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Societies in Political and Economic Transition
By- Tan Tai Yong
The last few
years have been significant for South Asia, with fundamental political and
economic transitions in several of the countries.
for an interim government, followed by the election of a democratic government.
Pakistan saw an assassination of a former Prime Minister, followed by peaceful
elections and, perhaps, hope for stability. Nepal went through substantial
change, with the Maoists initially in power and, subsequently, opting out of
the government. In contrast, elections in Bhutan have brought a smooth
transition to democracy.
On the other
hand, economic issues have dominated India in recent times, including
aggressive responses to the global slowdown, fiscal expansion and an early
return to growth from the downturn.
In an attempt to
capture these changes in South Asia, this publication falls into two parts. The
first deals with political issues in countries that have witnessed the most
change and turbulence, while the second part deals with economic issues that
have been of concern to all the South Asian countries, and to India in
In summary, this
publication is an eclectic mix that covers a spectrum of current issues in
South Asia. It is a melting pot of politics and change, of reforms and
stagnation, and of growth and disparity. It also brings together a varied range
of experiences across the South Asian region. Most importantly, the publication
reflects the dynamism of the region and the fast pace of change in politics as
well as in economic policy. This book has been titled South Asia: Societies
in Political and Economic Transition to reflect this dynamism.
Tan Tai Yong,
a Professor of History, was appointed Director of
the Institute of the South Asian Studies on 1 June 2008. He is concurrently
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of
Rs.850/ pounds 70
Social Transformation in North-Western
India during the Twentieth Century
By- Chetan Singh (ed.)
Over a hundred and fifty years after the
mid-nineteenth century, north-western India underwent a degree of social
transformation that was, indeed, impressive. A collective effort alone can
unravel the complex nature of the processes underlying this remarkable change.
This is what the book sets out to do.
Its historical perspective reveals diverse
modes of resistance and response, especially in the Punjab, to a colonial
ideology that sought to institute a subtle, yet powerful, forms of social
control. After Independence, the much celebrated Green Revolution drew the
peasantry of north-western India into the vortex of economic trends that had
unexpected and far-reaching consequences – which are today a matter of great
concern. Long-term social currents that had been stirring rather slowly in the
region gained momentum. As a result, the process of societal change, started
earlier began to strain against the restrictive fabric of the traditional
social order. Social Transformation in North-Western India endeavours to
explain the multidimensionality of change that is so characteristic of the
This book would be of interest as much to
the social scientist and the policy maker as to the journalist and the lay
is Professor of History at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.
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Substance: Indo-Russian Trade and Military Technical Cooperation Since 1991
Shadows of Substance
is an account of trade and military technical cooperation between India and
Russia from the time of the foundation of the new Russian state at the end of
1991 to the present day. It provides the first survey of the activities of the
Indian private sector in Russia, showing how it has become pivotal to the bulk
of the commerce between the two countries. It also provides a statement on the
growing importance of India to the Russian military industrial complex.
The argument is
developed through a close examination of pre-Soviet and post-Soviet times,
bringing the story up to the present day. The book provides a background on the
economic relationship between India and the USSR, touching on the main debates
pre-1991, and examines the entry of private enterprise in an area in which the
public sector was traditionally dominant. It then traces the impact of Soviet
disintegration on the Russian Federation, and the consequences of the Russian
reforms for the economy of the new state. It locates Indo-Russian trade in
goods and collaboration in military-technical affairs within this framework.
The agreements that governed the relationship and the attempts by governments
to promote commerce are kept in mind. The course of what took place is traced
through material available from published and unpublished sources, as well as
interviews with entrepreneurs and officials.
Vasudevan is a specialist on Russian and European
affairs. He is Professor at the Department of History, Calcutta University and
Director of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies. He was
consultant to the Department of Commerce, Government of India during 2006-7.
