Permanent Paperbacks

Permanent Black has brought out an Indian reprint, with a new preface, of Rosalind O'Hanlon's Caste, Conflict, and Ideology: Mahatma Jotirao Phule and Low Caste Protest in Nineteenth-Century Western India, a classic work which was first published in 1985.

The nineteenth century saw the beginning of a violent and controversial movement of protest amongst western India’s low and untouchable castes, aimed at the effects of their lowly position within the Hindu caste hierarchy. The leaders of this movement were convinced that religious hierarchies had combined with the effects of British colonial rule to produce inequality and injustice in many fields, from religion to politics and education.

This study concentrates on the first leader of this movement, Mahatma Jotirao Phule. It shows him as its first ideologist, working out a unique brand of radical humanism. It analyses his contribution to one of the most important and neglected social developments in western India in this period—the formation of a new regional identity. This process of identity formation is studied against the background of the earlier history of caste relations, and contributes important evidence about the relationship between ritual status and political power. The author draws extensively on vernacular language materials and evidence about popular culture from oral traditions.

They have also reissued several of their bestsellers as paperbacks:

Anupama Rao's The Caste Question
Rajit Mazumders's The Indian Army and the making of Punjab
Anindita Ghosh's Behind the Veil: Resistance, Women, and the everyday in colonial South Asia
A M Shah's The Grassroots of Democracy: Field Studies of Indian Elections.

Particularly welcome is their latest papeback, War and Peace in Modern India by Srinath Raghavan, co-published with Palgrave Macmillan. “Srinath Raghavan has set the standard for future work” says Kanti Bajpai, while Sunil Khilnani calls it “A remarkable analysis, based on meticulous scholarship ... an important contribution to current debates in India and elsewhere.”

As the leader of a new state created amidst the bloodiest partition in history, saddled with new and outstanding problems, Nehru was confronted with a range of disputes which threatened to boil over. War and Peace in Modern India challenges and revises our received understanding of his handling of international affairs. General readers as well as students of Indian history and politics will find its balanced consideration of Nehru’s foreign policy essential to gauge his achievements, his failures, and his enduring legacy.

In our Strategic Affairs section, 384 pages, Rs 395. ISBN: 9788178243207