sociology. It discusses the relationship between sociology and other social sciences and its practical significance. This book in reference discusses basic concepts of sociology, under the following broad head:
Social action and social relationship; status and roles; social group; community and association; social structure; social system; social institution and social organization. Apart from this the book covers- norms, sanction and values, cooperation, competition and conflict, multiculturalism and cultural relativism.
This book also analyzes the social stratification, social mobility and social movement.

In brief, the book provides a complete insight into the sociological concepts.

4]The book will be useful for the undergraduate courses in Sociology of other Indian universities of Hindi speaking states in the country; and also for the aspirants of UPSC and allied civil services.

5]Package: Samajshastriya Parichay can be package with:

Bhartiya Samaj 2. Bharat mein Samajik Parivartan aur Vikas 3. Samajshastriya Chinatan ke Aadhar 4. Bhartiya Samajshastra ke Agreeni Chintak 5. Samajik Anusandhan Paddhatiyan 6. Grameen-Nagriya samajshastra 7. Samjshastriya Vichar 8. Rajnitik Samajshastra
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Samajshastriya Chintan Ke Aadhaar (Hindi) by Ram Ganesh Yadav : Rs110 ISBN: 9788125055402

1] Samajshastriya Chinatn ke Aadhar is a prescribed undergraduate textbook for the ‚€˜Foundation of Sociological Thought‚€™ paper [‚€˜Samajshastriya Chinatn ke Aadhar‚€™ paper] of Lucknow University. This is aimed at the first paper of sociology BA 2nd year of this University.

2] The chapters have been contributed by the faculty members of Sociology and Anthropology of various affiliated colleges of Lucknow University and Banaras Hindu University.
3] This book discusses the prominent thinkers - Karl Marx, Max Weber, Herbert Spencer, George Simmel, George Mead, Vilfredo Pareto, Durkheim, Comte, Parsons and the concepts developed by them. This book will help to understand the emergence and development of sociology. It provides all the relevant information of sociological thought.
4]Package: Samajshastriya Parichay can be a package to the following titles published in Hindi by Orient BlackSwan
  1. Samajshastra Parichay
  2. Bharat mein Samajik Parivartan evms Vikas
  3. Bhartiya Samaj
  4. Bhartiya Samajshastra ke Agrani Chintak
  5. Samajik Anusandhan Paddhatiyan
  6. Grameen-Nagriya Samajshastra
  7. Samjshastriya Vichar  
  8. Rajnitik Samajshastra
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Social Inclusion in Independent India : Dimensions and Approaches by T. K. Oommen : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125056294

  • This book discusses the various forms of social and economic exclusion (discrimination and marginalisation) that persist in contemporary India, and how they may be remedied.
  • It argues that a welfare state can be created by securing social, economic and political justice for the socially and educationally backward classes of citizens.
  • It argues that inclusive growth and human development can be achived only by ensuring equality of status and opportunity for the vulnerable sections of society.
  • It suggests affirmative action/positive discrimination‚€”reservation of seats in education institutuions and reservation in jobs‚€”that may be adopted to build a more inclusive society.
  • This proposition is examined with reference to nine excluded social categories‚€”Dalits, Adivasis, subalterns, religious and linguistic minorities, women, migrants, the poor, and the disabled.
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Street Corner Secrets : Sex, Work, and Migration in the City of Mumbai by Svati P. Shah : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125056287

Street Corner Secrets challenges widespread notions of sex work in India by examining solicitation in three spaces within the city of Mumbai where sexual commerce may be solicited alongside other income-generating activities. These spaces‚€”brothels, streets, and public day-wage labor markets (nakas)‚€”are seldom placed within the same analytic frame.  

Focusing on women who had migrated to Mumbai from rural, economically underdeveloped areas within India, Svati P. Shah argues that selling sexual services is one of a number of ways women working as laborers may earn a living, demonstrating that sex work, like day labor, is a part of India's vast informal economy. Here, various means of earning‚€”legitimized or stigmatized, legal or illegal‚€”overlap or exist in close proximity to one another, shaping a narrow field of livelihood options that women navigate daily. In the course of this rich ethnography, Shah discusses policing practices, migrants' access to housing and water, the production of public space, critiques of states and citizenship, and the location of violence within debates on sexual commerce.

Throughout, the book analyzes the role the city plays in the changing contours of sexual commerce in Mumbai, as well as showing the highly contingent ways in which knowledge about sexual commerce and sex work is being constructed. Ultimately, the book maps the silences and secrets that constitute local discourses of sexual commerce on Mumbai's streets.

This book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of anthropology, sociology, urban studies, and gender and sexuality studies.
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The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai by Liza Weinstein : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125055082

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

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

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

This book would be of interest to sociologists and political scientists along with urban planners and architects. Scholars, students and practitioners involved in urban politics will welcome this volume.
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The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy by Veena Das, Michael Jackson, Arthur Kleinman and Bhrigupati Singh (Eds.) : Rs1375 ISBN: 9788125055006

The guiding inspiration of this book is the attraction and distance that mark the relation between anthropology and philosophy. This theme is explored through encounters between individual anthropologists and particular regions of philosophy. Several of the most basic concepts of the discipline‚€”including notions of ethics, politics, temporality, self and other, and the nature of human life‚€”are products of a dialogue, both implicit and explicit, between anthropology and philosophy. These philosophical undercurrents in anthropology also speak to the question of what it is to experience our being in a world marked by radical difference and otherness.

In The Ground Between, twelve leading anthropologists offer intimate reflections on the influence of particular philosophers on their way of seeing the world, and on what ethnography has taught them about philosophy. Ethnographies of the mundane and the everyday raise fundamental issues that the contributors grapple with in both their lives and their thinking. With directness and honesty, they relate particular philosophers to matters such as how to respond to the suffering of the other, how concepts arise in the give and take of everyday life, and how to be attuned to the world through the senses. Their essays challenge the idea that philosophy is solely the province of professional philosophers, and suggest that certain modalities of being in the world might be construed as ways of doing philosophy.

This book will be of interest to social scientists, philosophers and literary scholars.

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The Modern Spirit of Asia: The Spiritual and the Secular in China and India by Peter van der Veer : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125054245

The Modern Spirit of Asia challenges the notion that modernity in China and India are derivative imitations of the West, arguing that these societies have transformed their ancient traditions in unique and distinctive ways. Peter van der Veer begins with nineteenth-century imperial history, exploring how Western concepts of spirituality, secularity, religion, and magic were used to translate the traditions of India and China. He traces how modern Western notions of religion and magic were incorporated into the respective nation-building projects of Chinese and Indian nationalist intellectuals, yet how modernity in China and India is by no means uniform. While religion is a centerpiece of Indian nationalism, it is viewed in China as an obstacle to progress that must be marginalized and controlled.
 Van der Veer, an outspoken proponent of the importance of comparative studies of religion and society, eloquently makes his case in this groundbreaking examination of the spiritual and the secular in China and India. This book allows both Indians and Chinese to examine their social history from a comparative viewpoint. These historical trajectories have a lot in common, but at various points Indians and Chinese have made choices that have led to very different outcomes.
The Modern Spirit of Asia is a welcome break from the ubiquitous emphasis on economic growth in the comparison of India and China. It would appeal to all those interested in comparing India and China who want to be informed about the contemporary world in which India and China are major players.

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The Past Before Us - Historical Traditions of Early North India by Romila Thapar : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788178243979

It has so often been said that Indian civilization lacks historical writing‚€”and therefore a sense of history‚€”that this notion passes for a truism. There has been little attempt to show up the falsity of the generalization. In the present book‚€”a magisterial historiographical survey of every major form within which ancient North Indian history is embedded or evident‚€”Romila Thapar shows an intellectually dynamic ancient world profuse with ideas about the past, an arena replete with societies constructing, reconstructing, and contesting various visions of worlds before their own.

‚€œTo determine what makes for this historical consciousness‚€, says Professor Thapar, ‚€œis not just an attempt to provide Indian civilization with a sense of history, nor is it an exercise in abstract research. My intention is to argue that, irrespective of the question of the presence or absence of historical writing as such, an understanding of the way in which the past is perceived, recorded, and used affords insights into early Indian society, as it does for that matter into other early societies.‚€

She argues that to possess history a civilization does not have to reveal writing in forms regarded as belonging to the established genres of history. In fact, a variety of ancient Indian texts reflect a consciousness of history; and, subsequently, there come into existence recognizable historical traditions and forms of historical writing. Both varieties of texts‚€”those which reflect a consciousness of history and those which reveal forms of historical writing‚€”were deployed to ‚€œreveal‚€ the past, and drawn upon as a cultural, political, religious, or other resource to legitimize an existing social order.

The Vedic corpus, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the itihasa-purana tradition, the Buddhist and Jaina canons, the hagiographical and biographical literature, the inscriptional evidence, a variety of chronicles, and dramatic forms such as the Mudrarakshasa are all scrutinized afresh in this book: not as sources for historical data, but instead as a civilization‚€™s many ways of thinking about and writing its history.

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The Problem of Caste by Satish Deshpande (Ed.) : Rs650 ISBN: 9788125055013

Caste is one of the oldest concerns of the social sciences in India that continues to be relevant even today.  This book tracks how scholars from different disciplines have responded to the caste question in independent India and highlights recent shifts in perspective.

The general perception about caste is that it is an outdated concept that was slowly but inevitably dying out until it was revived by colonial policies and promoted by vested interests and electoral politics after independence.  However, this hegemonic perception changed irrevocably in the 1990s after the controversial reservations for the Other Backward Classes recommended by the Mandal Commission. Mandal triggered a new awakening by revealing that only a privileged upper caste minority believed in the declining significance of caste‚€”for the  vast majority of Indians caste continued to be a crucial determinant of life opportunities. 

This volume collects significant writings spanning seven decades, three generations and several disciplines.  The introduction contextualises established perspectives in relation to emergent concerns, and is followed by forty essays organised into six sections. 

The first section offers a sample of disciplinary responses ranging from sociology to law.  The second explores the relationship between caste and class, while the third highlights the interplay between caste and politics. 

The fourth section covers old and new challenges in law and policy.  Emergent research areas are represented in section five and section six showcases post-Mandal innovations in caste studies. 

This transdisciplinary volume brings together sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, historians, economists and others.  It will be essential reading for students and scholars across these disciplines.

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The Socio-Cultural Context of Water: Study of a Gujarat Village by Farhat Naz : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125054306

Water as a commodity in a consumer society is critically studied in this volume, the rural hinterland being viewed through the micro world of Mathnaa. Socio-cultural Context of Water: Study of a Gujarat Village analyses various aspects of water management at a project in Mathnaa in Sabarkantha district of the state of Gujarat noted for its aridity.

This small village is sharply differentiated along the lines of caste, tribe, class and gender. Wells are the main source of irrigation, rainfall being erratic. Water scarcity is an arena of conflict, which leads to the social actors trying to exploit the situation for their vested interests depending on their relative power positions. A significant finding of this volume is that Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe farmers too own borewells and are able to participate in user-group committees, thus gaining social mobility.

The author has explained to what extent attempts to revive the institutions for community water management have been successful, illustrating local power dynamics in terms of wealth, land ownership and access to water.

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The Writings of A. M. Shah: The Household and Family in India by A. M. Shah : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125053408

  • This volume brings together the seminal contributions of the sociologist Professor A. M. Shah to the study of the household and family in India.
  • The Household Dimension of the Family in India (Book One) was widely regarded as a landmark study when it first appeared in 1973.
  • It combines micro and macro perspectives, and offers a rigorous critique of the stereotype of the ‚€˜decline‚€™ of the joint family under conditions of industrial modernisation. This book continues to be used as a principal text in many family and kinship courses in sociology departments across the country.
  • It is reproduced here with the original foreword by M. N. Srinivas and the original Annotated Bibliography.
  • The Family in India: Critical Essays (Book Two), first published in 1998, covers a wide range of theoretical, methodological, substantive and policy issues relating to the family.
  • Book Three, titled Essays on the Family and the Elderly, contains three more recent essays, which explore the effects of changes in the family on the elderly; explain the relevance of census data for studies of the household; and comment on the current state of family studies in India from the perspective of the author‚€™s many decades of engagement with the field.
  • The Writings of A. M. Shah has a foreword by Professor Patricia Uberoi.
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The Writings of D. N. Dhanagare: The Missing Tradition: Debates and Discourses in Indian Sociology by D. N. Dhanagare : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125054559

D. N. Dhanagare has been an inspirational figure for students and scholars of sociology for over four decades now. His seminal writings on peasant movements, farmers‚€™ issues, state, civil society, Green Revolution, to name a few, are notable contributions to the discipline.

The Writings of D. N. Dhanagare is a definitive collection of essays illuminating his range of interests. Divided into four sections, the ten essays analyse his views and positions on issues such as globalisation, neo-liberal capitalism, transnational corporations, state, civil society and university as an important forum for civil society.

The essays in the first section analyse how without de-linking the Indian economy from the global capitalist regime it is possible for the country to put forth a viable alternative, provided the political class has the will to implement the right policies. The second section discusses the uneasy relationship between the state and civil society.  

The two essays included in the third section have emerged out of the author‚€™s deep involvement in studies in agrarian social structure and transformation in India, and also in the study of social movements in general. The three essays in the final section express everyday concerns of practising sociologists in India.

Resonating with his distinctive style and verve, the introduction charts the important debates and discourses in Indian sociology, apart from reflecting this erudite academic‚€™s passionate journey within the discipline.

The Foreword by Partha Nath Mukherji is a fitting tribute from a well known scholar, colleague and friend. Mukherji writes, 'He [Dhanagare] introduces his book with a masterly commentary virtually on the evolution of sociology in India‚€”an attempt that is far from easy, given the vast array of scholars and their contributions, and the limitations of space.'

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Tibetan Refugees in India: Education, Culture and Growing Up in Exile by Mallica Mishra : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125054979

Tibetan Refugees in India focuses on the issue of education for the Tibetan community as an important ingredient conceived to not only protect and preserve tradition but also engage with modernity by the Tibetan Government in Exile. The volume recognises the dilemmas that the community grapples with in trying to achieve a balance between ‚€˜tradition‚€™ and ‚€˜modernity‚€™ in education and the strategies it has employed to deal with the issue. Life in exile is seen as a continuous learning experience for the community with trying to be ‚€˜exclusive‚€™ yet also to prevent ‚€˜exclusion‚€™ in a modernised world.

The Introduction sets the tone with the idea of and about refugeeism as a complex and problematic global reality. The chapters examine the educational options available to the Tibetan youth‚€”Tibetan schools and Indian schools respectively. It details the curriculum and pedagogy in both sets of schools and the impact it has on the Tibetan youth, their sense of identity, nationhood, Tibet in their imagination and their attitude towards the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan struggle.

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Towards Social Change: Essays On Dalit Literature by Sankar Prasad Singha and Indranil Acharya : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125053446

  • Dalit writings have a sense of defiance, identity and revolt. The struggles that Dalit writers have had to go through provide them with intellectual clarity and self-confidence.
  • The essays in this collection discuss themes from various regions.
  • A piece on the dilemmas that a translator faces delves into the problems and politics of representation of the subaltern in an Amitav Ghosh novel.
  • Another chapter makes a comparative study of Dalit and Holocaust (Nazi Germany) literatures which share experiences of subjugation, suffering and torture.
  • An analysis of Narendra Jadhav‚€™s memoir Outcaste  that  travels from ‚€˜bitter memories‚€™ to ‚€˜better dreams‚€™ across three generations finds Dalits attaining recognition and success against dreadful odds.  A look at some Bengali Dalit poems shows how revolutionary anger is channelled to achieve an aesthetic effect. The creation of a forum for marginalised women writers in Andhra Pradesh is vividly described.
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Tranquebar‚€”Whose History? Transnational Cultural Heritage in a Former Danish Trading Colony in South India by Helle JÝrgensen : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788125053453

Tranquebar, a small fishing town on the coast of Tamil Nadu, was a Danish trading colony from 1620 to 1845. In recent years, the drive to develop it into a heritage destination has generated large-scale conservation and restoration efforts aimed at preserving the monuments of the town‚€™s colonial past

Alongside the proliferation of surveys and development plans, manifold agents including local and state-level authorities, private entrepreneurs, researchers, NGOs, and tourists‚€”Danish and Indian‚€”congregate in the town. Yet the townscape also sets the scene for the everyday lives and concerns of the local inhabitants. Tranquebar‚€”Whose History? explores the significances of cultural heritage in this small town, revealing the multiple attachments to, uses of, and negotiations around the townscape and its histories in daily life, tourism, research and heritage development.

The discussion moves from the differing motivations attending local and transnational constructions of Tranquebar as a remote location, and the sometimes contradictory expectations from development; the conflicting attitudes to modernity and notions of aesthetics among various stakeholders; to shifting constructions of history in which Tranquebar emerges as a postcolony, caught between colonial nostalgia, collective memory and contemporary narrations of anti-conquest.

This volume will be useful to those engaged in anthropology, history, postcolonial studies and cultural studies. It will also be of interest to students of heritage and tourism, heritage practitioners and to the general reader.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unforgotten : Love and the Culture of Dementia Care in India by Bianca Brijnath : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125055099

As life expectancy increases in India, the number of people living with dementia will also rise. Yet little is known about how people in India cope with dementia, how relationships and identities change through illness and loss. In addressing this question, this book offers a rich ethnographic account of how middle-class families in urban India care for their relatives with dementia. From the husband who wakes up at 3 am to feed his wife ice-cream to the daughters who gave up employment for seven years to care for their mother with dementia, this book illuminates the local idioms on dementia and aging, the personal experience of care-giving, the functioning of stigma in daily life, and the social and cultural barriers in accessing support. 

 Offering a timely and accessible entry into the everyday world of care this book adds to the current research around dementia care in developing world contexts. The analyses highlight the complexities of care, ageing, culture and love in Indian families in an era of globalisation, money, transnationalism and migration. Simultaneously it also shows how cultural frameworks historically specific to India, such as medical pluralism and hope for a cure, the emotional currency of feeding and eating, and the powerful bonds of kinship and reciprocity, continue to structure everyday worlds and practices.

 Targeted to anthropologists, South Asian specialists, transcultural psychiatrists, gerontologists, public health experts and social scientists interested in the fields of ageing, gerontology and culture, this book will also have relevance to families and carers for people with dementia. 
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Unsettling the Past: Unknown Aspects and Scholarly Assessments of D.D. Kosambi by D.D. Kosambi, Meera kosambi (Ed.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243849

Of virtually no modern historian other than D.D. Kosambi (1907‚€“1966) can it be said: ‚€˜He changed the way in which Indian history was conceptualized and written.‚€™ In fact, the term ‚€˜Renaissance man‚€™ springs to mind because Kosambi‚€™s intellectual contributions cross disciplinary boundaries, ranging from ancient history to mathematics to Sanskrit literature to numismatics to India‚€™s energy policy.

This book contains relatively unknown writings by Kosambi, including several obscure but important essays and an unpublished children‚€™s story. Also made available here for the first time are some wonderful letters that Kosambi wrote to, among others, the scientist Homi Bhabha and the writer-historian Robert Graves. These reveal Kosambi‚€™s mastery of the epistolary art.

Other sections contain tributes to Kosambi by his friends, and essays by major contemporary scholars on his contributions in diverse fields. The volume gives a new and well-rounded picture of Kosambi‚€™s writings, as well as mature assessments of his scholarship by some of the best minds of our time.
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Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity by William Mazzarella : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125051268

In the world of globalized media, provocative images trigger culture wars between traditionalists and cosmopolitans, between censors and defenders of free expression. But are images censored because of what they mean, what they do, or what they might become? And must audiences be protected because of what they understand, what they feel, or what they might imagine?

