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THE RITUAL UNIVERSE OF HINDUISM - eArticle by Bharat Gupt

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THE RITUAL UNIVERSE OF HINDUISM
eArticle by

Bharat Gupt

eARTICLE AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT http://www.ideaindia.com/the-ritual-universe-of-hinduism/p/1781/



In the fifties, modernity came to be concretized in India as print culture managed space in which the symbolic and imaginative were replaced by functional reality. Although there had been many attacks on hypocrisy in Hindu rituals, a century earlier, by Dayanand Saraswati, Vivekanand, Phule, Sri Aurobindo and many other enlightened souls of modern India, the essential efficacy of a ritual was not denied by these reformers. It is important to note in the context of rituality that Dayanand Saraswati in spite of his virulent attack on moorti worship, reinvented and revived the Vedic yajna ritual and made it accessible in a very simple form to the traditionally uninitiated but a self chosen arya-samaajee worshiper. Vivekanand also advocated for the clean traditions of saguna worship.

But a great change of attitude towards the very v…

AGRARIAN POWER AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY IN SOUTH ASIA - eBook edited by Lord Meghnad Desai, Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and the late Ashok Rudra

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AGRARIAN POWER AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY IN SOUTH ASIA


eBook Edited by Lord Meghnad Desai, Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and the late Ashok Rudra

EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT http://www.ideaindia.com/agrarian-power-and-agricultural-productivity/p/1742/




Do differences in power structures play an important causal role in advancing or retarding agricultural productivity? In discussing the relationship between power and productivity, the nine contributors to this volume anthropologists, economists, political scientists, historians- raise questions about the widely accepted generalization that structures of local power are a major constraint on technically progressive agriculture. By contrast, they argue that there is no necessary relationship between asymmetrical power structures and high or low productivity. Rather, the relationship between power and productivity varies with historical time and region and is determined in part by legal arrangements and their implementation, market opp…

LORD CURZON: THE WISEST FOOL IN HINDUSTAN? - eBook by Roderick Matthews

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LORD CURZON: THE WISEST FOOL IN HINDUSTAN?

eBook by

Roderick Matthews


eBook available from IdeaIndia.Com at
http://www.ideaindia.com/lord-curzon-the-wisest-fool-in-hindustan/p/1724/





George Nathaniel Curzon (1859-1925) was the most brilliant of Queen Victoria's Viceroys, and possibly the most able of them all. He was an inexhaustible man composed in equal parts of energy, ambition and duty, all bolstered by a tremendous intellectual vanity. He was the only man to take on two terms as Viceroy, but he failed to complete the second, being forced to resign over a relatively minor administrative issue, exacerbated by a complicated web of political intrigue that he was unable or unwilling to notice, and proved incapable of handling. His term of office, from 1899 to 1905, therefore ended in personal humiliation.


Curzon’s Viceroyalty is also regularly tagged as the high noon or zenith of Britain’s Indian Empire. This is only partially true. His arrival in India did coincide with an upturn in t…

COPING WITH THE RISE OF CHINA: Risen China and the Strategic Options for South Asia - eArticle by Dr. Sheo Nandan Pandey and Prof. Hem Kusum

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COPING WITH THE RISE OF CHINA 
Risen China and the Strategic Options for South Asia


eArticle by

Dr. Sheo Nandan Pandey and Prof. Hem Kusum



eARTICLE AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT www.ideaindia.com/coping-with-the-rise-of-china-risen-china-and-the-strategic-options-for-south-asia/p/1912/




China’s rise in the power corridors, both in regional and global perspectives, has evoked a measure of call out for a rethink of the world order in making. True or false, there is fear of the unknown that the country could upset the cart unfathomably and turn it into a disaster. This is while the world of today is far more connected and adventure of any kind could spell disaster equally for the victor and the victim. Nevertheless, null hypothesis in either case is least likely to test positive. The correlation could, at best, stand ground only as ‘chance occurrence’.


