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.
Unforgettable Dalit Voice: Life, Writings and Speeches of M.C. Rajah
This book is a collection of writings and speeches
of M.C. Rajah who was one of the great Dalit leaders of pre-Independent India.
Anyone interested in understanding the history of India’s Dalit movement will
find this book very valuable. M.C. Rajah was born in a Dalit family of Tamil
Nadu in 1883 and till he died in 1943 he was in the forefront of the Dalit’s
struggle for equality, justice and rights. What is most important about him is
that he was the first Dalit leader in the Madras Legislative Council and also
the first Dalit leader in the Central Legislative Assembly. His commitment
towards the cause of Dalits and particularly his efforts to make provision for
education of Dalits drew the attention of the British government and he was
conferred the title of Rai Bahadur in 1922. Being influenced by the Non-Brahmin
movement in Tamil Nadu M.C. Rajah realized the importance of mobilizing Dalits
whose interests in his opinion were not protected by Non-Brahmin leaders.
Written in 1925 his book, TheOppressed Hindus, gives an account of
the glorious history and tradition of Dalits in Tamil Nadu and the new identity
given to them as ‘Adi-Dravidas’. M.C. Rajah’s representations to the British
government, correspondence with Gandhiji and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and his speeches
in the provincial and central legislatures for about twenty years provide
valuable insights about his struggle for the empowerment of Dalits.
Swaraj Basu is Professor in History at
Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He is the author of Dynamics of a Caste Movement: The Rajbansis
of North Bengal, 1910-1947, and has published articles on caste identity
and politics in india.
Against the Current: Organizational Restructuring of SEBs
By- Joël Ruet (ed)
Published in association with
Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi
On paper, State Electricity Boards in India are
supposed to provide electricity to a billion people across the country. In
reality, however, what they provide to the consumers are poor quality power and
endless power cuts. Besides, they are forever incurring losses and are thus a
burden on State exchequers. We are told that this is only due to their
‘politicization’ and ‘inefficiency’. But is that the whole truth?
This book brings together ten specialists, with
different ‘ideological’ backgrounds, who examine the issue of privatization of
SEBs and argue that this is not the only solution to the problem. The contributors
have a deep familiarity of the SEBs’ workings at all levels—from the meter
reader to the higher echelons of the bureaucracy. And it is this intimate
knowledge which the contributors have utilized to suggest key aspects of
reforms of SEBs.
The book explains in detail how ‘depoliticization’ is
not an issue in itself. On the contrary the book shows how SEBs can first be managed and then reformed. It goes on to examine the issue from different
perspectives and then reveals what people within the system know about
‘inefficiency’ and what they don’t, what, they can decide, and what they can’t,
what they actually do, and what they don’t. In short, it proposes a journey
through the organizations to which hundreds of million Indians stand connected,
day and night, through a maze of electric networks. The book thus not only
raises issues but primarily suggests possible solutions.
Joël Ruet holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Paris) and
is an Engineer from the Ecole des Mines, Paris. He has been working for EDF, the
French public power company for several years. Since 2000 he has been the Head
of the Economics Department, Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi. His
specialization is in the areas of reform of electricity sector in various
countries, and socio-economic study of the public sector in India.