Established in 1969, Manohar is a publishing house and a bookseller serving individuals and libraries. We export books by mail and have a bookstore at Ansari Road in Delhi.
Manohar initially sold only rare and out of print publications, but soon branched out into local sale/export of new books published in India, and then into publishing of scholarly works under its own imprint.
Preserving Cultural Identity
through Education: The Schools of the Chinese Community in Calcutta, India
By- Zhang Xing
China started settling in Calcutta, the British capital of colonial India, from
the late eighteenth century, initially, the immigrant community comprised of
male workers, many of whom sojourned between China and India. Only in the early
twentieth century was there a large influx of women and children from China. To
address the educational needs of the children—both immigrant and
locality-born—several Chinese-medium primary and middle schools were
established in Calcutta by the community in the 1920s and 1930s. Using many
hitherto unexplored textual sources and interviews in India, China and Canada,
this detailed and unprecedented study examines the history and significance of
these Chinese-medium schools. It focuses on the role they played in preserving
Chinese cultural identity not only through the use of educational curricula and
textbooks imported from China, but also with the emphasis on the need to return
to the ancestral homeland for higher education. This study also breaks new
ground by examining the impact of political and other factionalism within the
community as well as the India-China conflict of 1962 that resulted in the
closure of most of the Chinese-medium schools in Calcutta by the 1980s.
Zhang Xing is a
Ph.D. candidate at Peking University (China) and Martin Luther University
2011 104p. Rs.350/ pounds 18
Perilous Journey: Debates on
Security and Development in Assam
By- Rakhee Bhattacharya and Sanjay
The contours of Assam’s development and security
reveal a continuum of turbulence and conflict. Over the centuries, Assam
assimilated large number of ethnic groups, and remained the key state of
India’s North-East. It anchors other smaller states of the region in terms of
connectivity, geography, economy, history and society.
Except Tripura and Manipur, all other states in
North-East India were carved out of Assam during the 1970s and 1980s due to
ethno-identity politics. During this period, continuous migration from
Bangladesh threatened its economic, cultural, political existence, and the
psyche of the indigenous people of Assam. All this resulted in the historic
Assam movement, which gradually got transformed into an insurgency. The ever
present violence forever changed the destiny of Assam for worse with
multi-layered security problems. The state’s economy which was leading in the
first few decades after Independence became the most backward in the pan-Indian
development space after liberalization.
The theme of the book dwells upon
such multi-disciplinary issues that continue to fracture Assam. This book is
premised on the belief that today, Assam’s economic prosperity and security
issues can no longer be treated as mutually exclusive paradigms. While
exploring the security-development linkages, this volume focuses on migration,
insurgency, cross-border activities, counter-insurgency doctrines and
development issues of Assam. It brings forth the views of experienced
policymakers, academicians and young scholars. Conceptualizing the
interdependence of security and development in Assam, the book calls for a more
integrated and holistic approach to understand and address the security
situation in Assam.
Rakhee Bhattacharya is a Fellow at the MAKAIAS,
Kolkata. She was also an Endeavour Post-doctoral Fellow. Her areas of interest
incorporate North-East India’s security, development, disparity and neighborhood
Sanjay Pulipaka is a
Fellow at the MAKAIAS, Kolkata. He was also a Fulbright Fellow and his areas of
interest include Indian politics, political transitions, conflict
transformation and international politics.
ISBN 978-81-7304-904-0 2011 258p.
Rs.695/ pounds 45
Our History, Their History:The Contrasting Historical
Narratives of East and West
By- G.S. Cheema
Why is Indian history so different from European? Why did
parliaments and democracy have their origins there and not here? Even though
our peasantry was free and we never had landlords – until the British created
them here in the later part of the eighteenth century?
Then, even more curiously, while India has been united for
considerable periods of its history, the Western world has never been united – not since the fall of Rome in the fifth
century. In spite of appallingly bloody wars the political subdivisions of
Europe are seemingly permanent. Frontiers have changed only marginally over the
past 700 years. In India, on the other hand, the states of the present Union
are largely artificial. None of them can claim a history comparable to that of
any European country.
