18 October, 2012
History and Development of Prakrit Literature
By- J.C. Jain
History and Development of Prakrit Literature traces the important role played by Prakrit language and narrative literature in the development of Indian languages and literature. This is considered to be the first attempt ever, by any Indian or foreign scholar in this field.
This publication has been painstakingly, manually prepared by Dr. J.C. Jain after a detailed research of a wide range of Indian and foreign literary works, which has taken several years.
The manifold contributions of Prakrit in the field of Ardhamagadhi, Sauraseni, Maharastri and Paisachi language and literature, development of narrative literature in Maharastri, contributions in the field of Sanskrit poetics and drama have all been incorporated in this rare publication.
Dr. Jain has considered all the traditional views of ancient authors and grammarians and has compared them to those of the modern times, to enable to present a clear viewpoint to the readers.
Prof. Dr. Jagdish Chandra Jain (1909-1994), a legendary figure in the field of Indology, specifically Jainological and Prakrit studies, occupied the Chair in the Universities of Bombay (India), Peking (China) and Kiel (Germany). His lecture tour to most of the international universities of Europe, Soviet Union, USA, Canada and Latin America was a milestone of his efforts to bring the Indian wisdom in the practical grip of human society.
Besides an author of more than 80 books on a variety of subjects, he has contributed numerous research papers to Indian and foreign journals. One aspect of Dr. Jain’s versatile personality was his active participation in the freedom struggle of India and association with Mahatma Gandhi, Gurudeva Tagore and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. The Municipal Corporation of Mumbai, honoured him by naming the road of his residence after him and to keep his memory alive, the Government of India has released a commemorative postal stamp recently. He was the recipient of several national and international literary awards.
ISBN 978-81-7304-537-0 2004 520p. Rs.1095/Pounds 70
Globalization and the Developing Economies: Theory and Evidence
By- Aditya Bhattacharjea and Sugata Marjit (eds)
Universities in developing countries often face severe resource constraints, making it difficult for them to stock their libraries with the latest books and journals, and to attract and retain faculty who are abreast of current trends in research. In order to meet this perceived gap, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) funded a conference at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta, at which papers wee presented by specialists on various aspets of development. This volume comprises substantially updated and revised versions of those papers, in which the authors show how recent theoretical techniques and statistical analyses can illuminate a wide range of important issues in developing countries.
The volume begins with case studies of economic reforms in Russia, Korea and Malaysia, each in its own way an example of what can go wrong with simplistic prescriptions advocating either free markets or controls independent of the institutional context. These chapters lead into models of exchange rate behaviour and balance of payments crises, and area of contemporary concern. Other chapters examine recent theoretical treatments of international trade in relation to cumulative patterns of development and underdevelopment, international labour mobility and remittances. Two largely statistical chapters come up with findings that contribute new and disturbing insights to two long-running debates, one on the deterioration of developing countries’ terms of trade and the other on the weak kink between incomes and nutrition in India. A final chapter reviews various analytical perspectives on the family and fertility in developing countries.
Apart from acquainting readers with recent techniques and trends, the essays also point to possible directions for future research. The book should thus be of interest to teachers and students of economics and development.
Aditya Bhattacharjea, Reader, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
Sugata Marjit, Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
ISBN 978-81-7304-545-5 2004 234p. Rs.475/Pounds 40