Philosophy, Himalayas, Innovation & Counterterrorism

Fate and Fortune in the Indian Scriptures by Sukumari Bhattacharji from Cambridge University Press (India).

Fatalism is a philosophical doctrine which states that an individual does not have full control over the events that happen in his life. There is no trace of fatalism in the early Indian literature—Samhitas, Brahmanas and Upanisads; it surged in the succeeding period. This book argues that the predominance of the priestly class after the revival of Brahminism, as an aftermath of the decline of Buddhism, ushered in conspicuous changes in people’s attitude to life. The new modifications helped to entrench fate as a formidable force.

It explains that the natural factors which led to the rise of fatalism were observation of the inexorability of death. The author has referred to a splendid array of scriptures ranging from the early and late Vedic literature, Ramayana, Mahabharata to Buddhist and Jain texts, Bible and other old western texts to establish her erudite findings.

Rs. 895, in paperback, vi+322 pages, ISBN: 9789382993889

Mountainous Sound Spaces: Listening to History and Music in the Uttarakhand Himalayas by Andrew Alter from Cambridge University Press (India).

This book provides a perspective on cultural practice in the Himalayas that engages directly with the sonic world of musical production, thus emphasizing how the invisible world of sound is critical to shaping imagined histories, creating mythologized heroes and amplifying the stories of mountains and people. Together, Garhwal and Kumaun comprise the present-day Indian state of Uttarakhand, a state with unique histories associated with Hindu mythology, immigrant communities from western India, Gorkha conquest, British colonialism and modern-day India.

The book situates the reader within the history and geography of Garhwal and provides general information on a selection of instruments and sound structures. The reader is introduced to Garhwal’s aristocratic and colonial past as well as to the region’s folklore. The music of bagpipes echoes a colonial past by blending British regimental histories with contemporary folk traditions. Drum and trumpet ensembles echo the martial traditions of Rajputs and Mughals and confirm migratory histories between the mountains and the plains. Flutes echo the supernatural world of sprites and gods and become a potent symbol of dangerous love.

The book also uses a variety of theoretical models to explore the ways in which music is described and explained in academic literature and mystic traditions. The nature of sound as well as its relationship to language is re-examined in the context of the Himalayas. It provides the reader with a framework for understanding how music is created and how repertoire is organized. In addition, it moves the reader between the worlds of epic performance and contemporary practice giving a sense for disparate sites of musical production and performance.

Rs. 595, in hardback, 198 pages, ISBN: 9789382993322

Innovation in India: Combining Economic Growth with Inclusive Development by Shyama V. Ramani from Cambridge University Press (India).

It has been a little more than sixty years since the foundations of India's national system of innovation were laid, and it is time to look back and examine what form it has taken. What are the achievements of the Indian system of innovation? How has it performed in terms of building industrial capabilities and promoting development?

Using the ‘National System of Innovation’ and the ‘Sectoral System of Innovation’ approach, this book organizes historical evidence on the accumulation of scientific, technical, innovation and industrial capabilities in different industrial sectors. It is also useful to keep in mind that according to the sectoral tales of this book, irrespective of the policy, there will always be some individuals and organisations who will experiment to find creative ways of pursuing opportunities.

Rs. 795, in hardback, 418 pages, ISBN: 9781107037564

Pakistan's Counterterrorism Challenge by Moeed Yusuf from Cambridge University Press (India).

Pakistan, which since 9/11 has come to be seen as one of the world's most dangerous places and has been referred to as ‘the epicenter of international terrorism’, faces an acute counterterrorism (CT) challenge. The book focuses on violence being perpetrated against the Pakistani state by Islamist groups and how Pakistan can address these challenges, concentrating not only on military aspects but on the often-ignored political, legal, law enforcement, financial, and technological facets of the challenge.

It explores the current debate surrounding Pakistan's ability—and incentives—to crack down on Islamist terrorism and provides an in-depth examination of the multiple facets of this existential threat confronting the Pakistani state and people. With original insights and attention to detail, this book provides a roadmap for Western and Pakistani policymakers alike to address the weaknesses in Pakistan's CT strategy.

Rs. 525, in hardback, 270 pages, ISBN: 9789382993919, Sales Restriction: Sale In SAARC Countries Only