It is not that European princes did not dream of world
empire, but their empires were mostly overseas. All attempts to unify Europe
itself under one emperor, after the Roman model, failed. The Holy Roman Empire
was an empire only in name. The Emperor, in spite of his bombastic titles was
scarcely even king of Germany.
These are some of the questions and paradoxes that the
author has tried to answer and explain in this stimulating and thought
G.S. Cheema was born
in Ranchi in 1949. A career civil servant, he retired from the Punjab cadre of
the Indian Administrative Service in 2009. this is his second book. His first
work, The Forgotten Mughals, was
published by Manohar in 2002. He lives in Chandigarh.
New States for a New India: Federalism
and Decentralization in the States of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh
By- Samuel Berthet and Girish
The creation of as many as three
new states—Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal—around the same time was a
big surprise of the year 2000. What was the rationale? What was the
justification for their creation as independent states? Even if the idea was to
create smaller states by carving out certain neglected regions of some of the
unmanageable bigger states, there were many claimants, other than these three.
By ignoring the longstanding demand for a separate Vidarbha, for instance, why
was Chhattisgarh bestowed with statehood for which there was hardly any demand per
The half-century old
history of independent India is replete with such demands. Later, when federal
arrangements grew from two-tier to multi-tier phase, it was believed that
decentralization could be a better route to take power to the doorsteps of the
people. Was then the whole exercise aimed at addressing certain maladies of
representative democracy? Or was it considered the safest political move to
accommodate political aspirations of the leading constituent of the then ruling
NDA? Or was it perceived as a necessity to meet an ever growing demand for
minerals in a highly globalized market?
and related questions have been examined in a multi-disciplinary frame in this
volume by scholars, administrators and activists alike, both Indian and French.
Through this edited volume, the readers would also come face to face with the
final outcome of the decision to create Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, a decade
after the addition of these two states to the Indian Union.
Berthet is currently director of
Alliance française de Chittagong (Bangladesh).
Kumar is Senior Fellow, Indian
Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.
2011 252p. Rs.645/ pounds 45
International and Transnational
Political Actors: Case Studies from the Indian Diaspora
By- Eric Leclerc (ed.)
volume explores a new field of Indian diasporic studies, the relations between
international and transnational political actors. A number of issues have
already been raised for the Indian diaspora: the question of identity in the
host country, both in terms of religion or caste, as well as economic issues of
integration in overseas territories and remittances to India, and impact of the
brain drain on India. But the trans-State political activities involving the
Indian diaspora have hardly been addressed so far. The book affords us an
opportunity to analyse the construction of these new actors in international
relations, in their many forms: lobbying, political parties, cultural
The ten papers collected in this volume look at the role of Indian
diaspora in international relations, within and beyond the traditional
triangular framework of diaspora, State of origin and host State. The
involvement of Indian diaspora in international relations has been assessed on
two criteria: its global expansion; and how it defines new areas of legitimacy.
The picture depicted for other diasporas (Jewish, Kurdish, Palestinian, Sri
Lankan Tamil) is complemented and enriched here by the case of India.
volume is organized into two thematic sections. The first is from the point of
view of the Indian State, its involvement with the Indian diaspora overseas or
with various diasporas on its territory. The second focus is on the diaspora
actor through the study of few Indian communities. The contributors explore the
processes of building transnational political actors in the Indian diaspora.
Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Rouen (France). He
started his research in south India on developmental issues, both in rural
areas as well as in small towns.
2011 246p. Rs.650/ pounds 45
Indo-French Perspectives on Local
Government and Democracy
By- Lucy Baugnet and Girish Kumar
Can practices of
local level democracy in France and India as fostered by their local
governments be compared? If contextualized in terms of their respective
geographical expanse intertwined with their political history, levels of
economic development, demographic attributes and cultural moorings, comparison
would, at best be shallow. But juxtapose them in the context of their
contemporary political developments and a viable common ground would appear,
rendering their seemingly divergent features irrelevant. After all, starting
from the inauguration of the Fifth Republic in France in 1958 and Independent
India declaring itself a ‘Republic’ in 1950, both countries embarked on their
post-war journey as highly centralized States.
