New Release – The Gopal-Rakhal Dialectic: Colonialism and Children’s Literature in Bengal

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Sibaji Bandyopadhyay

Translated by Rani Ray & Nivedita Sen

August 2015

9.5 x 6.25 inches
xxii + 326 pages
ISBN: 978-93-82381-55-6

Rs 950

Literature for children is a distinctive achievement of the Bengali language. In it, we get numerous illustrations of primers that are meant to initiate reading and writing among children, poems and nursery rhymes, fables and fairytales, prose pieces and stories, plays and novels – all of which are unique in their style and content, exceptional in their taste and flavour. Literature for children has led to the production of innumerable books in Bengal; countless magazines and annual Puja numbers of journals have put together, year after year, stories, poems and plays for children. There is hardly any adult writer of stature who has not contributed to this venture. Even when we assess the nature of ideas and beliefs, Bengali children’s literature does not pall. In fact, it is a contentious site of trends and counter-trends that can be charted within inventive writings for children. Its multifarious potential, already manifest in the colonial era, continues in the decades following India’s independence. The Gopal–Rakhal Dialectic: Colonialism and Children’s Literature in Bengal offers us an evaluation of the strengths and possibilities of this very literature.

Sibaji Bandyopadhyay is former Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and former Professor of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He won the Sisir Kumar Das Memorial Award for his contribution to Bengali literature in 2010, and the Vidyasagar Memorial Award for his life-time achievement in the sphere of Bengali prose in 2010. Some of his books of essays are Sibaji Bandyopadhyay Reader, Abar Shishusiksha, Galileo, Bangla Upanyase ‘Ora’, Bangla Shishu-sahitye Chhotmeyera, Prasanga: Jibanananda, Alibabar Guptabhandar and Through a Trap-door. His other writings include Guhalipi (poems), Madhyarekha (poems–plays–stories–essays), Uttampurush Ekbachan: Ekti Bhan (play), Bhut-bishayak Ekti Upanyaser Khasra (novel) and Ekti Barir Galpa (screenplay).

Rani Ray has taught English at the University of Delhi, University of California at Santa Barbara, and Institute of English Studies at Lodz (Poland). She has translated many short stories from Bengali to English, including those by Ritwik Ghatak, Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Joy Goswami and Anita Agnihotri.

Nivedita Sen teaches English at Hans Raj College, University of Delhi. Her book Family, School and Nation: The Child and Literary Constructions in Twentieth Century Bengal has recently been published by Routledge. She has rendered into English a substantial volume of Bengali fiction, many of them for children. She has contributed to Alice in a World of Wonderlands, a compilation of essays on the translations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice.

Book release and talk by Kumkum Sangari, 12 Aug, 6.30 pm, IIC, Delhi

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Students and faculty of Gender Studies, School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi cordially invite you to


a talk by Professor Kumkum Sangari

‘To Market, to Market: Gendered Contradictions’

on familial patriarchal regimes, an ascendant market and a capitulative state


and the launch of the book

SOLID : LIQUID a (trans)national reproductive formation, by Kumkum Sangari

published by Tulika Books, Delhi


on Wednesday, 12 August 2015, 6.30 pm

at Seminar Halls 1, 2 & 3, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi


Please join us for tea at 6 pm.

The event will begin with the book release, followed by the talk and discussion.

Rustom Bharucha reviewed by Upendra Baxi in Frontline

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The Frontline review of Prof. Rustom Bharucha’s Terror and Performance by Prof. Upendra Baxi:

New Release — Solid : Liquid: a (trans)national reproductive formation

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February 2015
9.5 x 6.25 inches
xii + 264 pages
ISBN: 978-93-82381-51-8
Rs 695

Beyond Doubt: A Dossier on Gandhi’s Assassination

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compiled and introduced by TEESTA SETALVAD

January 2015
9.5 x 6.25 inches
x + 278 pages
ISBN: 978-93-82381-50-1
Rs 450

Rustom Bharucha reviewed by Upendra Baxi

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People’s History of India 23: The Establishment of British Rule: 1757–1813

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Amar Farooqui

December 2014

9.5 x 6.25 inches
xii + 96 pages
ISBN: 978-93-82381-49-5
Rs 220

This book deals with the establishment and expansion of British rule from the Carnatic Wars and the Battle of Plassey to the enactment of the Charter Act of 1813, which divested the East India Company of its monopoly over the commerce with England, and this opened the chapter of India’s ‘de-industrialization’ through free trade. The monograph examines the military and other causes of British success and the cost of that success that the Indian people had to bear. A long chapter is devoted to the construction of British colonial administration, from which all Indian elements were, by stages, weeded out. Extracts from sources enliven the narrative; and there are important notes on military technology, the ‘subsidiary alliance’ system, organization of the Company’s ‘civil service’ and the construction of ‘colonial knowledge’ about India. Readers will find it a refreshingly lucid and critical account of a crucial phase of India’s political history.

The author, Amar Farooqui, is Professor of History, University of Delhi. He taught history for many years at Hans Raj College, Delhi; and has been Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. His publications include Early Social Formations (2002); Smuggling as Subversion: Colonialism, Indian Merchants and the Politics of Opium, 1790–1843 (revised edition, 2005); Opium City: The Making of Early Victorian Bombay (2006); Sindias and the Raj: Princely Gwalior, c.1800–1850 (2011), and Zafar and the Raj: Anglo–Mughal Delhi, c. 1800–1850 (2013).