A few weeks after India detonated a thermonuclear device in 1998, Arundhati Roy wrote ‘The End of Imagination’. The essay attracted worldwide attention as the voice of a brilliant Indian writer speaking out with clarity and conscience against nuclear weapons. Over the next three and a half years, she wrote a series of political essays on a diverse range of momentous subjects: from the illusory benefits of big dams, to the downside of corporate globalization and the US Government’s war against terror. First published in 2001, The Algebra of Infinite Justice brings together all of Arundhati Roy’s political writings so far. This revised paperback edition includes two new essays, written in early 2002: ‘Democracy: Who’s She When She’s at Home’, that examines the horrific communal violence in Gujarat, and ‘War Talk: Summer Games with Nuclear Bombs’, about the threat of nuclear war in the Subcontinent. ISBN: 9789694025292 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
The book is a document written in 1946 regarding the genesis of the Muslim League’s demand for Pakistan. It was submitted to the Communist Party of India for discussion. Due to the hectic political activities, partition and its aftermath and change in the CPI leadership in 1948 etc. this discussion did not take place. In this book Ashraf traces the genesis of the Hindu-Muslim question and shows that at various phases the two communities had very closely cooperated in the freedom movement and how, again through stages they drifted away to reach a stage of no compromise and insistence on partition. Through profuse documentation Ashraf demonstrates the evolution of Congress-league relationship from serious cooperation to its total disruption. ISBN: 8187365250 Publisher: SUNRISE PUBLICATIONS
Visits to High Tartary, Yarkand and Kashgar, written over a century ago, tells the story of a British tea-planter, Robert Shaw, who found himself caught up in the Great Game. So christened by one of its earliest players, the Great Game grew out of intense Anglo-Russian rivalry in Asia during the nineteenth century.
The shadowy contest began in earnest in the 1830s, when the two powers sought to extend their frontiers and influence into Central Asia. By the 1860s and 1870s, Britain and Russia found themselves all but facing each other across the unmapped deserts and unexplored passes of the region.
According to Shaw’s own account, it ‘was the prospect of ‘opening up’ Central Asia as a market for Indian tea, spiced with the possibility of being the first Englishman to visit the almost legendary towns of Chinese Turkistan, that decided him, in 1868, to make his now celebrated journey to Yarkand and Kashgar.
India Wins Freedom has at last won its own freedom. The full text of this autobiographical narrative was confined, under seal, in the National Library, Calcutta, and in the National Archives, New Delhi, for thirty years. In 1958 the ‘narrator’ Maulana Azad and his ‘writer’ Humayun Kabir had offered for publication a slightly abridged and revised version which left out ‘incidents and reflections mainly of a personal character’. That version underwent three large printings in the first year of publication and has been reprinted many times since then.
What we now have is the complete text, released in September 1988 by a court directive. Not only have all the words and phrases of the original been reproduced; the original tone and temper have been fully restored. The text now reveals that the controversy that has simmered for so long about the hitherto unpublished pages was fully justified. Those who have read the earlier version will quickly note the points on which this account differs from the earlier one. Those who have not read the earlier volume will find the present one as new and alive as it was when completed and put away in 1958.
Many of us may not agree fully with Maulana Azad’s forthright views on persons and events of the period (1935-48) but we shall be compelled to admire anew the honesty and courage of a great son of India. ISBN: 969402014X Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
A work of great value, not merely on account of its splendid illustrations, but for the value of material it contains. This study by an adventurous traveller, an authentic and amusing writer deals in detail the Botany, Geology and Ethnology of the region and is considered a masterpiece since its first publication in 1860.
This book of travel must take a rank in the geographical literature.
Of the many problems which India and Pakistan have confronted since 1947, the most destructive has been their unsatisfactory relationship with each other.
The roots of this behavior were established during the course of events which brought about the creation and birth of Pakistan. Several conflicts later, including one which led to the dismemberment of Pakistan, the suspicion and hostility which characterizes relations between the two countries, after over 40 years as sovereign nation-states, is unparalleled in the history of international relations after the second world war.
Dennis Wright’s study focuses on the legacy of • the Sino-Indian conflict and how it sheds light on India’s perception ‘of the threat from Pakistan’. He examines the origins and aftermath of the issue of Kashmir and the Rann of Kutch, the implications of the Soviet Union’s close relationship with India and Pakistan’s with the US. He also discusses the movements for regional autonomy in Pakistan and what bearing these have had on Indo-Pak relations.
Wright’s argument is that, because both sides’ attitudes are so deeply ingrained, neither side has been in a position to act in the best interests of the peoples of the subcontinent as a whole.
The book draws on a mass of original data, including parliamentary debates of the period, UN records and documents, Indian, Pakistani and British newspapers and contemporary sources in books and journals ISBN: 9694020166 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS