Those were the days...

Reprintings are a special joy to publishers.  Validation of their good sense to publish the book in the first place apart, a reprint is also a chance to do things differently and yet not so different. Correct the typos. Change the cover (what were we thinking??) . And so on... 

Tulika has some new reprints. One is  Everyday Lives, Everyday Histories: Beyond the Kings and Brahmanas of ‘Ancient’ India by Uma Chakravarti, who taught history at Miranda House College, University of Delhi. Her publications include Delhi Riots: Three Days in the Life of a Nation (joint editor, 1987), The Social Dimensions of Early Buddhism (1987), Rewriting History: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai (1998), From Myths to Markets: Essays on Gender (joint editor, 1999) and Gendering Caste: Through a Feminist Lens (2003).

This volume of essays moves the historiography of ancient India in the service of a history of the present. The cultural onslaught of a brahmanical saffron culture within popular discourse, and the fight against entrenched class and caste interests led by women, dalits and other marginalized groups, frame this battle for ‘ancient’ India. Through an in-depth analysis of myths and original sources, the author provides novel grounds for contesting the foundations of such charged concepts as ‘nation’, ‘civilization’ and ‘womanly honour’. Reading against the grain of canonical sources, she presents a distinctive reading of lesser known Buddhist Pali texts, the Jataka stories, and contemporary texts like the TV serials Chanakya and Ramayana, to demonstrate the stratifications in early Indian society.The book brings to light several crucial concepts and categories that make possible a sensitive delineation of social alienation, class antagonism and gendered violence in ancient Indian society. The everyday histories of dasas, karmakaras, ‘a’grihinis, bhaktins and gahapatis provide an understanding of ancient India away from the clich√©d invocations of ideal kings, brahmanas and pativratas.

This third edition is in our History section, in paperback, 360 pages, Rs 350, ISBN: 9788189487959 

Planter Raj to Swaraj: Freedom Struggle and Electoral Politics in Assam 1826–1947 by Amalendu Guha is a reprint of his influential work on Assam and the Northeast, 35 years after its original publication, with an Introduction by the author. Guha’s anlysis extends from Assam in 1826, the year of the British annexation, to the post-independence conditions in 1950.

The peculiar features of the region’s plantation economy; the imperialism of opium cultivation; the problems of a stready influx of immigrants and the backlash of a local linguistic chauvinism; peasants’ and workers’ struggles; the evolution of the ryot sabhas, the Congress, trade unions and later of the Communist Party – such are the themes that have received attention in this book, alongside an analysis of legislative and administrative processes. The narrative is structured chronologically within an integrated Marxist framework of historical perspective, and is based on a wide range of primary sources.

Guha is an eminent historian whose work covers twentieth-century Afghanistan, medieval Assam and from the saga of the early Parsi capitalists to tribal unrest in post-colonial Northeast India. Trained as an economist, Guha has taught at Darrang College, Tezpur, the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune and the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has been Professor of History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and a member of both the Indian Council of Social Science Research and the Indian Council of Historical Research.

In our History section, in hardback,  364 pages, Rs 725.  ISBN: 9788189487980