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Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits penned down by Badri Narayan is the biography of Kanshiram, Dalit leader and founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party. The book traces Kanshiram’ journey, from his early years in rural Punjab and his association with the followers of Ambedkar in Pune to the initiation of the All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees’ Federation (BAMCEF) and the eventual establishment of the Bahujan Samaj Party in 1984. The author shows how Kanshiram influenced Dalits with his powerful speeches and cycle rallies. The book also provides insight into how Kanshiram struck opportunistic alliances with higher-caste parties to seize power for his people. The author has evocatively described his extraordinary relationship with Mayawati, and the great role she played in fulfilling his vision. Narayan also writes about the modifications Kanshiram made to Ambedkar’s ideas, while Ambedkar sought for complete eradication of the caste system, Kanshiram saw caste as a basis for creating a Dalit identity and a source of political empowerment. Authoritative and insightful, Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits provides a rare portrait of a man who changed the face of the Dalit community in Indian politics.
AUTHOR: BADRI NARAYAN
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
Subtitle: LEADER OF THE DALITS
Author: BADRI NARAYAN
The “Brief History” series introduces readers to the dramatic events, notable people, and special customs and traditions that have shaped many of the world’s countries. Each engaging volume covers a specific country and offers a concise history of the struggles and triumphs of the peoples and cultures that have called that country home. Touching on factors as diverse as the development of the economy to the role of women in society to changes in the political landscape, these comprehensive volumes provide the key background information readers need to put current global events in historical perspective.
AUTHOR: JUDITH E. WALSH
Publisher: FACTS ON FILE
Author: JUDITH E. WALSH
‘Home to all the major religions, India is also, inevitably, host to virtually every type of religious fanatic…’
No other nation has witnessed as much proselytization or heard as many war cries in the name of God as has India. Hindus have fought Muslims. Christians have sought to convert animists, Sikhs have armed themselves against Muslims, and Muslims have declared jihad on the kind of Hindu that took delight in the demolition of the Babri mosque. Here in India, writes journalist Edna Fernandes. there is evidence that every religion can be hijacked by the forces of fundamentalism.
Fernandes travels to the country’s recent and past theatres of fundamentalism from Kashmir to Gujarat, Punjab to Goa to meet the generals and foot soldiers of communal wars, and lets their rage and rhetoric speak for them. The Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid calls upon his co-religionists to form militant squads to combat persecution by Hindus. In Nagaland?as in Kashmir?what was once a political insurgency is now a holy war, and armed Baptists demand a separate homeland for Christ. Twenty years after the storming of the Golden Temple and the anti-Sikh riots, an Akali leader in Amritsar cannot forgive, and speaks of continuing the fight for Sikh honour-‘Sometimes through the pen. Sometimes down the barrel of a gun.’ And in shakhas across India, Hindu hardliners ready themselves for the final solution: ethnic cleansing.
There are as many stories of prejudice and violence in these pages as there are of insecurity and despair. But they are told by an investigative writer who has readied
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOK INDIA
Subtitle: A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF INDIAN FUNDAMENTALISM
Author: EDNA FERNANDES
Who can foretell India’s future? Mr. Joshi is a fortune teller in a slum in south Delhi who uses a soothsaying green parrot to make predictions. When Adam Roberts visited him in 2012, Joshi’s parrot declared that India was destined to become the most powerful nation under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The parrot also foretold that India would win the soccer World Cup.
Parrots may not be the preeminent political authority, but many Indians were just as confident. So Adam Roberts spent five years traveling the length and breadth of the country from Kerala to the Himalayas, Bengal to Gujarat. As he encountered the power brokers, gate keepers, and elaborate social dynamics of the world’s largest democracy, he asked if–and how–India can become a truly great economic power, more influential abroad and stable at home. He met prime ministers, multimillionaires, traveling salesmen, pilgrims, eco-warriors, farmers, and tech innovators, each wrestling with the trials posed by the world’s most conspicuously nearly great power. He experienced an immense country that, despite daunting challenges, is entering the most optimistic period in its modern history.
Through vivid storytelling and insight, Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation examines the problems and promises of fast-growing India to reveal how it might reach its full potential and become, as Mr. Joshi’s parrot predicted, a truly powerful nation.
Author: ADAM ROBERTS
Publisher: PROFILE BOOKS
Subtitle: THE RELENTLESS INVENTION OF MODERN INDIA
Author: ADAM ROBERTS
In this remarkable and pathbreaking book, Manan Ahmed Asif peels back layer after layer of the colonial histories of Hindustan. The result is a redical rethink of colonial historiography and a compelling argument for the reassessment of the historical tradition of Hindustan. MAHMOOD MAMDANI, author of Neither Settler nor Native
The Loss of Hindustan takes us far beyond critiques of majoritarian nationalisms buttressed by colonial epistemology and reintroduces us to alternative histories of India that once circulated globally. Manan Ahmed Asif has given us nothing short of a master class in the ethics of history writing, illuminating the path to a South Asian future free of intercommunal prejudice and the oppression of minorities. CEMIL AYDIN, author of The Idea of the Muslim World
A sharp, gripping book. Asif eloquently revitalizes Firishta’s Hindustan while also uncovering the colonial epistemologies that sought to efface it. The Loss of Hindustan is at once a reflection on a place imagined, remembered, and forgotten and a powerful affirmation of the historian’s task in our present world. SUPRIYA GANDHI, author of The Emperor Who Never Was
How has the great Indo-Islamic tradition of history-writing been used and misused, bowdlerized or simply effaced, in more recent times? Manan Ahmed Asif delves deep into this question by focusing on the legacy of the important Deccani historian Muhammad Qasim Firishta, a contemporary of Akbar and Jahangir. This is a significant contribution to intellectual history, as well as to the long-term political and cultural history of South Asia. SANJAY SUBRAHMANYAM, author of Europe’s India
Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS
Subtitle: THE INVENTION OF INDIA
Author: MANAN AHMED ASIF