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New Release – Bread Beauty Revolution: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas 1914–1987

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edited by
Iffat Fatima & Syeda Saiyidain Hameed

Published in association with Khwaja Ahmad Abbas Memorial Trust

November 2015 • 10.5 x 8 inches • 212 pages (Paperback with gatefolds) • ISBN 978-93-82381-42-6 • Rs 1500

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas distinguished himself by his ceaseless passion for revolutionary politics, which he expressed through his writings and films. He was a visionary who strongly believed that creative and artistic interventions are indispensable to nation-building. Bread Beauty Revolution, spanning the years 1914 to 1987, encapsulates Abbas’s work, ideas and ideals. It also provides an insight into the beginnings of modern India. The volume encapsulates 74 books, 40 films, 89 short stories and 3,000 pieces of journalistic writing by Abbas. His work flows in three languages – Urdu, Hindi and English – and he translated his own writings freely from one language to another. The volume is sectioned in ten parts: (i) ‘Abraham and Son’, about Abbas’s birth and upbringing; (ii) ‘I Write as I Feel’, which includes Abbas’s first and best known short story ‘Ababeel’ (Sparrows), the story of Abbas’s struggle after the publication of his short story ‘Meri Maut’ (also called ‘Sardarji’), and Mulk Raj Anand’s letter celebrating his literary genius; (iii) ‘My First Love Affair’, on his lifelong relationship with and unabashed admiration for Jawaharlal Nehru; (iv) ‘Naya Sansar’, the witnessing of the birth of an independent India; (v) ‘Dharti ke Lal’, recounting Abbas’s love–hate relationship with the Left movement of which he was an outspoken advocate as well as fearless critic, his account of the birth of IPTA, writing the play Zubaidah and being invited to make the film Dharti ke Lal; (vi) ‘Bambai Raat ki Bahon Mein’, about another love that gripped his mind and soul, the Indian film industry; (vii) ‘Reminiscences’, containing personal accounts by people whose lives Abbas influenced, as well as a short story by him, ‘Achchan ka Aashiq’ (Achchan’s Lover); (viii) ‘Jagte Raho’, an account of Abbas’s fight against the censorship imposed on his film Char Shehar Ek Kahani (Four Cities, One Story), 1968, which led to the famous case, K.A. Abbas versus the Union of India, and the landmark judgment in his favour holding that pre-censorship of cinema was a violation of freedom of expression; (ix) ‘Ek Aadmi’, Abbas’s ‘beginning’ as well as his ‘end’: his review of Shantaram’s film Aadmi which brought him to the film world, and Ek Aadmi, his last film, which had a posthumous birth; and finally, (x) ‘Rahi’, named after the eponymous movie Abbas made in 1953 about tea garden workers.

Iffat Fatima is an independent filmmaker from Kashmir, based in Delhi. Her films include Lanka: the other side of war and peace, The Kesar Saga, In the Realm of the Visual and Boojh Sakey to Boojh. Her video installation, Ethnography of a European City: Conversations in Salzburg, questions some of the assumptions in the east vs. west polarity/dichotomy/disparity. Her recent film, Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves Its Trail), explores issues of violence and memory in Kashmir.

Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed is a former Member of the Planning Commission of India. She is a feminist and a writer who is widely recognized for her passionate engagement in public affairs and social issues, especially for women, minorities and peace. She is the Founder Member of the Muslim Women’s Forum and a Founder Trustee of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia. An author of books on Islam, Sufism, gender and development, and modern Indian history, Dr Hameed was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007.

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New Release – Ending Malnutrition: from commitment to action

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Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Vikas Rawal
Michael T. Clark

Published in association with
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

September 2015

9.5 x 6.25 inches

xvi+176 pages

Paperback

ISBN 978-93-82381-64-8

Rs 500

In November 2014, representatives from over 170 governments, together with leaders of inter-governmental organizations and civil society – including non-governmental organizations, researchers, the private sector, and consumer representatives –converged in Rome for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). ICN2 was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to mobilize and unite the international community for the protracted struggle against malnutrition. The conference and its preparatory process provided a forum in which the world community, led by governments, affirmed its shared commitment to eradicating malnutrition by adopting the Rome Declaration and reaching agreement on a comprehensive, harmonized Framework for Action. Ending Malnutrition: from commitment to action aims to make available the insights and judgments that emerged from ICN2 to practitioners across the world. It begins with a review of current evidence on the prevalence and incidence of malnutrition across the globe. It then presents analyses of the most salient policy issues to be confronted in a concerted global effort to end malnutrition: strengthening food systems as the core of a sustainable nutrition strategy; promoting social protection to address underlying inequities as well as immediate needs that contribute to malnutrition; using fortification and supplementation, especially, to address micronutrient deficiencies; and ensuring improved access to water and sanitation for an effective nutrition strategy. A concluding chapter focuses on the indispensable role that multilateral institutions can play in accelerating and sustaining global momentum on nutrition, and to secure a place for nutrition at the forefront of the post- 2015 sustainable development agenda. Throughout, the emphasis is on practical steps that can be taken by governments and their partners to end malnutrition in all its forms.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram is Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at
the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome.

Vikas Rawal is Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Michael T. Clark is Senior Coordinator (Policy and Governance) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations, Rome.

