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    Reading the Margins is a compilation of scholarly articles attempting to engage the academia several questions like what is a margin? Or what is marginality? Who are the margins? Or who are in the margins? How has the center tried to subvert the history, culture and literature of the Margins? And how the margins are forging towards the center and carving out a space for themselves, a space for history, culture and literature of their own.
    This book highlights various kinds of marginal groups: the Blacks, the aboriginals, Dalits, Tribes, religious minorities, sexual minorities, and disability. Discourses built on these issues, surely this book is an attempt to create a society with equality, truth and justice

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    All citizens were given equal opportunity before the law but the fact remained that the social system which was prevailing for thousands of years in India, did not allow this to happen so easily. The majority of political parties in India use the people based on their Caste and Religion as a vote bank for favouring some segments of society and thereby depriving the right of other communities, which was guaranteed by the Constitution. Even today, thousands of people are subjected to caste discrimination and the capability of a person is still determined by caste by Social Order. The former Untouchables have a different socio-economic environment in which their upbringing takes place and it has an effect on achieving proficiency in their chosen profession and career.

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    बाबा साहेब अम्बेड्कर के महापरिनिर्वाण के बाद उनके अनुयायियो ने बहुत मेहनत से अम्बेड्करी विचारधारा का झंडा बुलंद किया और अधिकांश लोगो का फोकस समाज और सांस्कृतिक परिवर्तन रहा. सत्ताधारियो ने महत्वाकांक्षी लोगो को प्रलोभन देकर उनकी राजनितिक विरासत को जरूर कुंद किया लेकिन अम्बेड्करी मिशन की ताकत उसका विचार और सांस्कृतिक परिवर्तन का भाव ही रहा. श्री भगवान दास, एल आर बाली, सदानंद फुलझले, एन जी ऊके, के जमनादास उस दौर के उन लोगो मे थे जिन्होने बाबा साहेब के साथ काम किया और उनके मिशन को आगे ले जाने मे बेहद बडी भूमिका निभाई. राजा ढाले ने दलित पैंथर्स के जरिये, कुमुद पावडे ने अम्बेड्करी नारीवादी अंदोलन के जरिये और विजय सुरवाडे ने अपने ऐतिहासिक दस्तावेजीकरण के जरिए नई बातो को लोगो के सामने रखा और और अम्बेड्करी विचार धारा को बढाने मे बहुत महत्वपूर्ण कार्य किया. 80 के दशक मे वी टी राजशेखर ने दलित वायस के द्वारा बहुजन आंदोलन को एक बेहद मज़बूत धार दी. भदंत नागार्जुन सुरई ससई, जो जापान से आये लेकिन भारत मे ही बस गये, ने बौद्ध गया आंदोलन के लिये बहुत बडी लडाई लडी. ष्री मनोहर मौली विश्वास ने बंगाल मे अम्बेड्करी साहित्य को मज़बूत करने मे बहुत बडी भूमिका निभाई है. श्री धर्म कीर्ति जी ने आगरा मे ऐतिहासिक रामलीला मैदान मे बाबा साहेब को सुना और वहा बुद्ध विहार के उद्घाटन के अवसर भी मौजूद थे. आज के दौर मे अम्बेड्करी विचारधारा की दिशा के एक बेहद महत्वपूर्ण आलोचक है आनन्द तेलतुम्बडे जिनका विस्तृत साक्षात्कार भी इस पुस्तक मे है. हिंदी मे यह पहला वाल्युम है और उम्मीद है इसके बाद की कडिया भी नये लोगो के साथ आयेंगी. इस पुस्तक मे प्रस्तुत हर एक साक्षात्कार इतिहास का एक दस्तावेज है और अम्बेड्करी-बहुजन आंदोलन की दशा और दिशा को समझने मे मदद करेगा.