Following several abortive or
partially successful reform measures adopted in the next four decades, they
eventually took bold strides in the 1990s, ushering profound changes in their
respective governing structures and other areas, including creating space for
political representation of women and marginalized sections. Going beyond their
earlier tryst with the halting pace of multi-level decentralization, these
moves were somewhat influenced by the decentralization wave that swept the
world in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Set against this backdrop, the purpose
of this volume, the first of its kind, is to sensitize readers with the nuances
of democratic decentralization, viewed from both the angles of demand and
supply in India as well as France.
Lucy Baugnet is Full Professor in Social Psychology and
Counsellor for International Relations at the University of Picardy Jules
Girish Kumar is Senior Fellow, Indian Institute of Public
Administration, New Delhi.
ISBN 978-81-7304-916-3 2011 322p.
Rs.800/ Pounds 50
Catalogue of Orissan Inscriptions
By- Snigdha Tripathy
The present book covers a subject
of immense value, the epigraphic records of Orissa, the most indispensable
source for the reconstruction of its history and culture. Present-day Orissa
can now boast of a long chequered history of its own, exclusively due to its
immense epigraphic wealth.
Material on inscriptions of
different periods, dynasties and localities of Orissa and in the territories
which once had formed the Orissan dominions in the past or that have a bearing
on the history of this land, are scattered in various periodicals and
unpublished works and rarely available to scholars and researchers. For their
systematic study, a comprehensive descriptive and topographical catalogue of
Orissan inscriptions like the present one. has so far remained a great desideratum
for the benefit of students and researchers working on Orissan as well as
Indian history and culture.
This volume, the first of its
kind, which presents the material in an authentic, analytical and systematic
way is sure to remain a source book for serious researchers and students for
years to come.
Snigdha Tripathy obtained
her M.A. in ancient History and Ph. D. in Numismatics in 1967 and 1983
respectively from the Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. She worked as an
epigraphist in the Orissa State Museum, Bhubaneswar and retired in 2003.
2010 1190p. Rs.4000/ pounds 185
Debrahmanising History: Dominance
and Resistance in Indian Society
By- Braj Ranjan Mani
Egalitarianism is neither alien
to India nor the gift of the West. Marginalized people everywhere have always
aspired to build an egalitarian world. Espousing the perspective of the
non-elites, this book brings out the beauty and resilience of a
counter-tradition by visiting some of the major sites of resistance and
creativity from below. Ranged against caste and brahmanism, this
rational-liberating tradition is to be found in the heterodoxies of various
inclinations, particularly Buddhism, the movements of subaltern saint-poets,
Sufism and Sikhism.
This legacy was carried forward
in modern India by, more than anybody else, Phule, Iyothee Thass, Narayana
Guru, Periyar, and Ambedkar. Recognizing the power of culture in the politics
of transformation, they had emancipatory visions that embraced the whole of an
Indian experience, and stand firmly as an alternative to Tilak-Savarkarite,
Gandhian, and Nehruvian visions. Their determined, but diverse and resourceless
struggles, fought in the teeth of opposition from the caste elites, could not
arrest the neo-brahmanism which under colonial patronage and the archeology of
knowledge derived from Orientalism went on to reincarnate – and nationalize –
itself into octopus-like Hinduism. Their sublime failure adds to their enduring
appeal to the marginalised as old forms of hierarchy and hegemony menacingly
morph into new structures of inequality in post-1947 India.
In some studies, the egalitarian
orientation of this tradition is belatedly being recognised but it is seldom
integrated with macro-level theoretical studies on Indian culture and society.
An attempt in that direction, this searing critique of caste and dominant
historiography is meant for all those who are – or want to be – part of the
ongoing struggle for human liberation.
Braj Ranjan Mani writes on
Indian society and culture from the perspective of the marginalised majority.
Cultural Revolt in a Colonial
Society: The Non-Brahman Movement in
By- Gail Omvedt
The colonial period saw important social movements in
India. Among the strongest of these was non-Brahman movement in Maharashtra.
Its founder was a remarkable intellectual and social activist from the gardener
(Mali) caste, Jotirao Phule (1827-90). His writings laid the foundations of the
movement, and the Satyashodhak Samaj (“Truthseekers Society”) which he founded
in 1873, became its primary radical organization, lasting until the 1930s.
