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PRINCELY INDIA: 1858 - 1947 - eBook by Roderick Matthews - eBooks India IdeaIndia.Com

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PRINCELY INDIA1858 - 1947eBook byRoderick Matthews

E-BOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/princely-india-1858-1947/p/1769/



Although by 1858 the British were unquestionably the supreme power in India, still about 40% of the landmass and a quarter of the population remained in the hands of traditional ruling dynasties. This ‘Indian’ India was never subject to direct British control. The Princes who ruled it remained in power, protected partly by British reluctance to incur the expense of conquering them, and also by the Princes’ own willingness to play ball politically. This arrangement had many mutually beneficial aspects, of which the most obvious was that both sides enjoyed an enduring peace.

The Princely States got by without the expense of large armies, and in return the British assumed limited rights to supervise the internal affairs of the States, expecting ‘good government’ in return for the ‘protection’ that the native regimes now enjoyed as allies of th…

COLONIAL INDIA AND POST-COLONIAL INDIAN NATIONALISM IN THEORY AND PRAXIS: Rabindranath Tagrore’s Gora And Ashis Nandy’s The Intimate Enemy by Gargi Bhattacharya

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COLONIAL INDIA AND POST-COLONIAL INDIAN NATIONALISM IN THEORY AND PRAXIS
Rabindranath Tagrore’s Gora And Ashis Nandy’s The Intimate Enemy

eBook by 

Gargi Bhattacharya

eBook available from IdeaIndia.Com at: http://www.ideaindia.com/colonial-india-and-postcolonial-indian-nationalism-in-theory-and-praxis-rabindranath-tagrores-gora-and-ashis-nandys-the-intimate-enemy/p/1897/


This century and the last being oriented largely towards a study of the colonial situation and its pertinence to the subsequent development of the post-colonial discourse, Rabindranath Tagore’s Gora becomes, in my opinion, an important discursive avenue into the nationalistic arena in the nascent stages of its formation. My choice of the novel is informed by the impression that it offers itself as a cultural index where the slow and laborious birth of nationalism can be registered. My endeavour, in this short evaluative analysis, would be dedicated towards the investigation of the ways in which this nationalism has begun …

RANJIT SINGH: LION OF PUNJAB Achievement and Legacy - eBook by Roderick Matthews

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RANJIT SINGH LION OF PUNJAB  Achievement and Legacy
eBook by 
Roderick Matthews

E-BOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/ranjit-singh-lion-of-punjab/p/1791/

As British rule spread across the Indian subcontinent in the first years of the nineteenth century, one area in the north-west remained apart, independent and untroubled by the new empire builders. In 1803 General Lake captured Delhi for the British, but he then halted on the line of the Jamuna river, uncertain how to proceed. The Marathas to the south and south-west were still unconquered, and the Punjab, lying beyond the Jamuna, was an open territory containing a problematic geography of hills and rivers, inhabited by a highly heterogeneous mix of peoples, all of whom were inured to armed struggle. There were Sikhs, Rajputs and Pathans in the centre, with hill tribes, Gurkhas, Sindis and Afghans all around its edges. There was no good reason to push on, and the Punjab remained unmolested.

In the years immediate…

KOLKATA: A COLONIAL BROTH – CITY, SELF AND LITERATURE - eBook by Oeendrila Lahiri

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KOLKATA: A COLONIAL BROTH CITY, SELF AND LITERATURE 
eBook by 
Oeendrila Lahiri

E-BOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/kolkata-a-colonial-broth/p/1856/



This eBook attempts to look into the production of the idea of Calcutta through Bengali middle class literary writings, especially nakshas which remain quite neglected as historical material. I am interested in satire as a trope of resistance to and protest of colonial modernity, the element of risk and conformity of bhadralok authors who mostly penned these extant nakshas, and the politics of canonization. Colonial modernity enforced a project of imagining a collectivity primarily through printing and literature. As a distinctive urban narrative genre, the naksha's historical competency directly inscribes itself on the very territoriality of Calcutta. In the urban discourse on self of both progressive and conservative Hindu males, the city came to occupy an uncanny locum for this desired oppositional self vis…