It is yet a fact that China is out to project its interests far and wide and, the cost could be region and the constituent countries losing…

EVOLUTIONARY ECONOMICS

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THE BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA: Legends, Guilt and Empire - eBook by Roderick Matthews

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THE BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA
Legends, Guilt and Empire


eBook by

Roderick Matthews


eBook available from IdeaIndia.Com at http://www.ideaindia.com/the-black-hole-of-calcutta-legends-guilt-and-empire/p/1793/





Despite the fact that The Black Hole of Calcutta is more properly a place than an event, the incident known popularly by that name has, over its 251-year history, acquired a sort of double notoriety. The death in confinement of a number of European survivors of the siege of Calcutta, in June 1756, attracted a brief blaze of sensational attention when news of it reached London a year later in mid 1757, whereafter the incident eased itself into an obscure old age. But the tragic events of that June night eventually came to enjoy a notorious career in more modern times as a bone of contention between moralistic imperial apologists and sceptical Indian nationalists. Did such an incident ever really occur? What were the precise statistical facts? How many died? Exactly who was to blame?
This e…

NALOKE by Abanindranath Tagore translated by Debashish Banerji

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NALOKE
By Abanindranath Tagore
Translated by Debashish Banerji



EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT www.ideaindia.com/naloke-by-abanindranath-tagore/p/1750/









Naloke is a classic tale by Abanindranath Tagore – translated by Debashish Banerji. Abanindranath Tagore was a member of the famous Tagore family, and nephew of the poet Rabindranath Tagore. His grandfather and his elder brother Gaganendranath Tagore were also artists. He learned art when studying at Sanskrit college in the 1880s. The publication of Rabanindrath Tagore's Gitanjali in English brought the Tagore family international renown, which helped to make Abanindranath's artistic projects better known in the west.






Debashish Banerji completed his undergraduate studies in English Literature from the University of Bombay. He served as a cultural correspondent with some of the leading English language newspapers in India. He completed a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and a Ph.D.…

BRITISH INDIA AND THIRD GENERATION IMPERIALISM - eBook by Roderick Matthews

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BRITISH INDIA AND THIRD GENERATION IMPERIALISM


eBook by

Roderick Matthews
eBook available from IdeaIndia.Com at www.ideaindia.com/british-india-and-third-generation-imperialism/p/1727/









Before they took on government in India, the British had for some time been ruling subject peoples overseas, in Ireland and in the thirteen North American colonies. After the acquisition of Bengal, however, it soon became obvious that very little of what had been learned from these previous overseas ventures was of relevance in India, where the people and the laws seemed so alien that familiar constitutional principles could not be applied.

New solutions to the problems that arose, both conceptual and practical, would therefore have to be found. The Anglo-Indian relationship that eventually emerged was of a new type, which stood apart from the empires of the ancient world, or from those of Spain and Portugal. It was based on a new approach to the political and economic domination of lands at a distance, for…

ECOLOGY AND THE POLITICS OF SURVIVAL: Conflicts Over Natural Resources in India - eBook by Vandana Shiva

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ECOLOGY AND THE POLITICS OF SURVIVAL Conflicts Over Natural Resources in India

eBook by

VANDANA SHIVA



EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT www.ideaindia.com/ecology-and-the-politics-of-survival-conflicts-over-natural-resources-in-india/p/1634/




The United Nations University's Programme on Peace and Global Transformation was a major world-wide project whose purpose was to develop new insights about the interlinkages between questions of peace, conflict resolution, and the process of transformation. The research in this eBook, under six major themes, was coordinated by a 12-member core group in different regions of the world: East Asia, South-East Asia (including the Pacific), South Asia, the Arab region, Africa, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, and Latin America. The themes covered were: Conflicts over Natural Resources; Security, Vulnerability and Violence; Human Rights and Cultural Survival in a Changing Pluralistic World; The Role of Science and Technology in Peace an…

INDIA'S UNDERWORLD - eBook

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INDIA'S UNDERWORLD

The Indian intimate wear market – its current scenario, growth, the market players and their latest strategies

eBook by

Paulomi Patel 

E-BOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT
http://www.ideaindia.com/indias-underworld/p/1773/

Innerwear (underwear) today has achieved new dimensions. An unending list of brands present in the Indian lingerie market is the proof of the great potential of the market in India. The strong Indian middle class is still growing and attracts even the foreign lingerie manufacturers to latch on to the Indian bandwagon. With faster lifestyles, people in the developed nations have lesser time to shop, add to that the economic slowdown currently facing the western nations. This has led the innerwear industry to spend more time looking for new markets such as China and India where people, especially women not only have more time on their hands, but also have a growing disposable income. In such a scenario it is important to analyze the innerwear ma…

PUBLIC ENTERPRISE REFORMS IN FIJI - eBook by Jashwini Jothishna Narayan

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PUBLIC ENTERPRISE REFORMS IN FIJIHOW NOT TO PRIVATISE: THE CASE OF GOVERNMENT SHIPYARD AND PUBLIC SLIPWAYS

eBook by
Jashwini Jothishna Narayan




EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT www.ideaindia.com/public-enterprise-reforms-in-fiji/p/1754/