Censorium is an innovative analysis of Indian film censorship. William Mazzarella argues that we must go beyond understanding the regulation of the cinema in India as a violation of free speech, as a colonial hangover, as a symptom of repressive moralism, or as a struggle between liberals and conservatives. Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with leading Indian censors, filmmakers, lawyers, journalists, playwrights, and actors, Mazzarella‚€™s study grants the censors the compliment they least expect: to be taken seriously. Rather than polemicizing against censorship from an external standpoint, Mazzarella rigorously explores the self-contradictory language of censorship from within. Ultimately, he shows us how film censorship is about far more than the movies‚€”it is a key to understanding why political and cultural legitimacy is so unstable in mass-mediated societies.

This book will be of interest to general readers concerned with contemporary Indian culture and politics, and of specialist value to students and scholars of media studies, anthropology and sociology, and critical theory.

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

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

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

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Development on Trial: Shrinking Space for the Periphery by Sunanda Sen & Anjan Chakrabarti : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125051305

Developing countries today are subject to a process of transformation, from what could be identified as a developmental State to one where the market emerges as the major driving force in the economy.

Development on Trial analyses the changing links between State policies and corporate structures as the goal of development in these economies weaken, crumble and then fall apart to give way to a steady withdrawal of the State. This goes with the growing and imperious control exercised by big businesses in the process.

The authors unravel the contradictions between the State and the market as has been spelt out in liberal theory. They draw attention to the new pattern usually described as corporate feudalism where corporations replace or co-opt the ruling State in these countries.

This volume has been organised in four sections. The first deals with the State and corporatisation of business. The second section deals with colonial trade patterns, trade, employment and structural changes relating to India and other developing countries during the recent years.

The third section discusses aspects of mobile capital, volatility, and financial exclusion in de-regulated capital markets‚€”issues which have of late been drawing a lot of attention in public debates. The last section studies the dimensions of labour market flexibility in India and in the developing areas in general.

Bringing together essays by well-known economists from India and abroad, this volume is an indispensable read for students and scholars of economics and development studies.

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Dual Identity: Indian Diaspora and Other Essays by K. L. Sharma and Renuka Singh (EDS.) : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125052722

‚€˜Diaspora‚€™ (from the Greek, meaning ‚€˜scattering‚€™, ‚€˜dispersion‚€™) is the mass migration of people with common roots to more than one location. The word was first used for Jews exiled from Israel in ancient times. The Indian diaspora, of over twenty million, is spread across many regions and continents. This collection of essays examines the concept of diaspora, considering its cultural, economic, geographical, political and social dimensions, and focuses on the Indian diaspora. It also examines issues of displacement and resettlement, and of the creation of a distinctly socio-religious Indian community. This volume reflects on conceptual and methodological questions, as well as the historical contours of the issue. Readers will find analyses of the nature of migration, ethnic divides and tensions, and linkages with the homeland. Case studies of the Indian diaspora in Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Fiji, as well as the diaspora of Dalits, provide insights regarding multiculturalism. Discussions on how ‚€˜place‚€™ is being substituted by ‚€˜space‚€™ and how globalisation gives a new direction to migration are among the distinctive features. The essays also traverse the fields of sociology, social anthropology and cultural mediations. An invaluable resource for students of modern Indian history, politics and sociology, this book should appeal to all those interested in understanding the ramifications of the Indian diaspora. This collection will be of help to researchers enquiring into multicultural ties, and policy makers concerned with international relations.
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Flesh and Fish Blood: Postcolonialism, Translation, and the Vernacular by S Shankar : Rs875 ISBN: 9788125049883

Flesh and Fish Blood is a book that takes off from the idea that postcolonialism needs to break new ground since a character of staleness and ennui has come into postcolonial studies. The book brings into focus the need to infuse both new archival resources to approach the study of what postcolonialism means and also to stress new methodologies in analysing postcolonial studies.

The book therefore is a call to such a challenge. Working with literature and film from India in English, Tamil and Hindi, the book explores the rich potential of what S Shankar insists on calling the vernacular, and studies it as a critical term capable of opening up fresh areas for study within postcolonial studies. The book recommends and pushes for renewed and more focused attention to translation issues and comparative methods for their relevance in uncovering disregarded aspects of postcolonial societies such as India. Often, the argument draws out broader implications, offering provocative remarks on humanism and cosmopolitanism. Beyond its focus on India, Flesh and Fish Blood opens up new horizons of theoretical possibility for postcolonial studies and cultural analysis in general.

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Gendered Citizenship: Historical and Conceptual Explorations by Anupama Roy : Rs650 ISBN: 9788125052845

Through successive historical periods, ‘becoming a citizen’ has involved a gradual extension of equal membership to more and more persons and groups. However, the promise of equality masks the exclusionary framework of caste hierarchies, gender differences, and religious divides, which determine actual experiences of citizenship.

Historically, citizenship was constituted through a series of exclusions whereby large sections of people, (colonised societies, slaves, women and workers) were considered inadequate for it. Citizenship is therefore made up of multiple margins, but it also releases powerful new imaginaries and practices of citizenship.

This revised edition of Gendered Citizenship (first published in 2005) examines the gendering of citizenship. In the context of resistance against the colonial rule, the language of citizenship that emerged in late colonial India was based on a gendered notion of the community‚€”both national and political.

Pulling in arguments on how the Indian Constitution transformed the idea of citizenship, it teases out the plural sites of citizenship which existed at this moment, and traces the forms in which idioms of citizenship endure in contemporary times.  It explores in particular the landscapes of new citizenship which have emerged in the form of flexible citizenship with graded entitlements, as distinguished from spaces of stable citizenship.  It proposes that a concerted effort towards an interactive public space can congeal into shared bonds of citizenship.

This book will be valuable for advanced students, researchers and scholars of political science, history, sociology and gender studies. It would also be helpful to those studying social exclusion and the general reader interested in debates over gender and citizenship.

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Global Issues, Local Contexts: The Rabi Das of West Bengal by Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125050520

This book is an ethnographic study of a community of leather workers (the Rabi Das), and their transformations under global capitalism. The lived experiences of the Rabi Das are embedded within the broader context of India''s economic liberalisation as well as in the local system of class and cultural relations in Bengali society. The various chapters in the book provide a detailed analysis of the changing nature of their conditions of employment, education, lifestyle and survival strategies. In her richly textured narrative Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase uncovers the process of Rabi Das cultural and economic marginalisation despite six decades of efforts towards self-improvement. This edition also has a new Preface.

This book will be of interest to readers in anthropology, comparative sociology, development studies and Asian Studies.

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Higher Education in India: In Search of Equality, Quality and Quantity by Jandhyala B. G. Tilak (Ed.) : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125051312

India has a large network of around 634 universities and 33,000 colleges with 817,000 teachers spread across the length and breadth of the country.

Despite its massive geographical reach, higher education in India has had its share of problems.

This volume is a collection of essays which discusses these problems like inclusiveness and the impact of reservation on education, the problems of mediocrity, shortage of funds, dwindling numbers of faculty and the unemployment of the educated youth, to name a few.

Tracing the history of higher education in India from the days of Nalanda and Takshashila, Jandhyala B. G. Tilak in his introduction explains why it is necessary to have a vision and a roadmap for this.

It includes diverse perspectives and case studies on a few educational institutes like the University of Mysore (pp. 239-251), IITs (pp. 309-25) to explain these issues.

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Impossible Citizens: Dubai‚€™s Indian Diaspora by Neha Vora : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125051770

Indian communities have existed in the Gulf emirate of Dubai for more than a century. Since the 1970s, workers from South Asia have flooded into the emirate, enabling Dubai‚€™s huge construction boom. They now comprise its largest non-citizen population. Though many migrant families are middle class and second- , third-, or even fourth generation residents, Indians cannot become legal citizens of the United Arab Emirates. Instead they are classified as temporary guest workers. In Impossible Citizens, Neha Vora draws on her ethnographic research in Dubai‚€™s Indian-dominated downtown to explore how Indians live suspended in a state of permanent temporariness

While their legal status defines them as perpetual outsiders, Indians are integral to the Emirati nation-state and its economy. At the same time, Indians‚€”even those who have established thriving diasporic neighborhoods in the emirate‚€”disavow any interest in formally belonging to Dubai and instead consider India their home. Vora shows how Indians in Dubai, despite their inability to formally belong to the emirate, do in fact practice and narrate many forms of belonging and informal citizenship. In so doing, this book contributes to new understandings of contemporary citizenship, migration, and national identity, ones that differ from liberal democratic models, such as those in India and the West, and that highlight how Indians, rather than Emiratis, are the quintessential‚€”yet impossible citizens of Dubai.

Impossible Citizens would be of interest to students and scholars of migration, diaspora studies, sociology, social anthropology, and studies of political economy, state and citizenship. This book will also be of particular interest to Indian audiences, many of whom have personal, financial, or other connections to the Gulf region, which in many ways is a part of a transnational imaginary of Indiannesss.

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India Rural Development Report, 2012|13 by IDFC Rural Development Network : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125053927

Rural India is undergoing a sweeping transformation. The narratives vary from rural resurgence and expanding consumption to conflicts, poverty and distress. In this complex and multi-layered context, the India Rural Development Report 2013| 13 delves into various aspects of rural development. The Report is unique in that it provides a comprehensive current picture of rural India and brings together into a single compilation a review and analysis of the:

  • evolving rural economy and its implications on social relations;
  • contours of regional inequality, social and economic deprivation;
  • inequalities in access to education, healthcare and physical infrastructure;
  • changing nature of livelihoods with commercialisation and smallholder farms and growing non-farm opportunities;
  • sustainability of natural resources, so critical to rural livelihoods, and the conflicts over resources; and
  • changing role of the state and local self-governance.

The Report also reviews all major central government rural programmes and schemes and, in particular, provides an in-depth assessment of the flagship rural employment guarantee programme, MGNREGA.

The Report will be of interest because it:

  • covers debates on topical issues;
  • provides empirical analyses;
  • synthesises literature across a spectrum of issues;
  • presents inspiring stories and innovative models to show what works and what does not;
  • suggests policy directions; and
  • provides a comprehensive rural database.

This Report has been prepared by IDFC Foundation, in collaboration with network partners CESS, IRMA, IGIDR, and with contributions from other researchers, experts and civil society organisations working on the ground. It will be an invaluable resource for policymakers, state and local bodies, researchers and the private sector.

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India's Environmental History‚€”A Reader: Vol. 1: From Ancient Times to the Colonial Period; Vol. 2: Colonialism, Modernity, and the Nation by Mahesh Rangarajan and K. Sivaramakrishnan : Rs1795 ISBN: 9788178243689

Environmental history in India has generated a rich literature on forests, wildlife, human‚€“animal conflict, tribal rights and commercial degradation, displacement and development, pastoralism and desertification, famine and disease, sedentarism and mobility, wildness and civility, and the ecology versus equity debate.

This reader brings together some of the best and most interesting writing on India‚€™s ecological pasts. It looks at a variety of the country‚€™s regions, landscapes, and arenas as settings for strife or harmony, as topography and ecological fabric, in the process covering a vast historical terrain.

Vol. 1 provides an antidote to the existing historiography, which barely takes notice of the era before 1800. The essays here range from prehistoric India to the middle of the nineteenth century. They provide insights on forest and water disputes, contests over urban and rural space, struggles over water and land, and frictions over natural wealth which have led to a reinterpretation of source materials on early and medieval India.

Vol. 2 shows how colonial rule resulted in ecological change on a new scale altogether. Forests covering over half a million sq km were taken over by 1904 and managed by foresters.  Canal construction on a gigantic scale gave British India perhaps more acreage than any other political entity on earth. Similar new forces were at work in relation to the animal world, with species being reclassified as vermin to be hunted down or as game to be selectively shot.

For all who are interested in the diverse and detailed findings of the best scholarship on India‚€™s environment, this book (and its companion volume) is essential.

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Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch, Gujarat by Rita Kothari : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125050490

Situated in northern Kutch in Gujarat, the Banni grasslands lie on the border dividing India and Pakistan. It is home to diverse communities; while Muslim pastoralists form the majority, one also finds Dalit Hindus, and a community that is neither Hindu nor Muslim. Banni‚€™s people, have for centuries, moved freely between Sindh (Pakistan) and Kutch (India)‚€”a reason why, perhaps, the Indo-Pak border has not been able to produce a sense of bounded citizenship in them. While still referring to ‚€˜Sindh‚€™ as their homeland, they recognise Gujarat as their governing regime. These two experiences of belonging give rise to the cultural imaginary of Banni.

Memories and Movements is an ethnographic account of present-day Banni society, where the rhetoric of ‚€˜change and development‚€™ have made inroads quietly but surely. Poised on the brink of socio-economic transformation, it hosts huge tourist populations for a few months every year. The result is an immense demand for its distinct products and services such as its handicrafts and music.

The labour of its women feeds the embroidery industry in Banni. Kothari raises poignant questions, among others, about the position of Banni‚€™s women: Do the handicraft industries give women more freedom and self-determination? Or do they entrench gender-inequality further?

The author also tells the story of the entrepreneurial success and resultant social mobility of a hitherto ‚€˜untouchable‚€™ community. In presenting a picture of Banni‚€™s complex, tiered society, she shows how its people navigate social borders on an everyday basis and transcend territorial borders through memory, song and story. In her insightful foreword to this volume, Urvashi Butalia highlights how Kothari‚€™s ‚€˜questioning of the very notions of region and nation‚€™ is ‚€˜remarkably free of jargon, and yet deeply informed by theory‚€™.

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Memory, Identity, Power: Politics in the Junglemahals, 1890‚€“1950 by Ranabir Samaddar : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125050544

First published in 1998, Memory, Identity, Power is a full-length study of the Junglemahals, an area lying at the margins of the Indian state of West Bengal. Rather than folding into frontier forgetfulness, Junglemahals has seen frenetic administrative and political activity and has been the focus of scholarly attention because of continuous struggles by the indigenous peasants of that area. Spanning the period between 1890 and 1950, this book describes in rigorous detail the transition of Junglemahals from being a ‚€˜frontier‚€™ region administered by custom and local power to its coming under the full-scale rule of colonial Bengal.

This transition fractured communities and forced its people to provide evidence of ownership of their own soil. It caused widespread unrest and unleashed a series of political mobilisations. Samaddar analyses how these mobilisations, centred around festivals and rites, fictive genealogies and origin myths, helped present a ‚€˜collective culture‚€™, one which transcended the tensions and fissures marking the fabric of this region. Narrated through inter-textual observations on a variety of texts (such as witness and affidavit accounts, census handbooks and colonial survey reports), the book presents this region as one that grappled for a historical identity in the face of colonial settlement operations.

Since 2005, violence has revisited the Junglemahals. Revised, and carrying a new Preface and a discerning Postscript, this book asks the historian to be innovative in tracking sources of so-called obscure histories, reminds the social scientist of the complex way in which memory works in our time, implores the cautious administrator to seek reason, and cautions everyone of us against the violence that has visited areas and regions like the Junglemahals‚€”in the Past and in the present.

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Multiple Voices and Stories: Narratives of Health and Illness by Arima Mishra and Suhita Chopra Chatterjee (EDS.) : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125053798

In the field of medical sociology/anthropology, narratives of patients are widely used as an approach to understand social reality and lived experiences. As a theoretical and methodological entry point, they contribute towards defining the scope of discipline, point out the limitations of the ‚€˜positivist language‚€™ of biomedicine, and highlight the role of culture and society in understanding health, illness and suffering in everyday lives. Inspired by the ‚€˜possibilities of narratives,‚€™ Multiple Voices and Stories is a collection of essays on the narratives of health which goes beyond the patients and their immediate families to include midwives, traditional healers, complementary and alternative medical practitioners, health workers, to name a few. The essays are arranged thematically. The first section captures the voices of the care-providers and healers in different settings. The second section narrates the voices of the self in providing accounts of doing health‚€”whether curing an illness episode, living with a chronic illness or engaging in everyday practices of health. The third section goes further by offering two contrasting examples on mental health narratives by showing where and why a narrative approach to medicine works or does not work. The volume also raises important questions like: What functions do these narratives perform? Do they generate evidence? If yes, what kind of evidence? How does such evidence provide an ‚€˜alternative‚€™ to the evidence in biomedicine? Where do narratives stand in the practices of evidence-based medicine and public health? Bringing together essays by well-known scholars, this volume is an indispensable read for students and scholars of medical sociology/anthropology, sociology/anthropology of health and illness, public health, narrative theory, social work and nursing studies.
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Night of the Gods: Durga Puja and the Legitimation of Power in Rural Bengal by Ralph W. Nicholas : Rs675 ISBN: 9788192304618

Durga Puja is the most visible annual event in West Bengal. This ethnographic account shows that Durga Puja in the countryside was a very different event from the modern version of the puja, one that symbolized legitimacy and counterposed generous redistribution against the ruthless collection of revenues. The offerings and sacrifices that were integral to the traditional pujas provided communion for the landholding families as well as their dependents in the community. 

Among the many features of the puja that are peculiar to Bengal is the notion that autumn is the night of the gods when worship is ‚€˜untimely‚€™, that spring is the proper time for the observance.

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People of the Maldive Islands by Clarence Maloney : Rs1950 ISBN: 9788125050193

This book is an engagingly told cultural historical narrative of the island nation of the Maldive Islands from the earliest references in Indian and European classics. It also narrates the story of the settlement by people from South India and Sri Lanka, and their later conversion to Islam. The second half of the book is an anthropological perspective of life as it was in the mid-1970s, with chapters on society, politics, religion and the economy.

The change due to international influence in recent decades, especially in the capital Male, has been so vertiginous that many Maldivians are keen to understand what life was in their parents' time, when population was one-third of what it is today, the traditional fishing and lethargic cultural ethos that prevailed, and before modern education and international contacts had such an impact.

People of the Maldive Islands is of more interest now as it was made unavailable during the thirty-year dictatorship of President Gayoom, before the democratic revolution of 2008. Many tourists, mostly Europeans, who visit every winter and stay on the little islands, also have an interest in the traditional culture. The Maldives has gained relevance in recent years because of present day Islamic movements, trade relations with India, and more so because of the mortal threat of the rise of the ocean and acidification of coral islands. This was made famous by the then President Nasheed's plea on the international stage for reversing human causation of global warming.

This book would be of interest to anthropologists, scholars of culture studies and Maldivians.

The book has photographs depicting the lifestyle in the Maldives people in the 1970s before the massive impact of modernization.

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Political Culture and Economy in Eighteenth-Century Bengal: Networks of Exchange, Consumption and Communication by Tilottama Mukherjee : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125052678

  • Books on eighteenth-century Bengal talk of how the economy declined when the British took over the revenue administration.
  • This volume is different from other books written on this period because it breaks away from the well-trodden path of eighteenth-century historiography that looks at the period as one that saw a general decline.
  •  It explores the major components of the distributive economic networks of markets, overland and riverine communication systems and consumption.
  • It analyses their interaction with the state, both during the Nizamat and the early years of the rule of the English East India Company in Bengal.
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Radical Rabindranath: Nation, Family and Gender in Tagore‚€™s Fiction and Films by Sanjukta Dasgupta, Sudeshna Chakravarti and Mary Mathew : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125050285

Much has been said and documented about the multifaceted genius of Rabindranath Tagore. Radical Rabindranath is a post-colonial reading that focuses on areas that have been marginalised because of the more dominant and compelling desire in the West to establish Tagore as a transcendent visionary and poet-philosopher.