RELATIVISM: A Moral Twilight: An Indo-Greek dialogue by Bharat Gupt

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RELATIVISM A Moral Twilight: An Indo-Greek Dialogue
eBook by

Bharat Gupt

eBOOK AVAILABLE FROM
AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/relativism/p/1795/

An Indo-Greek dialogue on morality. An Indian philosopher residing in Persia accompanied some ayurvedic doctors in the Persian armies of Darius invading Greece in 492 BC But before the battle of Marathon, he disappeared into the country side. A decade later, he came to settle in Athens, disputing and debating in the agora and came to be popularly known as “Pharatos.” After his death, he entered the Elysian Fields; from where like other philosophers and learned souls in Hades, he continues to look at the global human affairs from his times to the present, as an unexamined life is not worth living even after death. We give, here, a dialogue of Pharatos, “Relativism: A Moral Twilight”


Bharat Gupt Associate Professor, CVS, Delhi University. Founder member and Trustee International Forum for India's Heritage. Born in 1946 in Moradabad, a small town in…

MYTH AND REALITY OF PROTECTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS LAW: A Case Study of Untouchability in Rural India - eBook by Dinesh Khosla

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MYTH AND REALITY OF PROTECTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS LAW:
A Case Study of Untouchability in Rural India


eBook by

Dinesh Khosla



EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/myth-and-reality-of-protection-of-civil-rights-law/p/1616/





In 1955, India's Protection of Civil Rights Act went into effect. Some gains have been made under it, but, in most of rural India where the majority of Untouchables live, its promise remains largely unfulfilled. The reasons for this legislative failure are the subject of the inquiry undertaken by Professor Khosla in this brilliant, unique eBook.
Professor Khosla is convinced that positive changes have taken place, but he believes that the most important are operating at subterranean psycho­logical levels. They may be attributed less to the intervention of legal processes and more to the diffusion of certain ideas associated with the legislation and the activation of latent demands for human dignity and equality. There are many lessons to be le…

EMPIRE, COLONY AND NATION IN THE DELHI DURBAR PAINTINGS OF ABANINDRANATH TAGORE - eBook by Debashish Banerji - IdeaIndia.Com

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EMPIRE, COLONY AND NATION IN THE DELHI DURBAR PAINTINGS OF ABANINDRANATH TAGORE

eBook by 

Debashish Banerji


E-BOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: m.ideaindia.com/by_now.php?id=1664-EMPIRE%20COLONY%20AND%20NATION


Abanindranath Tagore presented three paintings for the 1903 Delhi Durbar organized by Governor-General, Lord Curzon to commemorate the coronation of British Emperor Edward VII. By looking at these three paintings based on the Orientalist fantasy of the Taj Mahal and the Mughal Empire, this paper draws out a thinly disguised allegory on the relationship between imperialism and artistic subjectivity and points to the hybrid constitution of the nation and the work of art as a response to colonialism.


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 Louis…

HOLY JAZZ: Perspectives on Indian Classical Music - eBook by Roderick Matthews - IdeaIndia.Com

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HOLY JAZZPerspectives on Indian Classical Music
eBook by 
Roderick Matthews

E-BOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/holy-jazz-perspectives-on-indian-classical-music/p/2106/

Writers from both East and West regularly describe the raga-based music of India as ‘classical’. If this is an attempt to dignify serious Indian music then it is misplaced, because the ‘classical’ label is not an honour that Indian music is in any need of. The factors that make western classical music ‘classical’ are such that to apply the word to Indian music is simply to ignore the main virtues and unique features of Indian music. Thus the well-meant word becomes instantly either inaccurate or redundant. Or worse, it betokens an inability to see beyond western standards. In making parallels between Indian and western music the word ‘classical’ might in some ways be applicable in terms of tradition or discipline, or to distinguish serious from popular, but all the correct implications of the…