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the study of history of science underwent critical changes in the last two
centuries before they could more definitely tilt towards the social dimensions
of the making of science. The development of history of science during the last
fifty years has been marked by a proliferation of methods and perspectives
rather than by the emergence of a consensus.
general background of the intellectual tradition of writing history of science,
an effort is made here to assemble a group of scholars from different parts of
India to write about 250 years of development of ‘science’ in the Indian
context, covering late pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial periods. The
present volume is a selected and revised version of the original presentation
made in a national Seminar at the
University of Calcutta.
revolve around a few thematic contexts: the east-west encounter, the diffusion
theory, the colonial impact, the nationalist, and the post-colonial response
Bandopadhyay is currently Nurul Hasan Professor of
History and formerly Dean of the Faculty Council for Post-graduate studies in
Arts at the University of Calcutta.
2010 390p. Rs.975/ pounds 55
Over the last two
decades thousands of peasnts in the
Indian Punjab have sacrificed themselves at the altar of the nation, feeding
the teeming millions. This state, the harbinger of Green Revolution in the
country was the model for the rest of the nation for revoltionizing agriculture
in a colonialized traditional society. The volume also deliberates upon the
critcal issues of the erstwhile Punjab, across the border, now called West
Punjab. Four papers in this volume reflect upon the different aspects of the
peasantry there. The two Punjabs are now afflicted with numerous ailments –
social, economic and political. He farmers are committing suicides. The economic
returns from the over-exploited land are not rising in a proportionate manner
to their expectations and expenditures. Globalization has added fuel to the
fire. The governments in India and Pakistan are not dealing with these issues
protecting the interests of the peasantry. The younger generation is opting out
of agriculture and migrating abroad in search of employment and better life.
What is the crisis that peasantry in the two Punjabs is confronting? What are
its roots and its manifest forms?
In this volume an attempt has
been made to bring together ideas and arguments of activists and scholars from
different disciplines specializing in sociology, economics, political science,
history and literature, all sharing their concern for peasantry. A large canvas
of issues that have brought turmoil in the lives of peasantry like agricultural
policy, globalization, indebtedness, poverty, suicides, caste conflicts,
militancy, violence, migration, etc., have been deliberated upon in this
Birinder Pal Singh teaches in the
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Punjab University, Patiala.
978-81-7304-866-1 2010 376p. Rs.950/ pounds 55
Its Agencies: Young Movements in the History of the South
In the past two
hundred years, for many enlightened individuals, from South Asia to North
Africa, from Persian Gulf to the Adriatic Sea, the main intellectual and
political enquiry was to find a path negotiating the rapidly changing world.
The world, as they saw, was coming out of ‘ignorance’ and heading towards
‘science’ and ‘progress’. Labelling the past with obscurity and calling its
guardians old and reactionary, the enlightened young became the
self-assigned beacons of light leading the masses to a ‘time of progress’.
The word ‘young’
in both the South and the North soon evolved into the classical epithet of
emerging intelligentsias in their struggle against the despotic rule of the ancien
regimes and its supporters, often the clerical establishment. Furthermore,
with the practice of colonialism and imperial expansionism, the Asian, African
or even some European ‘young’ often crafted their identity by rejecting
and defying the other, i.e. the colonial power.
In world history
one finds very few movements which had such widespread social and political
repercussions, simultaneously engulfing at least half of the globe and in the
process of becoming famously known as the Young Movement.
This volume is
the first attempt to study the Young Movement beyond national frontiers.
The contributors to this volume not only shed light on the history of the young
movement in a number of countries and regions, but also compare and contrast
the development of this movement in different parts of Asia and Africa: from
Calcutta to Rabat, from Isfahan to Bukhara and from Istanbul to Kazan.
Atabaki is Head, Department of the Middle East and
the Central Asia of the International Institute of Social History and Professor
of Social History of the Middle East and Central Asia at Leiden University.
