Parvati Sharma’s debut, The Dead Camel and Other Stories of Love, earned her a cult following for its depictions of love and sexuality in urban India, and its ‘lightness [and] lucidity’.Her novella, Close to Home, was acclaimed as ‘tender, acute and pulsing with real Indian life’. She has also written a book for children, The Story of Babur. Sharma lives in New Delhi, where she has studied English literature and Indian history, and worked as a travel writer, editor and journalist.
The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.
Over the past decades, the term "Anthropocene" has climbed into the popular imagination - a name given to the geologic era we live in now, one defined by human intervention in the life of the planet. But however sanguine you might be about the proposition that we have ravaged the natural world, which we surely have, it is another thing entirely to consider the possibility that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial a climate system that will now go to war with us for many centuries, perhaps until it destroys us. In the meantime, it will remake us, transforming every aspect of the way we live-the planet no longer nurturing a dream of abundance, but a living nightmare.
David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor of New York magazine, where he also writes frequently about climate change and the near future of science and technology. In July 2017 he published a cover story surveying the landscape of worst-case scenarios for global warming that became an immediate sensation, reaching millions of readers on its first day and, in less than a week, becoming the most-read story the magazine had ever published -and sparking an unprecedented debate, ongoing still today among scientists and journalists, about just how we should be thinking, and talking, about the planetary threat from climate change.
What is the nation? What is the idea of India? Whose India is it, anyway?This inaugural volume in the series titled Rethinking India aims to kickstart a national dialogue on the key questions of our times. It brings together India's foremost intellectuals, academics, activists, technocrats, professionals and policymakers to offer an in-depth exploration of these issues, deriving from their long-standing work, experience and unflinching commitment to the collective idea of India, of who we can and ought to be. Vision for a Nation: Paths and Perspectives champions a plural, inclusive, just, equitable and prosperous India, committed to individual dignity as the foundation of the unity and vibrancy of the nation.In order to further disseminate these ideas-the vision for the nation as aspirationally reflected in the Constitution-this book provides a positive counter-narrative to reclaim the centrality of a progressive, deeply plural and forward-looking and inclusive India. It serves as a fresh reminder of our shared and shareable overlapping values and principles, and collective heritage and resources. The essays in the book are meaningful to anyone with an interest in contemporary Indian politics, South Asian studies, modern Indian history, law, sociology, media and journalism.
Ashis Nandy has worked on the topics of mass violence, human potentialities, cultures of knowledge systems, and alternative visions of the future. Aakash Singh Rathore is a philosopher of international repute and has written eighteen books that range from political philosophy, law and religion to literature, sports and wine.
इस पुस्तक में धर्म की आवश्यकता, धर्म की प्रेरणा और नई विश्व व्यवस्था, हिंदू धर्म, हिंदू समाज और नारी का स्थान और युद्ध और शांति विषयक दार्शनिक विचारों के निबंध व्यक्तत्वय के रूप में संग्रहित हैं, जो लेखक ने कमला भाषण पीठ, कलकत्ता विश्वविद्यालय में समय-समय पर दिए हैं|
डॉ॰ राधाकृष्णन भारत के प्रथम उप-राष्ट्रपति (1952-1962) और द्वितीय राष्ट्रपति रहे। वे भारतीय संस्कृति के संवाहक, प्रख्यात शिक्षाविद, महान दार्शनिक, एक महान लेखक और एक आस्थावान हिन्दू विचारक थे। उनके इन्हीं गुणों के कारण सन् 1954 में भारत सरकार ने उन्हें सर्वोच्च सम्मान भारत रत्न से अलंकृत किया था। उनका जन्मदिन (5 सितम्बर) भारत में शिक्षक दिवस के रूप में मनाया जाता है|
The Battle for Pakistan showcases a marriage of convenience between unequal partners. The relationship between Pakistan and the United States since the early 1950s has been nothing less than a whiplash-inducing rollercoaster ride. Today, surrounded by hostile neighbours, with Afghanistan increasingly under Indian influence, Pakistan does not wish to break ties with the US. Nor does it want to become a vassal of China and get caught in the vice of a US-China rivalry, or the Arab-Iran conflict.
Internally, massive economic and demographic challenges as well as the existential threat of armed militancy pose huge obstacles to Pakistan's development and growth. Could its short-run political miscalculations in the Obama years prove too costly? Can the Trump administration help salvage this relationship?
Based on extensive travel in the region, frequent policy interactions and many on-the-record interviews with key leaders, The Battle for Pakistan untangles the complex US relationship in the past decade. Shuja Nawaz identifies the path forward, provided US and Pakistani leaders make the right choices for the longer term.
The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that ‘one loved money, one loved power and one loved her country’, but there was far more to the soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of Wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical role, and left an indelible mark on history. Red sister, ching-ling, married sun yat-sen, founding father of the Chinese Republic, and later became mao’s vice-chair. Little sister, may-ling, was Madame chiang kai-shek, first lady of the pre-communist nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big sister, ei-ling, was chiang’s unofficial main adviser. She made herself one of China’s richest women – and her husband chiang’s prime Minister. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant attacks and mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. The relationship between them was highly charged emotionally, especially once they had embraced opposing political camps and ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters’ world. big sister, little sister, red sister </is a gripping story of love, war, exile, intrigue, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a monumental journey, from canton to Hawaii and new York, from exiles’ quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the Compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape the history of twentieth-century China.