THE EAST INDIA COMPANY 1600 – 1873: Trade, Profit, Dominion and Disgrace - eBook by Roderick Matthews

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THE EAST INDIA COMPANY 1600 – 1873: Trade, Profit, Dominion and Disgrace
 eBook by 

Roderick Matthews

E-BOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: www.ideaindia.com/the-east-india-company-1600-1873-trade-profit-dominion-amp-disgrace/p/2098/

The history of the East India Company is extraordinarily long and complex, covering two continents and spanning two and a half centuries. It is the story of a multi-stranded trade, intimately connected to political developments in up to eight major countries besides India, whilst within India it is tied to a multiplicity of regional dynasties and kingdoms. The Company’s dealings span the reigns of fourteen monarchs in Britain and fifteen Emperors in India, which is a great deal of politics for the Directors to have navigated and a huge pool of names and faces for any historian to narrate. The enormous Company archive probably contains a significant proportion of all the ascertainable facts on earth.


Roderick Matthews, Historian, Obtained a First from Balliol…

HEAVEN AND HELL - eBook by Sorabji Naoroji Kanga - IdeaIndia.Com

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HEAVEN AND HELL

eBook by 

Sorabji Naoroji Kanga

E-BOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: www.ideaindia.com/heaven-and-hell/p/1790/



I. HEAVEN AND HELL AND THEIR LOCATION IN ZOROASTRIANISM AND IN THE VEDAS;  
and
II. HEAVEN AND HELL AND THEIR LOCATION IN ZOROASTRIANISM AND IN PLATO

Two papers first published in 1933 looking at Heaven and Hell in Zoroantrianism on the one hand and the Vedas and Plato on the other.
“The comparative study of religions and philosophies is necessary for the correct understanding of a religion, especially so in the case of a very old religion like the Zoroastrian, and one which has supplied subsequent religions with some of its own fundamental ideas. In an article in Dr. Sir J. J. Modi Commemorative Volume, published in 1930, entitled "The Spenta Mainyu in the Gathas, the source of Fravashis in the Avesta and of the Logos in Christianity", the usefulness of comparative studies has been amply illustrated. As another example of a similar nature I may menti…

REPUBLICAN 'RIP'-OFF? India Photo Library from IdeaIndia.Com

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This is a billboard I saw in Mumbai a little while back.....



REPUBLICAN 'RIP'-OFF
"Ripublican Party of India"

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LIFE IN A CAPSULE - eBook by Madhvi Karol - IdeaIndia.Com

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LIFE IN A CAPSULE
eBook by

Madhvi Karol

E-BOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/life-in-a-capsule/p/1643/



From birth to death we are in a visible spectrum which can be perceived by human sense organs. What happens to us after death or before we are born? Are we in a different mould, in a different spectrum? Do we exist at all? If we do, is it as an individual or a whole? Living our life everyday, we tend to take so many things for granted, even the life that we have; never stopping once to actually understand our origin, our path and final destination. Our universe could be the result of an upsurge from an underbelly of a volcano but it was coming of a process of a seed to a bloom.

This eBook attempts to understand this overwhelming spread where our own position is like that of a sand particle in an enormous ocean. The eBook looks at life from various angles. How space and time bind us? What else is there other than space and time that is essential for sustenanc…

SAMMY! The Word that Broke an Empire - eBook by Partap Sharma - IdeaIndia.Com

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SAMMY!  The Word that Broke an Empire
eBook by 

the late Partap Sharma


EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/sammy-the-word-that-broke-an-empire/p/1871/
Also available on Amazon Kindle


This play won 4 all-India Mahindra Awards for Excellence in Theatre 2006.


