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Showing posts from December, 2008


JAGADIS CHANDRA BOSE AND THE INDIAN RESPONSE TO WESTERN SCIENCE  by Subrata Dasgupta ‘ ... an important examination of the science of Jagadis Chandra Bose ... Dasgupta distances his account from nationalist historiography ... His reading complements the histories and biographies that have emphasized the sociocultural history of science in India.’—Dhruv Raina in Isis ‘Scholars interested in science and society issues as well as lay readers will find the narrative fascinating.’—Deepak Kumar in The Book Review ‘ ... a book that has filled a void in the history of science in India.’—Prajit Basu in Science, Technology and Society ‘ ... a thorough, critical, dispassionate, objective and lucid synthesis of an enormous amount of information ... a valuable contribution to the history of science, especially Indian science.’—R.L. Bijlani in Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology ISBN 81-7824-251-6 / Rs 350 / 320pp / Paperback / Spring 2009


BOMBAY CINEMA : AN ARCHIVE OF THE CITY by Ranjani Mazumdar "Mazumdar's experience as a filmmaker allowed her to offer significant readings of not just the narratives and character development in the films, but of the cinematography, mise-en-scene, and other technical and performance aspects of production. As scholar and filmmaker, Ranjani Mazumdar effectively combined her two disciplines in the book, which is accessible and useful to scholars of South Asia and film." Journal of Popular Culture “This is not simply a book about how Bombay movies have re-presented the ambivalent site of the city in post-Independence India. More profoundly, Mazumdar is giving us an alternative history of Indian modernity, a history in which 'the urban experience' only comes fully into focus through the sensuous mediation of the popular cinema.” Visual Anthropology Review “Mazumdar has a great capacity to discuss Indian cinema, with a brilliant grasp of its political, historical and


GANDHI’S CONSCIENCE KEEPER C. RAJAGOPALACHARI AND INDIAN POLITICS by Vasanthi Srinivasan 'Dr Srinivasan’s study is a tour-de-force, exhibiting all the signs of a mature thinker who is confident of her intellectual and spiritual bearings' Peter Emberley 'This work will be widely appreciated and will also set off useful debates' Rajmohan Gandhi Hailed by Mahatma Gandhi as his conscience keeper, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (1878–1972; better known as Rajaji) epitomized the practical wisdom, religious tolerance, and statesmanship that Gandhi brought to the nationalist movement. Vasanthi Srinivasan presents Rajaji’s vision as that of a theocentric liberal. Examining his political ideas and actions alongside his literary works, as well as in relation to statesmen-ideologues such as Nehru and Periyar, she shows how Rajaji steered clear of ideological dogma and charted an ethic of responsibility. VASANTHI SRINIVASAN is a Reader in Political Science at the University of Hyderaba