Shahu Maharaj, the Maratha maharaja of Kolhapur, who turned against
Brahmans because they considered him a shudra, and became radicalized from
this, was a major patron. The heyday of the movement took place between 1910 and
1930, when the Satyashodhak Samaj carried the message of anti-caste
anti-Brahmanism throughout Maharashtra; one of its offshoots was a strong
In the 1920s a political party emerged, as did Dr.
B.R. Ambedkar’s Dalit movement, which drew sustenance also from support of the
non-Brahmans and patrons such as Shahu Maharaj. Young radicals such as
Keshavrao Jedhe and Dinkarrao Javalkar challenged Brahman cultural dominance in
Pune and intervened in the Brahman-dominated Communist movement in Mumbai.
By the 1930s, however, the movement died away as the
majority of its activists joined Congress. It has left a strong heritage, but
the failure to really link nationalism with a strong anti-caste movement has
left a heritage of continued and often unadmitted dominance of caste in Indian
This classic study on the non-Brahman movement in
western India is invaluable for scholars of sociology, caste movements, Dalit
studies and colonialism.
Gail Omvedt currently holds the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
Chair of Social Change and Development at IGNOU.
ISBN 978-81-7304-927-9 2011 332p. Rs.895/
Centres Out There?: Facets of Subregional Identities in
By- Hermann Kulke and Georg
the 1970s, the first Orissa Research Project (ORP), financed by the German
Research Council and conducted by the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg
University, revealed vital elements of Oriya identity and culture by its
extensive research on the cult of Jagannath and the temple city of Puri. In
1999, the second ORP, ‘Various Identities: Socio-Cultural Profiles of Orissa in
Historical and Regional Perspectives’ was sanctioned until 2005.
the former project focused on the dominant discourses of coastal Orissa, the
second project was periphery oriented in a double sense. Geographically it
extended its studies to the hinterland of coastal Orissa, and sociologically it
gave a stronger emphasis on its peripheral or subaltern folk and tribal groups.
With its complementary studies, the second ORP attempts to give a comprehensive
view of the polymorphic and polycentric pattern of the great regional tradition
of Orissa. They reveal the inherent vitality and dynamics of India’s regional
traditions by paradigmatic studies on the genesis, historical development,
competition and integration of various local and subregional traditions of
themes of the present volume are narrative and ritual traditions of the former
Feudatory States and their emergence as Centres Out There as well as
studies on various ‘Facets of Subregional Identities’ and their impact on the
urban culture of coastal Orissa. They shed light on issues which are generally
not in the centre of academic research, like the central agency of women in
folk performances and the social formation of tribal societies.
Hermann Kulke is retired Professor of South and
Southeast Asian History at Kiel University.
Georg Berkemer is Senior Lecturer of South Asian
History and Languages at Humboldt University, Berlin.
Business Brahmins: The Gauda
Saraswat Brahmins of South Kanara
By- Harald Tambs-Lyche
studies have dominated anthropological writing on India for a long time, though
more recently, much has been written on the big cities. This study is original in
focusing on a small-town bourgeoisie.
Udupi, in South Kanara (north of Mangalore), was just a famous
pilgrimage centre, then an administrative unit, until the Gauda Saraswat
Brahmins arrived there in the 1890s. They were instrumental in creating a flourishing
market and town, and their businesses still form the core of the local economy.
like a piece of local history, this book tells the story of the town from the
perspective of these ‘Business Brahmins’, but it also presents an analysis of
kinship, religion and community in a Brahmin caste which, in some ways, does
not correspond to the received ideas of Brahmin orthodoxy.
Konkani speakers from Goa, they constitute an ethnic minority as well as the
main part of the local bourgeoisie. This blend of caste, class and ethnicity
nevertheless merges into a strong and integrated identity, while its various
aspects lead the author to take a critical attitude to those who would reduce
the complexity of social stratification in India to a single model of the
is a small town and easily identified, so no attempt has been made to mask the
main actors by using fictitious names. The author feels that any criticism that
may emerge of them is amply compensated for by documenting their important role
in building and developing the lively urban community that Udupi is today.
studied anthropology in Bergen and at SOAS, London.