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    यह पुस्तक विद्या भूषण रावत द्वारा देवरिया और कुशीनगर जनपद मे मुशहर समुदाय मे उनके द्वारा देखे गई घटनाओ का आंखो देखा विवरण है जो कुशीनगर मे भूख से हो रही मौतो के बारे मे मुशहर समाज के प्रश्नो को राष्टट्रीय और अंतराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उठाने के बाद से 1998-99 से शुरु हुई. उत्तर प्रदेश के विभिन्न जनपदो विशेषकर चित्रकूट, फतेह्पुर, कानपुर देहात, गाजीपुर, सोनभद्र, लखीमपुर खीरी, मऊ, गोरखपुर, देवरिया और कुशीनगर मे भूमि और भूख के प्रश्नो को लेकर उन्होने न केवल स्वैच्छिक संगठनो के लोगो को अपने अधिकारॉ और कर्तव्यो की जानकारी और ट्रैनिंग दी अपितु उन्हे इन प्रश्नो को कानूनी तरीको से उठाने के तरीके भी बताये.

    ये एक प्रकार से इस क्षेत्र में मुशहर समाज के संघर्षो का एक अच्छा दस्तावेज है और अन्य लोगो को प्रेरणा देगी. एक और मज़ेदार बात यह है

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    a fantastic work in compiling Bengali language poetry (translated to English) written by nine poets – Dronacharya Ghosh (1948-1972), Murari Mukhopadhyay (1945-1971), Timir Baran Sinha (1949-1971), Amiya Chattopadhyay (1940/41-1971), Ashutosh Majumdar (1945/46-1971),  Tushar Chandra (1943/44-1971), Kalachand Dalal (1921-1972), Sudipto Bandyopadhyay {1952(?) – disappeared with encephalitis while underground)} and Saroj Dutta (1915-1971). The similarities between these men are that all of them had joined the Naxalite Movement in the late 1960s and that all of them have fallen martyrs to police action in the early 1970s during the rule of the United Front Government in West Bengal.

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    No study of this kind has been attempted so far. Here is an effort been made to study the resistance shown by the village society of Maharashtra during the Maratha Rule, and this aspect has been framed in the present thesis as a military culture and how the famous Koregaon battle has been fought by the Mahar Community at Koregaon. How this entire history has been seen today. It is the first effort made to bring to light the original thoughts, ideas and materials on this subject that had remained untapped hitherto.
    The primary sources for this thesis have been drawn from Maharashtra State Archives, Mumbai, National Archives of India, New Delhi, Pune Archives and the Peshwe Daftars available in Pune. Private papers and contemporary records of Bharat Itihas Sanshodhan Mandal, Pune have also been consulted Journals and periodicals, as well as reports from Native Newspapers, have been used. A special effort has been made to bring the oral History aspect in this thesis by taking interviews through questionnaires to arrive at the right conclusion.

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    This volume will give you an insight into the #MeToo movement as it is happening in India and the way it should be taking to bring justice to millions of rural women especially belonging to Adivasi/Dalit/OBC communities. This book is a search for justice. This book also is a tool for empowering women.

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    Through a combination of desk and field study, this research attempts to look at the curricular and pedagogic aspects of social science education being imparted in schools. It is a comparative analysis of various social science curricula, with a focus on what has traditionally been taught as ‘Civics’. The sample students for the field study have been drawn from upper primary classes of municipal schools, as well as a private school in Mumbai. While the prime focus of the study is on the curricular aspects, a brief attempt has also been made at analyzing the role of teachers in the teaching-learning process. A central theme that revolves around the interpretation of the term ‘patriotism’ has been chosen to understand the impact of the various curricula on students.

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    This thesis book is an attempt to explore the tussle between freedom of expression and religion in India. Based on a Case study with small sample size, this study does not claim to fix any problem or to create any new theories. This study has explored perception of Hindu and Muslim graduate students in three universities, located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, particularly on the conflict between freedom of expression and religious intolerance in India. This study showed India’s response in tolerating religion over freedom of expression as a product of its unique multicultural situation where dialogues among communities is dialogically constituted and collective principles are generated within a particular moral and political structure. Within scope of Indian style of secularism, as found out in this Case study, absolute freedom of expression is neither required nor possible.