The volume breaks new ground as it critiques Tagore‚€™s non-conformism, radical outlook and occasional ambivalence as seen in his novels and short stories. In its re-readings of his works, it meticulously analyses issues such as sexual desire, repression, and jealousy on the one hand, and nation, politics, family and gender on the other. It also shows how, amidst changing social structures, his women protagonists are motivated by promptings of self-discovery and self-realisation, as well as a compulsive need to recreate their identities.

The book includes readings from selected film versions of Tagore‚€™s fiction. These trace the deviations from the original texts to highlight how pre- and post-independence Indian/Bengali film-makers have appropriated Tagore‚€™s literary texts by emphasising gender positions, the politics of the sexualised body and body images.

It also provides details of Tagore‚€™s early years of growing up, his formative influences and also throws light on his intellectual combats with contemporaries like Chandranath Basu and Dijendralal Roy. In an interesting detour, the authors bring forth his relationships with women like Kadambari Devi, Ranu Mukherjee and Victoria Ocampo‚€”encounters that allow a glimpse into a mind that despite being progressive and fearless, was not devoid of contradictions.

For students and scholars of comparative literature, and those with a keen interest in Tagore, the man, the poet, and ‚€˜the radical‚€™‚€”an indispensable read, both at home and in the world.

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Scholars and Prophets-Sociology of India from France 19th ‚€“ 20th centuries by Roland Lardinois : Rs795 ISBN: 9788187358701

This is the first book in the Series. Scholars and Prophets deals with the historical genesis of the long and rich  scholarship on India in France since the beginning of 19th century, with particular reference to the work of Louis Dumont It considers the works of  scholars and the essayists, poets, or esotericists who published on India and shows that Dumont has been influenced by both groups. This understanding illuminates the main criticism that is still addressed to Homo Hierarchicus, which is that in this book Dumont mistook the internal, Brahminical view point on the caste system for a sociological  view.

In the course of  explaining the French intellectual tradition   the author relates many fascinating interactions and little known anecdotes of  famous men and women which capture the intellectually vibrant  climate of the time.  

In the last chapter, the book contrasts Dumont‚€™s work with issues raised by McKim Marriott‚€™s project? and the Subaltern Studies from India. It defends that the core issue dealt with by all scholars is the epistemic status given to scientific knowledge of Indian society.

A very interesting feature of this book is the manner in which Roland Lardinois provides well written profiles of leading intellectuals .Both scholars and students of the social sciences will find this book very useful.

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The 'Medieval' in Film: Representing a Contested Time on the Indian Screen (1920s-1960s) by Urvi Mukhopadhyay : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125050988

Wars, nationalism, economic depression, colonisation, decolonisation and, more recently, globalisation, have affected perceptions of contemporary as well as past worlds. Cinema, a popular medium directed to the broadest possible audience, has reacted to and in turn shaped the changing political, social and economic conditions of the times.

This book investigates how the cinematic medium negotiated the dominant ideas of history in order to construct a range of historical imageries. Focusing on the medieval epoch‚€”a notion of historical age which came only during the colonial period as an equivalent to the European idea of Middle Ages‚€”it studies the influences of various nationalist imaginations of the past, unmistakably present after the emergence of a mass-based nationalist movement in the 1920s and 30s.

The ‚€˜pre-modern‚€™ idea of society and governance in the medieval period came under attack from the ‚€˜modern‚€™ colonial rulers. Also, because of its association with the Islamic ruling class it was criticised by the dominant ‚€˜Hindu‚€™ nationalist ethos of the time. The volume examines this contested time on screen, and raises questions like: How did the internal organisation of the film industry guide the articulations of certain stereotypical images of the ‚€˜medieval‚€™ during the 1920s to 1960s? How did dominant historiographical interpretations influence a popular production like film in the colonial and the post-colonial situation? Did the cinematic representation succeed in codifying ‚€˜medieval reality‚€™ with stereotypes other than that of elitist vision of historicity?

With an extensive filmography and detailed bibliography, the words that populate the book are also complemented with glimpses of posters and scenes from the films discussed in the book. An important read for students and scholars of film studies, history, visual anthropology, South Asian studies and culture studies.
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The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power by Partha Chatterjee : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243733

When Siraj, the ruler of Bengal, overran the British settlement of Calcutta in 1756, he allegedly jailed 146 European prisoners overnight in a cramped prison. Of the group, 123 died of suffocation. While this episode was never independently confirmed, the story of ‚€œthe black hole of Calcutta‚€ was widely circulated and seen by the British public as an atrocity committed by savage colonial subjects.

The Black Hole of Empire follows the ever-changing representations of this historical event and founding myth of the British Empire in India, from the eighteenth century to the present. Partha Chatterjee explores how a supposed tragedy paved the ideological foundations for the ‚€œcivilizing‚€ force of British imperial rule and territorial control in India.

Chatterjee takes a close look at the justifications of modern empire by liberal thinkers, international lawyers, and conservative traditionalists, and examines the intellectual and political responses of the colonized, including those of Bengali nationalists. The two sides of empire''s entwined history are brought together in the story of the Black Hole memorial: set up in Calcutta in 1760, demolished in 1821, restored by Lord Curzon in 1902, and removed in 1940 to a neglected churchyard.

Challenging conventional truisms of imperial history, nationalist scholarship, and liberal visions of globalization, Chatterjee argues that empire is a necessary and continuing part of the history of the modern state.

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The Past Before Us: Historical Traditions of Early North India by Romila Thapar : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788178242958

It has so often been said that Indian civilization lacks historical writing‚€”and therefore a sense of history‚€”that this notion passes for a truism. There has been little attempt to show up the falsity of the generalization. In the present book‚€”a magisterial historiographical survey of every major form within which ancient North Indian history is embedded or evident‚€”Romila Thapar shows an intellectually dynamic ancient world profuse with ideas about the past, an arena replete with societies constructing, reconstructing, and contesting various visions of worlds before their own.

“To determine what makes for this historical consciousness”, says Professor Thapar, “is not just an attempt to provide Indian civilization with a sense of history, nor is it an exercise in abstract research. My intention is to argue that, irrespective of the question of the presence or absence of historical writing as such, an understanding of the way in which the past is perceived, recorded, and used affords insights into early Indian society, as it does for that matter into other early societies.”

She argues that to possess history a civilization does not have to reveal writing in forms regarded as belonging to the established genres of history. In fact, a variety of ancient Indian texts reflect a consciousness of history; and, subsequently, there come into existence recognizable historical traditions and forms of historical writing. Both varieties of texts‚€”those which reflect a consciousness of history and those which reveal forms of historical writing‚€”were deployed to “reveal” the past, and drawn upon as a cultural, political, religious, or other resource to legitimize an existing social order.

The Vedic corpus, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the itihasa-purana tradition, the Buddhist and Jaina canons, the hagiographical and biographical literature, the inscriptional evidence, a variety of chronicles, and dramatic forms such as the Mudrarakshasa are all scrutinized afresh in this book: not as sources for historical data, but instead as a civilization’s many ways of thinking about and writing its history.

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The Unquiet Woods (Twentieth Anniversary Edition):Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya by Ramachandra Guha : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243788

Popular initiatives to halt deforestation in the Himalaya, such as the Chipko movement, are globally renowned. It is less well known that these movements have a history stretching back more than a hundred years. A proper understanding of this long duration within the forests of submontane North India required the marriage of two scholarly traditions: the sociology of peasant protest and the ecologically oriented study of history.

Twenty years ago there appeared on this subject an unknown author‚€™s first book: The Unquiet Woods (1989) by Ramachandra Guha. Fairly quickly, the book came to be recognized as not just another study of dissenting peasants but as something of a classic which had willy nilly opened up a whole new field‚€” environmental history in South Asia. While the monograph has as a consequence been continuously in print within India and in the West since then, its author has become a biographer and historian of international stature.

In celebration of its twentieth year in print, The Unquiet Woods is now reissued with additional material: a new reflective preface by the author on the genesis and limitations of the book which set him off on the path of writerly success, as well as three freshly commissioned critical essays by major academic specialists. Taken together, this additional material situates the monograph and its influence within environmental history in India, Europe and Latin America, and the USA.

This is a book for anyone interested in the history of India‚€™s environment, forests and their dwellers, the varieties of colonial rule, and the specificities of rural rebellion. And it is a book for anyone interested in the writings of Ramachandra Guha.

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The Writings of Pamela Price: State, Politics, and Cultures in Modern South India: Honour, Authority, and Morality by Pamela Price : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125051145

Pamela Price has been a perceptive observer and analyst of the politics and cultures of southern India for more than three decades. She became interested in how the people in the region honour and respect those in public life while doing research in Madurai on Dravidian nationalism. She has also researched on similar issues in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This volume is a collection of ten of her essays that appeared between 1979 and 2010, presenting studies from different political domains and linguistic areas.

This volume brings together ten of Pamela Price‚€™s essays that appeared between 1979 and 2010, presenting studies from different political domains and linguistic areas. They represent the author‚€™s long involvement with political culture in south India.  They focus on conceptions of honour, authority, and morality. Price examines both change and continuity in ideas, values and symbols in colonial and post colonial south Indian politics. She outlines evolution in cultural meanings of power and influence under imperial rule and later under electoral regimes, giving evidence of individual agency in cultural constructions.

A running theme in political performances in post-colonial state politics, and one which she pursues in several of the essays in this collection, is the politics of honour and respect commanded by public figures that sheds light on the multifaceted nature of domination. Honour and respect and the dynamics of competition to command these attributes are topics of increasing interest in scholarship on south India to which she has made significant contributions.

This volume of essays will be an invaluable guide for students of history and politics of southern India in both the colonial and modern periods. The book will also appeal to those interested in understanding the culture and politics of south India.

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When Marriages Go Astray: Choices Made, Choices Challenged by Lina Fruzzetti : Rs650 ISBN: 9788192304625

When Marriages Go Astray: Choices Made, Choices Challenged is an account of inter-caste and inter-religious marriages and presents detailed case studies from Bishnupur, a town in West Bengal. In this study Lina Fruzzetti looks into a rarely studied aspect of female agency in India: how can we understand society‚€™s concern with marriages deemed to have gone astray? How do women cope with their families‚€™ rejection of their choices?

This work addresses women‚€™s dilemma in selecting one‚€™s marriage partner in a society still bound by the tradition of arranging marriages for their children. Fruzzetti analyzes the discourse of how these young women set about negotiating new boundaries by denying their imposed ideal as custodians and preservers of tradition. Instead of acquiescing to rules and cultural obligations, they decide to navigate the confines of culture and their decision often sets them against kinship, family, or even one‚€™s faith, notably in cases requiring conversion to a new religion. These women realize that in asserting their ‚€˜freedom to choose‚€™ they face conflict with the expectations of their upbringing and pose challenges of acceptability to their families, society, caste, and occasionally religious communities.

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Women of Honour: Gender and Agency among Dalit Women in the Central Himalayas by Karin M. Polit : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125042679

In Women of Honour, Karin Polit gives an ethnographic account of how relationships are shaped among the Dalit people of Chamoli, Utttarakhand. Through thick descriptions of everyday life‚€”conversations, friendship, dress, work‚€”the author shows that gender identity is a process. Questioning the assumption that Indian women are mute and powerless, she argues that the people of Chamoli‚€”women and men‚€”see themselves as part of an agentive unity. These networks of agency, which include divine agents, are described as the basis of an honourable life.

The book will be of interest to anthropologists, feminists‚€”especially Dalit feminists, sociologists and cultural critics.

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4 Victoria Terrace: Memoirs of a Surgeon by Subir K. Chatterjee : Rs625 ISBN: 9788187358633

4 Victoria Terrace: Memoirs of a Surgeon covers tumultuous times in recent history, beginning from the later years of British Rule. Rarely does one come across a doctor''s account of what it meant to experience and handle human tragedies of the magnitude of the Bengal Famine or the Partition of the country.

Apart from being a doctor''s travelogue, there is hardly any major city in the world that Dr Chatterjee has not visited, this book also unfolds an extremely perceptive description of one of our most important social institutions: medical colleges and hospitals. We also get an inside view of the medical profession itself, one of the most politicized at every level, but not without enduring friendships and knowledge sharing.

These pages contain some tragic stories of dedicated brilliant doctors, who become the victims of their own profession. There are also accounts of almost miraculous surgery that saves patients, all but dead, and often just a few hours old.

The book ends with a reflection on the ethical dilemmas inherent in the medical profession in general and pediatric surgery in particular.

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Afghanistan: How the West Lost its Way by Tim Bird and Alex Marshall : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125044901

In this compelling book, Tim Bird and Alex Marshall ask how and why the international community has so signally failed to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan. They trace the story from the hurried post-9/11 decision to invade onwards, explaining how ambitious development plans failed to bear fruit, how muddled Western policies allowed Afghans to grow more opium poppies than ever before‚€”and how, despite all promises, life has become worse rather than better for many Afghan citizens.

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Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad by Sarah Lamb : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125045144

The proliferation of old age homes and increasing numbers of elderly living alone are remarkable new phenomena in India. These trends are related to extensive overseas migration, the transnational dispersal of families amidst global labor markets and the rise of a new Indian middle class. Sarah Lamb's moving and insightful account‚€”based on nearly fifteen years of fieldwork in India and the United States, with a focus on Kolkata‚€”takes us inside India‚€™s emerging old age homes and into the households of elders living alone in India and with US-settled children abroad. Lamb also investigates recent state efforts to legally mandate parental care in India, and scrutinizes the ways senior Indian Americans make use of and critically reflect upon forms of state-supported elder care prevalent in the United States.

Aging and the Indian Diaspora provides an engrossing and vivid portrayal of the innovative and ambivalent ways older Indians and their communities are reworking aging as they confront‚€”both embracing and challenging‚€”processes they associate with modern, Western and global living. Lamb's study probes debates and cultural assumptions in both India and the United States regarding how best to age; the proper social-moral relationship among individuals, genders, families, the market, and the state; and ways of finding meaning in the human life course.

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Ahmedabad: Shock City of Twentieth-Century India by Howard Spodek : Rs1325 ISBN: 9788125046615

At least three times in the last century Ahmedabad was a ‚€œshock city‚€, an arena in which developments of national importance took place first and most intensely. Gandhi led India‚€™s independence struggle; Ahmedabad was his home. He and his fellow citizens, together, honed their strategies for national freedom and for urban development.

Immediately after Independence, as India began its modern industrialization, Ahmedabad‚€™s textile magnates entered into multinational agreements to expand into new entrepreneurial directions based on chemicals and pharmaceuticals. They also brought to Ahmedabad such modern institutions as the first Indian Institute of Management, the National Institute of Design, and the Physical Research Laboratory. They chose to work with the Textile Labour Association, enabling that Gandhian union to flourish as a model for all of India, and later to give birth to SEWA, one of India‚€™s most important women‚€™s organizations.

Late in the twentieth century and early in the twenty-first, India experimented with a series of new political strategies, and again Ahmedabad provided leading innovations with national repercussions: the Mahagujarat movement for a linguistic state; the Nav Nirman agitation for clean government; the KHAM alliance for greater inclusiveness. The politics of Hindutva, however, turned Ahmedabad into India‚€™s demonstration case of the lethal consequences of crossing the moral boundary into uncontrolled political-religious violence.

To understand the major turning points in modern India‚€”the legacies of Gandhian leadership, of multinational industrialization, and of innovative strategies of political organization in a creative democracy‚€”one must understand the transformations introduced by the people of Ahmedabad.

Students of urbanization globally, and of the history and politics of modern India, will find the present account invaluable.

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Appropriately Indian: Gender and Culture in a New Transnational Class by Smitha Radhakrishnan : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125045137

Appropriately Indian is an ethnographic analysis of the class of information technology professionals at the symbolic helm of globalizing India. Comprising a small but prestigious segment of India's labor force, these transnational knowledge workers dominate the country's economic and cultural scene, as do their notions of what it means to be Indian.

Drawing on the stories of Indian professionals in Mumbai, Bangalore, Silicon Valley and South Africa, Smitha Radhakrishnan explains how these high-tech workers create a "global Indianness" by transforming the diversity of Indian cultural practices into a generic, mobile set of "Indian" norms. Female information technology professionals are particularly influential. By reconfiguring notions of respectable femininity and the good Indian family, they are reshaping ideas about what it means to be Indian. The author explains how this transnational class creates an Indian culture that is self-consciously distinct from Western culture, yet compatible with Western cosmopolitan lifestyles. She describes the material and symbolic privileges that accrue to India's high-tech workers, who often claim ordinary middle-class backgrounds, but are overwhelmingly urban and upper caste. They are also distinctly apolitical and individualistic. Members of this elite class practice a decontextualized version of Hinduism, and they absorb the ideas and values that circulate through both Indian and non-Indian multinational corporations. Ultimately, though, global Indianness is rooted and configured in the gendered sphere of home and family.

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Bollywood in the Age of New Media: The Geo-televisual Aesthetic by Anustup Basu : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125047551

This study of popular Indian cinema in an age of globalization, new media, and metropolitan Hindu fundamentalism focuses on the period from 1991 to 2004. Popular Hindi cinema took a certain spectacular turn from the early 1990s as a signature ‚€˜Bollywood style‚€™ evolved in the wake of liberalization and the inauguration of a global media ecology in India. Films increasingly featured transformed bodies, fashions, life-styles, commodities, gadgets, and spaces, often in non-linear, ‚€˜window-shopping‚€™ ways, without any primary obligation to the narrative. Flows of desires, affects, and aspirations frequently crossed the bounds of stories and determined milieus. Basu theorizes this overall cinematic-cultural ecology here as an informational geo-televisual aesthetic.

Bollywood in the Age of New Media connects this filmic geo-televisual style to an ongoing story of the uneven globalizing process in India. It explains how the irreverent energies of the new can actually be tied to conservative Brahminical imaginations of class, caste, or gender hierarchies. Using a wide-ranging methodological approach that converses with theoretical domains of post-structuralism, post-colonialism, and film and media studies, this book presents a complex account of an India of the present caught between brave new silicon valleys and farmer suicides.

The geo-televisual aesthetic will prove useful not just for scholars of Indian cinema and media, but also for those of Indian political and cultural modernity at large, from visual anthropologists to political scientists. The book is as much about the new globalized imaginary of a national elite as it is about film.

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Cultural Studies in the Future Tense by Lawrence Grossberg : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125045045

Lawrence Grossberg is one of the leading international figures in the study of the relations between political and popular cultures. In Cultural Studies in the Future Tense, he offers a powerful critique of the forms of progressive intellectual-political analyses. He asks why we so often tell the same stories over and over (as if the world were not changing or were changing in precisely the same ways) or tell stories that claim to be absolutely new (as if the world were magically new). He argues for an understanding of cultural studies as conjunctural analysis, based on commitments to contextualism, anti-reductionism and articulation. Cultural studies sees the world in terms of contingency and determination, the old and the new, economies and cultures, etc. Refusing to reduce modernity to its Euro-American forms, and challenging its taken-for-granted understandings, he argues that euro-modernity is a specific geo-historical actualization of a more complex and diverse diagram.

Grossberg sees the current global tumult defined by struggles among and for multiple ways of imagining and being modern. Consequently, he begins to rethink a number of fundamental ‚€œmodern‚€ concepts and their relations‚€”including economy, culture, the popular, and politics. This book offers a vision of a contemporary cultural studies that embraces complexity, rigorous interdisciplinary practice and experimental collaborations in an effort to better explain the present in the service of the imagination of other futures and the struggles for social transformation.

