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POLITICS AND IDEAS: ANOTHER SUPERB COLLECTION OF ESSAYS BY SUDIPTA KAVIRAJ

SUDIPTA KAVIRAJ The Trajectories of the Indian State Politics and Ideas Sudipta Kaviraj has long been recognized as among India’s most thoughtful and wide-ranging political thinkers and analysts, one of the subtlest and most learned writers on Indian politics. Ironically, this has remained something of a state secret because Kaviraj’s writings are scattered and not easy to access as a connected body. So the present volume—like its predecessor The Imaginary Institution of India —fills a vital gap in South Asian political thought. Among Kaviraj’s many strengths is his exceptional ability to position Indian politics within the frameworks of Western political philosophy alongside perspectives from indigenous political thought. In order to understand relations between the state and social groups, or between dominant and subaltern communities, Kaviraj says it is necessary to first historicize the study of Indian politics. Deploying the historical method, he looks at the precise cha

CLASSIC MONOGRAPH REISSUED WITH NEW FOREWORD

VASUDHA DALMIA's masterpiece, THE NATIONALIZATION OF HINDU TRADITIONS: BHARATENDU HARISCHANDRA AND NINETEENTH-CENTURY BANARAS, was unavailable for a very long time. It has now been reissued as a paperback, with a new Foreword by Francesca Orsini outlining why this is such a politically important and invaluable work of scholarship for anyone wishing to understand the Hindi universe of colonial and contemporary North India. Paperback / 530pp / Rs 495 / ISBN 81-7824-304-0 / September 2010