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Breaking India

Breaking India ebook ISBN: 9788191067378
Author: Rajiv Malhotra,Aravintan̲ Nīlakantan̲
Number of Pages: 650 
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Chup ebook ISBN: 9386228602
Publisher: Juggernaut Books
Author: Deepa Narayan
Number of Pages: 304 
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Indra's Net

Indra's Net ebook ISBN: 9351362485
Publisher: Harper Collins
Author: Rajiv Malhotra
Number of Pages: 384 
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It is fashionable among intellectuals to assert that dharma traditions lacked any semblance of unity before the British period, and that the contours of contemporary Hinduism were bequeathed to us by our colonial masters. Such arguments routinely target Swami Vivekananda, a key interlocutor who shattered many deeply rooted prejudices against Indian civilization. They accuse him of having camouflaged various alleged 'contradictions' within traditional Hinduism, and charge him with having appropriated the principles of Western religion to 'manufacture' a unified world view and a set of practices known today as Hinduism. Rajiv Malhotra offers a systematic rejoinder to such views and articulates the holographic understanding of reality that grounds Hindu dharma

Breaking Free of Nehru

Breaking Free of Nehru ebook ISBN: 8190583581
Publisher: Breaking Free of Nehru
Author: Sanjeev Sabhlok
Number of Pages: 267 
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The book discusses the impact of Nehruvian socialism on freedom in India. It reflects on India s post-independence experience and finds that India needs to move well beyond socialist paradigms towards freedom and innovation if it wishes to retrieve its status as a great nation. It then traces the causes of India`s political and bureaucratic corruption, its poverty, and its large, illiterate population. The book then proposes numerous ways to transform India`s governance thorough competitive, freedom-based, solutions. Solutions recommended range from a re-write of the Indian Constitution in order to make it simpler and clearly focused on freedom, to the radical restructure of the Indian public services based on modern public sector reforms across the world. It advocates state funding of elections, raising the salaries of politicians significantly, freeing the labour market, imposing carbon taxes on pollution, seeking compensatory payments from developed countries for their prior carbon emissions, and complete privatisation of school and university education. It argues that India can, and should, aspire to be the world s best in everything it does. I believe that no Indian should settle for anything less than that.

Constructing Indian Christianities

Constructing Indian Christianities ebook ISBN: 1317560272
Publisher: Routledge
Author: Chad M. Bauman,Richard Fox Young
Number of Pages: 288 
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This volume offers insights into the current ‘public-square’ debates on Indian Christianity. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork as well as rigorous analyses, it discusses the myriad histories of Christianity in India, its everyday practice and contestations and the process of its indigenisation. It addresses complex and pertinent themes such as Dalit Indian Christianity, diasporic nationalism and conversion. The work will interest scholars and researchers of religious studies, Dalit and subaltern studies, modern Indian history, and politics.

Governing India

Governing India ebook ISBN: 162776707X
Publisher: Satish Oberoi
Author: N.A
Number of Pages: N.A 
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Being Different : An Different Challenge To Western Universalism

Being Different : An Different Challenge To Western Universalism ebook ISBN: 9789351160502
Publisher: Harpercollins
Author: Rajiv Malhotra
Number of Pages: 488 
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'Rajiv Malhotra's insistence on preserving difference with mutual respect - not with mere "tolerance" - is even more pertinent today because the notion of a single universalism is being propounded. There can be no single universalism, even if it assimilates or, in the author's words, "digests", elements from other civilizations' - Kapila Vatsyayan In Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism, thinker and philosopher Rajiv Malhotra addresses the challenge of a direct and honest engagement on differences, by reversing the gaze, repositioning India from being the observed to the observer and looking at the West from the dharmic point of view. In doing so, he challenges many hitherto unexamined beliefs that both sides hold about themselves and each other. He highlights that while unique historical revelations are the basis for Western religions, dharma emphasizes self-realization in the body here and now. He also points out the integral unity that underpins dharma's metaphysics and contrasts this with Western thought and history as a synthetic unity. Erudite and engaging, Being Different critiques fashionable reductive translations and analyses the West's anxiety over difference and fixation for order which contrast the creative role of chaos in dharma. It concludes with a rebuttal of Western claims of universalism, while recommending a multi-civilizational worldview.

Breaking the Bow

Breaking the Bow ebook ISBN: 9383074175
Publisher: Zubaan
Author: Anil Menon,Vandana Singh
Number of Pages: 288 
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A long time ago, a young prince, the heir to a great South-Asian kingdom, wielded Siva’s mighty bow and won the heart of a brave princess. The story of what happened next to the married couple—the Ramayana—told and re-told countless times over the centuries, begins where most stories end. The twenty-five stories in Breaking the Bow take a similar courageous leap into the unknown. Inspired by the Ramayana and its cultural importance, the anthology dares to imagine new worlds. Stories by some of the best writers in contemporary south-Asian fiction, including Abha Dawesar, Rana Dasgupta, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Tabish Khair, Kuzhali Manickavel, Mary Anne Mohanraj and Manjula Padmanabhan. Stories from India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, but also Holland, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. Published by Zubaan.