2010 190p. Rs.475/ pounds 35
This study steers clear of the
stereotype conception of madrasas as the training ground of terrorists. Its
chief concern is the search for the ground of realities about madrasas, what
and how they teach; and whether the syllabus or ambience of madrasas prepares
the students for successfully facing the challenges of the modern world. It
enquires into the reasons for a relatively large number of Muslims opting for
madrasas education for their children. A sociological analysis is therefore
The work also tries to understand
the almost universal nisab or syllabus of madrasas, called
Dars-i-Nizami, developed during Aurangzeb’s time, and notes that there have
been very few marked changes in the madrasas syllabus, though the world and
life have moved so much ahead. A large portion of madrasas syllabus, therefore
has become irrelevant for modern times. The author convincingly argues that
most Muslim children must study in modern schools and only a small number who
want to specialize in theology should study in madrasas.
The Study pays particular
attention to the proposals for madrasa reforms, both from within the system,
and the madrasa modernization scheme of the government.
Saral Jhingran did her
Ph.D. on Advaita Vedanta from Rajasthan University in 1972. since then she has
held several UGC fellowships, and finally retired as a Research Scientist
affiliate to Nehru Memorial Museum & Library.
2010 424p. Rs.1050/ pounds 60
‘flickering lamp’ history has obscured the role of Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari,
Mahatma Gandhi referred to his tenacity of character, his sense duty and his
passion for Hindu-Muslim unity. For over two decades, his political career had
been an extraordinary trek, attended by reverses and recoveries.
This book seeks
a better understanding Dr. Ansari in relation to his political environment. In
studying his ideas and engagements, M.A. Ansari: Gandhi’s Infallible Guide
charts the course plotted by him in his ambition to become the leader of the
Congress Muslims, a role which had eluded some of his leading contemporaries.
In this revised
and enlarged version, Mushirul Hasan examines the politics of the 1920s and
1930s with skill and ingenuity. He avoids hagiography and demonology while
bringing out all of Ansari’s strengths, as well as his weaknesses. Like many of
his recent writings, he demonstrates his grasp of the detail of Ansari’s life
with a magisterial ability to sweep the grand horizon. He contrasts his career
with that of Mohammed Ali, the hero of the Khilafat days, with special emphasis
on the impact of each upon the other.
offers a corrective to the distorted image of the ‘Nationalist Muslim’. He
refreshingly sheds much light on the pre- and post-Khilafat scenario, and
illuminates, above all, Gandhi’s role which shaped the politics of the early
1920s. He describes the rise of the communal temperature vividly and exceptionally
Muhirul Hasan teaches at the Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi.
2010 340p. Rs.850/ pounds 50
Isaksen Leonard, Gayatri Reddy and Ann Grodzins Gold (eds.)
world of Sylvia Vatuk, this volume highlights the intimate relationship between
anthropology and history. The nine essays in this volume are authored by a
range of scholars – anthropologists, historians, and folklorists – who have
been inspired and influenced by Sylvia Vatuk’s extensive corpus of work on
these disciplinary intersections as explored through her research on kinship
and family history, gender, aging and the life cycle, and politics and the law.
critically examine and extend Vatuk’s contributions to such intersections of
historical and ethnographic work, exploring anew the ways in which
constructions of culture are inextricably tied to specific historical and
political contexts. The essays also stress the implications of such situated
knowledge for contemporary understandings of history, culture, and politics in
Apart from the
editors the other contributors to this important volume are Helene Basu,
Srimati Basu, Tarini Bedi, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, Pauline Kolenda, Gloria
Goodwin Raheja, Helen E Ulrich, and Pnina Werbner.
Leonard is a Professor of Anthropology at the
University of California Irvine, Irvine.
Gayatri Reddy is an Associate Professor Gender and Women’s Studies and
Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research lies at the
intersections of sexuality, gender, health, and the politics of
subject-formation in India, and more recently, within the immigrant South Asian
queer community in the U.S.
Gold is a Professor of Religion and Anthropology at
2010 312p. Rs.795/ Pounds 50
Hindustani Music: Thirteenth to Twentieth Centuries
By- Joep Bor, Francoise ‘Nalini’ Delvoye, Jane Harvey and Emmie te Nijenhuis (eds.)
North Indian or Hindustani art music has a wealth of vocal genres and instrumental styles, some of them rooted in the past and others of a more recent origin. Although Indian music is primarily an oral tradition, it has a long practice of written music theory. Through dozens of musicological treatises and other historical documents we know that changes in patronage and musical taste have had a profound effects on ragas, talas, style and repertoire.
