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Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India, (2/e): Awadh and the Punjab 1707-48 by Muzaffar Alam from Oxford University Press (India).

The period following the death of Aurangzeb has been viewed as the beginning of the decline and decay of the Mughal empire. Examining two contrasting regions of north India-Awadh and Punjab-this pioneering work shows how the period 1707-48 saw the emergence of a new order with local and regional idioms. Muzaffar Alam focuses on the interplay of imperial collapse with regional restructuring.

He contends that even as the empire declined, there emerged a new, regionally-based political order, maintained and controlled by former Mughal rulers. From agrarian uprisings to the jagirdari system, the Sikhs to the Zamindars, this book presents a bold new interpretation of an important transition in this period. This edition comes with a new introduction.
This book is an important reading for students, scholars, and teachers of Mughal history and early modern India.
In our History section, Rs. 450, in paperback, 400 pages, ISBN: 9780198077411

Energy and Security in South Asia: Cooperation or Conflict? by Charles K. Ebinger from Cambridge University Press (India).

Economic growth and burgeoning populations have put South Asia’s energy security in a perilous state. Already, energy and power shortages are stunting development in some of the region’s least developed locations, spurring political insurgences and social dislocation. Should this trend continue, the subcontinent will face dire economic, social and political crises.

In Energy and Security in South Asia, Brookings ESI Director Charles Ebinger, a long-time adviser to South Asian governments, lays out the current regional energy picture arguing that the only way to achieve sustainable energy security is through regional collaboration both within the subcontinent as well as with regional neighbors in the Middle East and Central and Southeast Asia.

In our Politics section, Rs. 795, in hardback, 248 pages, ISBN: 9789382993018
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Afghan Endgames: Strategy and Policy Choices for America’s Longest War by Hy Rothstein And John Arquilla from Cambridge University Press (India).

The United States and its allies have been fighting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan for a decade in a war that either side could still win. While a gradual drawdown has begun, significant numbers of US combat troops will remain in Afghanistan until at least 2014, perhaps longer, depending on the situation on the ground. Given the realities of the Taliban’s persistence and the desire of US policymakers—and the public—to find a way out, what can and should be the goals of the US and its allies in Afghanistan?

Afghan Endgames boldly pursues several strands of thought suggesting that a strong, legitimate central government is far from likely to emerge in Kabul; that fewer coalition forces, used in creative ways, may have better effects on the ground than a larger, more conventional presence; and that, even though Pakistan should not be pushed too hard, so as to avoid sparking social chaos there, Afghanistan’s other neighbors can and should be encouraged to become more actively involved. The volume’s editors conclude that while there may never be complete peace in Afghanistan, a self-sustaining security system able to restore order swiftly in the wake of violence is attainable.

In our Politics section, Rs. 895, in hardback, 248 pages, ISBN: 9789382993025
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A Gentleman's Word: The Legacy of Subhas Chandra Bose in Southeast Asia by Nilanjana Sengupta from Cambridge University Press (India).

The great Indian nationalist leader Subhas Chandra Bose arrived in Singapore in 1943 to revitalize the Indian National Army (INA). Taking the opportunity of the Japanese occupation of parts of Southeast Asia, he launched armed struggle against British colonial rule in India. Two years later, that attempt failed at the eastern gates of India. Yet, it was a temporary failure because the INA helped set in motion a series of developments within India. These would culminate in its freedom in a further two years. Bose is a household name in India.

He is remembered in Southeast Asia as well, particularly among Indians. However, while his contributions to India's independence movement have been recorded exhaustively, less is known about the legacy that he left behind in Southeast Asia. This book seeks to fill that gap in the international understanding of a great Indian nationalist and pan-Asianist. It records how participation in the nationalist struggle invested Southeast Asian Indians with a rare sense of dignity and helped foster a mushrooming of militant trade unions, making it difficult for the returning British planters to perpetuate their control over what had been a docile workforce.

The INA's Rani of Jhansi movement proved to be a pioneering effort at drawing Southeast Asian Indian women out of their traditional roles and expectations. It inspired some of them to take up mainstream roles for the cause of equality and emancipation. A Gentleman's Word retraces this journey of self-discovery of those who were inspired by Subhas Chandra Bose.

In our Biography section, Rs. 895, in hardback, 650 pages, ISBN: 9789382264651