Breaking Free

Breaking Free ebook ISBN: 9382665625
Publisher: Sristhi Publishers & Distributors
Author: Neha Nayak
Number of Pages: 184 
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After Noya calls off her wedding on the big day, she decides to travel. Alone. That's when she notices Ranbir, who is insistently and coincidently touring the same places that are on her itinerary. She tries her best to avoid him – thinking him to be either someone sent by her parents or a stalker – but whenever she falls into trouble during the journey, he is always there for her. When they meet at her NGO opening ceremony in Goa, she realizes he isn't a stalker after all. With time, friendship blossoms and she learns he is about to get married. She also gets to know that his bride-to-be is a money-loving imposter and wants to reveal her true intentions. Ranbir is drawn towards Noya and confesses his feelings, but she has other plans. As Ranbir invites Noya for a trek to the Himalayas, he wonders if this could be a journey to their hearts. Breaking Free is a cocktail of emotions, with the tanginess of love, care and friendship.

Tragic Orphans

Tragic Orphans ebook ISBN: 9814620955
Publisher: Flipside Digital Content Company Inc.
Author: Carl Vadivella Belle
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In 1938, noting that the bulk of the Indian population formed a "e;landless proletariat"e; and despairing of the ability of the factionalized Indian community to unite in pursuit of common objectives, activist K.A. Neelakanda Ayer forecast that the fate of Indians in Malaya would be to become "e;Tragic orphans"e; of whom India has forgotten and Malaya looks down upon with contempt"e;. Ayer's words continue to resonate; as a minority group in a nation dominated politically by colonially derived narratives of "e;race"e; and ethnicity and riven by the imperatives of religion, the general trajectory of the economically and politically impotent Indian community has been one of increasing irrelevance. This book explores the history of the modern Indian presence in Malaysia, and traces the vital role played by the Indian community in the construction of contemporary Malaysia. In this comprehensive new study, Carl Vadivella Belle offers fresh insights on the Indian experience spanning the period from the colonial recruitment of Indian labour to the post-Merdeka political, economic and social marginalization of Indians. While recent Indian challenges to the political status quo - a regime described as that of "e;benign neglect"e; - promoted Indian hopes of reform, change and uplift, the author concludes that the dictates of political discourse permeated by the ideologies of communalism offer limited prospects for meaningful change.

India and China

India and China ebook ISBN: 9385563467
Publisher: Vij Books India Pvt Ltd
Author: B R Deepak
Number of Pages: 308 
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During the deep globalization of the 1990s and early 2000s when China adapted well to the global changes by making various structural adjustments, India’s ambivalence to undertake similar revolutionary changes made her to muddle through the forces of globalisation. Now, when new forces of globalisation in the form of Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), One Belt One Road, and various economic unions or communities throughout the globe are taking shape, will India’s own initiative adapt well to these processes and reap maximum benefits? Or will India muddle through again and lose yet another opportunity and remain as an onlooker to these global geopolitical and economic restructuring? Will India recalibrate its foreign, defence and trade policies and align it to these changes? Will India continue to let the weak domestic drivers determine its foreign and economic policies? India and China: Foreign Policy Priorities, a collection of 50 essays looks into Indian and Chinese foreign policy approaches towards various bilateral and multilateral issues, which include the border, Brahmaputra water, maritime security, defence diplomacy, South China Sea, ‘One Belt One Road’ , BRICS, terrorism, joint military exercises, New Development Bank, Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank etc. issues. Besides, there are essays focussing on US’s ‘rebalancing to Asia’, Chinese responses to US reconnaissance close to Chinese island reclamation activities in the South China Sea, China’s spat with Japan over Senkaku/Diaoyu Island and TPP have been looked into from the perspectives of various stakeholders. Besides, the volume also covers some other major areas of India-China relations such as trade and investment, high level visits, people to people exchanges, historical ties etc.. The essays are of particularly significant, for they help to understand some of the recent foreign policy approaches and responses from India and China towards some of the extremely important issues concerning bilateral and multilateral engagement.

