17 May 2007

AFTER GANDHI WHAT? THE NEVER PUBLISHED DISCUSSION




GANDHI IS GONE. WHO WILL GUIDE US NOW?

Nehru, Prasad, Azad, Vinoba, Kripalani, JP, and Others Introspect,
Sevagram, March 1948
Translated by Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Rupert Snell

As India became free on 15 August 1947, and Jawaharlal Nehru became the first prime minister of the country, the larger ‘Gandhi family’, comprising the political and non-political associates of the Mahatma, needed to think through their future equations. The Mahatma had planned a discussion on this and, in his meticulous manner, identified the venue and date for the meeting, which he intended to attend in Sevagram on 2 February 1948.

30 January 1948 intervened. Gandhi was assassinated.

But thanks primarily to Rajendra Prasad and Vinoba Bhave, the proposed conference did take place.

Published here for the first time sixty years on, the discussions of that conference remain amazingly pertinent, stimulating, and challenging today. This book is indispensable for anyone interested in Gandhi, his legacy, and the history of modern India.

The English translation is followed by the text of the Hindi original.

Hardback / 200pp / ISBN 81-7824-189-7 / Rs 295 / World rights

TWO GREAT WORKS OF NARRATIVE HISTORY




If Indian historians have generally seemed wary of writing contemporary (post-1947) history, they have seemed even more sceptical about writing narrative history with a distinct story line that makes their work accessible and attractive to serious lay readers outside academia. Permanent Black has therefore been exceptionally fortunate in having published perhaps the two most outstanding recent works in this genre. Partha Chatterjee’s landmark history—and, by any measure, stupendously gripping account—of the strange case of the ‘Bhawal Sannyasi’ who returned from the dead (a la Natalie Zemon Davis’s ‘Martin Guerre’) to reclaim his ancestral property is entitled A Princely Impostor? The Kumar of Bhawal and the Secret History of Indian Nationalism; now in paperback and strongly recommended to anyone who thinks Indian history has no connection with great murder mysteries.

Nayanjot Lahiri has made the dead come to life as well, in her brilliantly recounted history of how the Indus Valley civilization was unearthed and its puzzles pieced together by John Marshall, Daya Ram Sahni, Rakhaldas Banerjee, and other pioneering officers of the Archaeological Survey of India. Her book, Finding Forgotten Cities: How the Indus Civilization was Discovered, has been enormously well-received.

Curiously, both these books centre themselves around almost the same time period: the first three decades of the twentieth century.

15 May 2007

DO HUMANS MATTER IN ECONOMICS OR IS IT JUST NUMBERS?




THE RETREAT OF DEMOCRACY AND OTHER ITINERANT ESSAYS ON GLOBALIZATION, ECONOMICS, AND INDIA, by Kaushik Basu


‘This is a rare book that combines the wisdom of market economy with social upliftment. Basu shows he is a clear and deep thinker with his heart in the right place.’—N.R. Narayana Murthy

‘This creative, lucid and forthright collection of essays is a joy to read, even where one disagrees. It will be of great value in sensitizing economists to political realities, and others to economic realities.’—Jean Dreze

‘Kaushik Basu is that triply rare being—an Indian intellectual who is open-minded, an economic theorist who is interested in human beings, and an American academic who has a sense of style. ' —Ramachandra Guha


For sale in South Asia only, hardback, Rs 450.

06 May 2007

MANY CASTS OF MIND




Caste in colonial India, caste in South India, caste discrimination as experienced by Dalits, the life and philosophy of an ur-Brahmin--here are the books to read:
The Last Brahmin, by Rani Siva Sankara Sarma, hardback, 200 pages, Rs 395
Plain Speaking, by A.N. Sattananathan, hardback, 235 pages, Rs 395
Brahmin and Non-Brahmin, by M.S.S. Pandian, hardback, 286 pages, Rs 650.

There's also Nicholas Dirks's Castes of Mind for a history of the construction of caste in colonial India. (Paperback, 380 pages, Rs 350.)

EVERY YEAR THERE'S LESS AND LESS


WATERSCAPES edited by Amita Baviskar

The wars of the future are already here: wars over water. As a resource central to life and livelihood, water has always been at the centre of intense social action. Waterscapes uses the analytical framework of cultural politics to examine questions of power and inequality, conflicts and compromises around water. It reflects the growing recognition that managing water, as much as land and biomass, is going to be a critical challenge for future economic growth and ecological sustainability. It is a major contribution by anthropologists, historians, and sociologists, leading scholars in the field, who bring original ethnographic and archival research to bear on the cultural politics of a key natural resource.
hardback/ Rs 695/ 376 pages/ for sale worldwide

03 May 2007

PERMANENT PAPERBACKS



BY SUMMER 2008, SEVENTY of our books will be in paperback. Mridu Rai's book on Kashmir, Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects, is one of those seventy. All our paperbacks are beautifully produced and are priced much lower than our hardbacks. Have a look at our full list of paperbacks on www.orientlongman.com and you'll be surprised by its range.