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    Intersections between caste and gender are dealing with the ways and circumstances in which caste and patriarchy work together. Caste system always acts as representatives through which the whole setup for the subordination of women particular lower caste women are constructed. The collective forces of caste tradition, patriarchy and untouchability have made lower caste women lives very miserable they are denied socio-economic, political, education, cultural opportunities and rights and still forced to perform inhuman, dangerous and unprotected work. Further, the key criteria are caste attitudes towards lower caste women because dominant caste always claiming superior status of caste purity against the low or impure status of the lower caste women and committed sexual violence and atrocities as a punishment to challenges traditions and norms of caste and gender and assertion of power. The systemic factors of caste, patriarchy and gender controls over lower caste women are seen in their living arrangements, resources and livelihood, right to work, women’s rights over their bodies and decisions, controlling of sexuality of women, and revenge attacks. Exploration of the various forms of deprivation and harsh reality of the caste and gender discrimination, violence and struggle that lower caste women face everyday of their miserable lives. Caste based discrimination and atrocities continue and widespread as well as sexual violence are rampant and controlling lower caste women as a way of taking caste revenge which means caste has played major role in protecting and maintaining their interest this mindset run through with hierarchical practices in society. Though the increased control and violation of lower caste women’s rights are biggest characteristics of the intersections of caste and gender that clearly represent caste needs to be understood in gendered structure.

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    Caste & Gender Intersections by: Hemlata Kheria  325.00  250.00
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    Consent remains the most important part of democracy and all the land conflicts world over happens because of denial of it to those who get affected by a project hence it becomes essential for peacebuilding as well as strengthening democracy. Land essentially is a state subject in India and therefore state laws and the consent parts in them should be understood in all the right perspective. The importance of this volume is that it consists of not just activists who have been working on the issue for long but some of them have also been engaged in academic exercise. This book is about India and its land laws. The bone of contention was to remove the consent clause as it was becoming an ‘obstacle’ for those who wish to acquire people’s land in the name of ‘National Interest’.

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    Land for “Development” by: Vidya Bhushan Rawat  675.00  430.00
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    Understanding Ambedkarism through the eyes of Ambedkarites like M/s Bhagwan Das, L R Balley, V T Rajshekar, Raja Dhale, Vijay Surwade and many others as well as those who may not claim to be Ambedkarite yet remained supporters of the movement and vision that Dr Ambedkar espoused for such as Dr R M Pal and Mr Anand Patwardhan. You will read Mr Anand Teltumbde’s fierce critique but also Mr A K Biswas and Manohar Biswas’s narratives about dominance of brahmanical politics in West Bengal.  The conversations are wide ranging with activists as well as human rights defenders in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and United States of America. For the first time, here is a book that give you indepth understanding of caste, race, class and other ethnic issues. The conversations are also about Dravidian legacy of EVR Periyar as well as the issues of Chakmas in Bangladesh too. The Dalit question in Nepal is well discussed with an Ambedkarite as well as one leader of the left movement in Nepal. Read the fascinating work of Ambedkarites in UK through the prism of Ms Santosh Dass, Mr Arun Kumar and Mr Bishan Dass Bains. A well explained interview with Prof Kevin Brown about the issues of African American as well as his fascination towards Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar.

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    57 well-curated articles on Beef and the politics around it, how it has affected the social fabric of India and the people, their lives and economy. Highlights the Idea of India, the constitutional India and how the nation is turning to a fascist regime

    Articles by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. B R Ambedkar, along with contempory writers viz. Afroz Alam, Aftab Alam, B.F.Firos, Binu Mathew, Cynthia Stephen, Dr Akhileshwari Ramagoud,  Gaurav Jain, George Abraham, Imran Khan, K.P. Sasi, Kavita Srivastava, Manali Chakrabarti, Megha Bahl, Sharmila Purkayastha, Mohammad Ashraf, Neha Saigal, Oliver Dsouza, Parul Verma, Parvez Alam, Prof. Shah Alam Khan, Ram Puniyani, Sally Dugman, Samar, Satya Sagar, Shamsul Islam, Sheshu Babu, Subhash Gatade, Suhail Qasim Mir, Sukumaran C V, Susmit Isfaq, T Navin & Vidya Bhushan Rawat

