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The in basic terms extant treatise on statecraft from classical India, the Arthsastra is a useful source for knowing old South Asian political proposal; it additionally offers a finished and exceptional panoramic view of Indian society through the interval among the Maurya (320-185 BCE) and Gupta (320-497 CE) empires.

This quantity bargains glossy English translations of key choices, geared up thematically, from the Arthasastra. A basic advent in brief strains the arc of historical South Asian heritage, explains the classical Indian culture of statecraft, and discusses the origins and significance of the Arthasastra. Thorough explanatory essays and notes set every one excerpt in its highbrow, political, and cultural contexts.

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By William Dalrymple

White Mughals is the romantic and finally tragic story of a passionate love affair that crossed and transcended the entire cultural, spiritual and political limitations of its time.

James Achilles Kirkpatrick used to be the British Resident on the courtroom of the Nizam of Hyderabad while in 1798 he glimpsed Kahir un-Nissa—'Most very good between Women'—the great-niece of the Nizam's best Minister and a descendant of the Prophet. Kirkpatrick had long gone out to India as an formidable soldier within the military of the East India corporation, wanting to make his identify within the conquest and subjection of the subcontinent. as an alternative, he fell in love with Khair and overcame many stumbling blocks to marry her—not least of which was once the truth that she was once locked away in purdah and engaged to an area nobleman. ultimately, whereas last Resident, Kirkpatrick switched over to Islam, and in keeping with Indian resources even grew to become a double-agent operating for the Hyderabadis opposed to the East India Company.

It is a notable tale, concerning mystery assignations, courtroom intrigue, harem politics, non secular and relatives disputes. yet such issues weren't unknown; from the early 16th century, while the Inquisition banned the Portuguese in Goa from donning the dhoti, to the eve of the Indian mutiny, the 'white Mughals' who wore neighborhood gown and followed Indian methods have been a resource of embarrassments to successive colonial administrations. William Dalrymple finds such vibrant figures as 'Hindoo Stuart', who travelled along with his personal crew of Brahmins to keep up his temple of idols, and who spent decades attempting to convince the memsahibs of Calcutta to undertake the sari; and Sir David Ochterlony, Kirkpatrick's counterpart in Delhi, who took all 13 of his other halves out for night promenades, every one at the again in their personal elephant.

In White Mughals, William Dalrymple discovers a global virtually fullyyt unexplored through heritage, and areas at its centre a compelling story of affection, seduction and betrayal. It possesses the entire sweep and resonance of an exceptional nineteenth-century novel, set opposed to a historical past of transferring alliances and the manoeuvring of the nice powers, the mercantile pursuits of the British and the imperial goals of Napoleon. White Mughals, the fabricated from 5 years' writing and learn, triumphantly confirms Dalrymple's popularity as one of many most interesting writers at paintings today.

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By Jeet Thayil

Shortlisted for the fellow Booker Prize
Written in poetic and affecting prose, Jeet Thayil's luminous debut novel charts the evolution of an excellent and damaged city throughout 3 many years. A wealthy, hallucinatory dream that captures Bombay in all its compelling squalor, Narcopolis thoroughly subverts and demanding situations the literary traditions for which the Indian novel is well known. it's a publication approximately medicinal drugs, intercourse, loss of life, perversion, dependancy, love, and God and has extra in universal in its material with the paintings of William S. Burroughs or Baudelaire than with that of the subcontinent's favourite literary lighting. notably, it's a fantastical portrait of an attractive and damned iteration in a kingdom approximately to promote its soul.

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Download E-books Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) PDF

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was once one of many few males in heritage to struggle at the same time on ethical, spiritual, political, social, fiscal, and cultural fronts. in the course of his time as a legal professional in South Africa he built his technique of non-violence: the belief of opposing unjust legislation by way of non-violent protest. He led the Indian nationwide Congress occasion in 3 significant campaigns opposed to British rule, every one culminating in his arrest.

In Gandhi, a quick creation to Gandhi's lifestyles and notion, Bhikhu Parekh outlines either Gandhi's significant philosophical insights and the constraints of his notion. Written with large entry to Gandhi's writings in Indian languages to which such a lot commentators have very little entry, Parekh appears at Gandhi's cosmocentric anthropology, his non secular view of politics, and his theories of oppression, non-violent motion, and lively citizenship. He additionally considers how the luck of Gandhi's ideas have been restricted by way of his loss of coherent theories of evil, and of country and gear. Gandhi's view of guy as ascetic permits no room for expressions of the cultural, inventive, or highbrow. additionally, he was once so adversarial to trendy civilization that he was once not able to understand its complicated dialectic or supply a significant narrative.

Nevertheless, Gandhi's lifestyles and idea had a big effect at the Indian state, and he remains to be broadly revered--known sooner than and after his assassination as Mahatma, the nice Soul.

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By Anuradha Roy

“This is why we learn fiction in any respect” raves the Washington Post: relations existence meets historic romance during this severely acclaimed, “gorgeous, sweeping novel” (Ms Magazine) approximately those that locate one another while deserted by means of every person else, marking the sign American debut of an award-winning author who richly merits her foreign acclaim.

