March 12, 2014

Recent Release- Sabotage by Anita Agnihotri

                        (AURUM BOOKS IS AN IMPRINT OF SOCIAL SCIENCE PRESS)       

By Anita Agnihotri
Translated by Arunava Sinha
.                                                          ISBN 978-81-87358-73-2
                                                                140 pp. Paperback
                                                                Modified price: Rs. 355.00
Anita Agnihotri has a keen eye for the injustices, both gross and subtle, perpetrated on the rural poor. She describes the various scenarios of poverty with a clinical eye, without lament and pathos, but in minute, breathless detail. The woman prisoners, the exploited weaver girl, the overworked policeman in a district infested with militants – these and many other characters come to life in their abused humanity. The facts alone are an accusation. This is the protest literature of our age, spoken in a frosty matter-of-fact style which makes the blood curdle.

Martin Kämpchen is a German writer and scholar, based in India.

July 5, 2013

New Release: Heike Liebau

New from Social Science Press

       German Writings on India and South Asia
This Series brings together a body of work  on India and South Asia from Germany. The books in this series will reflect Gerrnan scholarship in the social sciences, and literature, made available to the English speaking world often for the first time.

The Local Co-workers of the Tranquebar Mission, 18th to 19th Centuries
 Heike Liebau

566pp | 215x140 mm | Hardback
Tentative Pub price: 750
ISBN 978-81-87358-72-5
Tentative pub date: March 2013

‘This appearance of Heike Liebau’s magisterial work in English is a welcome event.  Profound in originality, fresh findings and perceptions, thoroughness and tight analysis, this represents a significant contribution to historical understandings of India.  Beyond her grasp of Eurocentric historiographies lies her remarkably astute command of Indocentric perspectives.  Sharply etched micro-historical features of conflicting cultural influences on local societies in South India are neatly fitted into wider contexts under the rising imperium of the (British) East India Company.’

Robert Eric Frykenberg
Professor Emeritus of History & South Asian Studies

‘…….Liebau’s greatest achievement lies in her penetrating and sensitive treatment of Tamil leaders…..Several of Tamil men and women introduced here were fully competent in working with Sanskrit, Greek, and Hebrew texts, in addition to several European and Indian languages……’

Paul Grant
Department of History
University of Wisconsin - Madison
International Bulletin, Vol. 33, No.4, October 2009

 This is an award winning book

Cultural Encounters in India : The Local Co-workers of the Tranquebar Mission, 18th to 19th Centuries is an English translation of a German book which has won the Geisteswissenschaften International award for excellence in scholarship. It is now available for the first time to the English speaking world.

 The history of social and religious encounter  in 18th century South  India is narrated through fascinating biographies and day to day lives of  Indian workers who worked in thefirst organised Protestant mission enterprise in India, the Tranquebar  Mission (1706-1845). The Mission was originally initiated by the Danish King Friedrich IV, but sustained by religious authorities and mission organisations and supporters  in Germany and Britain.

The book challenges the notion that Christianity in colonial India was basically imposed from the outside. It also questions the approaches to mission history concentrating exclusively on European  mission societies. Liebau  maintains that the social  history of 18th  century South India cannot be understood  without considering the contributions of the local converts and mission co-workers who  played an important  role from the very beginning in the context of  Tranquebar  Mission.


Approaches to an Intermediary Group 

Chapter 1
History of the Tranquebar Mission

Chapter 2
Local Mission Workers

Chapter 3
The Hierarchical Structure of the Mission Organization

Chapter 4
Dialogue and Conflict

Chapter 5
The Role of Local Mission Employees in Education

Chapter 6
Women in the Tranquebar Mission

Concluding Observations:
Indian Mission Employees and European-Indian Cultural Contact

Biographies of South Indian country pastors
Illustrations and Maps
Note on the spelling of Indian terms

Heike Liebau is Senior Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin. Her research interest lies in the history of cultural encounters, biographical studies and questions of knowledge production. She is the co-editor of Halle and the Beginning of Protestant Christianity in India (with Y. Vincent Kumaradoss and Andreas Gross), Halle 2006; and of The World in World Wars: Experiences, Perceptions and Perspectives from Africa and Asia (with Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Dyala Hamzah, Ravi Ahuja), Leiden, Boston 2010. 