2011 326p. Rs.1095/ pounds 55
Beauty in Money: Numismatic Art and Technology of Early South
(Up to and Including the
By- S. Suresh
historical studies have hitherto been mostly confined to sculptures, paintings,
furniture and jewellery. Boldly moving away from the conventional approach to
the study of coins as mere economic entities, the present volume is the first
systematic, comprehensive and analytical study of ancient Indian coins as
objects of art. Coins, like historical monuments, sculptures and paintings,
have a symbolic meaning behind the visual form and epitomize the
socio-religious conditions and the art traditions in which they emerged.
Focusing on the coins of south India, the study, combining empirical data with
theoretical insights, explores the subtle interrelationships between the steady
evolution of coinage and the simultaneous development of art in this region.
thematic, iconographic and stylistic affinities between the art in coins and
the art in stone, the study clearly reveals that as sculptural art was more
pervasive than numismatic art, the latter recurrently felt the impact of the
former. Often, the mint masters and coin makers, faithfully reproduced, on a
miniature scale, specimens of sculpture and architecture on the coins. At
the same time, coins too were rarely featured in other mediums of art. Probing
the metallic composition and the process of production of the coins of
different dynasties and periods, the present study also analyses the technical
constraints of numismatic art.
volume includes an exhaustive corpus, prepared for the first time ever, of the
symbols and devices on the coins of the major dynasties of ancient south India.
book will be of interest to archaeologists, numismatists, art historians and economic
Suresh is presently in the U.S. as
a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at the National Trust for Historic
Preservation, Washington D.C. and the School of Architecture, Planning and
Preservation of the University of Maryland. He is Tamil Nadu State Convener of
the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Academic
Director, Bharat Travel Services, Chennai. He was earlier Nehru Visiting Fellow
at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
ISBN 978-81-7304-909-5 2011 244p.
Rs.795/ pounds 45
Security is increasingly becoming a complex concept acquiring new
nuances with debates over its scope. There are arguments as to whether the
current approache(s) to the study of security is(are) any longer suitable for
dealing with the changing nature of contemporary security. At another level,
the debate over security is if there can be geographical and cultural
connotations to security and security studies in opposition to the state/power
centric Western approach. Further there are criticisms related to increasing
securitization of issues which, it is argued, may lead to politics of
volume is an interdisciplinary effort designed to respond to the changing
nuances of security. It intends to address the changing notions and critically
examine the foregoing uncertainties and the resulting unpredictability in the
international politics of Asia. It builds on quest in the region for new
analytical and policy frameworks, as well as for a new architecture for
Basu is a Fellow at the Maulana
Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata and a Ph.D. from
the Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University. She was also a
Visiting Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies
(POLIS), University of Cambridge and the recipient of the 10th Wrangler Pavate
Fellowship for International Studies (2010).
ISBN 978-81-7304-908-8 2011 358p. Rs.1050/
By- H.S. Vasudevan (Editor-in-Chief) and Kausik Bandyopadhyay
Popular culture has
long been a site which articulates the complexities and diversities of the
everyday life of the nation. People, society, nation – all confront, negotiate
and internalize or exclude the variegated and nuanced forms of popular culture
in their own ways from time to time. Popular culture thus represents people,
redefines society, and, to be bold, reconditions humanity. Asia Annual 2008:
Understanding Popular Culture attempts to reveal at least part, if not
whole, of the processes of how significant variegated aspects of popular
culture was/has become for parts of Asia and particularly for India –
politically, socially, economically, culturally and emotionally.
The volume is an
interdisciplinary effort designed to respond to the growing interest in popular
culture throughout Asia. It intends to address the changing intellectual ways
of constructing, reconstructing, deconstructing, texts and activities as
popular culture. Popular culture, in such context, is a broad canvas to
incorporate lived and textual cultures, the mass media, ways of life and
discursive modes of representation. Central to the formation of these popular
cultures are articulations of the economic, social and political spheres, and
the volume offers contributions that highlight these issues. Asian popular
culture is of interest to cultural, media, film, and sports studies, as well as
social geography, history, business management, international relations, area
and diaspora studies, post-modern and post-colonial theoretical formulations.
therefore intends to bring together scholars who offer critical appreciation on
various forms of popular culture within Asia and across its borders. It thus
attempts innovative discussions and debates on the emergence and vibrancy of
new forms of social, cultural and political strategies and representations of
popular culture in literature, film, music, theatre, sport, media,
advertisement, science, politics and visual cultures.