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    The Political Economy of Beef Ban by: Binu Mathew  625.00  549.00
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    The book is based on the 2016 Indian demonetisation. It revolves around demonetisation’s objectives stated by the Government as a measure to attack on black Money, terrorism, counterfeit currency and making cash-less, further corrected to less-cash economy. The book weighed these stated objectives and assessed whether objectives will be achieved by this demonetisation. In addition to three Indian demonetisations, the book covers 16 demonetisations across the globe and 14 demonetisation-like events. Analysed demonetisation on the basis of cost-benefit analysis, the book has also covered impact of demonetisation on major industries like FMCG, Realty, Power, infrastructure, etc. and on prime economic indicators like GDP, GVA, CRR, repo rate, inflation, etc

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    We are all star dust. From the searing hot liquid magma inside the earth to the dying polar bears in the Arctic, from the rainbow in the sky to the enigmatic Mona Lisa, from the first microbe to the most powerful man on earth are made up of stardust. We are all connected. Human beings in their unbridled hubris forget this basic fact. Human beings in their insatiable greed, devastate and destroy our only living home, our mother earth. This volume is an effort to connect the dots

    We seek the connections between energy, environment, politics and geopolitics. We seek the peaceful coexistence of human beings on earth, in harmony with nature. We seek ways to protect our mother earth which is being devastated by ecological degradation and climate change. We ask the question, why should we use fossil fuels, which write a death certificate for the earth. We ask what do we do if fossil fuels, which built a modern civilisation, run out. Do we have a plan B? What is preventing the use of renewable energy as an alternative?

    If we continue to fight resource wars endlessly will it not lead to a nuclear winter? If we fight among each other for religious, ethnic, linguistic… differences can we have peace on earth? Is peace possible at all? What is the future of our children, our grandchildren? Will they have a future? Are we destroying their future with our rapacious greed? This volume will raise all these questions. This volume will also present some meaningful solutions to the crises we collectively face.

    Countercurrents.org puts forward a worldview that energy intensive globalisation should end and it must be replaced by a low energy, ecologically sustainable local economies. If humanity is to survive, the destructive system of capitalism and consumerism must be replaced by an economic system which is based on just equitable distribution and need based use of resources. We strive to reach this goal with our motto, “Educate! Organize! Agitate!”

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    Aditya and Anjali are classmates, they become friends and gradually Aditya falls in love with Anjali, he proposes her and she replies with a ‘No’, later she confesses her love to him and they being their happy relationship.
    Everything was going smooth between them, they both were enjoying each others company, and being a beautiful couple anyone would envy. Suddenly Anjali starts to ignore Aditya, stops receiving his calls, stops replying his messages.
    What is the reason for this change of behaviour, what can Aditya do to win her back and how?

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    &.. so it all started.. by: Abhishek Salve  299.00  249.00
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    The authors stress the fact that education which is just seen as a tool to impart knowledge and skills can be also be used as an effective tool to redress the issue of conflicts resolution in the society. The book emphasise the fact that, the way we define peace today is a based on the various concerns faced by humanity at various junctures of history. She describes how education was seen a vital tool by the western countries after the two world wars to impart knowledge about peace and conflict resolution. In recent years India has also started to acknowledge the importance of education in conflict resolution and it is visible in the manual published by NCERT. NCRET has recognised that only approach towards providing knowledge on various cultures to student and inculcating right values to support the task of nation building is not sufficient and an effective education for peace has to address conflict and has to prepare students to deal with this conflict. Pedagogy of peace linked to conflict resolution has to take into account structures and process of society that generate and strengthen conflict situation. In short it has to be three dimensional approaches. First it has to address the attitude of wider society; second it has to refer to the issue of under development and lastly an adoption of preventive measures and an effective social justice delivering mechanism.

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    Heritage and Harmony (Mystic and Bhakti Saints of Hinduism) explores the similarities and common grounds that the spiritual saints of many religions have created between as is seen through the work and life of Sufi and Bhakti saints. The conceptualisation of different religions being antagonistic to each other is a historical and can also be termed propaganda. There are various ways of looking at religion; Religion may be interpreted religiously/spiritually, ontologically, sociologically, historically and psychologically. Religion in its ordinarily accepted sense means a personal relationship with some divine or transcendent person to whom one submits and to whom he/she prays for material advantages or for spiritual and moral enlightenment. The author elaborates on the different conceptualisation of religion and it understands in a chronological order through the example of the Bhakti and Sufi Saints.  “

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    Heritage of Harmony by: Dr. T C Roy  100.00  80.00