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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.
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