August 13, 2014

Tocqueville in India by Jean Alphonse Bernard
                                ISBN: 978-93-83166-02-2
Hardback 260 pp ; Pub date: August 2014 ;Tentative Pub Price: Rs 625
"Tocqueville was, of course, a famous world traveler. Though, like Marx, he never visited India, also like Marx this did not deter him from writing about it with remarkable insight. Jean Alphonse Bernard has, of course, visited India and imagined what Tocqueville would have perceived had he done so. He has, in this innovative way, cast a fresh light on both the fantasies about and the realities of contemporary Indian political life."

Paul Brass, 
Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, University of Washington, Seattle

India has always been a land of contrasts and marvels. Today it contrives to be a functioning democracy in the midst of a society that remains inherently hierarchical. In order to grasp this paradox in all its dimensions, Jean Alphonse Bernard resolved to revisit the realities of India now in the company of Alexis de Tocqueville ( 1805-59). Tocqueville in India explores the enduring dialogue between the State and Society. Following neither Fukuyama nor Huntingdon, this book should attract the attention of those concerned by Indian issues as well as every reader interested in political philosophy or world affairs.
Jean Alphonse Bernard’s career in the French Treasury Department took him to New York, Copenhagen, Moscow, New Delhi (1960-64) and Kuwait. He returned to India after retirement and has since devoted many years to a study of politics in the subcontinent and political philosophy in general. The author of a number of books and articles in India in French, he wrote Tocqueville in India in English in order to present it directly to the broadest possible audience.
                                                List of Contents
List of Illustrations; List of Tables; Preface; Introduction
1.Tocqueville in India; 2. Society v. State; 3. Society as Caste, Caste as Society; 4.The Unassuming Revolution; 5.The State as an Autonomous Actor
6. Tocqueville Travels to Bihar; 7.Turmoil In A Forward State; 8.Tamil Nadu- A Nation in the Making; 9. Kerala, A Society That is “Civil”
10. A Mid-Journey Session
11. Yet They Vote; 12. Is India a Nation? 13. The Empire of Democracy; 14. Democracy and Discrimination; 15. Religions and Secularism
16. The Highest Good


‘Everywhere is becoming the same’?  Regulating IT-work between India and Germany by Nicole Mayer-Ahuja
                                                ISBN: 978-93-83166-01-5
Hardback 565pp; Pub date: 2014; Pub Price: Rs 725

"This book, an outstanding piece of scholarship comparing the two varied political and social contexts of Germany and India, challenges the dominant notion of the convergence of corporate practices unleashed by globalisation. Presenting a pioneering inquiry, it makes a seminal and significant contribution to the substantive area."

 Ernesto Noronha
Professor Ernesto Noronha, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

‘The world is flat’ – this popular account of current developments celebrates transnationally operating companies as great ‘equalisers’. Such tendencies of homogenisation come up against limits, however. Focussing on Indo-German project work in software programming, this study analyses the complex interrelations between the business models of transnationally operating companies and localised standards of regulating reproduction. They result in marked differences between the ways in which labour power is utilised in the companies’ Indian and German subsidiaries. The world is not ‘flat’ – instead, transnational corporate activities draw upon the combined and uneven development of world regions and reinforce difference rather than reducing it.
Nicole Mayer-Ahuja is Professor of Sociology at University of Hamburg and was Director of the Sociological Research Institute (SOFI) at University of Goettingen, Germany. Her research addresses work and labour, social policy and labour market policy from a historical and transnational perspective. She has published several books and articles on the history of precarious work in late 20th century Germany, on control practices in small and medium internet companies, and on transnational IT work.

List of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Concepts - Regulating Scenarios and Pathways of Transnationalisation
  3. The Spatial Binding of Labour Power
  4. The Contractual Binding of Labour Power
  5. Remuneration
  6. WorkingTime
  7. Qualifications - Requirements and Profiles
  8. In Lieu of a Summary - Corporate Utilisation of Labour Power and Capitalist Development
  9. Appendix
  10. Bibliography
Savage Attack: Tribal Insurgency in India
Edited by Crispin Bates and Alpa Shah
ISBN 978-81-87358-69-5
Hardback 306pp
Pub date: March 2014
Pub Price: Rs 725
"This important book explores the ways that Indian adivasis or ‘tribal’ people have been understood over the past two centuries. There are a series of thoughtful and challenging chapters that examine the way in which these definitions have to be situated within a changing politics of, on the one hand, state control, and on the other, an internal politics of rebellion as against integration. The supposed homogeneity of adivasi communities is scrutinized and questioned, leading into discussions of the internal politics of these groups. In all, an excellent collection that challenges many firmly-held notions about Indian adivasis."