02 May 2007

CAN WILDLIFE AND HUMANS SURVIVE EACH OTHER?



MAKING CONSERVATION WORK
, edited by Ghazala Shahabuddin and Mahesh Rangarajan

Wildlife today is competing with some of India’s most underprivileged people for survival. This apart, commercial and industrial pressures from far outside park boundaries reverberate within these fragile ecological oases, making them vulnerable in a way they never have been before. Reconciling the question of preserving what little wildlife remains with the needs of humans has never seemed as tangled.

Shahabuddin and Rangarajan's new book, which is about to be released, brings together the thoughts of many new scholars on this urgent issue--is this a battle in which either nature or humans will survive? Must it be a battle?
hardback; Rs 595; for sale worldwide.

NEW BOOK BY INDIA'S BEST-KNOWN PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL




TIME TREKS
: THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF OLD AND NEW DESPOTISMS, by Ashis Nandy

IN THIS companion to his earlier book Time Warps, Nandy uses the metaphor of the future—imagined utopias, conceptions of cultural possibilities, social critiques of things to come—and redefines the present. His effort is to demonstrate that, in a world increasingly dominated by a narrow range of ideologies, one must affirm that social ethics and a more humane society can be based on grounds other than those framed for the past 200 years by political and psychological forces that have tried to flatten and homogenize the world and reduced the possibility of diverse futures.


Hardback, Rs 495, 228 pages, for sale in South Asia only. (Published for the rest of the world by Seagull Books, London and New York.)

GENDER STUDIES FROM PERMANENT BLACK


We've published some of India's most highly reputed scholars on gender. Permanent Black's gender studies list traverses law, culture, sexuality. See below.


Meera Kosambi
CROSSING THRESHOLDS
Feminist Essays in Social History
HB/ 350PP + 7 B/W PICTURES / RS 695.00 / WORLD RIGHTS

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
THE SCANDAL OF THE STATE
Women, Law, and Citizenship in Postcolonial India
HB/ 350PP/ RS 595.00




Nivedita Menon
RECOVERING SUBVERSION
Feminist Politics Beyond the Law
HB / 275PP / RS 595.00 / SOUTH ASIA RIGHTS / 2004





Charu Gupta
SEXUALITY, OBSCENITY, COMMUNITY

Women, Muslims and the Hindu Public in Colonial India
HB / 400PP, 30 ILLUSTR. / RS 350 / SOUTH ASIA RIGHTS / 2005




Tanika Sarkar
HINDU WIFE, HINDU NATION
Community, Religion, and Cultural Nationalism
PB/ 280PP / RS 295 / SOUTH ASIA RIGHTS

Ratna Kapur
EROTIC JUSTICE
Law and the New Politics of Postcolonialism
HB/ LARGE FORMAT / 210PP / RS 595.00 / SOUTH ASIA RIGHTS


Jörg Fisch
IMMOLATING WOMEN

A Global History of Widow-burning from Ancient Times to the Present
PB/ 600PP, + 25 B-W PIX / RS 495.00/ SOUTH ASIA RIGHTS

Partha Chatterjee and Pradeep Jeganathan, editors
SUBALTERN STUDIES XI
Community, Gender and Violence
PB/ 360 PP / RS 325.00 / SOUTH ASIA RIGHTS

Nazir Ahmed
THE BRIDE’S MIRROR
a translation by G.E. Ward of the first Urdu bestseller, Mirat ul-Arus
by Maulvi Nazir Ahmad, with an Afterword by Frances W. Pritchett
HB / 250PP / RS 350.00 / WORLD RIGHTS

Meera Kosambi, editor and translator
RETURNING THE AMERICAN GAZE
Pandita Ramabai’s The Peoples of the United States (1889)
HB/ 300PP + 4 B/W PICTURES / RS 595.00

THE 'REAL' STORY OF CHIPKO?


FOREST FUTURES: GLOBAL REPRESENTATIONS AND GROUND REALITIES IN THE HIMALAYAS

by Antje Linkenbach

Just out from Permanent Black is a book that re-examines the Chipko movement of the 1970s and 1980s because of which struggles over forest rights in the Garhwal Himalayas drew worldwide attention. To a large extent, this also entailed a subsuming of local experiences under global discourses: many of the messages and meanings of the Chipko movement’s varied struggles were homogenized, changed, and rewritten.

Antje Linkenbach persuasively argues that global representation took away narrative control from local actors and removed Chipko from the specificity of its locale, from its village contexts. Her attempt is to relocate forest issues and struggles by revisiting the perspectives of leading activists and local residents.