“Most eagerly awaited play, a wonderful production, Sammy will be the sixth production on Gandhi in recent times, making the Father of the Nation the most watched character on stage.” DEEPA GAHLOT, THE TIMES OF INDIA, MUMBAI


“Outstanding. Sammy is by far the most interesting, comprehensive, dramatic work on Gandhi. A great play!” PETER RUHE, GANDHI SERVE, BERLIN


“Playwright Partap Sharma’s painstakingly crafted Sammy… delves into the irrepressible mischievousness of the Mahatma in Mohandas…takes a look at lesser known incidents of Gandhi’s life. The script is a veritable guide which will make people learn – and unlearn – various aspects of Indian history and yet entertain. Before you wonder whatever or whoev…

360 DEGREES BACK TO LIFE: A Litigant’s Humourous Perspective on Divorce by Vandana Shah - IdeaIndia.Com

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360 Degrees Back to Life: A Litigant's Humorous Perspective on Divorce
eBook by

Vandana Shah

eBook available from IdeaIndia.Com at: www.ideaindia.com/360-degrees-back-to-life-a-litigants-humorous-perspective-on-divorce/p/1731/

Unlike most eBooks on divorce which focus on the trauma of divorce (which indeed it is), Vandana Shah takes a positive perspective and hides her pain beneath a cloak of humour. She does it without rancour and does not ask for sympathy-you are provoked to question diverse issues in Indian society - the patriachal values, the double standards, the hypocrisy and pretences-her 'incidents' make you laugh and cry - the italicised last lines of each chapter show a maturity beyond her years and carry a wealth of meaning which is so relevant to life - this eBook reaches out and is a learning experience ....

VANDANA SHAHis a divorce advocate based in Mumbai, India. As a young woman from Ambala City she moved to Mumbai. She was orphaned at a young age. She has degre…

ZEN KATHA: The Story of Bodhidharma: Founder of Zen and the Martial Arts - eBook by the Late Partap Sharma

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ZEN KATHA The Story of Bodhidharma Founder of Zen and the Martial Arts
by the Late Partap Sharma


EBOOK AVAILABLE FROM IdeaIndia.Com AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/zen-katha-the-story-of-bodhidharma/p/1862/


Also available on Amazon Kindle

Revered in China, Okinawa and Japan as the founder of Zen and the martial arts, the Indian monk Bodhidharma was, till the writing, performance and publication of this play, almost totally forgotten in his homeland India.
Zen Katha tells the story of how Bodhidharma, born a prince in the south Indian kingdom of Kanchipuram in the fifth century, had to discover ways to excel at unarmed combat because the royal Pallavas prided themselves on their wrestling skills. The prince became a monk and travelled to China. There, his strange and somewhat eccentric behavior led to various piquant situations. He became not only the Founding Patriarch of Zen but also the first peaceful fighting monk. As Chief Abbot of the Monastery of Shaolin, he initiated the tradition that…

RAJNIKANT – THE TAMIL TITAN - Unveiling the anti-heroic mask - Who is Rajnikant? eBook by K. Hariharan

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RAJNIKANT – THE TAMIL TITAN
Who is Rajnikant?
Unveiling the Anti-Heroic Mask

K. Hariharan

EBOOK PUBLISHED BY

AND AVAILABLE AT: http://www.ideaindia.com/rajnikant-the-tamil-titan/p/1821/
Rajnikant is an incredible phenomenon who has stunned the Tamil screen so hard that you almost tend to believe that there has never been anybody like him in the history of Indian Cinema so far! Yet, if you pick and choose any film randomly among his 150 odd movies like ‘Manithan’, ‘Maveeran’ or ‘Mannan’ chances are that it will be badly shot, poorly crafted, containing kitschy sets and absurdly choreographed stunt sequences. Yet, what transformed so many of them into silver jubilee hits? What motivated the hundreds of his fans associations to be so devotedly busy? How is it that producers managed to make at least 6 films each year with him from 1980 to 1995? The answer is simple - the amazing presence of this one man army, Rajnikant. At the same time, I am more or less sure that he had very sketchy idea…