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Empire of the Sikhs: Revised Edition

by Patwant Singh & Jyoti M. Rai

The definitive biography of Ranjit Singh, contemporary of Napoleon and one of the most powerful and charismatic Indian rulers of his age

Ranjit Singh has been largely written out of accounts of the subcontinent's...


Inside the Pakistan Army: A Woman's Experience on the Frontline of the War on Terror

by Carey Schofield

The Pakistan Army is at the forefront of the West’s war on terror, policing the border with Afghanistan and the lawless tribal agencies where Osama bin Laden is said to be hiding. Since October 2009 more than...


Great Soul

by Joseph Lelyveld

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments—his success in seizing India’s imagination and shaping its independence struggle as a mass...


RETRIBUTION: The Story of the Sepoy Mutiny

by W.H. Fitchett

To many Indians, it was their First War of Independence. To the British, it was a military mutiny. Either way, neither country would be the same by the time it was over. In 1857, the soldiers (sepoys) belonging...


Cultural Encounters and Homoeroticism in Sri Lanka: Sex and Serendipity

by Robert Aldrich

Ceylon, or Sri Lanka, was long known to travellers for its luxuriant landscapes, colourful temples and friendly inhabitants - the island once named Serendip. This book explores the sojourns of gay visitors from...


In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

by Mrinalini Chakravorty

In Stereotype confronts the importance of cultural stereoptypes in shaping the ethics and reach of global literature. Mrinalini Chakravorty focuses on the seductive force and explanatory power of stereotypes...


Mumbai Fables

by Gyan Prakash

A place of spectacle and ruin, Mumbai exemplifies the cosmopolitan metropolis. It is not just a big city but also a soaring vision of modern urban life. Millions from India and beyond, of different ethnicities,...


Radical Politics in Colonial Punjab

by Shalini Sharma

This book centres on the impact of the colonial state's institutions and policies towards radical politics in the Punjab pre-Partition. Focusing on the political history of the organised left, a considerable...


Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan

by Dana Burde

Foreign-backed funding for education does not always stabilize a country and enhance its statebuilding efforts. Dana Burde shows how aid to education in Afghanistan bolstered conflict both deliberately in the...


The State in India After Liberalization

by Akhil Gupta & Kalyanakrishnan

This book assesses the changing nature of the state in the period after liberalization in India. It includes detailed analysis of its implications for important issues such as inequality, poverty, basic needs...


India and South Asia: A Short History

by David Ludden

Combining factual information with a critical approach, which probes the nature of culture and identity, this concise yet authoritative account paints a graphic picture of an area stretching from the Indian...


The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

by Makarand R. Paranjape

Who is responsible for the Mahatma's death? Just one single, but determined, fanatic, the whole ideology of Hindu nationalism, the ruling Congress-led government whichfailed to protect him, or a vast majority...


The Bullet and the Ballot Box: The Story of Nepal's Maoist Revolution

by Aditya Adhikari

The Bullet and the Ballot Box offers a rich and sweeping account of a decade of revolutionary upheaval. When Nepal’s Maoists launched their armed rebellion in the nineties, they had limited public support...


Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition

by B.R. Ambedkar, Arundhati Roy & S. Anand

“What the Communist Manifesto is to the capitalist world, Annihilation of Caste is to India.” —Anand Teltumbde, author of The Persistence of Caste

B.R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste is one of the...


Akbar

by Andre Wink

Widely regarded as the greatest of the Mughal emperors, Jalal ad-Din Akbar (1542-1603) was a formidable military tactician and popular demagogue. Ascending to the throne at the age of thirteen, he ruled for...


The Oppressive Present: Literature and Social Consciousness in Colonial India: Literature and Social Consciousness in Colonial India

by Sudhir Chandra

Marking a departure from studies on history and literature in colonial India, The Oppressive Present explores the emergence of social consciousness as a result of and in response to the colonial mediation in...


Muslim Politics in Bihar: Changing Contours: Changing Contours

by Mohammad Sajjad

This book studies the engagement of various Muslim communities with Bihar politics from colonial times to present-day India. It debunks several myths in highlighting Muslim resistance to the Two-Nation theory,...


Between Love and Freedom: The Revolutionary in the Hindi Novel: The Revolutionary in the Hindi Novel

by Nikhil Govind

Between Love and Freedom interprets the figure of the revolutionary in the Hindi novel by establishing its lineage in representative Bengali novels, as well as in the contending moralities of Mahatma Gandhi...


Vidyasagar: The Life and After-Life of an Eminent Indian: The Life and After-Life of an Eminent Indian

by Brian A. Hatcher

This book offers a new interpretation of the life and legacy of the Indian reformer and intellectual, Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar (1820-91).

Drawing upon autobiography, biography, secondary criticism and a range...


The Return of the Buddha: Ancient Symbols for a New Nation: Ancient Symbols for a New Nation

by Himanshu Prabha Ray

The Return of the Buddha traces the development of Buddhist archaeology in colonial India, examines its impact on the reconstruction of India's Buddhist past, and the making of a public and academic discourse...