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.
The Pamirs is a faithful first-hand daily record of an year’s expedition on horseback and foot through Kashmir, Ladakh, Western Tibet, Chinese Tartary, and the Pamirs undertaken by the author and his friend Major Roche and the author’s subsequent journey alone through Russian Central Asia to the Caspian Sea in 1892-93.
Extremely interesting and very informative, the narrative makes you feel as if you have yourselves lived the events of the day during that arduous expedition and have been a part of the travel. The book throws valuable light on the historical, political, and socioeconomic conditions in this troubled region of the world.
First published in 1893, in two illustrated volumes, this set has been out-of-print for long and we are, therefore, making it available again in a single volume limited edition for the benefit of all those interested in Central Asian studies.
Essays of Lord Macaulay on Robert Clive and Warren Hastings are perhaps known to every English household; but they refer to more episodes in the history, and are wanting in that familiarity with native character and forms of thought which is essential to a right appreciation of the great collision between Europe and Asia that has been going on in India for the last two centuries.
The truth is that the preparation of a history of India, political and religious, is a far more difficult and laborious task than is generally imagined.
The author began work at Madras under every possible advantage. There were libraries containing almost unique collections of books pertaining to India. To these were added the government records at Madras, which were freely opened to the author by Sir Charles Trevelyan, who was at that time Governor.
The writer has no desire to carry the reader into his workshop, or to dwell on the extent of his labors. It will suffice to say that having sounded the depths of his ignorance, he has since then lost no opportunity, official or literary, to perfect his knowledge of Indian history.
His history of British India is now given for the first time in the present volumes. It is an entirely independent work, drawn direct from the fountain head, after a study of the records of the Government of India, official reports and parliamentary blue books, and annals, memoirs, travels, or correspondences, as have been found to yield historical materials.
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: Y4027 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
Given the salience of ideologised forms of religion in fanning or justifying conflicts in different parts of the world today, formulating new understandings of religion that can play a positive role in promoting inter community relations and social justice is an urgent necessity. This is as true of the Islamic case as it is of all other religions. This book, a collection of interviews with Indian and Pakistani Muslim activists and ulema, seeks to provide a broad perspective on a socially engaged understanding of Islam that tries to creatively deal with several issues of contemporary concern, particularly those relating to inter faith relations, social justice and peace. ISBN: 8188869098 Publisher: GLOBAL MEDIA PUBLICATIONS
Never before has a single volume featured non-fiction writing by women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh on the Partition of India. Here, for the first time, are Ismat Chughtai, Sara Suleri, Anis Kidwai, Phulrenu Guha, Meghna Guhathakurta, Shehla Shibli, Manikuntala Sen. Kamlaben Patel and many others, speaking and writing about communalism and literature; what they learnt from refugees; what partition means to them 50 years later; and how they define themselves—Hindus? Muslims? Indians? Pakistanis? Bengalis? All of these or none? Either or neither? Not-Indian-not-Pakistani? Bangladeshi not Pakistani? Above all, their accounts raise that most troubling question: do women have a country? An unusual mix of memoirs, interviews, reminiscences and reflective essays, this anthology is the first attempt to present women’s perspective on the partition of India, based on the experience of three countries. ISBN: 9694025044 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