This collection of twenty-five essays by prominent scholars provides a major overview of the history of Hindustani music from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries, and the sources that make up this history. The essays are thematically arranged into five parts: (1) The Formative Period; (2) The Modern Period; (3) Musical Instruments; (4) Indian Music and the west, and (5) Concepts and Theories.
Addressing a broad range of issues, the authors raise questions about the sociocultural and political contexts in which new musical forms and instruments arose. Much attention is given to the developments that took place in the music life during the last three centuries, and to the impact of the colonial encounter and nationalism when Hindustani music acquired its modern identity.
Covering eight centuries, this 736-page volume has a comprehensive introduction and extensive bibliographies. With such a variety of topics and source materials, it is invaluable for anyone interested in Hindustani music and its history.
Joep Bor, a Professor at Leiden University , is the founder of the World Music Academy at Rotterdam Conservatory.
Francoise ‘Nalini’ Delvoye, a scholar of medieval Hindi literature and Indo-Persian culture, is Directeur d’etudes at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.
Jane Harvey has been involved with Hindustani music for around thirty years as a vocal student, publications editor, teacher and organizer.
Emmie te Nijenhuis, retired university professor of Indian musicology and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.
ISBN 978-81-7304-758-9 2010 720p. Rs.2750/ Pounds 130
Essays in Music
is seventeenth in the series of the Collected Works of Dr. Ananda K.
Coomaraswamy, in the IGNCA’s publication programme. These essays were published
in a few books, journals, etc., mostly in the early years of the twentieth
Coomaraswamy held that music in countless ways had been
bound up with the Indian national culture, for it was the most universal
expression of emotion – religious, amorous or martial. Music belonged to every
part of life. The flute of Krishna, the vina of Sarasvati, the dance of
Shiva, the Gayatri as cosmic chant or music of the spheres; the hymns of
passionate adoration of the Southern Saivite, all these belong to the
association of music and religion.
In addition to the art music, he lays great emphasis on the
folk songs of agriculture and crafts. This is music serving to lighten heavy
labour, such as the songs of husbandmen, carters and boatmen. Music remained
too intimately associated with religion, with drama and with life, whether
courtly or popular, and was faithfully guarded by tradition.
Coomaraswamy was much against the harmonium and gramophone,
when compared to stringed instruments; even the piano, he held, was an inferior
instrument. Every time these mechanical instruments were used in place of man,
the Indian musician was degraded, his living was taken away from him and the
group soul of Indian life injured. Among musical instruments, he gave pride of
place to vina.
He firmly believed that the importance of music in education
can hardly be overestimated. He bemoaned that foreign (English) education had
paralyzed the living impulses of Indians, and driven India to a state of social
disintegration. He advocated that the restoration of Indian folk and art music
to its proper place in Indian education would result in the understanding of
the self-expression of India in her music.
Prem Lata Sharma, a distinguished scholar of
Musicology, Sanskrit and Hindi, was Chairperson of U.P. Sangita Nataka Academy,
Lucknow (1983-6), and Vice-Chancellor of the Indira Kala Sangita
Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh (M.P.), (1985-8). She was also selected as Fellow
of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, in 1992.
The Doctrine of
Ultimate Reality in Sikh Religion: A Study of Guru Nanak’s Hymns in The Adi
By- James Massey
though comparatively young among the world religions, has its adherents all
over the world. Several good studies dealing with the teachings of Guru Nanak,
its founder, and the general tenets of Sikh religion are available. Yet there
is hardly any work which deals with the cardinal doctrine of Sikh religion.
study concentrating on the cardinal doctrine of Ultimate Reality in Nanak’s
hymns attempts to fill this gap. It addresses such important questions as ‘Is
the Ultimate Reality as seen by Nanak absolute or personal or both?’, ‘Is it
transcendent or immanent or both?’, ‘How does Nanak address it or does it have
any name?’, ‘Is this Reality with attributes or without?’, ‘What is the
relationship of this Reality with the visible universe including human
beings?’, ‘Can this Reality be known?’, ‘If so, how?’
