Lion and the Tiger : The Rise and Fall of the British Raj, by Denis Judd

By Denis Judd

The British event in India begun in earnest over 400 years in the past, in the course of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. for a few years the English interlopers and investors who made touch with the subcontinent have been considered through Indians as little greater than pirates and very likely tricky conquering barbarians. After a chain of tremendous struggles opposed to the French and numerous neighborhood rulers in the course of the eighteenth century, by means of the top of the Napoleonic Wars Britain had won mastery of the subcontinent. this era, and the century and a part that undefined, observed robust cultures locked in a frequently bloody conflict over political keep watch over, land, alternate, and a fashion of life.Denis Judd tells the attention-grabbing tale of the impressive British influence upon India. All facets of this lengthy and arguable dating are mentioned, resembling the 1st tentative contacts among East and West, the root of the East India corporation in 1600, the Victorian Raj in all its pomp and splendour, Gandhi's innovative strategies tooverthrow the Raj and repair Indian to the Indians, and Lord Mountbatten's 'swift surgical procedure of Partition' in 1947, developing the 2 autonomous Commonwealth states of India and Pakistan. in contrast epic backdrop, and utilizing many revealing modern debts, Denis Judd explores the results of British rule for either rulers and governed. have been the British reason on improvement or exploitation? have been they the "civilizing" strength they claimed? What have been Britain's maximum legacies: democracy and the guideline of legislation, or cricket and a good railway approach? effortless solutions are kept away from during this immensely readable, full of life, and authoritative booklet.

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Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World by Angela Saini

By Angela Saini

A bright, geeky travelogue of a trip to satisfy the inventors, engineers, and younger scientists assisting to provide start to the world's subsequent medical superpower—a kingdom equipped now not on conquest, oil, or minerals, yet at the clinical ingenuity of its people

One in six hired scientists with technology or engineering doctorates within the U.S. is Asian, and by way of the flip of the millennium, there have been claims 3rd of all engineers in Silicon Valley have been of Indian foundation, with Indians operating 750 of its tech businesses. during this exciting exploration of India's upward push as a middle of clinical excellence, Angela Saini delves contained in the psyche of the nation's science-hungry electorate, explaining how old technology is giving approach to new, and the way the expertise of the rich are passing directly to the terrible. She additionally explores why the govt. of the main spiritual nation in the world has placed its religion in technological know-how and expertise. via witty first-hand reportage and penetrative research, she explains what this implies for the remainder of the area, and the way a non secular country squares its soul with tough rationality. filled with curious, colourful characters and gripping tales, it describes India via its people—a country of "geeks."

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An Economist in the Real World: The art of policymaking in by Kaushik Basu

By Kaushik Basu

Appointed because the leader fiscal adviser (CEA) to the govt. of India in 2009, Basu—a theorist, with certain curiosity in improvement economics, and a professor of economics at Cornell University—discovered the complexity of making use of financial types to the genuine global. potent policymaking, Basu realized, integrates technical wisdom with political knowledge. during this publication, he describes the paintings of monetary policymaking, seen in the course of the lens of his and a part years as CEA.

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Militarizing Sri Lanka: Popular Culture, Memory and by Neloufer De Mel

By Neloufer De Mel

Militarizing Sri Lanka is a research of the militarization that has buttressed the struggle among the Sri Lankan kingdom and the LTTE for over twenty years. It highlights militarization as a method in which the ideology of militarism is formed and shared in a way that makes militant ideas to clash part of institutional buildings and methods of proposal. It foregrounds militarization as task and company, able to version and remodeling society in major methods; and as a deeply gendered, contingent and transferring approach. It additionally analyzes either the development and resistance to militarization and militarism, yet in a fashion that pulls cognizance to their relationality instead of as self-evidently oppositional different types.

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The Rough Guide to Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra by Greg Ward, Sam Cook

By Greg Ward, Sam Cook

The tough consultant to Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra is the main entire advisor on hand. From the impressive Taj Mahal to craft purchasing in Rajasthan, the inspiring full-colour part introduces the entire areas highlights. You’ll locate specific money owed of each significant vacationer sight, in addition to serious experiences of the entire top locations to sleep, devour, drink and store, in all cost levels. There’s complete aspect on getting round through teach, bus and motor vehicle, whereas the consultant additionally comprises transparent and accomplished maps of all significant cities and vacationer websites within the quarter. the whole color introductions and inserts, in addition to inspirational images, provide you with a flavour of this region’s distinctive cultural historical past. the entire functional recommendation you would like ahead of you move and if you happen to arrive, whole with specialist assurance of the areas heritage, faith, natural world and language. The tough consultant to Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra is like having a neighborhood pal plan your journey.

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Patriots and Partisans by Ramachandra Guha

By Ramachandra Guha

‘I am somebody of average views’, writes Ramachandra Guha, ‘these occasionally expressed in severe fashion’. during this wide-ranging and beautifully readable selection of essays, Guha defends the liberal centre opposed to the dogmas of left and correct, and does so with variety, intensity, and polemical verve. The ebook starts off with an excellent evaluate of the key threats to the Indian Republic. different essays flip a severe eye on Hindutva, the Communist left, and the dynasty-obsessed Congress social gathering. Guha then explores the modern relevance of Gandhi’s spiritual pluralism, and analyzes the autumn in Jawaharlal Nehru’s acceptance after his death.

The essays partly eleven of this ebook specialise in writers and students. Guha explains why bilingual intellectuals, as soon as so dominant in India, at the moment are skinny at the floor. He offers delicate photos of editor, a bookstall proprietor, a good publishing apartment and a recognized historic archive.

Whether writing approximately politics or tradition, no matter if profiling members or examining social tendencies, Ramachandra Guha screens a masterly contact, confirming his status as India’s such a lot well-liked historian and public highbrow.

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Recovering Liberties: Indian Thought in the Age of by Christopher A. Bayly

By Christopher A. Bayly

One of many world's major historians examines the good Indian liberal culture, stretching from Rammohan Roy within the 1820s, via Dadabhai Naoroji within the Eighteen Eighties to G. okay. Gokhale within the 1900s.

This robust new learn indicates how the information of constitutional, and later 'communitarian' liberals motivated, yet have been additionally rejected by way of their rivals and successors, together with Nehru, Gandhi, Indian socialists, radical democrats and proponents of Hindu nationalism. both, Recovering Liberties contributes to the speedily constructing box of worldwide highbrow historical past, demonstrating that the information we go along with significant Western thinkers turbines, Comte, Spencer and Marx have been acquired and reworked by way of Indian intellectuals within the mild in their personal traditions to call for justice, racial equality and political illustration.

In doing so, Christopher Bayly throws clean gentle at the nature and obstacles of eu political suggestion and re-examines the origins of Indian democracy.

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The Odyssey of my Life by Shivraj V. Patil

By Shivraj V. Patil

Born in a small village in Maharashtra, Shivraj Patil aspired to develop into a legal professional, yet destiny had different plans; it propelled him into politics, the place he rose step-by-step within the Congress occasion to eventually carry the put up of Speaker and Union domestic Minister. during this publication, he describes his eventful trip, beginning with the formative years and his idolization of his grandfather and father, and happening his years in Maharashtra Legislative meeting, as Minister of country, Deputy Speaker, Speaker and Member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha after which Minister within the UPA executive. He stocks his many reviews alongside the way in which in several fields. A needs to learn for these attracted to figuring out the nitty-gritty and useful and ideological elements of Indian Politics.

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