Undoubtedly, public enterprise reforms have taken the world by storm. Likewise, Fiji is no exception. This island nation has witnessed economic recession and structural adjustment policies since 1987. Local authors assert that the reasons behind reforms in Fiji involve a combination of internal as well as external factors. The very first corporatisation process eventuated in four companies namely, Post and Telecommunications Department; Ika Corporation; Fiji Pine Commission and National Marketing Authority between 1990 and 1992. Till to date, the one and only government owned section that underwent privatisation in Fiji was the Government Shipyard and Public Slipways. 
Much to everyone’s dismay, the privatisation of Government Shipyard and Public Slipw…

EVOLUTIONARY ECONOMICS - eBook by HIRAK BHATTACHARYA

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EVOLUTIONARY ECONOMICS

eBook by

Hirak Bhattacharya



EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IDEAINDIA.COM AT www.ideaindia.com/evolutionary-economics/p/1911/




There are many reasons why an alternative eBook on economics might be sought. Evolutionary Economics by Hirak Bhattacharya is an alternative. It may be that the current treasure of economics text, however contextual, is felt to be inappropriate in some way - perhaps it has worn out by its long prostituted use, or somehow does not suit the tone of civilisation. And, the tone of civilisation, being derived from so many sources, requires a consistent text of economics that is substitutable in all contexts.


That apart, the desire to avoid repetition is also a frequent reason for consulting a new e-book even when it is perfectly suitable in its current context. .More so, when the current context is a crisis-ridden one. There are indeed many books on the present economic crisis; and I must humbly confess that I have read only a few. My slightly audacious im…

AFANASIY NIKITIN'S JOURNEY BEYOND THE THREE SEAS: An Orthodox Russian in Medieval India - eArticle by Dmitry Shlapentokh

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AFANASIY NIKITIN'S JOURNEY BEYOND THE THREE SEAS:
An Orthodox Russian in Medieval India

eArticle by

Dr. Dmitry Shlapentokh



eArticle available from IdeaIndia.Com at www.ideaindia.com/afanasiy-nikitins-journey-beyond-the-three-seas-an-orthodox-russian-in-medieval-india/p/1910/





Image: Monument to Afanasiy Nikitin at Revdanda, India
Journey Beyond The Three Seas, written by Afanasiy Nikitin, is a travelogue on medieval India. Dmitry Shlapentokh reviews this work in his eArticle.

Afanasiy Nikitin (?-1472) was a Russian merchant from Tver, a city not far from Moscow. Nikitin visited India in 1446-1472 and described his travels in a short travelogue known as The Journey Beyond Three Seas. The story was first discovered in a monastery by Nikolai Karamzin, one of the leading historians of 19th century Russia; and since that time, Journey has fascinated both Russian and Western historians, as well as political-thinkers who envisage Russia's special role in Asia. In fact, a bibliography of …

SARTRE AND YOGA - eBook by Ashok Kumar Malhotra

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SARTRE AND YOGA
eBook by

Ashok Kumar Malhotra


EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT www.ideaindia.com/sartre-and-yoga/p/1909/





Writing on Jean-Paul Sartre is like going to a shrine. The way is well trodden. However, the journey continues to be uphill and the path winding and circuitous. There are blind alleys, labyrinthine pathways, and distracting lights. Time and again one has to pause and look for direction. I have been a devoted pilgrim to the Sartre shrine. As a token of my debt to Sartre, I have written this work in an effort to telescope the long and arduous intellectual journey for the newly initiated.


The book is directed to the grassroots course in Sartre's brand of existential philosophy. My experience in teaching introductory courses in philosophy has convinced me that the philosophy of Sartre can be best introduced to students through Nausea which is replete with existential themes. It is easier for the beginner to identify oneself with Roquentin and his use of the phe…

Yoga and Meditation Now: Journal of Yoga - eBook by Ashok Kumar Malhotra

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Yoga and Meditation Now


eBook by 

Prof. Ashok Kumar Malhotra

EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT http://www.ideaindia.com/yoga-and-meditation/p/1794/



Yoga, which originated in India, has been with us for the past 2500 years. During its historical development, though it was influential predominately among the various brands of Hinduism, it became an essential part of the Buddhist and Jain meditation styles and later on was adopted as a contemplative practice by the Chinese Taoists and Japanese Zen Buddhists. It is only recently that the West has opened its doors to its wholehearted acceptance by making it a way of life. The idea for creating the Journal originated from the three years long work of the Yoga and Meditation Society for the Scientific Study of Spirituality that was formed because of the need to present authentic versions of yoga and meditation to the public.

The Yoga Society started in 2004 through a generous grant from the Metanexus Institute of Philadelphia and a matching …