The year 1971 exists everywhere in Bangladesh-on its roads, in sculptures, in its museums and oral history projects, in its curriculum, in people's homes and their stories, and in political discourse. It marks the birth of the nation, it's liberation. More than 1000 miles away, in Pakistan too, 1971 marks a watershed moment, its memories sitting uncomfortably in public imagination. It is remembered as the 'Fall of Dacca', the dismemberment of Pakistan or the third Indo-Pak war. In India, 1971 represents something else-the story of humanitarian intervention, of triumph and valour that paved the way for India's rise as a military power, the beginning of its journey to becoming a regional superpower.Navigating the widely varied terrain that is 1971 across Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, Anam Zakaria sifts through three distinct state narratives, and studies the institutionalization of the memory of the year and its events. Through a personal journey, she juxtaposes state narratives with people's history on the ground, bringing forth the nuanced experiences of those who lived through the war. Using intergenerational interviews, textbook analyses, visits to schools and travels to museums and sites commemorating 1971, Zakaria explores the ways in which 1971 is remembered and forgotten across countries, generations and communities.
Anam Zakaria is an oral historian and the author of Between the Great Divide: A Journey into Pakistan-Administered Kashmir and The Footprints of Partition: Narratives of Four Generations of Pakistanis and Indians, which won her the 2017 KLF German Peace Prize. She works as a development professional and cultural facilitator, and writes frequently on issues of conflict and peace in South Asia. Her work has appeared in Dawn, Wire, Scroll and Al Jazeera. Born and raised in Lahore, Anam currently lives in Toronto. 1971 is her third book.
Every 26th January, people gather on New Delhi's Rajpath amidst a colourful jamboree of fluttering flags, marching soldiers and dancing children. What is celebrated on this day is at the heart of our democracy-the magnificent Constitution of India.
The document didn't only lay down the law but united India with a vision that took two years, eleven months and seventeen days to realise. Subhadra Sen Gupta captures the many momentous occasions in Indian history that led to its making in The Constitution of India for Children. Populated with facts and dotted with cheerful illustrations, this book provides answers to innumerable questions asked over the years.
Which language is our Constitution written in?Were women a part of the team that drafted the Constitution?Why do political parties have symbols next to their names?What is the official language of India?
An essential handbook for every student and denizen of India, here is a compendium of knowledge that serves as an insightful introduction to the most important document of Independent India.
Heaven is a thirty-year-old slum hidden between brand-new, high-rise apartment buildings and technology incubators in contemporary Bangalore. In this tight-knit community, five girls on the cusp of womanhood-a politically driven graffiti artist; a transgender Christian convert; a blind girl who loves to dance; and the queer daughter of a hijabi union leader-forge an unbreakable bond.When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.Elegant, poetic, and vibrant, A People's History of Heaven takes a clear-eyed look at adversity and geography and dazzles in its depiction of love and female friendship
Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D., is a writer, educator, and activist. She previously served as senior policy adviser to former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an assistant vice president at Sesame Workshop, and a public school teacher in Texas and New York. She has received numerous honors, including a Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship and a Jacob Javits Fellowship.
Aakash Singh Rathore is a philosopher of international repute, the author of seven books (including A Philosophy of Autobiography: Body & Text), and a regular contributor to the Indian Express and Outlook magazine with bylines in the Times of India, Firstpost and Huffington Post. He is also India's No. 3 Ironman triathlete and a social media influencer. Rathore has taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi, as well as at Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, Humboldt University of Berlin and LUISS University, Rome. He is International Fellow of the Centre for Ethics and Global Politics, Rome, and Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Rathore is also the series editor of Rethinking India (fourteen volumes, forthcoming 2019-20) and co-editor of its first volume, Vision for a Nation: Paths and Perspectives (with Ashis Nandy). He is also series editor of Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought (Routledge) and Religion and Democracy: Reconceptualizing Religion, Culture, and Politics in Global Context (Oxford). His eighteen books, some of which he has edited, have been published by leading international publishers and range from political philosophy, law and religion to literature, sports and wine.
The real India remains buried under the news of natural disasters and poverty the existence of which you cannot deny, but you can still see all its beauty, and magic. This work covers India, the most exotic place of this fascinating continent.
"Tarun Chopra is an internationally acclaimed photographer who has produced some of the most stunning photographic art books on India. Each book of his has been a commercial success story in itself, with some titles well into their tenth edition. Art connoisseurs from across the globe collect his photographs. At present, Tarun is working on a project called Threads of Compassion, for which he is travelling around the world and interviewing and photographing world religious readers in their own habitat. The pursuit of this endeavor has made him trek to the Tikal Jungles in Guatemala to meet the Mayan leader, accompany Chief Rabbi to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and photograph the Chief Priest of Greek Orthodox Church conducting the Mass in Athens. "
The building of forts and palaces has always been regarded as a symbol of dynastic pride. There are hundreds of forts in different parts of the country and a vast number of them survive in sheer ruins. In the present book. Dr Sahai has selected only a few of these magnificent forts and palaces for the modern reader, aiming at creating a greater awareness about the preservation of our tremendous architectural heritage
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