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Decolonization in South Asia: Meanings of Freedom in Post-independence West Bengal, 1947‚€“52 by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay : Rs775 ISBN: 9788125047063

This book explores the meanings and complexities of India‚€™s experience of transition from colonial to the post-colonial period. It focuses on the first five years‚€”from Independence on 15 August 1947 to the first general election in January 1952‚€”in the politics of West Bengal, the new Indian province that was created as a result of the Partition.

The author, a specialist on the history of modern India, discusses what freedom actually meant to various individuals, communities and political parties, how they responded to it, how they extended its meaning and how in their anxiety to confront the realities of free India, they began to invent new enemies of their newly acquired freedom. By emphasizing the representations of popular mentality rather than the institutional changes brought in by the process of decolonization, he draws attention to other concerns and anxieties that were related to the problems of coming to terms with the newly achieved freedom and the responsibility of devising independent rules of governance that would suit the historic needs of a pluralist nation.

Decolonization in South Asia analyses the transitional politics of West Bengal in light of recent developments in post-colonial theory on nationalism, treating the ‚€˜nation‚€™ as a space for contestation, rather than a natural breeding ground for homogeneity in the complex political scenario of post-independence India.

The book will appeal to academics interested in political science, sociology, and cultural and social anthropology.

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Digital Cool: Life in the Age of New Media by Pramod K. Nayar : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125047308

You email your report, check the position of your stocks, play your favourite Rahman, and upload new patches for your favourite simulation game‚€”all using the same three-inch-by-five device that fits into your palm. You chat, share, play and blog, even check for directions to the new Italian restaurant in town online. Everyday life is now digital.

Digital Cool examines life in the age of New Media. From Facebook to Internet dating, tablets to Twitter, cyber avatars to Wikis‚€”it tells the story of how human lives today are heavily mediated by ‚€˜cool‚€™ technologies, and how the technologies themselves are mediated by our ways of living, playing, working.

‚€˜Digital Cool‚€™ is simultaneously about individualisation, with its make-believe detachment (‚€˜Cool‚€™), and the fierce collectivism facilitated by New Media. There‚€™s the young woman waiting for the tube while swishing through the bestseller she‚€™s just bought on her iPad, indifferent to her surroundings; there is also the fury of the mainly online Pink Chaddis campaign of 2009, the collaborative radical political critique of kafila.org, or the arrival of Spring in Tahrir, with its unforgettable images of Google executive Wael Ghonim coordinating revolution on Facebook, accessed on his smartphone.

US Congressmen tweeted President Obama‚€™s first State of the Union address as he spoke, the world was alerted to Andres Iniesta‚€™s World Cup-winning goal on Twitter, and the incredible landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson was first reported on the microblogging site. Twitter is today the cool way to update ‚€˜followers‚€™; YouTube is the platform on which a participatory culture and the sense of belonging to a community play out.

Digital technology empowers, enthuses, informs and mediates new forms of community, activism and identity. Culture jamming, participatory journalism and commons knowledge are all components of the activist new media, but also of popular culture.

Wide-ranging, accessible and incisive---welcome readers, to the world of Digital Cool!  Click here to enter.

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Ecological Nationalisms: Nature, Livelihoods, and Identities in South Asia by Gunnel CederlŲf and K. Sivaramakrishnan : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243634

How do we recognize and understand the interactions between nature, nationness, and nationalism? How is nature appropriated by politics when asserting identity, interests, and rights?

Drawing from South Asia‚€™s varying regions, the essays in this pathbreaking volume answer such questions. They range in time from early colonial history to the end of the twentieth century, and their research locations extend from north-west Pakistan to eastern Bangladesh, and from Meghalaya in north-east India to the Kerala coast in the south-west.The authors deploy methods from history, geography, anthropology, religious studies, and forest ecology. The topics covered include forests, agriculture, marine fisheries, parks, sacred landscapes, property rights, trade, and economic development.

Collectively, the work in this books takes environmental scholarship  into novel territory by exploring how questions of national identity become entangled with nature-devotion. Important new insights are offered into the motivations of colonial and national governments when controlling or managing nature. Fresh perspectives emerge on varieties of regional political conflict that invoke nationalist sentiment through claims on nature. Thereby, this volume also offers new ways of thinking about nationalism.

This book will interest historians and political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists, ecologists and environmentalists, and scholars of religion and South Asia.

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Economics: A Primer for India by G. Omkarnath : Rs425 ISBN: 9788125046325

Economics: A Primer for India is tailor-made for foundation courses in undergraduate programmes. Its pedagogic standpoint is based on two convictions. First, a foundation course need not invoke formal economic theory which is a contested terrain, especially at the present time. Second, such a course should be grounded on the empirical reality of the economy in which students live.

Through an intuitive approach that combines concepts with history, accounting and data, the primer allows the reader to discover economic processes and institutions. The economic structure of society as three inter-dependent systems, namely production, markets and money, is brought to relief. The process of economic growth as change in this structure will then be evident, as also the critical role of policy in guiding growth. Basic concepts and measures are explained with data from original sources.

Three chapters (Chapters 6, 7 & 8) are pitched at a higher level and can be useful supplements to courses in Indian economy. Its grounding in Indian reality will make the primer appeal to a broad cross-section of readers, including students of other disciplines, media persons, people‚€™s representatives and anyone curious about economy.

The distinctive features of the book include:

  • Text focuses on the inter-dependent nature of the economic structure of society
  • Elucidation of basic economic concepts and measures with relevant data from original sources
  • A rigorous attention to the process of economic growth, including the critical role of policy in guiding growth
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Empire and Nation: Essential Writings 1985-2005 by Partha Chatterjee : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243511

This book brings together some of the most significant and best-known writings of Partha Chatterjee. It includes his pathbreaking interventions in the theoretical analysis of nationalism, as well as several of his pieces on the political, intellectual, and cultural history of nationalism.

The volume also contains Chatterjee‚€™s provocative and theoretically innovative essays analysing the phenomenon of democracy in a post-colonial country like India. There are also examples of his early engagement with agrarian politics, and his life-long participation in the project of Subaltern Studies.

A special feature of this book is the sampling it provides of Partha Chatterjee‚€™s best short journalistic pieces, of humorous and stylistically brilliant book reviews, and the first translations into English of some of his Bengali essays. This is the most comprehensive single volume encompassing the full range of the work of one of India‚€™s most original social scientists.

An Introduction by Nivedita Menon (Professor of Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), outlines and critiques Chatterjee‚€™s ideas, their range, their importance, and their influence in political thought today.   

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English Heart, Hindi Heart land: The Political Life of Literature in India by Rashmi Sadana : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243498

English Heart, Hindi Heartland examines Delhi‚€™s postcolonial literary world‚€”its institutions, prizes, publishers, writers, and translators, and the cultural geographies of key neighbourhoods in light of colonial histories and the globalization of English.

Rashmi Sadana places internationally recognized authors such as Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, and Vikram Seth in the context of debates within India about the politics of language, and alongside regionally recognized writers such as K. Satchidanandan, Shashi Deshpande, and Geetanjali Shree. She undertakes an ethnographic study of literary culture, probing the connections between place, language, and text in order to show what language comes to stand for in people‚€™s lives.

In so doing she unmasks a social discourse rife with questions of authenticity and the cultural politics of inclusion and exclusion. She illustrates how the notion of what is considered authentic not only obscures larger questions relating to caste, religious, and gender identities, but that the authenticity discourse itself is continually in flux. To extract cultural capital from India‚€™s linguistic hierarchies, writers deploy what Sadana calls ‚€˜literary nationality‚€™.

Her book argues that English in India, and the way it is positioned among the country‚€™s other languages, does not represent a fixed pole, but rather serves to change political and literary alliances among classes and castes, often in surprising ways.

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Environment, Technology and Development: Critical and Subversive Essays by Rohan D‚€™Souza : Rs550 ISBN: 9788125045069

Drawn from the  rich archival holdings of the Economic and Political Weekly, theessays in this volume capture the intense discussions in India that were debated as problems and questions over the environment, technology and development. As a collection, this volume proposes a fresh and new analytical coherence for these essays by resituating  them with an engaging  introduction under the broader themes of criticality and subversion. Consequently, these writings will speak not only to several contemporary academic and policy concerns but are also meant to provide a meaningful sense of how ideas on the environment, technology and development were interrelated and shaped in various types of political discourses in India, most notably from the 1970s onwards.

This volume is intended to address the needs of a rapidly growing interest in interdisciplinary programmes and will also carry appeal amongst development and policy practitioners and those who wish to pursue interdisciplinary research questions.

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Everyday Nationalism :Women of the Hindu right in India by Kalyani Devaki Menon : Rs650 ISBN: 9788187358688

Hindu nationalism has been responsible for acts of extreme violence against religious minorities and is a dominant force on the sociopolitical landscape of contemporary India. How does such a violent and exclusionary movement recruit supporters? How do members navigate the tensions between the normative prescriptions of such movements and competing ideologies? To understand the expansionary power of Hindu nationalism, Kalyani Menon argues, it is critical to examine the everyday constructions of politics and ideology through which activists garner support at the grassroots level. Based on fieldwork with women in several Hindu nationalist organizations, Menon explores how these activists use gendered constructions of religion, history, national insecurity, and social responsibility to recruit individuals from a variety of backgrounds. As Hindu nationalism extends its reach to appeal to increasingly diverse groups, she explains, it is forced to acknowledge a multiplicity of positions within the movement. She argues that Hindu nationalism‚€™s willingness to accommodate dissonance is central to understanding the popularity of the movement.

Everyday Nationalism contends that the Hindu nationalist movement‚€™s power to attract and maintain constituencies with incongruous beliefs and practices is key to its growth. The book reveals that the movement‚€™s success is facilitated by its ability to become meaningful in people‚€™s daily lives, resonating with their constructions of the past, appealing to their fears in the present, presenting itself as the protector of the country‚€™s citizens, and inventing traditions through the use of Hindu texts, symbols, and rituals to unite people in a sense of belonging to a nation.

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Exclusion, Social Capital and Citizenship: Contested Transitions in South Africa and India by Tina Uys and Sujata Patel(Eds.) : Rs1450 ISBN: 9788125047780

Historically, India and South Africa have a lot in common; the migration of indentured and passenger Indians to South Africa, the role and influence of Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom movements, their shared commitment to install democracy in their respective countries, and other such issues. Post-Independence, battling enormous poverty and inequality, these countries have undergone transitions at different points in history in their endeavour to restructure the economy and polity through political projects which are largely elite-driven.

Exclusion, Social Capital and Citizenship shows how though transition always carries the promise of inclusion for social groups inhabiting the margins of society, there is nothing inherently inclusive about the elite-dominated transitions that occurred in South Africa and India. The people of these countries, therefore, have articulated alternate visions of resistance to contest these.

Divided into three sections, this volume analyses whether we can use the prism of one experience to assess another in some other country and the lessons learnt from them through such contextualised comparisons. These and other methodological issues are studied in this collection. The book also describes how diasporic Indians deal with their minority status in post-apartheid South Africa; the intellectual resources that the Muslim minority groups in India employ to articulate their identity and assert their citizenship; and redress policies for groups previously disadvantaged on the basis of race in South Africa and caste in India.

Bringing together sociologists from both South Africa and India, this volume is a must-read for students and scholars of sociology, diaspora studies and political science.

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Feeding the Forgotten Poor: Perspectives of an Agriculturist by William Dollente Dar with Arun Tiwari : Rs475 ISBN: 9788125045588

Boosting food security and ensuring the small cultivator‚€™s proper access to and a fair deal in the market have been the key areas of William Dar‚€™s work as scientist, policymaker and administrator. The author, ‚€œa farmer‚€™s son‚€, says he chose to read agronomy at university because ‚€œthe science that explains the sprouting of seeds and growing of crops ‚€¶ was almost hard-wired in me‚€.

Feeding the Forgotten Poor is an autobiography in which personal reminiscences serve as a vehicle for voicing concern for the disprivileged. It takes up large issues and draws attention to ‚€œorphan crops‚€ and ‚€œhidden hunger‚€. Noting that more than one billion of the world‚€™s seven billion people go hungry or are malnourished, the book critically examines the political, economic and environmental issues to which contemporary agriculture is closely tied‚€”tariffs and farm subsidies, water pollution, biofuels, the prospects and problems of genetically modified organisms, the growing backlash against mechanised agriculture and increasing support for sustainable practices.

Envisioning the scenario in the year 2050, when the global population is projected to cross the nine million mark, Dar draws the important general conclusion that viable solutions are not just about technology and science‚€”they require a change in mindsets, sound policy and adroit handling of institutions.

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Financial Crisis and Global Imbalances: A Development Perspective by Yilmaz AkyŁz : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125047933

Financial Crisis and Global Imbalances examines‚€”from a standpoint of promoting stability and growth in developing countries‚€”key policy lessons to be drawn from the devastating global economic crisis of 2008‚€“09. The crisis has exposed deep faultlines in the world economy which increase its susceptibility to instability and crises. A major overhaul of the international financial system is needed in order to reduce the likelihood of virulent crises and manage them better if they do occur. This calls for, among others, fundamental reforms to establish multilateral discipline over monetary and financial policies in systemically important countries, to bring systematically important financial institutions and cross-border capital flows under control, and to involve the private sector in crisis revolution.

Reducing the likelihood of future turmoil also requires that the gap in demand between surplus and deficit countries be bridged, and the skewed income distribution between capital and labour rebalanced.

In this collection of papers on the 2008‚€“09 Great Recession and its implications, leading economist Yilmaz AkŁz underlines the need for economic restructuring along the above lines with a view to more effective crisis prevention and intervention. Given their vulnerability to shocks and limited capacity to respond, he says, this reform process is an endeavour in which developing economies have a crucial interest.

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Freedom and Beef Steaks: Colonial Calcutta Culture by Rosinka Chaudhuri : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125047643

Freedom and Beef Steaks explores path-breaking debates to do with the literary,  with identity, and with cultural authenticity in nineteenth-century Calcutta--- debates arising from the flux of creative and critical work in that period. The seven essays collected in this book range across a diverse field of interests that have been, so far, under-researched. Crucial to our understanding of the making of modern Indian culture in a particular location, these are issues that uncover the complexity of the postcolonial field and further extend its scope.

A humorous poem written by Henry Meredith Parker (1796‚€“1868) about the newly educated youth of Calcutta is used to frame debates for and against meat-eating as the issue played itself out against the backdrop of a developing Indian nationalism. A closer look at the political poetry written by a radical iconoclast such as Derozio reveals the communal stereotyping of the ‚€˜Muslim‚€™ as Other‚€”representations in keeping with British historiographical orthodoxies of the time. Scrutinising early letters written to the Calcutta Journal in 1819 about the community‚€™s thoughts on naming and defining itself, Rosinka Chaudhuri also deals with the early history of the Anglo-Indians.

There are chapters in this book that range from an analysis of recurrent problems in modernist readings of the poems of both Milton and Bengal‚€™s greatest nineteenth-century poet, Madhusudan Datta, to the changing modes of everyday cultural experience in the city as experienced in the shifting representations of the drawing rooms of colonial and postcolonial Bengal. Finally, in an important chapter on certain subalternist  historians‚€˜ (mis)readings of Tagore, the author investigates the place of the relation of history and literature in history-writing today.

Situated in a modernity that was both radical and traditional in texture and forms of play, the texts examined in these essays challenge received ideas of historicity through their own particularity. This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of literature, cultural studies and postcolonial studies.

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

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

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

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

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Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry, 1780-1870 by Ruth Vanita : Rs1295 ISBN: 9788125045533

Gender, Sex and the City explores the cosmopolitan sensibilities of Urdu poetry written in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially in the city of Lucknow, which was the centre of a flourishing Indo-Persian culture. Through its ground-breaking analysis, it demonstrates how re??ti (a type of Urdu poetry whose distinguishing features are a female speaker and a focus on women‚€™s lives) and to some degree, non-mystical re??ta (mainstream Urdu poetry with a male speaker), for the first time in Urdu represent women (both of conventional families and courtesan households) as important shapers of urban culture, especially urban speech.

Vanita analyses how re??ti  becomes a catalyst for the transformation of the g_?azal, first, by focusing it not on love alone but on the practices, spaces and rituals of everyday life; second, by bringing subordinated figures, such as women as well as servants centre-stage; and, third, by challenging the g_?azal‚€™s ideal of perfect love as framed by separation and suffering.

Women characters in re??ti  fall in love, but they also work, shop, dress, sing, dance, eat, fast, chat, quarrel, pray, invoke spirits, and voice opinions on many matters. The author explores the way re??ti reconfigures the city from women‚€™s perspective, depicting a parallel world of urban women‚€™s meeting places, networks and rituals. 

The first book-length study in English of re??ti and also of non-mystical re??ta, it demonstrates the interplay between the twoin language, form and content. Including many first-time translations and also analyses of neglected poems, such as Rangin‚€™s Mas?nawi Dilpazir and Jur‚€™ at‚€™s ???aja ?asan-o  Ba??shi  T?wa‚€™ if,  (a romance with a courtesan heroine), it also studies in detail the works of Insha and Nisbat, among others.

With several more transcribed poems than in its US edition, this book is a must-read for students and scholars of literature, history, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, South Asian studies and culture studies.

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Gendering Colonial India: Reforms, Print, Caste and Communalism by Charu Gupta(Ed.) : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125044727

Drawing on contemporary critical theories and academic debates, Gendering Colonial India examines how notions of patriarchy were recast and challenged in colonial India between the early nineteenth and the first half of twentieth centuries. This definitive collection of essays analyses the close interaction between gender, caste and community identities.

This volume brings out various regional complexities and lively public debates on social reforms for women and their impact on issues like sati, widow remarriage, domesticity, sexuality and education. It shows how women emerged as both objects and subjects of popular discourse and discussions. Simultaneously, the essays engage with concerns around masculinity, inter-caste intimacies and communal identities.

The debates found multifaceted expression in an emerging dynamic popular-public sphere and also in a flourishing vernacular print culture. These in turn served as powerful tools for propagating dominant ideas about women and for fashioning national, regional and community identities.

The three primary texts translated by J. Devika, Anshu Malhotra and Charu Gupta bring out the relationship, most often fraught, between popular literature, reforms and women.

With contributions from both established and emerging feminist historians, this book will be an indispensible read for students and scholars of modern Indian history, colonialism, nationalism, gender studies and popular culture.

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Hill Politics in Northeast India by S. K. Chaube : Rs350 ISBN: 9788125045502

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, the northeast has grown from ethnocentric tribal organisations to territorial autonomous structures through a profound process of change in all spheres of life and society led by an educated and sophisticated middle class.

The third, revised edition of Hill Politics in Northeast India traces the political evolution of the region, excluding Sikkim, from the first half of the eighteenth century when British administration was formally set up in Assam to the twenty-first century. This volume looks at how many of the political concerns that continue to plague the region till today have their roots in the past. It, however, also contends that while historical problems remain, there has been increasing awareness and interaction between the people of the northeast and the rest of India. This thoroughly revised edition includes updated text and tables that will help readers gain a holistic view of the politics of the hills in the twenty-first century. 

The book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of political science, sociology and history. It will also be useful for administrators and lay readers who are interested in the northeast.

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

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

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

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

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History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue by C. A. Bayly, Vijayendra Rao, Simon Szreter and Michael Woolcock (Eds.) : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125046950

If history matters for understanding key development outcomes then surely historians should be active contributors to the debates informing these understandings. This volume integrates, for the first time, contributions from ten leading historians and seven policy advisors around the central development issues of social protection, public health, public education and natural resource management. How did certain ideas, and not others, gain traction in shaping particular policy responses? How did the content and effectiveness of these responses vary across different countries, and indeed within them? Achieving this is not merely a matter of seeking to ''know more'' about specific times, places and issues, but recognising the distinctive ways in which historians rigorously assemble, analyse and interpret diverse forms of evidence.