New Release – Kumar Shahani: the shock of desire and other essays

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edited & introduced by
Ashish Rajadhyaksha

September 2015
9.25 x 7.25 inches
392 pages
Paperback with gatefolds
iSBN 978-93-82381-61-7
Rs 2000

The fifty-one essays compiled in this book were written over a forty-year period by India’s leading
independent filmmaker. They provide new insights into a turbulent era in modern India’s cultural history.
Although known primarily as a filmmaker, Kumar Shahani has taught, spoken and written on a variety of
subjects over this period, that include the cinema, but also politics, aesthetics, history and psychoanalysis.
In these essays Shahani addresses diverse political issues, aesthetic practice, questions of artistic freedom and censorship. There are also personal essays on filmmakers and artists including his teachers and colleagues. Shahani’s often polemical positions, as they occur in several previously unpublished essays and presentations, are essential contributions to film and cultural histories of the Indian cinema as well as of the New Cinema worldwide.
The book includes a comprehensive introductory essay, ‘Kumar Shahani Now’, by Ashish Rajadhyaksha.

Kumar Shahani (b. 1940) began his filmmaking career with the celebrated Maya Darpan (1972), which made him one of the most significant directors of the New Indian Cinema. He has since made feature films such as Tarang (1984), Khayal Gatha (1989), Kasba (1990), Bhavantarana (1991), Char Adhyay (1997) and Bamboo Flute (2000), which have received wide international recognition. Less well known is his work as a teacher and his interventions as a public intellectual. He has taught in several film schools in India and internationally, made short workshop films with students, and lectured extensively on academic and other platforms.

Ashish Rajadhyaksha is co-editor of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (1999), author of Ritwik Ghatak: A Return to the Epic (1984) and Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency (2009).

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
Hardback
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.

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

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KUMKUM SANGARI

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

Marx, Gandhi and Modernity – Essays Presented to Javeed Alam

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Edited by Akeel Bilgrami

July 2014

9.5 x 6.25 inches
xiv + 314 pages
Hardback
ISBN: 978-93-82381-39-6
Rs 750

As a tribute to Javeed Alam and his exemplary life, some of his close friends and admirers have come together in this volume with reflections on the range of themes that he pursued in his work with such intelligence and relish for some four decades: the nature of capitalism and the various angles of a Marxist response to it, the nature of secularism and liberalism and the forms of modernity which they usher in, and Gandhi’s political ideas in the context of Indian society and India’s own unfolding modernity.

Akeel Bilgrami, the editor of the volume, is the Sidney Morgenbesser Chair of Philosophy and the Director of the South Asian Institute at Columbia University. The contributors to the volume include Irfan Habib, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Utsa Patnaik, Charles Taylor, Prabhat Patnaik, Aijaz Ahmad and Partha Chatterjee, among others.

Javeed Alam was born on 12 August 1943 to Khadija and Alam Khundmiri in what was then the State of Hyderabad, ruled by the Nizam. His first memories are of independence and the struggle of the Telangana peasantry in which his family was involved. His early thinking and his commitments were much influenced by his father who was a philosopher of high distinction, and his mother who along with her husband was a keen activist in Left politics in Hyderabad. He studied in Hyderabad’s Alia School and then completed his BA and MA degrees at Osmania University, getting a gold medal for standing first in the MA. He went to Delhi to do his PhD at the Indian School of International Studies, eventually getting his doctorate from Jawaharlal Nehru University with which the ISIS was merged. He started his career teaching at Delhi University’s Salwan College, where his stand against the administration, which had terminated his services for marrying a Hindu, led to a larger agitation that successfully defended the secular character of the University. From 1973 to 1999 he taught at Himachal Pradesh University. A popular teacher who inspired generations of students, he also played a vital role in building Left politics in that state. His writings on Indian politics, political theory, federalism, democracy, modernity and Left politics have helped to shape many of the academic and political debates of the past three decades. He returned to Hyderabad in the late 1990s and taught at the English and Foreign Languages University from which he retired in 2005. He was Chairman of the Indian Council for Social Science Research from 2008 to 2011. In his retirement, he lives in Hyderabad with his wife Jayanti.

Planter Raj to Swaraj – Freedom Struggle and Electoral Politics in Assam

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Amalendu Guha

June 2014

9.5 x 6.25 inches
xxviii + 366 pages
Paperback
ISBN: 978-93-82381-34-1
Rs 550

This is a re-issue of Amalendu Guha’s influential work on Assam and the North-East more than thirty years after its original publication, with a new Introduction by the author. Guha’s analysis extends from Assam in 1826, the year of the British annexation, to the post-independence conditions in 1950.

The peculiar features of the region’s plantation economy; the imperialism of opium cultivation; the problems of a steady influx of immigrants and the backlash of a local linguistic chauvinism; peasants’ and workers’ struggles; the evolution of the ryot sabhas, the Congress, trade unions and, later, the Communist Party – such are the themes that receive attention in this book, alongside an analysis of legislative and administrative processes.

The narrative is structured chronologically within an integrated Marxist framework of historical perspective, and is based on a wide range of primary sources.

Amalendu Guha is an eminent historian whose work covers twentieth century Afghanistan, medieval Assam, and from the saga of the early Parsi capitalists to tribal unrest in post-colonial North-East India. Trained as an economist, Guha has taught at Darrang College, Tezpur, the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, and the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has been Professor of History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, and a member of both the Indian Council of Social Science Research and the Indian Council of Historical Research.

Cover design: Ram Rahman