David Hardiman, Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick, Uk    
Savage Attack: Tribal Insurgency in India, edited by Crispin Bates and Alpa Shah
In Savage Attack: Tribal Insurgency in India the authors ask whether there is anything particularly adivasi about the forms of resistance that have been labelled as adivasi movements. What does it mean to speak about adivasi as opposed to peasant resistance? Can one differentiate adivasi resistance from that of other lower castes such as the dalits? In this volume the authors move beyond stereotypes of tribal rebellion to argue that it is important to explore how and why particular forms of resistance are depicted as adivasi issues at particular points in time. Interpretations that have depicted adivasis as a united and highly politicised group of people have romanticised and demonized tribal society and history, thus denying the individuals and communities involved any real agency. Both the interpretations of the state and of left-wing supporters of tribal insurgencies have continued to ignore the complex realities of tribal life and the variety in the expressions of political activism that have resulted across the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent.

List of Contributors
Savage Attack: Adivasis and Insurgency in India. Crispin Bates and Alpa Shah
1. We Shall Fight Them on the Beach: Counterinsurgency, Colonisation and the Andaman Islanders, 1771–1863
Satadru Sen
2. ‘Natural Boundaries’: Negotiating Land Rights and  Establishing Rule on the East India Company’s North-Eastern Frontier 1790s–1820s . Gunnel Cederlöf
3. From ‘Natural Philosophy’ to ‘Political Ritual’: An Ethno-Historical Reading of the Colonial Sources on the Konds’ Religion (Orissa) .Raphaël Rousseleau
4. Locating Adivasi Identity in Colonial India: The Oraons and the Tana Bhagats in Chhotanagpur, 1914–1919
Sangeeta Dasgupta
5. Tribal Armed Rebellion of 1922–1924 in the Madras Presidency: a Study of Causation as Colonial Legitimation
Atlury Murali
6. Events, Incidents and Accidents: Re-Thinking Indigenous Resistance in the Andaman Islands. Vishvajit Pandya
7. The Making and Unmaking of an Adivasi Working Class in Western Orissa. Christian Strümpell
8. Adivasis and Communists in Post-Reform Kerala:  Neoliberalism, Political Disillusionment, and the Indigenist Challenge .Luisa Steur
9. Thoughts on Religious Experience and ‘Politics’ in Adivasi India: an Anthropologist Attempts a Rereading of History . Amit Desai
10. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Maoist Movement in  Jharkhand, India .Alpa Shah
About the Authors:
Crispin Bates is Professor of Modern and South Asian History in the
School of History, Classics and Archaeology and Director of the
Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His
research interests focus on labour migration and peasant and tribal
history in central India, on which he has published numerous articles.
His publications include Subalterns and Raj: South Asia since 1600
(London: Routledge, 2007); Beyond Representation: constructions of
identity in colonial and postcolonial India (Oxford, New Delhi: Oxford
University Press, 2005), and (with Subho Basu) Rethinking Indian
Political Institutions (London: Anthem Press, 2005). Between 2006-
2008 he was Principal Investigator in an AHRC-funded research
project concerning the Great Indian Uprising and is the editor
and key contributor to Mutiny at the Margins (New Delhi: Sage,
2013-2014), a seven volume series exploring new perspectives
on the 1857 rebellion
Alpa Shah is Reader in the Department of Anthropology at the
London School of Economics and Political Science. This book
was prepared while she was Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at
Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of In the
Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and
Insurgency in Jharkhand, India (Duke University Press and Oxford
University Press, India: 2010). She has co-edited several volumes including
(with Judith Pettigrew) Windows into a Revolution: Ethnographies
of Maoism in India and Nepal (Social Science Press, Delhi: 2012),
(with Sara Schneiderman)  An Anthropology of Affirmative Action
:The Practices, Politics and Policies of Transforming Inequality
in South Asia (Focaal, 2013), and  (with Tobias Kelly)
A Double Edged Sword: Protection and State

Violence (Critique of Anthropology, 2013).

July 23, 2014




ISBN NO. 978-93-83166-00-8



'An engrossing collection of essays by one of the foremost historians of the events of 1857 . Rudrangshu Mukherjee writes about the world of the purabiya sipahis (including the famous Mangal Pandey), the popular upsurge and the violence of the Ghadar with a sureness of touch that is rare among professional writers of history. A popular academic book with an assured shelf life'

Shahid Amin

Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi

‘Rudrangshu Mukherjee has firmly established his reputation as a historian of the 1857 Revolt. Now, his essays will surely enhance our understanding of the turbulent phase in our history. They merit serious attention.