This book will appeal to students and scholars in development studies, history, international relations, politics and geography as well as policy makers and those working for or studying NGOs.

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India and Central Asia: A Reader by Xinru Liu(Ed.) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178243474

Central Asia has been a strategic region in world history because of its location in the Afro-Eurasian land mass, and because it was the hinge between several different ecological zones. From the border of the Iranian plateau to the edge of the Takla Makan desert, and from the foothills of the Kunlun Mountains to the Taiga zone of Siberia, Central Asia encompasses peoples who spoke many languages and practised various forms of livelihood. 

For historians who have been focused on individual civilizations, or the societies which have left written records, Central Asia has seemed an ocean full of dark energy.  From time to time, ‚€˜barbaric‚€™ nomads flew out from Central Asia to loot villages and destroy cities in East and South Asia, and even Europe. 

In recent decades, research on the lives of nomadic people on the steppe, archaeological excavations of urban settlements on oases along the Amu and Sir rivers, and the discovery of more Hellenistic remains have made scholars look at this region from a different perspective. Looking towards Central Asia from the Indian subcontinent shows that the dynamics in Central Asia were often the momentum for fundamental changes in history which brought new cultural elements to South Asia.

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Indian English: Towards a New Paradigm by Rama Kant Agnihotri and Rajendra Singh (Eds.) : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125043713

Millions of educated Indians use English in some domains, but exactly what is Indian English, how is it best understood and described, and how far is it from the claimed centres of the socio-cultural space accorded to English? Centred around a scholarly dialogue, this book comprises a Target Paper by Rajendra Singh and some responses to it from scholars around the world.  In his Target Paper, Singh examines the status and structure of Indian English and its place in the language ecology of India. His examination of these issues leads him to question the dichotomy ‚€˜native‚€™ and ‚€˜non-native‚€™ varieties of English and to argue that it cannot be sustained. Agnihotri and Singh have in this book broken fresh ground in the study of English, particularly in the study of post-colonial varieties such as Indian English.

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

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

The chapters in this book discuss the following themes:

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

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

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

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Islam in South Asia: A Short History by Jamal Malik : Rs1025 ISBN: 9788125046585

Islamic and Islamicate South Asia has become a focal point in academia, esp. since 9/11. Where did South Asian Muslims come from? How did they fare in interacting with Hindu cultures? How did they negotiate identity as ruling and ruled minorities and majorities? Islam in South Asia aims to synthesize the long history of Islam as an intrinsic part of Indian society seeing the vantage point of such a complex history as a series of cultural encounters that were mutually energizing.

Part I covers early Muslim expansion and the journey of the Arabs into South Asia and their formative phase in context of initial cultural encounter which produced a unique blend of Islamicated culture (app. 700‚€“1300). Part II views the establishment of Muslim empire, cultures oscillating between Islamic and Islamicate, centralized and regionalized power, when Muslims became part of the Indian social fabric embodying cultural change through new urban centers and intellectual hubs as well as the expanding agricultural societies (app. 1300‚€“1700). The third cluster is composed in the backdrop of regional centralization, territoriality and colonial rule, displaying processes of integration and differentiation, of marginalisation and privatisation of Muslim cultures in colonial setting, that helped the cause of masculinized Islam to create new forms of socialization which threatened to tear apart the tradition of tolerance in Muslim societies (app. 1700‚€“1930). Tensions between Muslim pluralism and singularity evolving in public sphere as religious identity politics in the period of high nationalism followed by post-colonial predicaments make up the fourth cluster (app. 1930‚€“2002).

The book would interest all those interested in intellectual, cultural and social history of Muslim South Asia, and in history of religions, as well as social scientists, social and cultural anthropologists, theologians and Indologists.

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Kerala‚€™s Gulf Connection, 1998‚€“2011: Economic and Social Impact of Migration by K. C. Zachariah & S. Irudaya Rajan : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125049357

This volume situates the phenomenon of migration from Kerala to the Gulf in its economic and social contexts. Based on migration surveys carried out by the authors, the volume is a comparative study of the surveys carried out in 1998, 2003 and 2008. It looks at the changes migration has brought about in the lives of the families left behind by the migrant. It also carries a two-part epilogue. While the first analyses the panel data from the 1998 and 2008 surveys, the second evaluates the results from the most recent survey conducted in 2011 that throws light on migration during the global financial crises of 2008 and its aftermath on employment in the Middle East.

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Lee Jong-wook: A Life in Health and Politics by Desmond Avery : Rs750 ISBN: 9788125046172

A newly qualified doctor, Lee Jong-wook, offers his services treating leprosy patients at St Lazarus Village outside his home town, Seoul. Here he finds both direction for his future work and his wife, like himself a volunteer.

Desmond Avery describes Lee Jong-wook‚€™s international adventures from Korea to Hawaii as a postdoctoral student, then to American Samoa as an emergency room clinician, and to Fiji as a World Health Organization medical officer for leprosy. As Lee‚€™s WHO responsibilities expand to other areas, they take him to the Philippines, and then to Switzerland where, in 2003, he is elected Director-General of WHO, the first Korean to head an international organisation.

Through this account of Lee Jong-wook‚€™s career in health and politics, the author touches upon many important questions: Will there be a next global pandemic of deadly influenza? To what extent are AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria controllable? Who will foot the bill for polio eradication?

The biography also yields important insights into international public health policy-making.

The book contains 26 photographs, in colour and in black and white, on art paper, covering various phases of Lee Jong-wook‚€™s life.

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Literature and Nationalist Ideology: Writing Histories of Modern Indian Languages by Hans Harder (Ed.) : Rs425 ISBN: 9788187358602

Writing histories of literature means making selections, passing value judgments, and incorporating or rejecting foregoing traditions. The book argues that in many parts of India, literary histories play an important role in creating a cultural ethos. They are closely linked with nationalism in general and various regional ‚€˜sub-nationalisms‚€™ in particular.

Literary historiography helps to establish a national literature in a way that is not always unproblematic: systematic representation of literary works and authors is as much part of this story as conscious omissions or political spins in the making of a literary heritage.

The contributors to this volume look at a great variety of aspects of the historiography of modern regional languages of India. The approach excludes classical languages of India from this approach, except Tamil which is considered a modern and a classical language at the same time. It includes the late yet undoubtedly successful arrival of English in the nation‚€™s literary corpus.

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Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India by V. Sujatha and Leena Abraham : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125045014

Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India questions the dominant view of indigenous systems of medicine as cultural remnants of a traditional past. It points out that their practitioners greatly outnumber those of biomedicine (allopathy) and explores the reasons behind the enduring presence and importance of health care traditions such as ayurveda, siddha and unani.

The authors go beyond simplistic distinctions like traditional‚€“modern and science‚€“culture. They  draw attention to the possibility of bridging the divide between knowledge systems, and prepare the ground for a socially and culturally inclusive approach to healing and health care.

Aspects of commercialisation and globalisation of traditional medicines are also examined.

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MGNREGA Sameeksha: An Anthology of Research Studies on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 2006‚€“2012 by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India : Rs650 ISBN: 9788125047254

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the flagship rural employment Scheme of the Government of India, was launched in February 2006. It is perhaps the largest and most ambitious social security and public works programme in the world.

Six years after its implementation, the basic principles and high potential of the MGNREGA are well established. The fact that about one-fourth (25 per cent) of all rural households in the country participate in the programme every year, is testimony to its resounding popularity.

Since its inception, around Rs 110,000 crore has gone directly as wage payment to rural households, and 1,200 core person-days of employment have been generated. MGNREGA with its demand-driven design, rights-based structure and unprecedented scale has attracted the attention of several scholars, researchers, social activists, and policymakers and analysts around the world. This anthology is a synthesis of over a hundred studies on MGNREGA, its impact and implementation. It provides a readable summary of these studies and popularly expressed concerns. It also seeks to identify unanswered questions on both the impact and potential of MGNREGA that will require further research. The report is objective in identifying both the positive impact of the Scheme as well as the constraints that limit MGNREGA‚€™s effective implementation.

There is a thread of optimism that runs through the chapters‚€”the conviction that MGNREGA, if implemented effectively, can create vital rural infrastructure and address social and economic development concerns that will be sustainable.

MGNREGA Sameeksha will be a useful reference and resource for policymakers, academics, journalists, civil society organisations, social activists and general readers.

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Middle-Class Moralities: Everyday Struggle over Belonging and Prestige in India by Minna Saavala : Rs595 ISBN: 9788125044635

New middle-classes present themselves as the epitome of modernity and progress. Both in their role as social models and culture-brokers, they seem to promote a heightened consciousness of cultural difference and nationalism. Middle-Class Moralities examines how the new middle classes of India create identities, practices and politics of the everyday in a dialogue that involves other social categories and an imaginary West. Drawing upon ethnographic and interview material, this book studies family relations, leisure, food, housing and religious practices of these emerging and enterprising social classes.

Defining the middle classes is a political and embodied process that people negotiate by making instrumental use of (or domesticating) the idea of the West. A closer and analytical look at the consumption-driven, status-obsessed middle classes reveals their deeper struggles that seek to engage such cultural concepts as dharma, purity, and auspiciousness.  

The fieldwork for this study was conducted mainly in the city of Hyderabad among its upwardly mobile people who have identified themselves as ‚€œHindus.‚€ The Indian situation, argues the author, is comparable to that of the urban middle classes elsewhere, especially those of the traditionally hierarchical Asian societies. The dilemmas of these classes in a fast-globalizing India have seldom been given the detailed attention offered in these pages.

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Modern Migrations: Gujarati Indian Networks in New York and London by Maritsa V. Poros : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125044895

Although globalization seems like a recent phenomenon linked to migration, some groups have used social networks to migrate great distances for centuries. To gain new insights into migration today, Modern Migrations takes a closer look at the historical presence of globalization and how it organized migration and social networks. With a focus on the lives of Gujarati Indians in New York and London, this book explains migration patterns through different kinds of social networks and relations.

Gujarati migration flows span four continents, across several centuries. Maritsa Poros  reveals the inner workings of their social networks and how these networks relate to migration flows. Championing a relational view, she examines the kinds of ties prevalent in the different niches that Gujaratis occupy in the economies of New York and London, from shopkeepers to diamond dealers and doctors. In the process she speaks to central debates in the field about the economic and cultural roots of the causes of migration and its surprising consequences.

Modern Migrations will be of interest to anyone who has thought about India‚€™s rich history of trade and migration and the kinds of lives that Indian immigrants live in places like New York and London. It will be useful for students and scholars of migration studies.

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Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan by Naveeda Khan : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125046622

In Muslim Becoming, Naveeda Khan challenges the claim that Pakistan''s relation to Islam is fragmented and problematic. Offering a radically different interpretation, Khan contends that Pakistan inherited an aspirational, always-becoming Islam, one with an open future and a tendency toward experimentation. For the individual, this aspirational tendency manifests in a continual striving to be a better Muslim. It is grounded in the thought of Muhammad Iqbal (1877‚€“1938), the poet, philosopher, and politician considered the spiritual founder of Pakistan. Khan finds that Iqbal provided the philosophical basis for recasting Islam as an open religion with possible futures as yet unrealized, which he did in part through his engagement with the French philosopher Henri Bergson.

Drawing on research in the neighborhoods and mosques of Lahore and on readings of theological polemics, legal history, and Urdu literature, Khan points to striving throughout Pakistani society: in prayers, theological debates, the building of mosques, readings of the Qur''an, and religious pilgrimages. Emphasizing skepticism toward the practices of others that accompanies aspiration, Khan seeks to affirm aspiration while also acknowledging its capacity for violence.

This book would be of interest to scholars and students of anthropology, politics, religion, Islamic Studies and postcolonial studies.

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Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule by Janaki Nair : Rs1075 ISBN: 9788125045076

Mysore Modern reconceptualizes Indian modernity through critical engagement with some important themes taken from the history of the Princely State of Mysore. In this work, Janaki Nair argues that the Princely Indian states were usually regarded as spaces that were either defined entirely by the dominant narratives of colonial/national modernity or were relatively untouched by them.

Grounded in political history, and deriving insights from a wide range of visual, social, and legal texts and issues, Mysore Modern reperiodizes the modern by connecting these apparently discrepant registers to build up a case for a specifically regional, ‚€œmonarchical modern‚€ moment in Indian history. Nair examines mural and portraiture traditions, as well as forms of memorialization and nationalization of art and architectural practices. The volume also considers bureaucratic efforts centered on the use of law and development as instruments of modernity.

As Nair demonstrates, a political history of Mysore, and of its many experiments with modernity, while relying on such disparate prisms as art and architecture, the law, or the discourse of development, challenges not only more conventional narratives of Mysore‚€™s modern past, but signals the necessity of taking the region, rather than the nation, as the ground for specifying forms of Indian modernity.

The work will be of interest not just to those specialists who work on the history of Mysore/Karnataka, but also to art historians, social and legal historians, while appealing to many who are more generally engaged in rethinking both the region and Indian modernity.

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Nature, Environment and Society: Conservation, Governance and Transformation in India by Nicolas Lainť and T. B. Subba (Eds.) : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125045328

The future of humanity lies uncertain as nature falls prey to the loot and plunder initiated in the name of development, growth and progress today. As the vast riches of the earth continue to be endangered, a global consciousness regarding the importance of natural resources, biodiversity, etc. is on the rise. Given such a scenario, what is required is further understanding of man‚€™s interaction with the environment.

This contributory volume examines the interrelationship between nature and society in South Asia. It focuses on four points: perception of natural resources during colonial rule, conservation of nature, role of governments in administering environment, and transformation of nature as a result of development or industrial projects.

The book divided into three broad themes, analyses the major decisions taken in India with regard to environment after Independence and their consequences; the relationship between communities which consider natural environment as an essential part of their identity, and as a key factor for social, political and economical issues; and the urban explosion and/or the construction of infrastructure such as dams or roads that have impacted the relationship between different social groups and their territory. It also examines the set-up (policy and stakes), process and consequences (often the displacement of populations) of such projects in three different states of India.

Offering a wide variety of case studies representing a large panel of approaches and methodologies from Sociology, Economics, History, Anthropology, and Development Studies, this volume will be an useful read for students and scholars of environmental studies, and NGOs working towards conserving nature.

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Other Orientalisms: India between Florence and Bombay, 1860‚€“1900 by Filipa Lowndes Vicente : Rs1450 ISBN: 9788125047582

Other Orientalisms analyses different forms of knowledge about India through the circulation of people, ideas, information, images and objects between Florence and Bombay through the last decades of the nineteenth century. During this period, Florence became a centre of studies on India, organizing and promoting exhibitions, museums, journals, and international conferences. Based on the relationship between two Indianists ‚€“ the Italian Angelo de Gubernatis, professor of Sanskrit in Florence, and the Goan historian Josť Gerson da Cunha, doctor and historian in Bombay ‚€“ this book reveals an India created in different places and manifested by multiple voices.

By being marginal to the main European colonial metropolis, the institutional, intellectual and visual experience of Florentine Orientalism enriches the debate on power and colonial knowledge that has been very much at the centre of the social sciences in the last decades.

Likewise, by exploring the intellectual world of Bombay in the second half of the nineteenth century, made up of people from a variety of cultural, national and religious backgrounds, this book contributes to the wider cultural history of colonial India.

By combining fascinating unpublished materials of this period, with a deep analysis embedded in contemporary historiographical approaches such as European and India encounters in a colonial context; the debate on ‚€œorientalism‚€ initiated by Edward W. Said, or the global circulation of knowledge, people and objects, this books provides new insights into different fields.

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Polio Eradication and Its Discontents: A Historian‚€™s Journey Through an International Public Health (Un)Civil War by William Muraskin : Rs675 ISBN: 9788125046561

There are many infectious diseases which kill millions of children every year the world over, but polio is not one of them. So why did the World Health Assembly in 1988 choose the eradication of polio as a global goal? This is the key question that William Muraskin asks and it inexorably leads to the unravelling of the official ‚€˜heroic story‚€™ of the fight against polio.

The author finds that the public health agenda of every single nation of the world was effectively hijacked by a small group of people working at the global level. They were out to show that eradication was a viable tool in fighting the disease. For this group, the disease of poliomyelitis was not in itself primarily significant but rather it was a ‚€˜disease of opportunity‚€™ which could be used to prove that disease  eradication in general was a viable instrument of public health.

Muraskin finds that the most powerfully argued and cogent protest against the top‚€“down global polio eradication effort, and the distortion in national health priorities that has resulted from it, comes from India.  A distinguished group of Indian medical doctors and scientists, whom he calls the Indian Dissenters, ‚€˜speak not only for their nation but for most other developing countries as well‚€™

Polio Eradication and Its Discontents reveals the decades-old fight between proponents of the Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and the champions of the Salk Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV). It also highlights the potential long-term economic burden on the developing world that has resulted from the vaccine choices made at the global level.

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Politics as Performance by S.V. Srinivas : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178243726

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

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Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry by Tejaswini Ganti : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125047070

Producing Bollywood offers an unprecedented look inside the social and professional worlds of the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry and explains how it became ‚€œBollywood‚€, the global film phenomenon and potent symbol of India as a rising economic powerhouse. In this rich and entertaining ethnography Tejaswini Ganti examines the changes in Hindi film production from the 1990s until 2010, locating them in Hindi filmmakers‚€™ efforts to accrue symbolic capital, social respectability, and professional distinction, and to manage the commercial uncertainties of filmmaking. These efforts have been enabled by the neo-liberal restructuring of the Indian state and economy since 1991. This restructuring has dramatically altered the country‚€™s media landscape, which quickly expanded to include satellite television and multiplex theaters.

Ganti contends that the Hindi film industry‚€™s metamorphosis into Bollywood would not have been possible without the rise of neo-liberal economic ideals in India. By describing dramatic transformations in the Hindi film industry‚€™s production culture, daily practices, and filmmaking ideologies during a decade of tremendous social and economic change in India, Ganti offers valuable new insights into the effects of neo-liberalism on cultural production in a postcolonial setting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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School Education, Pluralism and Marginality: Comparative Perspectives by Christine Sleeter, Shashi Bhushan Upadhyay, Arvind K. Mishra and Sanjay Kumar (Eds.) : Rs1350 ISBN: 9788125045311

Education is an ‚€˜enabling factor‚€™, which facilitates not only economic betterment but also human freedom. However, for the marginalised‚€” Dalits and tribals in India, the Mapuche in Chile, the Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as women in most parts of the world‚€”basic education remains a challenge not only due to lack of access, but also because the pedagogy of mainstream education alienates the marginalised.

The editors and contributors of School Education, Pluralism and Marginality argue that school education must be conceptualised keeping in mind the material, social, and life experiences of marginalised groups. They strongly argue that pluralism and social inclusion should be the core principles of the pedagogic conceptual framework, practices and processes of school education across the world.

Divided into four sections, this volume brings together international perspectives on education from the USA, UK, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, among others, with a focus on India. It probes into the realities of the formal schooling system and the hegemonies that exclude children of the marginalised communities. It also explores the relationships between school education, labour processes, and differential opportunities and their outcomes. Importantly, the contributions in this volume suggest measures for developing inclusive teaching and learning methods and practices, and present models for culturally responsive and inclusive schooling.

This topical volume will be useful for students and scholars of education, culture studies, gender studies and Dalit studies. It will also be of interest to policy-makers and NGOs working in the area of education.