Bandopadhyay, former Fellow of the Maulana Abul Kalam
Azad Institute of Asian Studies, is Reader in History, West Bengal State
978-81-7304-844-9 2010404p. Rs.995/ pounds 80
The Indian Army with one million men is the third largest
in the world. The Indian Air Force is the second biggest aerial armada in
Afro-Asia. And the Indian Navy is the most powerful naval force among the
Indian Ocean states. To cap it all, India’s nuclear arsenal is the sixth
largest in the world. In this monograph, an attempt has been made to analyse
the historical evolution of independent India’s armed forces. The development
of the armed forces as an institution, its nature, purpose and the formulation
of the doctrines as regards the functions of the Indian military are the
central concerns of this volume. It also opens up the question regarding the
nature of the Indian state.
The methodology followed is an
amalgam of organizational culture analysis and history of idea approach. In
order to assess India’s success in harnessing military power vis-à-vis
other developing countries, a comparative methodology is followed. A proper
evaluation of the Indian armed forces’ combat effectiveness is impossible
without a detailed analysis of the militaries of Pakistan and China. The
rigorous analysis of the empirical data will probably provide the Indian
strategic managers with some policy relevance. The present volume besides
catering to the military officers, strategic analysts and the various
institutions specializing in security studies would also be of interest to
political scientists and the students of contemporary history.
Kaushik Roy is an
Associate Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) at
International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). He is also a Lecturer in
the Department of History, Presidency College, Kolkata.
2009 404p. Rs.995/ pounds 60
The Way to
Liberation: Indological Studies in Japan
Mayeda in collaboration with Y. Matsunami, M. Tokunaga and H. Marui
For the past 100 years, books and
periodicals in the field of Indological studies in Japan have increased
enomously year by year in number and diversity of subject and methodology.
However, these achievements by Japanese scholars have overwhelmingly been
published in Japanese and, therefore, they have hardly been accessible to most
Indian, European and American scholars. This tendency remains true even today.
The present work in two volumes was
planned for the purpose of rectifying the present situation even in some small
measure. It consists of articles written by comparatively younger Japanese
scholars who are at present actively engaged in the various fields of
Indological studies and, in addition, selected bibliographies of Indolgical
publications in Japan for the past 10 years from 1987 to 1997.
is Professor Emerius at the University of Tokyo and Head of the Graduate School
of Human and Cultural Studies at Musashino Women’s University.
1999, the distinguished scholar Pandit Dr. Parameswara Aithal retired from his
position at Heidelberg University. To mark this occasion, Prof. Axel Michals
organized a symposium on the institution of the Pandit and the future of
traditional Sanskrit scholarship in India and the West. The present volume
contains the learned papers of the conference which cover a wide range of
topics, e.g. the pandit as a private scholar, university teacher, public
intellectual or legal adviser, also traditional ways of Sanskrit teaching and
learning, especially the methods of memorization and transfer of traditional
knowledge, among other things. Life histories of some well-known pandits such
as Krshnashastri Chiplunkar, Hazari Prasad Dvivedi, Goinath Kaviraj, V.S. Apte,
and others are also provided.
Michaels, studied Indology, Philosophy and Law in Munich, Hamburg and Varanasi.
He was Director of the Nepal Research Centre (Kathmndu), Spalding (Oxford), and
Professor for the History of Religions at the University of Berne. Since 1996
he is Professor of Classical Indology at the South Asia Institute, University
Bruckner, Hugh van Skyhawk, Claus Peter Zoller (Eds.)
of the hero (via, sura nayaka) is of crucial importance in Indian civilization,
from the Vedic to the present times. The contributors to this volume include
scholars of times. The contributors to this volume include scholars of Indology
history, religion, literature, politics and anthropology.
study, ‘The Birth of the Hero in Ancient India’, including Vedic gods as well
as the Jina and the Buddha (Bollee), ‘Heroes and Kings’ (Jansen), ‘Kings as
Heroes’ in the Sanskrit carita literature (Thapar), and ‘Himalayan Heroes’ in
oral folk epics (van Skyhawk Shankaranarayana), Tamil folk narrative
(Ferro-Luzzi) modern literature (Gatzlaff, Oesterheld) and Sanskrit drama
(Byrski). Other papers deal with political leadership (Shelke), with Hanuman as
Mahavira (Duncan) and ‘From Sacrificer to Hero’ (Sakharov). This is an
indispensable volume for the scholars of Indian religion and culture.