Mushirul Hassan

Nehru Fellow and former Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia

The Year of Blood: Essays on the Revolt of 1857

Rudrangshu Mukherjee

Rudrangshu Mukherjee’s essays on the Revolt of 1857 have been brought under one cover in The Year of Blood: Essays on the Revolt of 1857. The book traces the eminent historian’s changing perception of the idea of the Revolt, from his undergraduate days to the present.

The Revolt of 1857 was a passionate phase in Indian history and the quality of writing in this book reflects this intensity. Violence has rarely been described with so much realism and subtlety. The imaginative use of primary source materials add clarity to accounts such as the massacre in Satichaura Ghat and the trial of Mangal Pandey.

Rudrangshu Mukherjee places the ‘soldier-peasant’ at the forefront of the Revolt. In lucid prose, he is able to unravel the motives, strategies and organization skills of the mutineers, while exposing the layers of complexity that defined the relationship between the rulers and the subjugated.

The horrific killings described in depth in this book cover specific parts of Uttar Pradesh; however, the mood of the wider holocaust is captured through the detailed captions which describe several illustrations, most of which are from private collections.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: In Pursuit of a Revolt
The Azimgarh Proclamation and Some Questions on the Revolt of 1857 in the Northwestern Provinces
‘Satan Let loose Upon Earth’: the Kanpur Massacres in India in the Revolt of 1857
The Sipahi and the Sepoy Mutinies
Two Intellectual Traditions of the Revolt of 1857: A study of Popular Resistance
Responses to 1857 in the Centenary Year

29 March 1857
Life of a Sepoy
The Greased Cartridge
Chapati, Rumours and Prophesy
The Trial

About the Author: Rudrangshu Mukherjee is the Editor, Editorial Pages, The Telegraph. He taught in the department of history, University of Calcutta and held visiting appointments at Princeton University, Manchester University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author and editor of a number of books that include Spectre of Violence: The Massacres in Kanpur in 1857, Delhi, 2007 (1998), New Delhi: The Making of a Capital (co-authored) Delhi, 2009, The Penguin Gandhi Reader (edited), Delhi, 1993, Awadh in Revolt, 1857-58: A Study of Popular Resistance (Delhi, 1984; repr. Delhi and London, 2001), and Dateline, 1857: Revolt Against the Raj ,Delhi, 2008 among others.

March 12, 2014

Recent Release- Sabotage by Anita Agnihotri

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

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, Philadelphia,
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, Paris, 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.

February 15, 2012

Memoirs of a Surgeon
Subir K. Chatterjee

288pp 12 Illustrations 215x140 mm Hardback
ISBN 978-81-87358-63-3
Pub price Rs 625
Pub date Jan 2012
‘This is an account of the journey through life of one of the foremost paediatric surgeons in this country. To those of a similar vintage it will evoke fond memories of a late twentieth century Calcutta, where there was stylish living, albeit for a few, and a surgical career path that has all but disappeared which consisted of a basic degree here followed by further training in the United Kingdom culminating in the passing of the dreaded and prestigious FRCS examination. Many then went to the United States for advanced training as did the author where he worked with many of the greats in the field.’

Samiran Nundy, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant, 
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi

‘It is an honour and a serious responsibility to be asked to introduce Subir Chatterjee's Memoirs…. His book is a remarkable account of a life outstanding for its achievements from trainee surgeon struggling with the Fellowship of theEnglish College of Surgeons to Honorary Member of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and becoming a major figure in world paediatric surgery…. I commend it highly to all who know Subir and equally to those who will come to know him through its pages.’

James A. S. Dickson FRCS Ed. & Eng. FRCPCH, Emeritus Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, 
Sheffield Children's Hospital and Honorary Member The British Association of Paediatric Surgeons

4 Victoria Terrace: Memoirs of a Surgeon covers tumultuous times in recent history, beginning from the later years of British Rule. Rarely does one come across a doctor’s account of what it meant to experience and handle human tragedies of the magnitude of the Bengal Famine or the Partition of the country.

Apart from being a doctor’s travelogue, there is hardly any major city in the world that Dr Chatterjee has not visited, this book also unfolds an extremely perceptive description of one of our most important social institutions: medical colleges and hospitals. We also get an inside view of the medical profession itself, one of the most politicized at every level, but not without enduring friendships and knowledge sharing.

These pages contain some tragic stories of dedicated brilliant doctors, who become the victims of their own profession. There are also accounts of almost miraculous surgery that saves patients, all but dead, and often just a few hours old.

The book ends with a reflection on the ethical dilemmas inherent in the medical profession in general and pediatric surgery in particular.