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Soulmates: The Story of Mahatma Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach by Shimon Lev : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125046998

Over six decades after his death, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi continues to play a role in inspiring the lives, thought and philosophy of nations and their leaders. The few relatively unexplored gaps that remain in research into his life largely concern his personal life, comradeship and friendships‚€”among them, his close association with Hermann Kallenbach, the German-Jewish architect with whom the Mahatma developed an enigmatic friendship in South Africa, which stayed with him for the rest of his life.

Soulmates: The Story of Mahatma Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach is the first full-length, comprehensive study of this unique relationship. The account of the strands linking these two remarkable lives is a valuable addition to Gandhi Studies. This volume will inform and fascinate a readership well beyond academic or professional interests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Enchantment of Democracy and India: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243597

Sudipta Kaviraj has long been recognized as among India‚€™s most thoughtful and wide-ranging political thinkers and analysts, one of the subtlest and most learned writers on Indian politics. Paradoxically, this has remained something of a state secret, because Kaviraj‚€™s writings have remained scattered in journals difficult to access.

The essays in this volume try to approach Indian democracy from different angles. Kaviraj argues that it is wrong to believe that with the rise of modernity human societies suffer complete disenchantment: modernity creates new forms of enchantment, and democracy is, in fact, part of the political enchantment of modernity.

Focusing on Indian democracy, Kaviraj shows the limits of marxist and liberal political analyses. In its Indian incarnation, he says, liberal democracy has had to inhabit an unfamiliar cultural and historical world whose peculiarities are very different from the peculiarities of European societies.Viewed by conventional political theory, Indian democracy appears inexplicable. It defies all the preconditions that theory lays down for the success of  democratic government‚€”namely, a strong bureaucratic state, capitalist production, industrialization, the secularization of society, and relative economic prosperity. The durability of Indian democracy shows that instead of asking how Indian democracy has survived, we need to ask if those are in fact preconditions for democracy.

These and many other fascinating issues of democracy‚€™s relationship with religion, identity, development, inequality, and culture comprise the themes that link the essays in this brilliant and insightful collection.

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The History of Assam: From Yandabo to Partition by Priyam Goswami : Rs325 ISBN: 9788125046530

  • This text covers an important period in the history of modern northeast India, from the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826 that marked the beginning of British expansion in the region, till Partition in 1947.
  • It discusses the history of the colonial province of Assam, which included most of modern Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • It details the colonial expansion and associated political developments and also analyses the important social, cultural and economic changes during the period.
  • A key aspect is its focus on the growth of political consciousness in the region and the impact of the pan-Indian national movement on the society and politics of the region.
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The Imaginary Institution of India: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243573

Sudipta Kaviraj has long been recognized as among India‚€™s most thoughtful and wide-ranging political thinkers and analysts, and one of the subtlest and most learned writers on Indian politics in recent times. Paradoxically, this has remained something of a state secret, because Kaviraj‚€™s writings on these subjects have remained scattered in learned journals, many of which remain difficult to access. So the present volume fills a most important gap in the literature on politics and political thought in South Asia.

Among Kaviraj‚€™s many strengths is his quite exceptional ability to position Indian politics within the frameworks of political philosophy in the West alongside perspectives from Indian history and indigenous political thought. The writings collected here range over a wide terrain, including studies of the peculiar nature of Indian democracy; the specificities of the regimes of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi; political culture in Independent India; the construction of colonial power; the relationship between state, society, and discourse in India; the structure of nationalist discourse; language and identity formation in Indian contexts; the relation of development with democracy and democratic functioning; and the interface of religion, politics, and modernity in South Asia.

This volume will be indispensable for every student and scholar of South Asian politics, history, and sociology.

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The Last Brahmin: Life and Reflections of a Modern-day Sanskrit Pandit by Rani Siva Sankara Sarma, D. Venkat Rao( Tr.) : Rs495 ISBN: 9788178243641

The Last Brahmin is a work of reflection as well as the intellectual quasi-autobiography of a modern-day pandit.  

Written by a schoolteacher of Sanskrit, it embodies an effort to grapple with the enigma of the Brahminical tradition‚€”its spread over long time periods, its forms and transformations, its implications and stakes for the Indian subcontinent‚€™s Hindus and larger world.  Even as it is a philosophical critique of an elite tradition, The Last Brahmin emphasizes the enormity of the tasks involved in finding alternatives to that tradition today.  

From the core of the surviving realms of the tradition, this work recounts a tale of living on in difficult and adversarial conditions for the sake of learning, scholarship, and the rigours of pedagogical bonding.

This is also thus a narrative of the pain of discontinuity: it dramatizes the philosophical and historical issues of cultural practice in the form of filial disinheritance and throws up some formidable questions: What is an inheritance? Who inherits tradition?  How may one inherit a tradition?  What are the conditions and consequences of such inheritance?  In the process, this reflective work emerges as the poignant articulation of a Brahmin‚€™s response, and responsibilitiies, in the wake of colonial and postcolonial conditions.

Its critical unravelling of the Sanskrit tradition sets The Last Brahmin apart from the disciplinary frames of Indology on the one hand, and partisanal Hindu ideological forces on the other. While pitching its tent against Orientalist knowledge on India, it insists equally on the difference and distinction between the Brahmin Sanskrit tradition and ‚€˜so-called Hinduism‚€™.

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The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing In an Ambiguously Islamic Place by Carla Bellamy : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243467

The violent partitioning of British India along religious lines and ongoing communalist aggression have compelled Indian citizens to contend with the notion that an exclusive, fixed religious identity is fundamental to selfhood. Even so, Muslim saint shrines known as dargahs attract a religiously diverse range of pilgrims.

In this accessible and groundbreaking ethnography, Carla Bellamy traces the long-term healing processes of Muslim and Hindu devotees of a complex of dargahs in northwestern India. Drawing on pilgrims‚€™ narratives, ritual and everyday practices, archival documents, and popular publications in Hindi and Urdu, Bellamy considers questions about the nature of religion in general and Indian religion in particular.

Grounded in stories from individual lives and experiences, The Powerful Ephemeral offers not only a humane, highly readable portrait of dargah culture, but also new insight into notions of selfhood and religious difference in contemporary India.

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The Trajectories of the Indian State: Politics and Ideas by Sudipta Kaviraj : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243528

Sudipta Kaviraj has long been recognized as among India‚€™s most thoughtful and wide-ranging political thinkers and analysts, one of the subtlest and most learned writers on Indian politics. Ironically, this has remained something of a state secret because Kaviraj‚€™s writings are scattered and not easy to acess as a connected body. So the present volume‚€”like its predecessor The Imaginary Institution of India‚€”fills a vital gap in South Asian political thought.

Among Kaviraj‚€™s many strengths is his exceptional ability to position Indian politics within the frameworks of Western political philosophy alongside perspectives from indigenous political thought.  In order to understand relations between the state and social groups, or between dominant and subaltern communities, Kaviraj says it is necessary to first historicize the study of Indian politics. Deploying the historical method, he looks at the precise character of Indian social groups, the nature of political conflicts, the specific mechanisms of social oppression, and many related issues.

In so doing Kaviraj reveals the variety of historical trajectories taken by Indian democracy. Indian political structures, with their developed system of rules and legislative orders, may seem to derive from colonialism. Yet these structures, says Kaviraj, are comparable less to the European nation-states of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries than to the pre-modern empire-states of Indian and Islamic history. Scholars often work with a false genealogy: the convention of starting the story of Indian politics with 1947, or even 1858, has led to misconstructions. Kaviraj shows that there is no serious way into present politics except through a longer past; Weber, Marx, and Foucault may be less important in this enterprise than painstaking reconnections with the vernacular facts of Indian political history.

This volume is indispensable for every student and scholar of South Asian politics, history, and sociology.

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The Tulsi and the Cross: Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter in Goa by Rosa Maria Perez : Rs650 ISBN: 9788192304601

The book is the outcome of the author‚€™s long-term fieldwork in Goa and seeks to bridge the gaps in the anthropological research in this state of India. The existing research, essentially historical, tends to consider Goa as Catholic, Portuguese-speaking and framed by Portuguese cultural references. The author offers an ethnographic approach to the understanding of the colonial encounter and of colonialism. Her ethnographical research shows that Goa is, and was, dominantly Hindu and the perception of Goan society as essentially fragmented is a colonial imposition. The author takes into account indigenous views, with special focus on a group of devadasis of a Hindu temple. Through them the author aims to dismantle both the stereotypes staged by Portuguese colonialism and an essentialist and Eurocentric view of the caste system in India.

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The Writings of Bipan Chandra: The Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gandhi by Bipan Chandra : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125045717

For more than half a century, Bipan Chandra has made unparalleled contribution to the study of modern Indian history. He is renowned worldwide as an authority on the subject, with a lucid and accessible style that has made him one of the most widely read and influential historians of our times. Bipan Chandra‚€™s writings have profoundly influenced our understanding of the emergence of modern India, as well as of contemporary concerns that have their roots in the colonial past.

The Writings of Bipan Chandra: The Making of Modern India is a definitive collection of essays which depicts Bipan Chandra‚€™s range of interests. It presents his views and positions qualified after an engagement of over fifty years with Independent India. The essays present a long-term perspective of the emergence of nationalism and the Indian national movement, with special emphasis on its Gandhian phase, and the nature of Indian capitalism and its relationship with imperialism and the national movement. They identify specificities of the colonial structure, and trace the possible paths of economic transformation until independence. The volume includes a critical appraisal of the Indian Left, and a nuanced understanding of the idea of secularism and emergence of communalism in India.

The introduction by Aditya Mukherjee is a fitting tribute from a former student and colleague. This volume is a celebration of the singular scholarship of perhaps the greatest living chronicler of the Indian national movement and after. It will be invaluable for students, teachers and everyone interested in the history and idea of India.

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The Writings of Richard Falk: Towards Humane Global Governance by Richard Falk : Rs1395 ISBN: 9788125043072

Richard Falk has been an inspirational figure for scholars of international law and international relations for more than five decades. His seminal writings, drawing on a range of intellectual traditions‚€”anarchist, humanist, feminist, liberal and Marxist‚€”have offered radical thinking on issues ranging from the Vietnam War and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. A prolific writer, Falk has made path-breaking contributions in clarifying the role of international law in a turbulent world, reforming the United Nations system and promoting international environmental protection and justice.

This volume brings together 20 of Falk‚€™s landmark essays, each resonating with his commitment towards establishing what he calls a system of humane global governance. Divided into five sections, these essays cover a variety of issues: the major challenges before international legal scholarship today, the failure of the United Nations to take the discourse of global democracy and global justice forward, the need to reform the UN, the international community‚€™s focus on protection and sustainability and the neglect of justice, and the untapped potential of international human rights law to achieve global justice. The way forward, Falk emphasizes, is to establish, through global social movements, democratic global political structures in the new millennium.

The Foreword by B. S. Chimni is a fitting tribute from a well known scholar of international law. He writes, ‚€˜Falk is an embodiment of a critical intellectual who has never hesitated to speak truth to power.‚€™ Published for the first time in India, The Writings of Richard Falk: Towards Humane Global Governance is a must-read for students and scholars of international law, international relations and political science.

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

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

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

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

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Understanding Caste: From Buddha to Ambedkar and Beyond by Gail Omvedt : Rs375 ISBN: 9788125045731

Understanding Caste approaches the historical issue of caste and anti-caste movements from a position of insightful inquiry and rigorous scholarship. Critiquing the sensibility which equates Indian tradition with Hinduism, and Hinduism with Brahmanism‚€”which considers the Vedas as the foundational texts of Indian culture and discovers within the Aryan heritage the essence of Indian civilisation‚€”it shows how even secular minds remain imprisoned within the Brahmanical vision. And so it looks at the alternative traditions nurtured within dalit movements, which have questioned this way of looking at Indian society and history.

Written in a lucid and readable style, the author elucidates how dalit politics and the dalit vision require going beyond even the term ‚€˜dalit‚€™ and how it has contributed to being symbolic of the most oppressed and exploited sections within the graded hierarchies of caste. Alongside the ascendance of Hinduism, the book traces the invasive trends of resistance and revolt in the tenets of Buddhism and radical bhakti, in the anti-patriarchal stands of early feminists, in the pervasive radicalism of the dalit activists‚€”from Phule and Periyar, Ramabai and Tarabai, to Kabir, Tukaram and Ambedkar, even for that matter Buddha himself.

This book brings to the reader the failures and triumphs of the many efforts that have aimed to dissolve the oppressive facets of Hinduism and its caste ideology, and continue to organise in newer ways for 'another' possible world where equality and human freedom reign supreme. It also makes visible the logic of dalit politics and the rise of the Bahujan Samaj Party, as a major alternative to the rise of Hindutva.

This important and essential readingwill be an invaluable primer on the subject to students of dalit and caste studies and politics.

This revised edition has a new and comprehensive Index.

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Unsettling The Past: Unknown aspects and Scholarly Assessments of D.D. Kosambi by D.D. Kosambi , Meera Kosambi (ed.) : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178243658

Of virtually no modern historian other than D.D. Kosambi (1907‚€“1966) can it be said: ‚€˜He changed the way in which Indian history was conceptualized and written.‚€™ In fact, the term ‚€˜Renaissance man‚€™ springs to mind because Kosambi‚€™s intellectual contributions cross disciplinary boundaries, ranging from ancient history to mathematics to Sanskrit literature to numismatics to India‚€™s energy policy.

This book contains relatively unknown writings by Kosambi, including several obscure but important essays and an unpublished children‚€™s story. Also made available here for the first time are some wonderful letters that Kosambi wrote to, among others, the scientist Homi Bhabha and the writer-historian Robert Graves. These reveal Kosambi‚€™s mastery of the epistolary art.

Other sections contain tributes to Kosambi by his friends, and essays by major contemporary scholars on his contributions in diverse fields. The volume gives a new and well-rounded picture of Kosambi‚€™s writings, as well as mature assessments of his scholarship by some of the best minds of our time.

The editor, Meera Kosambi, provides an Introduction which situates her father within his social, political, intellectual, and familial milieux.

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Urbanising Cholera: The Social Determinants of Its Re-emergence by Rajib Dasgupta : Rs1625 ISBN: 9788125046608

Cholera is one of the classical diseases in the history of epidemiology. John Snow‚€™s seminal work of cholera epidemics in London (between 1820s and 1850s) marked a paradigmatic shift in epidemiological thinking for several reasons:

  1. a rational approach to the social determinants,
  2. inductive logic based on detailed and accurate descriptive data, and,
  3. for the first time, the right action for the right reasons (in contrast to miasmatic theories). Subsequent shifts in analytical approaches, fuelled in part by epidemiological transition, have established a far more statistical approach as the gold standard of evidence-based medicine, based on individual determinants. 

Urbanising Cholera is a revival of the eco-social approach in examining the social determinants of cholera and deals with different aspects of the problem. Taking a public health perspective, the study gives a giving a social epidemiological account of cholera with a focus on the urban poor. 

This book would be of interest to historians of public health, urban health practitioners including local self-government organizations and urban planners.

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

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

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Who Wants Democracy? by Javeed Alam : Rs295 ISBN: 9788125045519

The internal structure of Indian democracy has seen rapid changes since the implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations in 1989. Who Wants Democracy? defines two important shifts in the polity. Even as the elite are increasingly stepping back from active participation, the less privileged classes are coming forward to engage vitally with democratic processes.

Javeed Alam highlights how the poor return in every election to choose their representatives and what the voting patterns reveal about the links between regional voices and national unity, between the politics of community and the ideal of citizenship.

This second edition includes a Prologue in which the author takes up certain theoretical issues. Discussing the democratic possibilities that modernity still offers, he says that the ‚€˜presence of critique‚€™ within modern thought can enable people to deepen their understanding of the idea of freedom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"When the War Began We Heard of Several Kings": South Asian Prisoners in World War I Germany by Franziska Roy, Heike Liebau and Ravi Ahuja (Eds.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788187358435

The age of catastrophe devoured lives from many parts of the globe. Yet the ‚€˜Great War‚€™ also occasioned new encounters and experiences. Never before had ten thousands of non-elite South Asians moved across Europe. About two thousand of them, mostly sailors and soldiers who hailed from villages in Bengal, Nepal, the Northwest Frontier and Punjab, were held for years in German prison camps. They attracted the close attention of army officers, diplomats and secret agents, of emigrant revolutionaries like Har Dayal and Virendranath Chattopadhyaya, of German artists, academics and industrialists. The captives made sense of these unusual encounters in their own ways. This volume approaches their difficult engagements from various angles. It introduces and makes available rich German archives as yet unknown to the non-German speaking world.

The CD Rom attached to this book goes beyond the written word. It includes the Hindi and Urdu editions of the propagandistic camp journal Hindostan, transcripts of sound recordings in which the sailors and soldiers speak in their native tongues about their experiences as they are taken from place to place, perhaps in the hope that these might reach their families. There is nostalgia in their voices as they sing songs about their homes, while acutely critical comments on their lives in ‚€˜vilayat‚€™ give the lie to the notion of the apolitical peasant-soldier.

The CD Rom also includes pictorial documents of paintings by the soldiers, and some powerful photographs of war camps in Zossen and WŁnsdorf. The CD Rom also carries the Bibliography which is a special feature of this book. It is both extensive and rich, covering rare books which will be of enormous value to scholars and interested readers.

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‚€œBecause I am a woman‚€: A child widow‚€™s memoirs from colonial India by Haimabati Sen, Tapan Raychaudhuri (Tr.), Geraldine Forbes and Tapan Raychaudhuri (Eds.) : Rs675 ISBN: 9788180280399

This detailed and intimate memoir chronicles the life of one of India‚€™s earliest women doctors, Haimabati Sen. Born c. 1866 and married before she was 10, Haimabati became a widow within a year. Unwelcome in her deceased husband‚€™s and her natal home, she travelled to Benares, Calcutta, East Bengal and back to Calcutta seeking an education. She eventually remarried, trained as a medical practitioner, and became a ‚€œLady Doctor‚€. The account of her life and times illustrates the hard lives of girls and women who flouted social conventions. Originally written in Bengali in lined school notebooks, Haimabati‚€™s narrative was discovered and translated by Tapan Raychaudhuri and edited by Geraldine Forbes and the translator. This edition includes an introduction by the editor, comprehensive biographical notes and photographs.

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A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work & Loss by Vasanth Kannabiran : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125043058

A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work and Loss is a series of conversations with women about marriage and widowhood. The women speak here with frankness and candour about their often quite unconventional relationships with their husbands, and of coming to terms with the loss of a life-long partner. Despite the grief, despite an altered and often fractured sense of self, each woman is determined to live a productive and creative life. 

Reflecting the social history of a class of women born before Independence, this volume explores how the institution of marriage shaped their lives. These are extraordinary women, who have lived rich, full lives where work has not been separated from leisure, nor has the private world of home and family been separated from the wider world of work and social commitment. As such they have redefined marriage and family, and equally the public sphere of work to make both inclusive spaces.

This collection of interviews raises important questions: Is it possible to retain your identity and hold on to your beliefs in a long marriage? What is the line that separates and insulates home and family from community and nation? How do these women breathe normally and smile graciously while coping with a shock that uproots and erases chunks of the self? What happens when a long and supportive partnership ends?

Eminent personalities, among them, Neera Desai, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Ela Bhatt, K. Saradamoni and Shanta Rameshwar Rao discuss their long partnerships of shared visions and love. Their choices, their struggles, and their indomitable will may provide answers to countless young people today. Apart from a general readership, this book will also appeal to students and scholars of sociology and gender studies.