Heidrun Bruckner is Professor of Indology and South
Asian Studies at the University of Wurzurg.
Hugh van Skyhawk is Associate Professor
(Privatdozent) of Indology and History of South Asian Religions at the
Institute of Indology of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.
Claus Peter Zoller is Associate Professor of Hindi at
the University of Oslo.
Orientalism: Indology and Comparative Linguistics in Germany, 1750-1958
T. McGetchin, Peter K.J. Park, and D. R. SarDesai (Eds.)
groundbreaking studies contained in this volume present a history of Sanskrit
philology and comparative-historical linguistics that is fully integrated with
German political and intellectual history ranging from the Enlightenment to
Cold War eras. The authors engage and extend the intercultural ‘dialogue’ that
Wilhelm Halbfass powerfully initiated in India and Europe: An Essay in
Understanding (1988). This volume contains his last public address, in which he
challenges the ‘Otherness’ of German Indology, seeing Germany as fitting a
lack of direct German colonial involvement in India does not completely
eliminate the relevance of Edward Said’s arguments in Orientalism (1978) for
German Indology, it does call for an individual appraisal of the German case.
The long-tauted special historical relationship between India and Germany, as
purported by some professional Indologists, is at last critically examined in
this volume by historians who are able to approach the question with a knowledge
of the particulars of institutional as well as intellectual and political
Douglas T. McGetchin is a Lecturer at the University of
California, San Diego.
Peter K.J. Park is a candidate for a Ph.D. in history
at the University of California, Los Angeles.
D.R. SarDesai is Professor Emeritus at UCLA. A
member of the History faculty since 1966, he was the Department’s Vice-Chair
and the first holder of the Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian History,
from 1998 to 2001.
Religion and Ascetic Practices: New Studies on Mahima Dharma
Banerjee-Dube and Johannes Beltz (Eds.)
brings together new research by Indian and German scholars on Mahima Dharma of
Orissa. It combines anthropological insights, historical research and textual
analyses to offer a wide variety of perspectives on this popular yet relatively
unknown religion: perspectives on this popular yet relatively unknown religion:
perspectives which have taken shape in field experience in Orissa and research
with an essay by Anncharlott Eschmann, whose pioneering work in the last
century had kindled academic interest in the Dharma, this book blends current
investigations of different hue and textures in order to provide a nuanced and
detailed account of this multi-dimensional religious order in the different
phases of its evolution.
diverse assessments of the life and works of the life and works of the radical
poet Bhima Bhoi, it also includes translations from his important works of
Bhima Bhoi and and Biswanath Baba, crucial records of the archives and
unpublished letters and photos of Eschmann. Needless to say, this volume will
cater to a readership interested in the anthropology, sociology, philosophy and
history of religions but also to people who are attached to the land of Orissa,
its rich culture and the Dharma itself.
Ishita Banerjee-Dube is Professor at the Centre for Asian
and African Studies.
Johannes Beltz is Curator of Indian art at the
Museum Rietberg in Zurich, Switzerland.
collection of Ananda Coomarasamy essays taken from several volumes presents a
full interlinking of not only Vedic texts and their exegetical texts in the
Indian tradition itself but also of the related metaphysical texts in other
are similar in character and although written on random topics, bear upon unity
of thought and reflect single minded contemplation of him.
opens a new vista of interpreting the Vedic lore.
Vidya Nivas Misra is an eminent scholar, sanskritist and distinguished
educationalist. He was Professor, Head of Department and later Vice –
Chancellor of Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi. At present, he is a
Member of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts Trust.
this volume was initially written by scholars for scholars, it has become a
popular text for courses in Indian religions and religion in modern India. The
new chapters should help fill in some of the gaps in the original volume. Since
1981 there has been renewed interest in the study of modern India. In this
fourth revised edition a new essay on Jainism by James F. Lewis has been added.