Hardback, Rs 695.00, 348 pages, South Asia rights
Copublished outside South Asia by Seagull New York

01 May 2007

A STRING OF FINE BOOKS BY RAMACHANDRA GUHA


Ramachandra Guha's association with Permanent Black editor Rukun Advani is as old as his writing career. Guha has done a vast amount to make Permanent Black better known, and directed several fine young scholars towards us. Alongside Sunil Khilnani, he has begun a series with us called THE INDIAN CENTURY which aims to bring in works of Indian history that refuse to stop at 1947. Guha's own recent academic work for scholarly audiences has for the past seven or so years been often published by Permanent Black: we have most recently published his How Much Should a Person Consume? Thinking Through the Environment (South Asia rights [copublished by the University of California Press], hardback, Rs 595, 275 pages); and earlier two collections of his essays, An Anthropologist Among the Marxists and The Last Liberal, as well as The States of Indian Cricket. Guha's combative stress on academic prose being accessible and jargon-free has stirred controversy, but there is no doubting the fact that his pioneering work on environmental history, cricket history, and most recently political history has served the laudable cause of reaching history to large audiences outside university enclaves.

SOME OF OUR AUTHORS!

A.M. Shah—A.N. Sattanathan—Abhijit Gupta—Agha Shahid Ali—Amit Chaudhuri—Amita Baviskar-—Amiya Sen—Ania Loomba—Anindita Ghosh—Antje Linkenbach—Arvind Krishna Mehrotra—Ashis Nandy—Ayesha Jalal—Bill Aitken—Thomas Blom Hansen—Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya—Brigid Keenan—Bruce Lawrence—C.M. Naim—Charu Gupta—Chitra Joshi—Chitralekha Zutshi—Christophe Jaffrelot—Claude Markovits—D.K. Chakrabarti—D. Venkat Rao—David Arnold—David Hardiman—David Ludden—Dhriti K. Lahiri Choudhury—Dipesh Chakrabarty—E.H. Aitken—Emma Tarlo—Frances Pritchett—Francesca Orsini—Francis Robinson—Ghanshyam Shah—Ghazala Shahabuddin—Gopal Gandhi—Gyanendra Pandey—Harish Damodaran—Heinrich von Stietencron—Hew McLeod—Ian Bryant Wells—Ian Talbot—Indrani Chatterjee—Jackie Assayag—Janaki Bakhle—Joerg Fisch—Jon Lang—Jyotika Virdi—K. Sivaramakrishnan—K. Ullas Karanth—Kapil Raj—Kaushik Basu—Kaushik Roy—Leela Gandhi—Leela Prasad—Lucy Rosenstein—M.S.S. Pandian—Madhav Gadgil—Mahesh Rangarajan—Mahmood Mamdani—Manu Goswami—Mark Baker—Martha Nussbaum—Meera Kosambi—Meera Nanda—Michael Fisher—Monica Juneja—Mridu Rai—Mukul Kesavan—Muzaffar Alam—Nandini Sundar—Nayanjot Lahiri—Nicholas B. Dirks—Nivedita Menon—P.K. Datta—Partha Chatterjee—Partha Sarathi Gupta—Patricia Uberoi—Peter Heehs—Peter van der Veer—Prachi Deshpande—Pratik Chakrabarty—Priya Kumar—Rajendra Vora—Rajeswari Sunder Rajan—Rajit Mazumder—Ramachandra Guha—Raminder Kaur—Ramya Sreenivasan—Ranjani Mazumdar—Ratna Kapur—Ravi Kanbur—Richard Wolf—Rosie Llewellyn Jones—Rudrangshu Mukherjee—S. Percy Lancaster—Salim Ali—Sambudha Sen—Sanjay Subrahmanyam—Seema Alavi—Shabnum Tejani—Shail Mayaram—Sharad Chari—Sheila Dhar—Sheldon Pollock—Shonaleeka Kaul—Simona Sawhney—Srinath Raghavan—Srirupa Roy—Stuart Blackburn—Subrata Dasgupta—Sudipta Kaviraj—Sugata Bose—Sujoy Das—Sumathi Ramaswamy—Sumit Guha—Sumit Sarkar—Sunil Kumar—Sunil Sharma—Suvir Kaul—Swapan Chakravorty—Swarup Roy—Tabish Khair—Tanika Sarkar—Tapati Guha Thakurta—Tara Gandhi—Thomas Blom Hansen—Thomas Metcalf—Tony Ballantyne—Ulrike Stark—Uma Dhupelia Mesthrie—Upinder Singh—Valmik Thapar—Vasant Saberwal—Vasanthi Srinivasan—Vasudha Dalmia—Veena Naregal—Velcheru Narayana Rao—Veronique Benei—Vijay Tendulkar—Vinayak Chaturvedi—Yasmin Saikia—Zai Whitaker.