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Adivasis and the Raj: Socio-economic Transition of the Hos, 1820-1932 by Sanjukta Das Gupta : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125041986

While recent research on adivasis under colonial rule tends to focus on issues of identity politics, categories and definitions, it is important to emphasise that the histories of adivasis were shaped by the constantly evolving British policy towards them, their own unique features, socio-cultural traditions, and the nature of their integration within the colonial state, which in turn determined their self-definitions and their relations with others.

This book brings back a focus on the colonial history of adivasis and discusses the issue of their identity against this background. It is a study of the Hos of Chota Nagpur from 1820, when they first came into contact with the British, to 1932, when their protests took the form of religious reform movements in an attempt to develop a distinct tribal identity.

In their encounter with the British, the Hos were confronted with several challenges, such as their role in the changing political system; their right of access to local territory and forest resources; the growing influx of outsiders into their villages; and the restructuring of indigenous institutions of authority. While dealing with these circumstances, albeit with varying degrees of success, the Hos developed an ethnic and political awareness vis-ŗ-vis the British, other adivasis, and the non-adivasi population, leading to the Haribaba movement for self-purification and other socio-religious reform movements.

Meticulously researched and replete with statistical data, a detailed glossary and bibliography, this insightful volume will be useful for scholars and students of history, sociology and anthropology.

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Adivasis in Colonial India: Survival, Resistance and Negotiation by Biswamoy Pati (Ed.) : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125040941

How do we define ‚€˜adivasis‚€™? A post-modernist approach will situate them as ‚€˜colonial constructs‚€™. However, as this book goes to show, tribals were not just a colonial creation. They were a part of south Asian reality at the time of India‚€™s colonisation. Their world was not a monolithic one but the order of stratification was significantly reinforced with the advent of colonialism and its diverse interventions, in terms of the complexities arising out of land settlements and the commercialisation of agriculture.

Bringing together contributions from historians, sociologists, social anthropologists and younger scholars, this volume provides a holistic view of the world of adivasis under the British in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It unravels the ways in which the adivasi society negotiated with itself and interacted with the shifts and changes that were taking place during this period. The essays focus on the impact of the sahukar-zamindar-sarkar nexus on the adivasis; the question of dispossession and migration in the face of colonial capitalism and global needs of labour; the process of politicisation and resistance against coercive strategies of control and dominance; the problems within the adivasi society, and the questions of identity and patriarchy; medical colonialism and the adivasi healing systems; and the different ideologies that guided the ‚€˜adivasi‚€™ politics in colonial India‚€”from protests against feudal rulers, to protests against the national movement and later, the struggles led by the socialists and communists. While tracing the trajectory of the life of the adivasis, the book also examines the genealogy of the concept of higher and lower races.

Going beyond the colonial and anti-colonial theme to explore the world of the adivasis and their social history, this book makes a conscious effort to locate the ‚€˜present‚€™ in the context of the ‚€˜past‚€™. It contributes to the understanding of the encroaching colonial ideals and intentions in the name of development and civilisation, that continue to impact their lives even today.

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Colonialism, Modernity, and Literature: A View from India by Satya P Mohanty : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125042754

This is an innovative volume of essays situated at the intersection of at least three multi-disciplinary fields: postcolonial and subaltern theory; comparative literary analysis, especially with a South Asian and transnational focus; and the study of ‚€˜alternative‚€™ and ‚€˜indigenous‚€™ modernities. This definitive new work grounds the political insights of postcolonial and subaltern theory in close textual analysis and challenges readers to think in new ways about global modernity and local cultures. Focusing in part on Fakir Mohan Senapati‚€™s ground-breaking late-19th century Oriya novel Chha Mana Atha Guntha (Six Acres and a Third), the volume‚€™s comparative method suggests to readers non-ethnocentric and non-chauvinist ways of studying Indian literature. It de-emphasises regional literary histories, especially the construction of hoary pasts and glorious traditions, to focus instead on cross-regional clusters of historical and cultural meaning. The essays attempt in-depth interpretations instead of merely celebrating authors and their works. They challenge readers to think in new ways about global modernity and local cultures.

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Communalism & The Intelligentsia in Bihar, 1870‚€“1930 by Hitendra Patel : Rs1095 ISBN: 9788125042068

This volume gives an account of the rise of Hindu communalism in Bihar in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and its relationship with the nationalist ideology, through the activities of the intelligentsia. It shows how a Hindi-speaking intelligentsia emerged, carrying with it notions of history, identity and visions of a new social order where caste, national and religious loyalties co-existed. While Hindu communal forces were unable to match the dominance of the Congress with its view of a composite nationalism, the presence of the former in the political spectrum was significant. Hitendra Patel narrates the Bihari intelligentsia‚€™s efforts to mobilise people and disseminate Hindu symbols and stereotypes, while trying to give legitimacy to a ‚€˜communal‚€™ view of their nationalism. He discusses two movements that aroused widespread passions: one for the use of Hindi, replacing Urdu, in education and the law courts from the 1860s, and the other for ‚€˜cow protection‚€™. The growth of the Hindi press and anti-Bengali sentiments are outlined. Patel also analyses intra-community discourses on lower-caste inclusion, revealing divisions within the Hindu fold. 

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Crossing Thresholds: Feminist Essays in Social History by Meera Kosambi : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243382

The notion of the threshold, indicating the restricted periphery of the ‚€˜woman‚€™s place‚€™ in family and society, was firmly embedded in the psyche of nineteenth-century women in western India. Yet some remarkable and articulate women (who are the focus of this book) ‚€˜transgressed‚€™ patriarchal boundaries‚€”crossing thresholds, literally and metaphorically‚€”to make their mark in the public sphere. These Indian women created the ‚€˜first ripple feminism‚€™ of the region.

Nineteenth-century men also inhabit the book‚€”social reformers and those who helped these women, as well as conservatives who opposed both the reformers and the progressive women. The central objective of Professor Kosambi‚€™s book is to interrogate official social history‚€”which posits strong male reformers and passive women recipients‚€”as well as retrieve and assess women‚€™s own pioneering contribution to their proto-feminist efforts.

The Introduction presents a conceptual framework of public/private spheres, attempts to retrieve women‚€™s subjectivity through their published narratives, and discusses questions of representation and ‚€˜voice‚€™.

The ten essays that follow span a variety of topics‚€”the politics of iconizing individual women, women‚€™s complex relationships to their homes and their bodies, women‚€™s exposure to education and nationalism, the nature of conjugality and ‚€˜consent‚€™, ideas of motherhood and widowhood.

Uniting all these themes is the effort to amplify women‚€™s voices and reconstruct their experiential worlds.

The book straddles the areas of Gender Studies, History, and Asian Studies while underscoring the resonance of these women‚€™s lives with those of other women across South Asia and the West.

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Dalit Personal Narratives: Reading Caste, Nation and Identity by Raj Kumar : Rs595 ISBN: 9788125042501

Autobiography as a literary genre is diverse and complex‚€“and Dalit Personal Narratives is an attempt to understand its multiple meanings expressed and mediated through different identities such as caste, class, ethnicity, religion, language and gender.

Raj Kumar's pioneering book primarily examines Dalit autobiographies. It is a historic breakthrough because till recently, Dalits in India were voiceless. These narratives thus symbolise how Dalits are breaking down the age-old barrier of silence. Focusing on multiple marginalities pertaining to caste, nation and identity, the author has followed an inter-disciplinary approach across disciplines such as history, sociology, law, religion, philosophy and gender studies apart from English literature, to bring to the reader the remarkably different personal narratives of both Dalit men and women. The autobiographies are located against a socio-cultural background, along with the emergence of Dalit literature, Dalit life-narratives, while revealing their everyday caste and class exploitations that call for the restoration of dignity and self-respect. In itself, the very emergence of Dalit autobiography is an act of resistance because Dalits are using this opportunity to assert their identities through their writings. Through the autobiographies, one gets a glimpse into the life of a community struggling against deprivation, discrimination and exploitation at the hands of a society ridden with caste biases and unequal opportunities.

It also traces the origin of autobiographical writing in the West and follows its development both thematically and structurally by analysing the autobiographies of Saint Augustine, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Benjamin Franklin and J. S. Mill. Also discussed are autobiographies of upper caste Indian public personalities, including M. K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The personal narratives of upper caste Indian women, however‚€”like Rassundari Devi, Binodini Dasi and others‚€”reveal their under-privileged status in a patriarchal system. Raj Kumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Delhi University. His research areas include autobiographical studies, Dalit literature, Indian writing in English, Oriya literature and post-colonial studies. He has been a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla in 1999 and has published in journals such as Social Action, Sateertha Bulletin, The Fourth World, Creative Forum and Language Forum. Raj Kumar has also translated literary texts from Indian languages, especially from Oriya into English.

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Damayanti and Nala: The Many Lives of a Story by Susan S. Wadley (Ed.) : Rs750 ISBN: 9788180280375

This volume of essays with papers by anthropologists, Sanskritists, scholars of religion, historians, literary scholars and folklorists, explores the many ‚€˜tellings‚€™ of the story of Damayanti and Nala, giving us new understandings of this well-known story.

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Demography and Democracy: Essays on Nationalism, Gender and Ideology by Himani Bannerji : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125042921

Demography and Democracy deals with different aspects of hegemony, nationalism, criteria for citizenship and democracy. In the process this book examines complexities of civil society involving culture, class, politics and the relations between civil society and the state. Nationalism in plural terms, decolonisation, as well as analysis of ideology, including contemporary political ideologies, are the overarching themes of this book. The author explores the complexities of modern-day nationalisms from the perspective of marxist anti-colonial feminism. Focusing on ethnic nationalism and the racialised nature of imperialism of our time, the volume draws on examples from India, Israel, United States and its allies. Cultural political identities of the Hindu right, Zionism and other religious fundamentalisms are discussed in detail.

The author explores the connections between ideology and politics across regional national spaces. She shows the overlapping features between Hindutva in India and Zionism in Israel. This involves an examination of the constitution of cultural/ethnic identities in terms of the construction of the self and ‚€˜the other‚€™. The essays also carry on a sustained analysis of how patriarchy provides a taken-for-granted mediation through which the self and ‚€˜other‚€™ relationships are constituted.

The volume will be useful to students and scholars of sociology, political science, women‚€™s studies and history, as well as those interested in contemporary South Asia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feminist Vision or ‚€˜Treason Against Men‚€™? :Kashibai Kanitkar and the Engendering of Marathi Literature by Meera Kosambi : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243429

Kashibai Kanitkar (1861‚€“1948), was the first major woman writer in Marathi. She was largely self-taught and keenly conscious of the benefits of women‚€™s education. She promoted this and other emancipatory measures for women through her prolific and wide-ranging writings‚€”both fiction and non-fiction‚€”deploying them as a mode of social reform discourse.

The present book includes translations of most of Kashibai‚€™s works: both her novels (in abridged form); a review of Pandita Ramabai‚€™s American travelogue; long extracts from Kashibai‚€™s episodic autobiographical narrative as well as from her biography of India‚€™s first woman doctor, Dr. Anandibai Joshee; and an article tracing the history of women‚€™s education in Maharashtra.

A comprehensive introduction by Meera Kosambi contextualizes these texts and situates Kashibai within her social and literary milieu. Kashibai, Professor Kosambi shows, was a pioneering writer who created a new paradigm in Marathi literature. It was she who enabled Maharashtra‚€™s rich tradition of women‚€™s writings by foundational contributions which ‚€˜engendered‚€™ Marathi literature.

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India‚€™s Environmental History‚€”A Reader: (Vol. 1: From Ancient Times to the Colonial Period, Vol. 2: Colonialism, Modernity, and the Nation) by Mahesh Rangarajan and K. Sivaramakrishnan(Eds.) : Rs1850 ISBN: 9788178243160

Environmental history in India has generated a rich literature on forests, wildlife, human‚€“animal conflict, tribal rights and commercial degradation, displacement and development, pastoralism and desertification, famine and disease, sedentarism and mobility, wildness and civility, and the ecology versus equity debate.

This reader brings together some of the best and most interesting writing on India‚€™s ecological pasts. It looks at a variety of the country‚€™s regions, landscapes, and arenas as settings for strife or harmony, as topography and ecological fabric, in the process covering a vast historical terrain.

Vol 1. provides an antidote to the existing historiography, which barely takes notice of the era before 1800. The essays here range from prehistoric India to the middle of the nineteenth century. They provide insights on forest and water disputes, contests over urban and rural space, struggles over water and land, and frictions over natural wealth which have led to a reinterpretation of source materials on early and medieval India.

Vol 2. Shows how colonial rule resulted in ecological change on a new scale altogether. Forests covering over half a million sq km were taken over by 1904 and managed by foresters.  Canal construction on a gigantic scale gave British India perhaps more acreage than any other political entity on earth. Similar new forces were at work in relation to the animal world, with species being reclassified as vermin to be hunted down or as game to be selectively shot.

For all who are interested in the diverse and detailed findings of the best scholarship on India‚€™s environment, this book (and its companion volume) is essential.

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Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain? by Anjali Sahay : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125042662

  • Indian Diaspora in the United States looks at the topic of brain drain from a new lens. It uses Indian migration to the United States as a case study.
  • Its approach is different from the conventional way of looking at international migration from India. The book includes discussions on ‚€œbrain gain‚€ and ‚€œbrain circulation‚€ for source countries.
  • Recipient-countries not only benefit in the form of remittances, investments and savings but also by networking and bringing ideas and technology into India.
  • By achieving success in and visibility in host countries, the diaspora community further influences economic and political benefits for their home countries.
  • This groundbreaking work brings economic and political issues to the dimension of migration and concerns over brain drain. With its rigorous, network approach, this book is a valuable contribution to the studies of Indian diaspora, labour, and globalization.
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Lived Islam in South Asia: Adaptation, Accommodation and Conflict by Imtiaz Ahmad and Helmut Reifeld (Eds.) : Rs325 ISBN: 9788187358473

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

The book is divided into four parts.

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

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

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

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

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Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India by Shalini Grover : Rs595 ISBN: 9788187358565

Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India makes use of interesting case studies and photographs to describe the everyday life in a squatter settlement in Delhi.

The book helps to understand the marital experiences of these people most of whom belong to the Scheduled Caste and live in one identified geographical space. The author describes the shifts within their marriages, remarriages and other kinds of unions and their striking diversities, which have been described with care. Shalini Grover also examines the close ties of married women with their mothers and natal families.

An important contribution of the book lies in the unfolding of the role of women-led informal courts, Mahila Panchayats, and their influence in conflict resolution. This takes place in a distinctly different mode of community-based arbitration against the backdrop of mainstream legal structures and male-dominated caste associations.

The book will be of interest to students of sociology and social anthropology, gender studies, development studies, law and psychology. Activists and family counsellors will also find the book useful.

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

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

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

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

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Other Landscapes: Colonialism and the Predicament of Authority in Nineteenth-Century South India by Deborah Sutton : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125042020

Other Landscapes investigates the ordering and disordering of colonial authority in South India during the nineteenth century. The colonisation of the Nilgiri hills required a landscape to be constituted within the colonial bureaucratic order. This landscape was organised by the imperatives of improvement and marked out by ethnographic, agricultural and arboreal typologies. It was against this scheme of people, property and resources that colonial legislation and settler occupation were to be consolidated. However, this imagined landscape over which legislation was passed could neither match nor capture the complexities of the many lives inhabiting the hills. In the spaces between legislation and the everyday, colonial authority was forced constantly to transgress of its own norms and principles. Violence, inefficiency, corruption and loss of profit seeped through the margins of colonial governance.  

Other Landscapes performs a double manoeuvre; mining the colonial archive for the histories of colonisation and using these histories as a means to interrogate the nature of the authority which laid down that archive.

This book will be of interest to historians, anthropologists, sociologists and environmentalists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sacrificing People: Invasions of a Tribal Landscape by Felix Padel : Rs975 ISBN: 9788125041894

Sacrificing People is a provocative anthropological study of the structures of power and authority which the British rule imposed on a tribal people of Central India, the Konds. The Konds practised human sacrifice and in the pretext of rooting out this ‚€˜barbaric‚€™ ritual, the British waged wars of conquest against them subjecting them to a century of exploitation.

Recalling the violence during the colonial period, this book puts into perspective the violence and ethnic cleansing in the district of Kandhamal (2007‚€“8) when invading forces burnt dozens of Kond villages. It also brings to light how mining companies have invaded the Kond territory due to the rich Bauxite cappings dominating their largest mountains and displaced several million tribal people.

From colonial intrusion to developmental displacement, the author draws attention to how the colonial mindset and system of exploitation continue till date. Who is an innocent victim? When is the taking of life justified? Who claims the right to do so? Who is sacrificing whom? It is through these questions that this book analyses the roots of human violence which sacrifices the essence of being human.

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Society and History of Gujarat since 1800: A Select Bibliography of the English and European Language Sources by Edward Simpson : Rs1060 ISBN: 9788125041887

This book consolidates scholarship on Gujarat in English and other European languages, notably, Dutch, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. It draws together well-known sources, as well as rare and under-exploited research material. Detailed bibliographical references are provided for books, chapters, periodical literature, dissertations, project reports, other materials published since 1800; anonymous works and select government publications, such as gazetteers and census reports, are also included. The titles considered spread across the disciplinary boundaries of history, political and development studies, literature and the liberal arts, sociology, cultural and social anthropology. In these respects, the book is a comprehensive introduction to modern traditions of scholarship on Gujarat.

The reader is however also encouraged to treat the references as artefacts of power ‚€“ each entry playing some role in the way we have come to know what we know about Gujarat today. Writing often has a social life, entertaining relations with other texts, with other authors, and with a readership. Annotations pointing to some of these connections are provided, especially when titles are uninformative, argument, data or provenance notable, or when serendipity has demanded. In this respect, the text can be read to trace the genealogy of certain ideas, regional traditions and preoccupations in the literature. Taken as a whole, the book can be read creatively as an alternative form of regional history, as a condensation of the literature from which current ideas about Gujarat have been formed.

The book also contains a substantial introduction based on new and original research on the key themes in the literature on Gujarat and how these themes spill into popular politics and life in the region at present. Society and History of Gujarat since 1800: A Select Bibliography of the English and European Language Sources is an invaluable guide to anyone interested in modern Gujarat, an audience which will include activists, administrators, scholars, students and others with critically informed minds.

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States of Sentiment: Exploring the Cultures of Emotion by Pramod K. Nayar : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125041993

  • This book proposes that our responses to various situations, events and representations are not entirely private, individual and internal. They have a crucial social dimension.
  • Emotions are a result of the internalisation of cultural codes and discourses that inform, and even determine the appropriateness or inappropriateness of emotional responses.
  • We see a terrorist as a threat, a cyclone as worrying, a rags-to-riches story as a feel-good moment. We mourn the sudden death of Michael Jackson, we rejoice in the victory of a triumphant Tendulkar and we react with horror and shock to 9/11. All of these are emotional responses to specific representational strategies that present these people and events in particular ways. These strategies in turn construct our emotional relations to the events and people.  
  • Exactly how sentiments of care, passion, desire, pleasure, fear, sympathy or pity are discursively commodified (made a commodity) in the mass media, films, reportage and the other public culture forms today is the subject of this book. It demonstrates how cultures today are getting emotion-driven.
  • The book is organised around four ‚€˜sentiments‚€™‚€”well-being, suffering, aversion and hope.
  • It uses reality TV, hate speech, self-help literature, media coverage of  9/11 and 26/11, autobiographies, websites and films, and blends theoretical insights with elements of innovative inquiry, to show how emotions are packaged and how these emotions then determine social relations itself.
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The Enigma of the Kerala Woman : A Failed Promise of Literacy by Swapna Mukhopadhyay(Ed.) : Rs295 ISBN: 9788187358442

The Enigma of the Kerala Woman: A Failed Promise of Literacy consists of multi-disciplinary research carried out on various aspects of gender relations in Kerala by scholars from a range of social science disciplines under The Gender Network, a regional network of researchers investigating the phenomenon of gender under varied social and economic settings. The introductory chapter provides an overarching framework for the individual studies. Breaking new ground in analytical and methodological dimensions of Women‚€™s Studies, the papers collectively seek to provide an answer to the ‚€˜enigma‚€™ of the Kerala woman.

