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Destruction of the Babri Masjid: A National Dishonour is a sequel to The Babri Masjid Question 1528–2003: ‘A Matter of National Honour’, published in 2003 in two volumes – a compilation by A.G. Noorani of documents and primary source material on various aspects of the Ram Janmabhoomi–Babri Masjid dispute, covering the demolition of the Masjid on 6 December 1992, and the legal proceedings in the civil suits and criminal cases up to mid-2003. The present volume brings the narrative up to date. It covers the three Allahabad High Court judgments, the Liberhan Commission Report, the tortuous course of the criminal cases, and disclosures and developments in the last decade – from 2003 till the end of 2013. An Introduction surveys the events before and after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, and analyses the judgments delivered by the three judges of the Allahabad High Court in 2010.
‘In the courts of law and justice, the civil and criminal cases concerning the title to the Babri Masjid and accountability for its destruction, on 6 December 1992, have all but run their course. Neither legality nor justice has been conspicuous in the proceedings or in the many judgments delivered. On past form, there is little hope for redress in legal proceedings after that grave and utterly wasteful crime. . . . The forces of India’s secularism can ignore the challenges ahead only at the nation’s peril. At stake is the survival of India’s democracy and its corollary, secularism.’ (From the author’s preface)
A.G. Noorani is an Advocate, Supreme Court of India, and a leading constitutional expert and political commentator. He is a regular columnist for Frontline and the author of numerous books, including The Destruction of Hyderabad (2013), The Kashmir Dispute 1947–2012, in two volumes (2013), Islam, South Asia and the Cold War (2012), Article 370: A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir (2011), Jinnah and Tilak: Comrades in the Freedom Struggle (2010), India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947: History and Diplomacy (2010), Indian Political Trials 1775–1947 (2006), Constitutional Questions and Citizens’ Rights (2006), The Muslims of India: A Documentary Record(editor, 2003), and Islam and Jihad: Prejudice versus Reality (2003).
FROM THE PAGES OF SOCIAL SCIENTIST – Marxian Political Economy, An Introduction to ‘Capital’ – Volume I
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Social Scientist completed forty years of publication in the year 2012. To mark this occasion, it is planned tobring out a number of volumes containing articles on specific themes from past issues of the journal. Thepresent book is a part of this series. It contains a set of thirteen essays written by Professor VenkateshAthreya (under the pseudonym A.V. Balu) to provide readers with an introduction to Marxian politicaleconomy, which were published in issues of Social Scientist during the years 1976–78. They are mainlyconcerned with Volume I of Karl Marx’s Capital, with a focus on the origin of surplus value which is the keyto the anatomy of capitalism.
These essays had attracted wide attention at the time they were published, and were used extensively inMarx study circles all over the country. What distinguished them was the fact that they were authored by anoutstanding professional economist, familiar with frontier research not only in Marxist economics but inbourgeois economics as well, and with a rare mastery over mathematical and statistical techniques. Theywere therefore written with a panache and sureness of touch that one often finds lacking in standard textbooks.
Since the 1970s, when these essays were written, there have been dramatic changes in the world capitalist system which are of far- reaching economic, political and ideological significance. However, they are being presented in this book exactly as they were when first published. The central reason for this is that they did not deal with capitalism as it existed at the time they were written, except for passing references. Instead,they are an exposition of Marx’s ideas as presented in Volume I of Capital, intended for lay readers and students with an inclination to analytical thinking as well as interest in progressive thought. The book does,however, include an introduction by the author explaining the changed context.
Venkatesh Athreya, a chemical engineer-turned-development economist, served as Professor of Economics at Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu, for nearly three decades. His earlier works include Barriers Broken(co-authored with Djurfeldt and Lindberg, 1990) and Literacy and Empowerment (co-authored with SheelaRani Chunkath, 1996). He was the lead author of The Report on the State of Food Insecurity in Rural India(2008) and The Report on the State of Food Insecurity in Urban India (2010). He has written extensively on issues of agrarian change, literacy, gender, infanticide, food security, human development and political economy.