Breaking the Ice in Antarctica

Breaking the Ice in Antarctica ebook ISBN: 9788122412901
Publisher: New Age International
Author: Satya S. Sharma
Number of Pages: 323 
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This Is An Updated And Enlarged Edition Of The Earlier Book Citadel Of Ice By The Same Author.The Book Vividly Describes Indias Epoch-Making, Daring Scientific Adventure In The Icy Continent Of Antarctica; It Narrates The Story Of A Group Of 12 Scientists And Soldiers, Who Helped To Establish The First Ever Over-Wintering Indian Base, Dakshin Gangotri On A Floating Ice Shelf In Antarctica.Beginning With A Description Of The Voyage To Antarctica Through The Roaring Forties, Icebergs, Pack Ice And Fast Sea Ice, The Book Recounts The Painstaking Process Of Selecting A Construction Site For Dakshin Gangotri On A 400M Thick Continental Ice Shelf And The Construction Of The Station Right From Its Foundation To The Commissioning Of The Life-Support Systems.The Book Then Describes The Hair-Raising Incidents Of The Long Antarctic Blizzards Where The Wind Many A Time Touched Over 250Km/H With Snow Flying All Around, Which Threatened The Very Existence Of The Base. It Highlights The Ardous Struggles Of Psychological And Biological Adjustment With The Mid-Night Sun And Polar Night With The Temperature Going Down To As Low As -60°C.The Book Also Highlights The Beauty Of The Aurora Australis, Polar Shadows, Mirage Effects And Other Optical Illusions. Presents An Intriguing Account Of The Expeditions Through The Polar Ice Cap With Deep Crevasses, Flowing Rivers And Treacherous Lakes, Glaciers Andnunataks.The Teams Gallant Efforts Put India On The World Map Amongst The Scientifically-Advanced Nations. The Nation Rewarded Theteams Achievement By Awarding One Kirti Chakra, Two Shaurya Chakras, Five Sena Medals And One Vishishtha Sewa Medal, Which Is The Highest Number Of National Awards Won By Any National Mission.This Book Now Includes A Vivid Account Of The Later Expeditions To Antarctica Alongwith Their Contribution To Indian Scientific Research.The Book, Written By The Leader Of The Team With A Foreword By Padma Vibhushan Dr. S.Z. Qasim, Former Member, Planning Commission And Secretary, Department Of Ocean Development, Is Illustrated With Over 45 Coloured Photographs And Maps.

The Battle for Sanskrit: Is Sanskrit Political or Sacred, Oppressive or Liberating, Dead or Alive?

The Battle for Sanskrit: Is Sanskrit Political or Sacred, Oppressive or Liberating, Dead or Alive? ebook ISBN: 9351775399
Publisher: Harper Collins
Author: Rajiv Malhotra
Number of Pages: 488 
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There is a new awakening in India that is challenging the ongoing westernization of the discourse about India. The Battle for Sanskrit seeks to alert traditional scholars of Sanskrit and sanskriti - Indian civilization - concerning an important school of thought that has its base in the US and that has started to dominate the discourse on the cultural, social and political aspects of India. This academic field is called Indology or Sanskrit studies. From their analysis of Sanskrit texts, the scholars of this field are intervening in modern Indian society with the explicitly stated purpose of removing 'poisons' allegedly built into these texts. They hold that many Sanskrit texts are socially oppressive and serve as political weapons in the hands of the ruling elite; that the sacred aspects need to be refuted; and that Sanskrit has long been dead. The traditional Indian experts would outright reject or at least question these positions. The start of Rajiv Malhotra's feisty exploration of where the new thrust in Western Indology goes wrong, and his defence of what he considers the traditional, Indian approach, began with a project related to the Sringeri Sharada Peetham in Karnataka, one of the most sacred institutions for Hindus. There was, as he saw it, a serious risk of distortion of the teachings of the peetham, and of sanatana dharma more broadly. Whichever side of the fence one may be on, The Battle for Sanskrit offers a spirited debate marshalling new insights and research. It is a valuable addition to an important subject, and in a larger context, on two ways of looking. Is each view exclusive of the other, or can there be a bridge between them? Readers can judge for themselves.

Beyond Counter-insurgency

Beyond Counter-insurgency ebook ISBN: 9780195698763
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Author: Sanjib Baruah
Number of Pages: 383 
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In recent years there has been a significant reorientation in India's policy towards its Northeast region. Yet, Indian policy thinking has been insulated from the virtual intellectual revolution in the last one decade to study armed civil conflicts and ways to manage, resolve, and transform them. This volume lays emphasis on the term 'rethinking' and offers new ways of understanding the conflicts, and of ways to resolve them. The chapters discuss wide-ranging issues which include the multilayered nature of the conflict in the Northeast, and how democratic politics and the world of armed rebellions intersect in complex ways in this region. An analysis of the Naga war and its nation-building project is discussed. How the Northeast figures in postcolonial India's national imagination, how Assamese society engages with the term 'terrorist', and how state-society conflicts are muted in Mizoram have been argued. The role of ideas in conflict transformation, and an alternative vision of development in Mizoram have been argued. The role of ideas in conflict transformation, and an alternative vision of development in Arunachal Pradesh have also been discussed.