Professor Subir K. Chatterjee is a major figure in world pediatric surgery and has pioneered the speciality in the eastern region of the country, especially, in the city of Calcutta (now Kolkata) and continues at 85 years to dedicate his life to treating patients and teaching surgery to his students. Some of his students have become leaders in their fields. Professor Chatterjee has authored numerous learned papers in national and international journals and is also the author of Anorectal Malformations (Oxford and Delhi, 2006).

Prologue: Two Memorable Days
1. My Homes
2. My School
3. My College
4. Life in the UK
5. My Hospitals: Nil Ratan Sarkar Medical College, Calcutta
6. My Hospitals: Ramkrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan, Calcutta
7. Pediatric Surgery, My Passport: North America and Europe
8. Pediatric Surgery, My Passport: Australia, Africa and Asia
9 . Indian Travelogue
10. The Park
11. Park Medical Research Centre
12. Ethical Dilemmas of Pediatric Practice

New from Social Science Press


Mobile Value Added Services in India

Mukesh Kumar and Ram Kumar Kakani


412pp 215x140 mm Hardback 14 illustrations

Published price Rs 695

ISBN 978-81-87358-61-9


Pub date Jan 2012


‘Professor Ram Kumar Kakani is one of India’s most respected academics /researchers in the field of business. This is a well researched work. It starts with introducing the Telecommunications sector, then analyses all relevant domestic and global aspects, focusing on the impact of technological advancement and regulatory environment on mobile value added services (mVAS). Finally, it proposes possible business models and future scenarios of Indian mVAS industry. In fact to my knowledge no book from India achieved all this.’

Professor Debashis Chatterjee


IIM Kozhikode

‘After reading this compelling work, the reader will appreciate the evolving linkages and associated uncertainties in the emerging Indian mVAS industry. The authors seamlessly demystify the complex and evolving linkages of technology, regulator, and savvy entrepreneurship led models. The sections on Business Modeling and Scenario Planning lead the reader to appreciate the complicated maze of the mVAS sector. It is a must-read book for telecom professionals, policy makers and management studies students.’

R K Mishra

Principal Advisor, TRAI


The telecommunications industry continues to grow at a formidable pace and within it, the mobile value added services (mVAS) industry displays impressive potential for influencing the lives of millions of people. Driven by technology and innovation, experts believe that the mVAS industry has even greater possibilities than electronic commerce (e-Commerce). The role of technologies and regulations is taken into account in the analysis of the Indian mobile telecom industry. This is followed by proposing possible business models and future scenarios for mVAS in India.

The Telecommunications Revolution: Mobile Value Added Services in India studies the mVAS industry in depth. It compares mVAS trends in India with those in other parts of the world like the USA and Europe, Japan, South Korea and China.

This lucidly written book will be of great interest not only to the student of telecommunications and business studies, but also to policy makers, industry professionals and the interested general reader.


Section I: Introduction

1. Introduction to Indian Telecommunications Industry

2. Unwinding of Telecom Technical Jargon

3. Mobile Economics

Section II: Mobile VAS Industry in India and Other Markets

4. Mobile Value Added Services (mVAS) Industry: Young offspring of Mobile Industry

5. India in a Global Context

Section III: Role of Technologies and Regulations

6. Role of Technologies in shaping the mVAS Industry

7. Role of Regulation in shaping the mVAS Industry

Section IV: The Analysis of Indian Mobile Telecommunications with focus on VAS

8. Indian Mobile industry: An Empirical Analysis

9. The Mobile VAS Industry: Structure, Value Chain and Stakeholders

Section V: Business Models and Scenario Planning

10. Business Models in the mVAS Industry

11. Future of the Mobile VAS Industry in India

Mukesh Kumar works with the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) and belongs to the Indian Telecom Service (ITS), Government of India. His work background combined with his endeavour at XLRI resulted in his research interests into the world of technology based business modeling especially in mobile telephony. Presently he is working in the capacity of DGM in Kolkata Service Area (KSA), BSNL and has been overseeing wireline Broadband networks and services. He has also been instrumental in introducing Fibre To The Home (FTTH) service in KSA.

Ram Kumar Kakani is Associate Professor in Strategic Management and Finance at XLRI Jamshedpur. His areas of interest include Business Analysis, Business Groups, Corporate Finance and Strategy brought forth by the empirical work on the Indian corporate sector. He has co-authored many text books and other books including the popular Corporate Finance (8/e), Financial Accounting for Management (3/e), and Strategic Thinking. He has also published cases and papers in refereed publications including AI & Society, Decision, Innovation Journal, and Richard Ivey Case Bank.