January 24, 2013

Sociology of India from France 19th – 20thcenturies
Roland Lardinois
"… Scholars and Prophets is a work of immense erudition guided by a strong sense of purpose (...) The study is a targeted attempt to uncover the origins of Dumont's analysis of the caste system in his Homo hierarchicus."

Rosane Rocher,
University of Pennsylvania,
Journal of the American Oriental Society

“This book, which deals with the representations of India in France, serves as a landmark model of historical sociology of human and social sciences"

Gisèle Sapiro,
Centre national de la recherche scientifique,
Transeo Review

French Writings on India and South Asia
This Series brings together a body of work from France on India and South Asia. These books will reflect the social sciences and literature, made available to the English speaking world often for the first

   This is the first book in the Series.

Scholars and Prophets: Sociology of India from France 19th – 20th centuries is being translated from L’invention de I’ Inde. Entre ésotérisme et science, and deals with the historical genesis of the long and rich scholarship on India in France since the beginning of 19thcentury, with particular reference to the work of Louis Dumont. It considers the works of scholars and the essayists, poets, or esotericists who published on India and shows that Dumont has been influenced by both groups. This understanding illuminates the main criticism that is still addressed to Homo hierarchicus, that in this book Dumont mistook the internal Brahminical view point on the caste system for a sociological view.

In the last chapter, the book contrasts Dumont’s work with issues raised by McKim Marriott’s project and the Subaltern Studies from India. It defends that the core issue dealt with by all scholars is the epistemic status given to scientific knowledge of Indian society.
In the course of explaining the French intellectual tradition, the author relates many fascinating interactions and little known anecdotes of famous men and women which capture the intellectually vibrant climate of the time. Both scholars and students of the social sciences will find this book very useful.
Introduction: Genesis of the sociology of India
Prologue: René Daumal and the autofiction of the cultural field
Part One
The Genesis of a Savant Milieu (1795-1927)
Chapter 1. The struggle for academic legitimacy
Chapter 2. Orientalist knowledge and prophetic discourses
Chapter 3. The Struggle for institutional autonomy
Part Two
Scholars and Prophets (The interwar period)
Chapter 4. The field of scholarship on India in the 1930s
Chapter 5. Scholarly practices
Chapter 6. Prophetic strategies
Chapter 7. Hinduism as a disciplinary issue
Part Three
Social Science and Indigenous Science
(Second half of the 20th century)
Chapter 8. Louis Dumont and the indigenous science
Chapter 9. Louis Dumont and the cunning of reason
Chapter 10. The Avatara of scholarship on India
Conclusion. Sociology put to the test of India
Postscript. Note on the construction of a research subject
Appendix: Multi Correspondence Analysis
Postface to the English-language edition
List of documents, tables, figures
Sources and bibliography

 Roland Lardinois is a sociologist, Director of Research at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris (France). He is Fellow at the Centre d’études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.He has published works on the history of family in India, historical demography of South India, history of French scholarship on India, and edited a volume of correspondence exchanged between Sylvain Lévi and Russian Orientalist scholars.
576 pp | 215x140 mm | Hardback
Tentative Published price: Rs 795
ISBN 978-81-87358-70-1
Pub date: Jan 2013

November 15, 2012

World Pharmacy and India

Edited by Hans Löfgren

“… this extremely well written and edited  book deals  with the  threats  and challenges related to  access to pharmaceuticals at  national and global level  eg TRIPS plus agendas, ACTA , FTAs  in the  time to  come .  It is a  must read for those dealing with public  policies , public health, access to  medicines,   equity in  health  in  India and in developing countries "

Dr Mira Shiva, M.D.