India, Pakistan, and the United States

India, Pakistan, and the United States ebook ISBN:
Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations Press
Author: Shirin Tahir-Kheli
Number of Pages: 156 
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This book examines the triangular relationship among the United States, India, and Pakistan over the last fifty years. In her analysis, Tahir-Kheli discusses India and Pakistan's place in the Cold War, regional alliances and alignments of South Asia, disputes within the region, and the prospects of nuclear proliferation. The author argues that the United States must break with its past policy practice of focusing on South Asian issues only during periods of high tension caused by regional wars, Soviet occupation, or nuclear-related crises. The absence of superpower competition and the rise of a new generation of Pakistanis and Indians willing to break from the past and focus on economic development and foreign investment provide an important opportunity for both the United States and South Asia. Sustained U.S. involvement in the region could also help provide creative solutions to the intransigent problems of Kashmir and nuclear proliferation. And such an approach could generate tremendous economic opportunities for the United States in one of the world's largest markets. In summary, this comprehensive study closes the gap in American understanding of the two most populous states in South Asia, realizing that greater knowledge must precede a constituency for sustained interest in the region by Washington. ..."I was very impressed with her more detailed and comprehensive analysis of the U.S.-Pakistan and U.S.-Indian relations in the post-Cold War era, and also her deepened analysis of the nuclear proliferation issues in the post-1990 period." Leo Rose, Editor, Asian Survey.

Invading the sacred

Invading the sacred ebook ISBN:
Publisher: Rupa Co.
Author: Krishnan Ramaswamy,Aditi Banerjee
Number of Pages: 545 
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India, once a major civilizational and economic power that suffered centuries of decline, is now newly resurgent in business, geopolitics and culture. However, a powerful counterforce within the American academy is systematically undermining core icons and ideals of Indic culture and thought. For instance, scholars of this counterforce have disparaged the Bhagavad Gita as a dishonest book ; declared Ganesha s trunk a limpphallus ; classified Devi as the mother with apenis and Shiva as a notorious womanizer who incites violence in India.

Dalit Politics in Contemporary India

Dalit Politics in Contemporary India ebook ISBN: 1317381041
Publisher: Routledge
Author: Sambaiah Gundimeda
Number of Pages: 294 
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This book is a ground-breaking intervention on Dalit politics in India. Challenging received ideas, it uses a comparative framework to understand Dalit mobilisations for political power, social equality and justice. The monograph traces the emergence of Dalit consciousness and its different strands in north and south India — from colonial to contemporary times — and interrogates key notions and events. These include: the debate regarding core themes such as the Hindu–Muslim cleavage in the north and caste in the south; the extent to which Dalits and other backward castes (OBC) base their anti-Brahminism on similar ideologies; and why Dalits in Uttar Pradesh (north India) succeeded in gaining power while they did not do so in the region of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh (south India), where Dalit consciousness is more evolved. Drawing on archival material, fieldwork and case studies, this volume puts forward an insightful and incisive analysis. It will be of great interest to researchers and scholars of Dalit studies and social exclusion, Indian politics and sociology.


Reset ebook ISBN: 9789353336516
Author: Subramanian Swamy
Number of Pages: 200 
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Breaking the Chains

Breaking the Chains ebook ISBN: 9780299137540
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Author: Martin A. Klein
Number of Pages: 222 
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“Martin Klein has brought together recent work on the abolition of slavery, from Ottoman Turkey to Thailand and from South India to West Africa. This anthology builds on the recent scholarship on both slavery in Asia and Africa and the end of slavery as a world-wide historical phenomenon. Whereas other anthologies have tended to focus on either Africa or Asia, this project brings together in one volume case studies and methodological approaches concerning both regions. Breaking the Chains will be an important part of the relatively sparse literature on emancipation in comparative and global context.”—Richard Roberts, Stanford University Because the American history of slavery and emancipation tends to be foremost in Western minds, few realize that traditional forms of servitude still exist in a variety of places around the world: children are sold on the streets of Bangkok, bondage persists in India despite official efforts to abolish it, and until 1980 slavery was legal in Mauritania. Breaking the Chains deals with emancipation in African and Asian societies which were either colonized or came under the domination of European powers in the nineteenth century. In these societies, emancipation involved the imposition on non-European societies of an explicitly European discourse on slavery, and, in most cases, a free labor ideology. Most of the slave masters described in these essays were not European and found European ideas on emancipation difficult to accept. Against this backdrop, the essayists (many of whom contribute their own non-Western perspective) focus on the transition from slavery (or other forms of bondage) to emancipation. They show that in each case the process involved pressure from European abolition movements, the extension of capitalist relations of production, the concerns and perceptions of the colonial state, and the efforts of non-Western elites to modernize their cultures. Martin A. Klein argues that the Asian and African experience has much in common with the American experience, particularly in efforts to control labor and family life. The struggle to control the labor of former slaves has often been intense and, he suggests, has had a continuing impact on the social order in former slave societies.