Furthermore all contributors were offered an opportunity to make revisions in
their original contributions.
The editor, Robert D. Baird is Professor Emeritus,
History of Religions, University of Lowa.
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Negotiating the Divine: Temple
Religion and Temple Politic in Contemporary Urban India
By- Ursula Rao
The book investigates contemporary
discourses on religion in urban India through the prism of Hindu temples. It is
based on the material collected during extensive fieldwork in Bhopal between
1996 and 1998. Presenting and interpreting data of the history s well as the
ritual, social and political life of to central goddess temples, the author
presents the first comprehensive study of Hindu temples s socio-religious
institutions in the urban environment of contemporary India. She also addresses
several issues of general importance: questions of changes in community life in
urban India with reference to caste and religious communities; the role of
traditions in a fast changing cultural environment; the problematic
relationships between religion and politics in the political life of India and
a critical assessment of discussions of subalternity and resistance. These
discussions appear in a new light n a study that avoids the classical
dichotomies of politics and religion, tradition and modernity, elite and subaltern.
In a detailed analysis of the religious/political practices and reflexive
processes of a broad range of people the author shows how discourses are
interconnected and dynamically re-created in practice.
Ursual Rao is
lecturer in Anthropology at the University Halle, Germany. Recently she has
started a study on the production of news through journalistic practices, with
field research located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
brings together papers which were presented at a seminar to explore Indo-Thai
historical and cultural linkages and the age of old relationship between the
two countries, its historical contribution to the formation of global Asian
Civilization and consciousness in today’s world.
discussed include the linkages between Hinduism and Buddhism in Thailand, Trade
Contacts between the two countries from ancient time. Artefacts and Heritage
sites, The Theory of Mind in early Buddhist Philosophy, The Tai Communities of
Northeast India, The Advent of Buddhism and Early Buddhist Kingdom in Central
Thailand and the Mahayana Tradition in Thailand, among many others.
This is an
invaluable volume for scholars of History, Religion and Culture of India and
Neeru Misra is Head of the Department of
Museology with the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation
and Museology, New Delhi.
Sachchidanand Sahai an alumnus of Banras Hindu
University where he studied Indian and South-East Asian Art and Archaeology,
specialized in the Khmer studies at the University of Paris, Sorbonne (1965-9).
believes that the cosmic power is Sakti to the Hindus and Kudrat to the
Muslims. And this all-pervasive force acts both for good and for evil. In a
sense main’s whole endeavour in magic and religious rituals is to obtain
control of this power for his own benefit and accumulate a fund of it as a
source of all forms of blessing.
his key concept, the author explains Key of Power or Keys of Punya, those
axioms and rules of conduct that man frames in his effort to control power for
his own purposes, to preserve it, to transfer it, to coerce it or invoke it. He
has also sketched the factors that destroy power. Accordingly, he devotes
separate chapters on the power of man, woman, evil-eye, ground, fire, metals,
salt, stones, time, colours, numbers, sweet things, trees, grain, grain, bread
and animals. There are also chapters on the ritual of agriculture, spirits, and
curses and oaths.
John Abbott, B.A. (Oxon), was born in 1884. He
joined the Indian Civil Service in 1908 and served in various positions in the
Bombay Presidency, retiring in December 1932.
Bruckner, Anne Feldhaus, Aditya Malik (eds.)
This volume containing
twenty-one essays written by Indologists, anthropologists, historians, expert
on Indian law, art historians, a filmmaker and a poet from all over the globe –
India, Germany, USA, Canada, Israel and Russia – are testimony to the shoreless
reach of Sontheimer’s work. Contributors include David Shulman, Alf
Hiltebeitel, Irina Glushkova, B.B. Chattopadhyaya, Romila Thapar, Dilip Chitre
among many others.
Gunther-Dietz Sontheimer died in 1992. He was Professor of
Indian Religion and Philosophy at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg
Heidrun Bruckner is Professor of Indology and South
Asian Studies at the University of Wurzurg.
Anne Feldhaus is Professor of Religious Studies at
Arizona State University.
Aditya Malik is Senior Lecturer in the Department
of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Canterbury in
Christchurch, New Zealand.