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.