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The Kashmir Dispute 1947–2012 is a book in two volumes which traces the complex history of the long-standing dispute, and the political discontent and dissent surrounding it – relating especially to the question of the accession of the state of Jammu & Kashmir to the Union of India.
Volume 1 comprises a critical and insightful introduction by the author based on recently published material, as well as a selection of both archival and contemporary documents, which highlight some important episodes in the history of the formation of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and provide a background to the current political reality. Volume 2 is a collection of the author’s articles published over the last five decades in various dailies, journals and books. Divided thematically into seven sections – namely, The Indo–Pak Dispute, The Internal Dimension, Pakistan-Administered Kashmir, Russian Views on Kashmir and the Bomb, Foreign Models, and The Endgame – it provides an important perspective to the issues that are raised.
Through these two volumes, the author successfully brings to light many hitherto unknown or forgotten issues and facts relating to the troubled history of this state, supporting his arguments with a rigour that the readers are sure to appreciate.
A.G. Noorani is an Advocate, Supreme Court of India, and a leading constitutional expert and political commentator. He is a regular columnist for Frontline and the author of numerous books, including Islam, South Asia and the Cold War (2012), Article 370: A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir (2011), Jinnah and Tilak: Comrades in the Freedom Struggle (2010), India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947: History and Diplomacy (2010),Indian Political Trials 1775–1947 (2006), Constitutional Questions and Citizens’ Rights (2006), The Muslims of India: A Documentary Record (editor, 2003), Islam and Jihad: Prejudice versus Reality(2003), and The Babri Masjid Question 1528–2003: ‘A Matter of National Honour’, in two volumes (2003).
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Islam, South Asia & The Cold War is a collection of articles written by A.G. Noorani over the last twenty-five years, and published in various dailies and journals to which he has been a regular contributor, including Frontline, The Statesman, The Indian Express, The Illustrated quarterly Criterion.
The book is divided into three thematic sections – Islam and Muslims, South Asian Themes and Ravages of the Cold War – and provides interesting insights into the issues dealt with, from the perspective of a leading political commentator and legal expert of our times.
A.G. Noorani is Advocate, Supreme Court of India, and a leading constitutional expert and political commentator. He is a regular columnist for Frontline and the author of numerous books, including: Articles 370: A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir (2010), Jinnah and Tilak: Comrades in the Freedom Struggle (2010), India-China Boundary Problem 1846–1947: History and Diplomacy (2010), Indian Political Trials, 1775–1947(2006), Constitutional Questions and Citizens’ Rights (2006), The Muslims of India: A Documentary Record (editor, 2003), Islam and Jihad: Prejudice versus Reality (2003), and the two-volume The Babri Masjid Question 1528-2003: ‘A Matter of National Honour’ (editor, 2003).
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The history of ‘actually existing’ capitalism is one of the conquest and submission of Asia, Africa and Latin America to the imperialist rule of Europe, the United States and Japan. The twentieth century witnessed the first wave of liberation of nations of the South, and the 21st century will see the emergence of a second wave of emancipation of these countries, which will change the face of the world. The simultaneous anti-imperialist dimension of the struggles in these nations will pose a challenge to capitalism. Decisive advances towards socialism in the 21st century will create the basis for a revival of internationalism among working classes peoples of the world, as against the cosmopolitanism of the oligarchies who currently manage capitalist-imperialist globalization.
Samir Amin, born in 1931, is a reputed author of numerous books. He had been an active and committed intellectual associated with liberation movements of Asia and Africa during the Bandung era (1955-80), and is currently Director of the Third World Forum and Chairperson of the World Forum for Alternatives.
“As far as a theoretical exposition and an analytical treatise on the political economy of the planet go, Samir Amin’s From Capitalism to Civilization is remarkably concise.
The reason why this book rises way above the pedantic is the sheer sweep, scope and dimension of Amin’s vision….This reviewer is surely echoing the desires of many other others by saying that we eagerly await Samir Amin’s analysis of the global economic crisis that acquired a spectacular dimension with the collapse of the Wall Street conglomerates in mid-September 2008, when the consequences of the greed and venality of a few spread like contagion, adversely impacting the lives of the underprivileged across the world.”
–Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Biblio, July-August 2010