The study is
divided in five chapters. Starting with an introduction, the first chapter
makes a detailed study of the key phrase of Mul Mantr, Ik Omkar
based on the contents of Nanak’s hymns. Chapter two presents a brief survey of
the various names used by Nanak for Ultimate Reality to facilitate proper grasp
of deeper meanings of the doctrine. Chapter three examines the various
attributes of the doctrine. One of the main attributes of the doctrine, viz. Karata
has been separately discussed in the succeeding chapter. The key to the
revelation of Ultimate Reality – gur prasadi had been studied in Chapter
five. This is followed by a summary of the whole study and conclusion. A
detailed glossary has been provided to facilitate understanding of various
vernacular terms used in the book.
work on Sikh religion in particular and comparative religion in general.
James Massey is currently the Director of the Centre for Dalit/Subaltern Studies
and Community Contextual Communication Centre, New Delhi and Hon. Secretary of
the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College
(University), West Bengal. Dr. Massey is Privatdozent, the Faculty of
Protestant Theology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt am
Dissenting Voices and
Transformative Actions: Social
movements in a Globalizing World
By- Debal K. SinghaRoy (ed.)
This collection of essays
examines the emerging patterns of social movements taking shape all over the
world locally and also cutting across the geographical boundaries of the state
and the nation globally. It not only critically analyses the conceptual
underpinnings of the functional, symbolic interactional, Marxian, neo-Marxian,
political process-resource mobilization, new social movement-identity,
subaltern, Gandhian perspectives among others, but also delineates alternative
viewpoints of social movement analysis. It focuses on the nature and forms of
local resistance against global domination by pre-defined but rearticulated
social categories like caste, race, tribe, and ethnic groups, and the emerging
nature of the protest of women, farmers, students, and migrants in a changing
scenario citing social movements taking place in North and South America,
Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Both in terms of intensive
empiricism and theoretical depth it is a unique treasure of intellectual
contribution on social movement studies. This collection would be of immense
use to students, researchers, teachers of sociology, political science,
economics, history, social psychology and development studies, and also civil
society activists, planners, executives and politicians dealing with the issues
of social movement, conflicts, social developments, marginalization and social
Debal K. Singh is
Professor of Sociology, in the Department of Sociology, School of Social
Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University. He is a recipient of the
Australian Government Endeavour Fellowship, 2010.
ISBN 978-81-7304-869-2 2010 546p. Rs.1250/
In this book, the author has attempted to tread a different
path from the books written by various historians on Banda Bahadur. The period
of 20 years (1688-1708) of Bairag, that Banda Bahadur spent before settling
down at Nanded has been taken as dark period with no available historical
account. Banda Bahadur spent these years amongst the Nagas, Sannyasis, Yogis,
Gosains, Dasnamis, Dadupanthis and many other sects with their own akharas
under charge of their own mahants. Large scale degeneration had set in
amongst these bairagis eith the use of drugs, drinking, keeping women,
fighting mercenary battles, trading and other commercial interests taking
precedence over spiritual matters. Banda Bahadur did not take to the
degenerated way of life of these warriors, but learned from them training of
mind and body and battle strategy.
The meeting of Guru Gobind Singh with Madho Das (Banda
Bahadur) has been cloaked in fanciful stories by almost all historians writing
about the life of Banda Bahadur. These indiscreet stories have tarnished the
guru’s image to some extent as well as Banda Bahadur’s image to a large extent.
The merits of Guruji’s selection of Banda Bahadur and Banda’s achievements can
best be judged from the quantum and quality of Banda Bahadur’s service to the
Sikh Nation at the most crucial period of their survival.
This volume provides a much needed corrective to the history
of one of medieval India’s greatest warriors.
Surinder Singh, retired in 1987 after over thirty
years with Indian Defence Accounts. His publications include: Sikh Coinage:
Symbol of Sikh Sovereignty (Manohar, 2004).
2010 414p. Rs.995/ pounds 60