On the outskirts of a small city in Bengal, a relatives lives in solitude of their monstrous new condominium. the following, lives intertwine and resolve. A widower struggles along with his love for an single cousin. Bakul, a motherless daughter, runs wild with Mukunda, an orphan of unknown caste followed via the relations. restricted in a room on the best of the home, a matriarch is going slowly mad; her husband searches for its reason as he shapes and reshapes his backyard. As Mukunda and Bakul develop, their extreme closeness matures into anything else, and Mukunda is banished to Calcutta. He thrives within the turbulent years after Partition, yet his strategies stick with his domestic, with Bakul, with all that he has lost—and he understands that he needs to go back.

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By Adrian Levy, Catherine Scott-Clark

Mumbai, 2008. at the evening of November 26, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked objectives in the course of the urban, together with the Taj Mahal Palace inn, one of many world’s so much unique luxurious motels. For sixty-eight hours, hundreds of thousands have been held hostage as photographs rang out and a massive hearth raged. while the smoke cleared, thirty-one humans have been useless and plenty of extra have been injured. purely the brave activities of employees and guests—including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj common supervisor Binny Kang—prevented a miles greater demise toll.

With a deep realizing of the sector and its politics and a story aptitude resembling middle of the night in Peking, newshounds Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy vividly spread the tragic occasions in a real-life mystery full of suspense, tragedy, background, and heroism.

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The partitioning of British India into self sustaining Pakistan and India in August 1947 happened in the middle of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one facet and Muslims at the different. greater than 750,000 humans have been butchered, and 12 million fled their homes—primarily in caravans of bullock-carts—to search shelter around the new border: it used to be the most important exodus in heritage. Sixty-seven years later, it really is as though that August by no means ended.

Renowned historian and journalist Dilip Hiro offers a riveting account of the connection among India and Pakistan, tracing the landmark occasions that ended in the department of the sub-continent and the evolution of the contentious dating among Hindus and Muslims. To this present day, an affordable solution to their dispute has proved elusive, and the road of regulate in Kashmir continues to be the main seriously fortified frontier on the earth, with 400,000 infantrymen arrayed on both side.

Since partition, there were numerous acute crises among the pals, together with the secession of East Pakistan to shape an self sufficient Bangladesh in 1971, and the purchase of nuclear guns by means of either side leading to a scarcely kept away from disagreement in 1999 and back in 2002. Hiro amply demonstrates the geopolitical value of the India-Pakistan clash via chronicling their respective ties not just with the USA and the Soviet Union, but additionally with China, Israel, and Afghanistan.

Hiro weaves those threads right into a lucid narrative, enlivened with colourful biographies of leaders, bright descriptions of wars, sensational assassinations, gross violations of human rights—and cultural signifiers like cricket suits. The Longest August is incomparable in its scope and provides the 1st definitive background of 1 of the world’s longest-running and so much intractable conflicts.

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By Kim Fortun

The 1984 explosion of the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India was once undisputedly one of many world's worst commercial mess ups. a few have argued that the ensuing litigation supplied an "innovative version" for facing the worldwide distribution of technological hazard; others think about the catastrophe a turning aspect in environmental laws; nonetheless others argue that Bhopal is what globalization feels like at the ground.

Kim Fortun explores those claims by means of targeting the dynamics and paradoxes of advocacy in competing strength domain names. She strikes from hospitals in India to conferences with legal professionals, company executives, and environmental justice activists within the usa to teach how the catastrophe and its results stay with us. Spiraling outward from the sufferers' tales, the leading edge narrative sheds gentle at the means advocacy works inside a fancy international procedure, calling into query traditional notions of accountability and moral behavior. Revealing the hopes and frustrations of advocacy, this relocating paintings additionally counters the tendency to think about Bhopal as an remoted incident that "can't take place here."

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By Arundhati Roy

Kashmir is without doubt one of the such a lot protracted and bloody occupations within the world—and probably the most neglected. lower than an Indian army rule that, at part 1000000 robust, exceeds the complete variety of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, freedom of speech is non-existent, and human- rights abuses and atrocities are repeatedly visited on its Muslim-majority inhabitants. within the final twenty years by myself, over seventy thousand humans have died. overlooked via its personal corrupt politicians, deserted by way of Pakistan and the West, which refuses to convey strain to undergo on its local best friend, India, the Kashmiri people’s ongoing quest for justice and self- decision is still brutally suppressed. Exploring the factors and outcomes of the career, Kashmir: The Case for Freedom is a passionate demand the tip of profession, and for the best of self- selection for the Kashmiri humans.

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Download E-books Mahabharata, Volume 8 PDF

By Bibek Debroy

The Mahabharata is likely one of the maximum tales ever instructed. even though the
basic plot is celebrated, there's even more to the epic than the dispute
between Kouravas and Pandavas that ended in the conflict in Kurukshetra. It
has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate attention-grabbing meanderings
and digressions, and it has hardly been translated in complete, given its
formidable size of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This exceptional 10-
volume unabridged translation of the epic is predicated at the severe Edition
compiled on the Bhandarkar Oriental study Institute.
It is the aftermath of the struggle in quantity eight. Ashvatthama kills the entire remaining
Pandavas—with the exception of the 5 Pandava brothers—and
Panchalas. The funeral ceremonies for the useless warriors are performed.
Bhishma’s teachings within the Shanti Parva, after Yudhishthira is topped, is
about tasks to be below diversified circumstances.
Every a possibility human emotion figures within the Mahabharata, the reason
why the epic keeps to carry sway over our mind's eye. during this lucid,
nuanced and assured translation, Bibek Debroy makes the Mahabharata
marvellously obtainable to modern readers.

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