02 November, 2012
People’s Movements in the Princely States
By- Y. Vaikuntham (ed)
People’s movements in the Princely States forms an important aspect in the history of modern India with 45 per cent of the land and 24 per cent of the people, the Princely States played second fiddle to the imperial dictates. From the nineteenth century, till they joined Indian Union in 1947-8, mostly lived under the umbrella of the British. They never took serious measures or introduced steps for radical transformation of the states. There was no coherent place for the princes in the British Imperial ideology. When the princes were using different strategies to retain centralized power, the people fought against the princes to demand for responsible government and later to force them to join Indian Union. This was an absorbing encounter and an incredible story. In fact, not many books are there to cover as many states discussing the situation in the Princely States. In fact, the growth of nationalism in those autocratic Princely States was difficult, slow and painstaking. The present book tries to answer some of these issues. This book broadly covers number of Princely States, including Hyderabad, Mysore, Travancore, Jammu & Kashmir, Gwalior and small states like Nilgiri in Orissa, Banaganapalle in Andhra Pradesh. Simultaneously along with anti-colonial struggle, the people’s movements in Princely States symbolizes their struggle against the feudal and autocratic princes, which helped in the ushering of Indian Union once India got Independence.
Yallampalli Vaikuntham is a Professor of History and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Osmania University. He was a former Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University, Warangal.
ISBN 978-81-7304-528-8 2004 246p. Rs.500/Pounds 40
Paradigms of Dissent and Protest: Social Movements in Eastern India (c. ad 1400-1700)
By- Basanta Kumar Mallik
This book focuses on the historical perspectives of state formation in Orissa from sixth century to sixteenth century ad and on the process of how tribals were integrated and their indigenous culture was assimilated into the Sanskritic mainstream life.
The cultural deprivation of the larger common people initiated widespread dissents and protests. The leadership of this movement was taken up by a team of Sudramunis of the pre-Colonial Orissa. The composition of epics like the Mahabharata, the Jagamohan Ramayana, the Harivamsa and other devotional poems in colloquial Oriya by the Sudramunis was indeed, an intellectual challenge against the orthodoxy and literary hegemony of the established order which has been vividly analysed in this book. ‘Knowledge can not be monopolized by a particular section of society nor it can be expressed in a particular language’ was the lofty message of these Sudramunis.
The study of the regional cultural interaction between Orissa, Bengal and Assam has been well defined emphasizing the spread of egalitarian outlook through the Samkirtan movement of Sri Chaitanya. The period ad 1400-1700 in the history of eastern India has proved to be very important that it witnessed an emerging trend not only of the protest against social cleavages but also an endeavour to the assimilatory compromise with a changing direction of the order for social cohesion.
Basanta Kumar Mallik teaches History in the Utkal University, Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar.
ISBN 978-81-7304-522-6 2004 230p. Rs.475/Pounds 40