The book comes alive through two separate sections. The first one is devoted to case studies of women from the area of research and the second to photographs of Kerala women in various social settings with detailed anthropological captions. The two sections complement each other in supporting the main theme of the book. The book has a rich body of data which provides comparative figures relating to development indices for Kerala  in relation to  some other states as well as India as a whole.

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The Indian Army and the Making of Punjab by Rajit K. Mazumder : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243153

A handful of Englishmen controlled the vast British Indian empire for nearly two hundred years. Throughout this period, the colonials who ran the empire (viceroys, bureaucrats, military men, police officers) constituted a minuscule minority of the Indian population. That a few thousand British men dominated so many million Indians for so long via ‚€˜native‚€™ collaborators (feudal princes, educated babus, peasant recruits) has long been known. This book looks closely at the Indian army in order to show precisely how collaboration worked to sustain a national empire and a local economy.

The British Indian army was the mightiest pillar of the empire. It protected the state from internal danger and external aggression, and it helped fulfill global imperial objectives. The bulk of this British Indian army was made up of Indian regiments, and, after 1857, the largest recruitment into this army was from Punjab. Rajit Mazumder investigates the social, economic and political consequences of the creation and existence of this native army. He argues that Punjab‚€™s military significance resulted in a uniquely interdependent relationship between the colonial state and dominant elements within Punjab.

Two-fifths of the Indian army comprised Punjabi peasant recruits. The pay and pensions of these soldiers enabled the recruited classes to live better than their non-recruited counterparts. Punjab was favoured with other benefits: the creation of a vast transport and communications network to protect the north-west frontier grew into the infrastructure on which Punjab‚€™s massive agricultural expansion took place.

The benefits that the province thus derived resulted in a loyalist politics that supported British rule. At the same time, ironically, the colonial state was unable to fully use its repressive machinery in Punjab, the province that provided the bulk of its army. The result was that a paternalistic colonial state and a militarized rural Punjab colluded in a mutually beneficial alliance, not encountered elsewhere in British India. Mazumder shows that colonialism was constrained and nationalism restricted as a consequence of the Indian army‚€™s deep roots in Punjab.

This is a major work of historical research. It is indispensable to historians and sociologists, students of Punjab history and society, and the Indian army history.

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

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

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

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The Making of a Small State: Populist Social Mobilisation and the Hindi Press in the Uttarakhand Movement by Anup Kumar : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125042006

In 1994, the reactionary student agitation against OBC reservations metamorphosed into a jan andolan (populist social mobilisation) for creation of Uttarakhand state. This study conceptualises jan andolan as a non-party populist political process that temporarily claims public space and often relies on the press to get its voices heard in the corridors of power. The mobilisation for Uttarakhand was led by social activists and civic leaders, who formed the Uttarakhand Samyukta Sangharsh Samitis, and was supported by the Hindi press, particularly Amar Ujala and Dainik Jagran.

Moving beyond explanations based on electoral caste politics, The Making of a Small State traces the roots of the political imagination of Uttarakhand in the series of socio-ecological protests, such as dhandaks (peasant protests) and Chipko. The study suggests that the new regional movements are manifestations of political and economic deprivation. They highlight developmental regionalism and the demand to restore community‚€™s control over jal, jungle and zameen.

However, the paradox of the jan andolan was that the samitis, inspite of their wide social base, failed to emerge as a political alternative. The study suggests that internal contradictions in the samitis, the dependency on the press and the news culture opened the opportunity for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress to co-opt the movement for statehood and undermine the core socio-ecological issues by colonising the public space that was created by the andolan.

This book is for both academic and general readers who are interested in news media research, populist mobilisation, and political imagination of new regional identities.

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The Partitions Of Memory: The Afterlife of the Division of India by Suvir Kaul : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243221

The essays in this book suggest ways in which the tangled skein of Partition might be unravelled. Two of them deal with culture and history in what is now a part of Pakistan. Other contributors range over issues as diverse as literary reactions to Partition; the relief and rehabilitation measures provided to Partition refugees; and the Dalit claim, at the prospect of Partition, to a political community differentiating them from caste-Hindus. The power of 'national' monuments to evoke a historical past, and the power of letters to evoke more immediately poignant pasts, are themes in some of the other essays. Imaginatively written, and grounded in painstaking scholarship, this is a collection for all interested in their own histories.

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

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

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

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

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The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal 1903‚€“1908 by Sumit Sarkar : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178243351

This classic work of scholarship, first published in 1973, has long been out of print. It is reprinted now with a new preface by the author and critical essays by Neeladri Bhattacharya and Dipesh Chakrabarty.

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The Writer's Feast: Food and the Cultures of Representation by Supriya Chaudhuri and Rimi B. Chatterjee (Eds.) : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125041955

  • Sharing food, eating salt, breaking bread, raising a toast, picnics in the wild, formal dinners‚€”all have certain ideological, political and social significances. Some foods are taboo, whereas others endow the eater with purity. The means of preparing or processing food in different cultures each symbolise something.
  • The Writer‚€™s Feast is a collection of essays that discuss the various symbolic representations associated with food.
  • The essays in this volume show how food is a system of signs through which human societies give meanings to the material world they inhabit.
  • The book is divided into four thematic sections.
  • The first section eating cultures looks at social practices and systems relating to food and its consumption.
  • The second section gendering food, focuses on the gender implications of cooking and serving food.
  • In the third section, migrancy, diaspora and the cosmopolitan gourmet, the overwhelming importance of the symbolic function of food is discussed in immigrant narratives, as cuisine comes to be associated with the lost or abandoned homeland of the refugee or migrant.
  • The last section of this book, the body and its limits, looks into the implications of excessive appetites on the human body and what drives them. It also speaks of healthy eating practices. By way of contrast, it also examines what happens to human beings, their bodies when driven to the limit by extreme physical conditions or by famine and want.
  • The Contributors featuring in this book are scholars from all over the world.
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Understanding Indian Society: Past and Present by B S Baviskar and Tulsi Patel (Eds.) : Rs695 ISBN: 9788125042648

Understanding Indian Society brings together a collection of writings by eminent scholars across disciplines that capture the dynamic character of Indian society. The fifteen essays focus on four vital areas-gender relations, religion, developmental concerns and social change, and the future of the disciline of sociology. The volume explores a wide range of issues as varied as Muslim women's struggle for independence in a patriarchal society, colonial linkages of female foeticide, religious and communal conflicts, dilemmas of practising medical ethics, participation of the Patidar diaspora in the prosperity of the Gujarati community, among others. Taken together, the collection demonstrates the analytical richness of current scholarship and gives fresh insights into the society of India. Commemorating Professor A. M. Shah's work in the contemporary context, the contributors highlight the major role he played in the growth of sociology as a discipline. The book will be of interest to specialists in gender studies, sociology of family and religon, medical socillogy and development studies. It will also appeal to readers interesed in the complex structure and practices of Indian society.

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Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History by Andrew J. Nicholson : Rs750 ISBN: 9788178243283

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

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

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Violence and Belonging: Land, Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan by Are Knudsen : Rs620 ISBN: 9788125042013

Violence and Belonging examines the meanings of lethal conflict in a little-studied tribal society in Pakistan‚€™s unruly North-West Frontier Province and offers a new perspective on its causes. Based on an in-depth study of local conflicts, the book challenges stereotyped images of a region and people miscast as extremist and militant.

Being grounded in local ethnography enables the book to shed light on the complexities of violence, not only at the structural or systematic level, but also as experienced by the men involved in lethal conflict. In this way, the book provides a subjective and experiential approach to violence that is applicable beyond the field locality and relevant for advancing the study of violence in the Middle East and South Asia. The book is the first ethnographic study of this region since renowned anthropologist Fredrik Barth‚€™s pioneering study in 1954.

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Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression by G. N. Devy, Geoffrey V. Davis and K. K. Chakravarty(Eds.) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125042228

Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression is a companion volume to Indigeneity: Culture and Representation. The essays present a critical enquiry into the cultures and literatures of indigenous communities. They deal with their stories of colonial experience, their marginalization and their struggles to avert the decline of their socio-cultural status, and the emergence of their voice in the respective national literature. Rather than seeking succour from a human rights regime, Aboriginal peoples have consistently looked for lessons of environmental balance and social regeneration in their own literature, knowledge systems and cultural traditions.

The essays in this volume show how these groups have acknowledged, internalized and adapted to their own idiom, linguistic and cultural nuances and expressions left behind as a relic of colonial presence. Further, in their endeavour to analyze the reasons behind their alienation, they have consistently been self critical, holding the white colonists responsible for their current situation, but recognizing and narrating instances of complicity of Aboriginal elders in the persecution of their women.

Running through the volume is the view that the indigenous people are agents rather than objects of change. They have the capacity to classify, codify and present their knowledge and perceive and evaluate changes in the environment. The essays also highlight the rejection by Aboriginal groups of the prevailing view of their cultural heritage as a "social problem", at odds with the imperatives of contemporary existence.

This book is a celebration of indigenous cultures rooted in their physical and cultural environment rather than an archival repository or a museum gallery. Bringing together scholars from across the world, this volume will be of invaluable interest to students and scholars of sociology, anthropology, tribal studies, colonial studies, literature and linguistics.

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Windows Into a Revolution: Ethnographies of Maoism in India and Nepal by Alpa Shah and Judith Pettigrew : Rs695 ISBN: 9788187358497

Windows into a Revolution, edited by Alpa Shah and Judith Pettigrew, the first book in the series offers glimpses into the spread of Maoism in India and Nepal by tracing some of its effects on the lives of ordinary people living amidst the revolutions. Weaving through the nostalgic reflections of former Bengali Naxalites; the resurgence of ancestral conflicts in the spread of the Maoists in the remote hills of western Nepal; the disillusionments of dalits of central Bihar in the policies of the cadres; to the complexities of the interrelationship between non-aligned civilians and insurgents in central Nepal, the book offers a series of windows into different stages of mobilization and transformation into what are, were or may become, revolutionary strongholds.

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Women And Social Reform in Modern India (Two Volume Set) by Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar (Eds.) : Rs1495 ISBN: 9788178243276

The subject of social reforms has routinely formed a part of Indian history texts. The word 'reforms' conjures up the names of a few great individuals: always Hindu, always upper-caste and educated, always from cities, and always--apart from one or two memorable exceptions--men. These are the icons around whom the story of social change is written. The editors of the present work argue the need to understand the history of social reforms from a much wider array of perspectives: for example, the connections between specific social abuses on the one hand, and, on the other, systems or traditions of gender practices across times, classes, castes, and regions. For instance, when we look at widow immolation or widow remarriage practices, we need to look also at the larger domain of gender relations which sanctified immolation or which outlawed widow remarriage. What arguments were used? What aspects of these practices did the reformers ignore? How did the orthodox practitioners defend such traditions? There are also, say Sumit and Tanika Sarkar, other curious omissions in the existing literature: 'Most reforms passed through the grid of state legislation. Yet, there is little engagement even with the law-making machinery ... and far less with the judicial courts that enforced the laws and dealt with disputes around the new laws.' Such omissions are addressed, and many interesting questions raised and discussed, in this impressive collection of writings.

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Working the Night Shift: Women in India‚€™s Call Center Industry by Reena Patel : Rs545 ISBN: 9788125042655

Relatively high wages and the opportunity to be part of an upscale, globalized work environment draw many to the call center industry in India. At the same time, night shift employment presents women, in particular, with new challenges alongside the opportunities. This book explores how beliefs about what constitutes ‚€œwomen's work‚€ are evolving in response to globalization.

Working the Night Shift is the first in-depth study of the call center industry that is written from the point of view of women workers. It uncovers how call center employment affects their lives, mainly as it relates to the anxiety that Indian families and Indian society have towards women going out at night, earning a good salary, and being exposed to western culture. This timely account illustrates the ironic and, at times, unsettling experiences of women who enter the spaces and places made accessible through call center work.

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A Concise History of Indian Literature in English by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (Ed.) : Rs495 ISBN: 9788178243023

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

This book is a history of two hundred years of Indian literature in English. It starts by looking at the introduction of English into India‚€™s complex language scenario around 1800. It then takes up the canonical poets, novelists, and dramatists, as well as a few unjustly forgotten figures, who have made significant contributions to the evolution of Indian literature in English.

The book comprises twenty-four chapters, written by some of India‚€™s foremost scholars and critics. Each chapter is devoted either to a single author (Kipling, Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, R.K. Narayan), or to a group of authors (the Dutt family of nineteenth-century Calcutta; the Indian diasporic writers of the twentieth century), or to a genre (beginnings of the Indian novel; poetry since Independence).

Though the contributors are all experts in their chosen areas, this is a book for the non-specialist general reader. Biographical information on major literary figures is provided, and in most cases their work is historically contextualized. The chapters can be read selectively (for example, to follow the development of a genre) or in the order in which they appear, which is chronological.

William Jones and Thomas Macaulay, Henry Derozio and Toru Dutt, Bankim and Tagore, Kipling and Naipaul, G.V. Desani and Raja Rao, R.K. Narayan and Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Sarojini Naidu and Anita Desai, Gandhi and Nehru, Mulk Raj Anand and Aubrey Menen, Khushwant Singh and Ved Mehta, Verrier Elwin and Salim Ali, Jim Corbett and M. Krishnan, Nissim Ezekiel and A.K. Ramanujan, Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth, Amitav Ghosh and I. Allan Sealy, Gieve Patel and Girish Karnad, social reformers and religious thinkers, conservationists and hunters, Presidency College and St Stephen‚€™s College, drama and translation, this volume covers everything of literary significance that has happened in India.

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Anthropology in the East: Founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology by Patricia Uberoi, Nandini Sundar and Satish Deshpande (Eds.) : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178243009

Anthropology and sociology have long histories within India. Yet, with the exception of fieldwork experience, there is neither much material on the institutional and material contexts of these disciplines, nor on the practices of pioneering anthropologists and sociologists in shaping the intellectual contours of their craft. 

The present book, on the major figures in Indian anthropology and sociology, fills an important gap. While the sociology/anthropology of India is not purely a national phenomenon (significant scholars and centres for the study of India exist outside its borders), and while Western theories have been important factors, it is demonstrated here that local influences‚€”theoretical, institutional, and national‚€”and local personalities played a major role in shaping the field.

The volume spans approximately a century of life and work, from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, and includes scholars with extremely varying research trajectories.  However, it also shows the threads that bind these scholars: for example, their common concern with nation-building, social reform, and  the value of science.

Because it combines biography, institutional history, and critical assessment in its account of some of the most major Indian anthropologists and sociologists, this book will interest all anthropologists, sociologists, and South Asianists, as well as all interested in intellectual history and biography.

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Art of Not Being Governed, The: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott : Rs1425 ISBN: 9788125039211

For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia (a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries) have field the projects of the organised state societies that  surround them‚€” slavery, conscription, taxes, corvee labour, epidemics and warfare. Significantly, writes James C.Scott in this iconoclastic study, these people are not innocent who have yet to benefit from all that civilization has to offer; they have assessed state-based civilizations and have made a conscious choice to avoid them. The book is essentially an ‚€œanarchist  history‚€ , the first-ever examination of the huge literature on state-making that evaluates why people would deliberately  and reactively remain stateless. Among the strategies employed by the people of Zomia to remain stateless are physical dispersion in rugged terrain; agriculture practices that enhance mobiliy; pliable ethnic identities; devotion to prophetic, millenarian leaders; and maintenance of a largely oral culture that allows them to reinvent their histories and genealogies as they move between and around states.

The Art of Not Being Governed challenges us with a radically different approach to history that views events from the perspective of stateless peoples and redefines state-making as a form of ‚€œinternal colonialism.‚€ In contrast to the Western ideal of the social contract as fundamental to state-making Scott finds the disturbing mechanism of subjugation to be more in line with the historical facts in mainland area studies  that  will be applicable to other runaway, fugitive, and marooned communities, they Gypsies, Cossacks, tribes fleeing slave raiders, Marsh Arabs, or San-bushmen.

In accessible language, James Scott, recognized worldwide as an eminent authority in Southeast Asian, peasant, and agrarian studies, tells the story of the peoples of Zomia and their unlikely odyssey in search of self-determination. Along the way he redefines our views on Asian politics, history, and demographics, and even our fundamental ideas about what constitutes civilization.

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Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture by Francesca Orsini (ed.) : Rs1005 ISBN: 9788125038290

Based on a workshop on ‚€˜Intermediary Genres in Hindi and Urdu‚€™, Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture is an attempt to rethink aspects of the literary histories of these two languages. Today, Hindi and Urdu are considered two separate languages, each with is own script, history, literary canon and cultural orientation. Yet, precolonial India was a deeply multilingual society with multiple traditions of knowledge and of literary production. Historically the divisions between Hindi and Urdu were not as sharp as we imagine them today. The essays in this volume reassess the definition and identity of language in the light of this. Various literary traditions have been examined keeping the historical, political and cultural developments in mind. The authors look at familiar and not so familiar Hindi and Urdu literary works and narratives and address logics of exclusion and that have gone into the creation of two separate languages (Hindi and Urdu) and the making of the literary canons of each. Issues of script, religious identity, gender are also considered. This volume is different in that it provides a new body of evidence and new categories that are needed to envisage the literary landscape pf north India before the construction of separate ‚€˜Hindu-Hindu‚€™ and ‚€˜Muslim-Urdu‚€™ literary traditions. This collection of essays looking into the rearticulation of language and its identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries will be useful for students of modern Indian history, language studies and cultural studies.

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Bridging Partition: People‚€™s Initiatives for Peace between India and Pakistan by Smitu Kothari and Zia Mian with Kamla Bhasin, A H Nayyar and Mohammad Tahseen (eds.) : Rs730 ISBN: 9788125038306

Over the past three decades, in the shadow of hostile nationalisms fuelled by radical Islamic and Hindu politics, military crises, a runaway arms race, nuclear weapons and war, an amazing set of civil society initiatives has been taking root in India and Pakistan. A citizens‚€™ diplomacy movement embracing thousands of activists, scholars, business people and retired government officials has emerged in an unprecedented effort to build national and cross-border networks for peace and cooperation between the two countries. In these essays, leading scholars, activists and writers from India and Pakistan reflect on the political and personal impact of crossing the border, and exploring the possibilities and limits of this new movement in its quest to chart a path to peace between the two countries.

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Children with Communication Disorders by Prathibha Karanth : Rs550 ISBN: 9788125038665

'Children with Communication Disorders' provides a simple, lucid and scientific account of the types of communication disorderss that may be seen in children. Apart from serving as an introductory text for students of speech-language pathology, it is also addressed to an audience of parents, teachers and other concerned professionals such as paediatricians, ENT specialists, developmental nerologists, psychologists and special educators. The book is an introduction to the wide range of communication disorders that are seen in children so as to be able to recognise them, implement preventive and remedial steps where feasible, and seek appropriate professional help when needed. It well also serve as an aid to families and professionals to identify and support children with communication disorders across a range of settings including homes, schools and clinics.

This revised edition includes a Foreword by M. N. Hegde, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at the California State University  in Fresno.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Economic & Political Weekly

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

Susan S. Wadley, Syracuse University

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

Alan Rogers, University of East Anglia

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