15 July 2016

FRIDAY, 22, JULY 2016, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Gulmohar Hall, 1st Floor, Indian Habitat Centre Lodi Road, New Delhi (Entry Gate #3)
Appetizers & Drinks 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Also at English and Foreign Language University (EFLU), Hyderabad, July 26 2016 in the afternoon -- time to be specified.

03 July 2016


RG on 13 July 2016 with the new edn of his old classic.
Photo courtesy Rudrangshu Mukherjee

On 13 July 2016, Rudrangshu Mukherjee visited Vienna

and presented Ranajit Guha with the 

'first copy' of the new edition. This new edition

includes two newly commissioned essays on

A Rule of Property for Bengal,

one each by Partha Chatterjee and

Rudrangshu Mukherjee

“. . . a pioneering work on the intellectual origins 

of [the Permanent Settlement]”—Holden Furber (1964)

This third, attractively re-set, edition of a seminal work that has been in print since 1963 includes two new essays by Partha Chatterjee and Rudrangshu Mukherjee. Together, they position this book within Indian historiography and reveal precisely why it remains indispensable for anyone involved in thinking seriously about colonial rule and the making of modern South Asia.

The infamous Permanent Settlement of Bengal in the eighteenth century was the most disputed step in the agrarian field ever taken in India under British rule. Why did it happen? Written with uncommon elegance, Ranajit Guha’s classic study—a pioneering work in Indian intellectual history—provides the answers by looking at the ideas and thinking of the policy-makers who radically changed the way in which India was taxed and ruled.
Guha considers why European ideas about capitalism in farming and methods of revenue collection were thrust upon a colonial society. He shows that British administrators such as Lord Cornwallis and Philip Francis were far more considerably influenced by the French Physiocrats than by Indian conditions on the ground. He elaborates on the philosophical antecedents of the Settlement in the works of Alexander Dow, Henry Pattullo, and Philip Francis, outlining the contradictions between their views and those of Warren Hastings.
PB | Rs 595


The contributors to this major intervention into Indian historiography trace the strategies through which Dalits have been marginalized as well as the ways Dalit intellectuals and leaders have shaped emancipatory politics in modern India.
Moving beyond the anticolonialism/nationalism binary that dominates the study of India, the contributors assess the benefits of colonial modernity and place humiliation, dignity, and spatial exclusion at the center of Indian historiography. Several essays discuss the ways Dalits used the colonial courts and legislature to gain minority rights in the early twentieth century, while others highlight Dalit activism in social and religious spheres.
The contributors also examine the struggle of contemporary middle-class Dalits to reconcile their caste and class, intercaste tensions among Sikhs, and the efforts by Dalit writers to challenge dominant constructions of secular and class-based citizenship while emphasizing the ongoing destructiveness of caste identity.
In recovering the long history of Dalit struggles against caste violence, exclusion, and discrimination, Dalit Studies outlines a new agenda for the study of India, enabling a significant reconsideration of many of the Indian academy's core assumptions.
Ramnarayan S. Rawat is Associate Professor of History at the University of Delaware and the author of Reconsidering Untouchability: Chamars and Dalit History in North India
K. Satyanarayana is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at EFL University, Hyderabad, and the coeditor of two collections of Dalit writing from South India: From those Stubs, Steel Nibs Are Sprouting and No Alphabet in Sight.

HB | Rs 895 | co-published with Duke University Press