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.