Health Action International ( Asia Pacific ) and

Peoples Health Movement

"…. The authors are well informed, and several are themselves personally engaged in the litigation or policy debates they describe.  The Book provides a useful report on many different initiatives and controversies, presenting relevant facts and a number of shrewd insights. The strongest parts of the book are the detailed reports on counties or regions, several of which focus on India -- the most important country as regards the global supply of generic medicines. I learned a great deal from each chapter of the book."

James Love
Director, Knowledge Ecology International

The pharmaceutical industry presents one of India’s most successful stories of economic expansion and improvements in public health. Indian firms have made access to quality medicines possible and affordable in many developing countries.  Indian pharmaceuticals are also exported on a large scale to the United States and other highly regulated markets. A wave of mergers, acquisitions and tie-ups point to growing integration between Indian firms and global pharma multinationals.

The Politics of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Access to Medicines: World Pharmacy and India examines this important industry from different economic, social and political perspectives. Topics covered include the implications of TRIPS-compliant intellectual property rights, the role of flexibilities under TRIPS, the market regulation system, the role of Indian firms in exporting HIV/AIDS medications to Africa, the issue of free trade agreements, the power and reach of foreign pharmaceutical multinationals in India’s domestic market, and the sustainability of India as a major generics supplier.

Hans Lofgren is Associate Professor in Politics and Policy Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. His publications include, with  P. Sarangi (eds) The Politics and Culture of Globalisation: India and Australia (Social Science Press, New Delhi, 2009); with M. Leahy & E. de Leeuw (eds) Democratising Health: Consumer Groups in the Policy Process (Edward Elgar, 2011).


1.       The Politics of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Access to Medicines - Hans Löfgren

2.      Challenges of Regulation of Medicines in India -  S. Srinivasan & Anant Phadke

3.      CIPLA: Patients before Patents -  Neelam Raaj

4.  Systemic Failure of Regulation: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical and Bulk Drug Manufacturing - G. Vijay

5.      TRIPS Flexibilities and Access to Patented Medicines in India -  Narayanan Lalitha

6.      India’s Free Trade Agreements : Implications for Access to Medicines in India and the Global South - Kajal Bhardwaj

7.       At any price? Boehringer Ingelheim, Bayer HealthCare and Baxter in India -  Christiane Fischer and Claudia Jenkes

8.       Trends and Prospects for India as a Global Generic Player -  Deepak Kumar Jena & Poduri Balaram

9.      The Indian Patent Law and Access to Antiretroviral Drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa -  Christiane Fischer

10.   Accessing Medicines in Developing Economies  -  Tu Thanh Nguyen

11.   The Politics of AIDS Treatment in Brazil -  André de Mello e Souza

12.    Financing Pharmaceutical Research and Development: Alternatives to the Patent System - Philip Soos and Hans Lofgren 

13.  Post-script - Hans Löfgren

368pp | 215x140 mm | Hardback
Pub price: Rs 725
ISBN 978-81-87358-66-4
Pub date: Nov  2012

July 25, 2012

Amal Sanyal

"Amal Sanyal is an economist with enormous academic and policy experience. His telling of economics and its stories is sure to educate and entertain, and so draw more young people to the subject."
Debraj Ray Silver Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science, and
Professor of Economics, New York University, New York.

"This book introduces the basic ideas of economics along with their historical context; and narrates how the subject has grown and acquired its present shape. The author has succeeded in presenting the ideas and issues in a highly accessible manner; as well as in providing the reader with the multiplicity of viewpoints which exist regarding them. This highly readable book should prove to be useful not only to Economics students but to anyone interested in knowing about the core ideas of economics and their historical development"
Satish JainProfessor, Reserve Bank of India Chair in Economic Theory,Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Economics and its Stories demystifies technical terminology and goes to the heart of the matter.

