Education- Ethnicity- Social and Cultural Change

Education in Colonial India: Historical Insights by Deepak Kumar, Joseph Bara, Nandita Khadria And Ch. Radha Gayathri from Manohar Publishers.

The collection of essays in this volume tries to address some of the issues and developments in the making of an inclusive knowledge society in colonial India, and the transmission of knowledge through agents and institutions of education in modern India from a historical perspective.

The pace of knowledge diffusion has increased particularly over the last century, but the education system in India today is basically a legacy of the two centuries of colonial rule, with limited and uneven access to knowledge.

The volume traces the growth of knowledge in India in modern times and its conflict with existing societal and religious expectations and also of the conflict between individual and institutional ideas. It also addresses the issue of social exclusion be it sectional, regional or gender oriented and explores the growth of a new system of education in modern India.

Rs. 1250, in hardback, 460 pages, ISBN: 9788173049873

Conflicting Ethnicities: Locating the Local in the Global by Kousar J. Azam from Manohar Publishers.

Ethnicity, whether old or new has always defined and defied borders and boundaries. It is both global and local in character. It challenges the received notions of state and nation and is in turn challenged by globalisation, internationalism, multiculturalism and the overriding notions of modernity. The present collection is an edited version of some of the papers that were presented at an international conference on Ethnicity organised at OUCIP, Hyderabad. These papers focus on the changing notions of ethnicity and the challenges they pose to nation states in a world of economic and political uncertainties.

Ranging from the issues of invention and reinvention of ethnicity, the studies herein cover the assertions of ethnicity in the indigenous context within a nation state, to the analysis of the ethnicity and religion in the international context. The papers bring to the fore the nature and role of state as an institution in the creation, construction accommodation and suppression of ethnicity, the imposition of nationalist discourses and the resistance from the margins, and the diverse impact of globalisation on ethnic assertions in different countries.

The papers cover the role of different kinds of states -- militarised, totalitarian, and democratic -- in the treatment of ethnic minorities as well as the shifting goals and shuffling priorities of the ethnic groups aspiring for a stake in their respective societies indicating the fluidity of demands and the responses of the state.

Rs. 1095, in hardback, 368 pages, ISBN: 9788173049989

The Namdhari Sikhs: Their Changing Social and Cultural Landscape by Joginder Singh from Manohar Publishers.

For the first time a serious attempt has been made to understand the social background of the Namdhari Sikhs of Punjab; their demographic and occupational changes and beliefs and practices. The study shows that the Namdhari Sikhs primarily came from the agricultural and artisan classes ever since the inception of the Kuka Movement in the late nineteenth century. Since then the people of other occupational castes have also responded to the Namdhari mission. The study has identified eighteen occupational castes of the Namdhari Sikhs. Among these, the Jat and Ramgharia Sikhs are in majority.

The study analyses the variations in the proportionate representation of each occupational caste and its status in the administrative hierarchy of this community during a period of 150 years. It also examines the impact of primary variables, like Partition of Punjab (1947), creation of Indo-Pakistan Border, Green Revolution, industrial developments and Terrorist Movement in Punjab, on the processes of migration and resettlement of the Namdhari Sikhs, their caste-wise occupational diversification and class differentiation and rise of new classes. These developments posed serious challenges to the Namdhari leadership.

In addition to the above, the study examines the Namdhari concepts of embodied-guru, nam-simran, structure of rituals, dowry-free mass marriages, food taboos and dress code. The study highlights that the religious orientation of the Namdhari Sikhs has strengthened them spiritually and morally to withstand those social evils that affect most Punjabis.The study is based upon a random survey of 1545 Namdhari families of eighteen districts of Punjab, as well as primary and secondary sources.

Rs. 650, in hardback, 272 pages, ISBN: 9788173049965