05 October, 2012
Medieval India 3: Researches in the History of India
By- B.L. Bhadani (ed.)
This volume offers varied but comprehensive studies relating to Medieval Indian History and Culture from the twelfth to the eighteenth century. Based on extensive use of contemporary sources (including those hitherto unknown), the essays cover political, social, economic, cultural and environmental issues both at the macroscopic and microscopic levels.
It contains fifteen essays, contributed by scholars associated with the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University as well as those who belong to other institutions in the country.
B.L. Bhadani is Chairman, Department of History and Coordinator of the Centre of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He has delved deep in Rajasthani sources pertaining to medieval period.
ISBN 978-81-7304-942-2 2012 308p. Rs.950/Pounds 50
Making Sense of History: Society, Politics and Culture in South Asia
By- Mushirul Hasan
Making Sense of History is a historian’s exploration of the past and present. Some articles, essays and interviews supplement his scholarly publications, but most reflect Professor Hasan’s present-day concerns. Thus, he writes on 11 September, on Palestine and on pogrom in Gujarat. He dwells on the rise of Hindu nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism and critically evaluates their cultural and ideological resources. His is a story that resonates with ideas on the contemporary Indian scene.
This book also devotes a section to some of the leading Western and South Asian interpreters of Islam. Without being apologetic about Islamic teachings. Professor Hasan engages with a wide range of topics of concern to contemporary Muslims in India and overseas. Covering a variety of themes including jehad, education, literature and political thought, he clears up some distortions and mispresentations about Islam and the Muslim communities.
Professor Hasan airs his views with unusual candour. He is clear in his thinking, lucid in his exposition, and uninhibited in communicating with his newspaper readers.
The book affords many valuable insights and interesting analyses. Readers seeking an understanding of aspects of Indian history and contemporary affairs will find a sensitive handling of the various social, cultural and political issues.
Mushirul Hasan (b. 1949) is Professor of History and Director of the Academy of Third World Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Having lectured widely across the US, Europe, Australia, as well as the subcontinent, Professor Hasan has held professorial fellowships at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi, the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin, the Centre of Oriental Studies, Rome, the Centre of Indian Studies at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris.
ISBN 81-7304-488-0 2003 518p. Rs.500/Pounds 22.99
Lockouts in India
By- Ruddar Datt
This book is perhaps the first attempt to study the menacing problem of lockouts in India which has plagued industries in the last three decades. Besides giving an overview of lockouts from 1961 to 1997, the author has made a special study of lockouts in West Bengal—the state with maximum number of mandays lost due to lockouts in India. He suggests that the causes for lockouts put forward by the Indian government in the Labour Year Book as well as Labour in West Bengal (a publication of the West Bengal government) are not tenable since the data is based on the employer’s perception only. The major causes of lockouts, he suggests are: downsizing of labour and casualization, increasing workload of workers, absence of a long-term perspective by employers, failure to bring about technological upgradation, pre-occupation with short-term profits, inefficient management, inter-family disputes, indiscipline and violence to some extent and cost reduction during periods of low demand.
While employers have succeeded subduing labour by using lockouts, the state has failed to find a durable solution to the underlying problems so that lockouts can be avoided altogether. The study concludes that while the state has tacitly submitted to the employers to earn higher profits by a system of exploitative efficiency, it has failed to provide economic justice to labour.
Ruddar Datt is presently associated with the Institute of Human Development, New Delhi, as a Visiting Professor. Earlier he taught Economics for 35 years at the University of Delhi. He was the President of the Indian Economic Association and Indian Society of Labour Economics in 1991.
ISBN 81-7304-519-4 2003 184p. Rs.500/Pounds 15