The narrative of the book starts with the birth of economics from societal anxieties of pre-industrial Europe. It then follows up its growth into a self-conscious and assertive discipline. Along with the account, Amal Sanyal, with his characteristic lucidity of style, is able to breathe life into the colourful 18th, 19th and 20th century gurus such as Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Walras, Keynes. The narrative strings together the events and traditions of the era of these mentors with the economics they developed and controversies around them.  In the process the book explains the concepts that are indispensable for understanding our economic world today.

Economics and its Stories has chapters on the theory of markets; market failure and the role of the government; the labour market and unemployment; money and finance; international economics and globalisation; and economic development.

The book should appeal to the interested reader as well as students of economics. 


       Acknowledgements                                                                       ix
 1. Introduction                                                                               1 
 2. Markets, Efficiency, and Adam Smith                                          23
 3. Many Forms of Market: Sellers Big and Small                              53

  4. Markets Often Fail and So Do Governments                                90
  5. Unemployment and J.M. Keynes                                               116
  6. After Keynes                                                                            148
  7. Money, Banks, and Finance                                                      175
  8. Trade, Foreign Investment and Migration                                     217
  9. Economic Growth and Development                                           262
 10. Conclusion                                                                              316
  Index                                                                                           323

Amal Sanyal teaches economics at Lincoln University, New Zealand. He has taught and interacted with many other universities, including Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where he has worked for many years. He held the State Bank of India Chair on public policy for some time and was an economic advisor to the government of Mauritius for a number of years. Sanyal has very wide research interests and has published a large number of research articles and a few books. His current research includes issues of governance, corruption and public policy.

332pp | 215x140 mm | Hardback  
Published  price: Rs 650
ISBN 978-81-87358-55-8
Pub date 16 July 2012

June 26, 2012

Women of the Hindu Right in India
  Kalyani Devaki Menon

 "Menon argues that central to the popularity and success of Hindu nationalism is its willingness to accommodate groups whose beliefs and practices may be incongruous with the movement's mainstream. . . . An excellent study of a timely issue."

"Everyday Nationalism is an important book for understanding the dynamics and rationale of hindutva ideology. Kalyani Menon's brilliant reconstruction reveals women as the key to the Hindu nationalist goal to establish India as a Hindu nation."
Missiology: An International Review

"Menon provides a vivid portrait of the everyday lives of Hindu nationalist women. A witty, candid, unassuming ethnographer, she combines critical self-reflection with critical insights into the women she studies. Everyday Nationalism is an important contribution to scholarship in women's studies, South Asian studies, and anthropology."
Amrita Basu, Amherst College

272pp  215x140 mm  Hardback   4 illustrations
Published  price Rs 650
ISBN 978-81-87358-68-8
  Pub date May 2012

To understand the expansionary power of Hindu nationalism, Kalyani Menon argues, it is critical to examine the everyday constructions of politics and ideology through which activists garner support at the grassroots level. Based on fieldwork with women in several Hindu nationalist organizations, Menon explores how these activists use gendered constructions of religion, history, national insecurity, and social responsibility to recruit individuals from a variety of backgrounds. As Hindu nationalism extends its reach to appeal to increasingly diverse groups, she explains, it is forced to acknowledge a multiplicity of positions within the movement. She argues that Hindu nationalism's willingness to accommodate dissonance is central to understanding the popularity of the movement.
Everyday Nationalism contends that the Hindu nationalist movement's power to attract and maintain constituencies with incongruous beliefs and practices is key to its growth. The book reveals that the movement's success is facilitated by its ability to become meaningful in people's daily lives, resonating with their constructions of the past, appealing to their fears in the present, presenting itself as the protector of the country's citizens, and inventing traditions through the use of Hindu texts, symbols, and rituals to unite people in a sense of belonging to a nation.


Note on Transliteration
Chapter One: Everyday Histories
Chapter Two: National Insecurities
Chapter Three: Violent Dharma
Chapter Four: Benevolent Hindus
Chapter Five: Fun, Games, and Deadly Politics
Chapter Six: Acceptable Transgressions


Kalyani Devaki Menon teaches religious studies at DePaul University.

April 4, 2012



h Asian Prisoners in World War I Germany

282 pages 215x140 mm Hardback with illustrations CD-ROM included
Published price Rs 695
ISBN 978-81-87358-43-5
Pub Date January 2012

‘Soldiers don’t speak; they are spoken to. In this fascinating collection of disturbing essays Indian soldiers who survived the killing fields of World War I (serving a colonial King and Country) are made to speak to us directly as POWs from German camps. … A stunning achievement of empathetic modern German scholarship. Going to India Gate in New Delhi (built to commemorate the Indian soldiers of the Great War) will never be the same again.’

Shahid Amin
Delhi University

‘This is a valuable collection of articles that gives access to a rich archive in the German language, which had remained largely inaccessible to an Anglophone readership . The use of that archive can help broaden the approach to the problem of the participation of Indian soldiers in the First World War on the Western front, a topic which has not yet attracted sufficient scholarly attention.’

Claude Markovits
Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

The age of catastrophe devoured lives from many parts of the globe. Yet the ‘Great War’ also occasioned new encounters and experiences. Never before had ten thousands of non-elite South Asians moved across Europe. About two thousand of them, mostly sailors and soldiers who hailed from villages in Bengal, Nepal, the Northwest Frontier and Punjab, were held for years in German prison camps. They attracted the close attention of army officers, diplomats and secret agents, of emigrant revolutionaries like Har Dayal and Virendranath Chattopadhyaya, of German artists, academics and industrialists. The captives made sense of these unusual encounters in their own ways. This volume approaches their difficult engagements from various angles. It introduces and makes available rich German archives as yet unknown to the non-German speaking world.

The CD Rom attached to this book goes beyond the written word. It includes the Hindi and Urdu editions of the propagandistic camp journal Hindostan, transcripts of sound recordings in which the sailors and soldiers speak in their native tongues about their experiences as they are taken from place to place, perhaps in the hope that these might reach their families. There is nostalgia in their voices as they sing songs about their homes, while acutely critical comments on their lives in ‘vilayat’ give the lie to the notion of the apolitical peasant-soldier.

The CD Rom also includes pictorial documents of paintings by the soldiers, and some powerful photographs of war camps in Zossen and Wünsdorf. The CD Rom also carries the Bibliography which is a special feature of this book. It is both extensive and rich, covering rare books which will be of enormous value to scholars and interested readers.

Introduction: Franziska Roy, Heike Liebau

Part I: Histories of the Prisoners
Lost Engagements? Traces of South Asian Soldiers in German Captivity, 1915 -1918: Ravi Ahuja
South Asian Civilian Prisoners of War in First World War Germany : Franziska Roy
The German Foreign Office, Indian Emigrants and Propaganda Efforts Among the ‘Sepoys’ : Heike Liebau
German Perceptions of Enemy Colonial Troops, 1914–1918 : Christian Koller
South Asian Soldiers and German Academics: Anthropological, Linguistic and Musicological Field Studies in Prison Camps: Britta Lange

Part II: Histories of the Sources
Recordings of South Asian Languages and Music in the Lautarchiv of the Humboldt University Berlin : Jürgen Mahrenholz
Indian Prisoners of War in World War One – Photographs as Source Material: Margot Kahleyss
Hindostan - A Camp Newspaper for South-Asian Prisoners of World War One in Germany: Heike Liebau

Short Biographies
Archival Collections
Index of Persons
Index of Places

The Camp newspaper Hindostan Hindi edition
The Camp newspaper Hindostan Urdu edition
Voices of the Prisoners: Files and Recordings from the Lautararchiv, Berlin
List of Recordings and Personal Details of South Asian Prisoners in the Lautarchiv, Berlin
Photos from the Prisoner of War Camps in Zossen and Wünsdorf

Franziska Roy is doctoral candidate at the Department of History of the University of Warwick.
Heike Liebau is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Modern Oriental Studies (Berlin).
Ravi Ahuja is professor of modern Indian history and the director of the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen.