Routledge India Originals

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The Routledge India Originals programme publishes research and scholarship focusing on South Asia, furthering Routledge’s tradition of excellence through academic publishing in social sciences and humanities. Our publishing includes an impressive range of monographs, edited volumes, reference works, and reports across disciplines, regions and subject areas.

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  • Digital Queer Cultures in India

    Politics, Intimacies and Belonging

    By Rohit K. Dasgupta

    Sexuality in India offers an expression of nationalist anxieties and is a significant marker of modernity through which subjectivities are formed among the middle class. This book investigates the everyday experience of queer Indian men on digital spaces. It explores how queer identities are formed…

    Hardback – 2017-03-14
    Routledge India

  • Re-Presenting Feminist Methodologies

    Interdisciplinary Explorations

    Edited by Kalpana Kannabiran, Padmini Swaminathan

    This book tracks the trajectory of gender in the social sciences and humanities through an exploration of the challenges and contradictions that confront contemporary feminist analysis as well as future directions. Drawing on research in India, the essays in the volume engage with the subject in…

    Hardback – 2017-03-14
    Routledge India

  • Rethinking Economic Development in Northeast India

    The Emerging Dynamics

    Edited by Deepak K. Mishra, Vandana Upadhyay

    Economic development of frontier and remote regions has long been a central theme of development studies. This book examines the development experience in the northeastern region in India in relation to the processes of globalisation and liberalisation of the economy. Bringing together researchers…

    Hardback – 2017-02-07
    Routledge India
    Transition in Northeastern India

  • Democratisation in the Himalayas

    Interests, Conflicts, and Negotiations

    Edited by Vibha Arora, N. Jayaram

    Democratisation is a formidable task in the Himalayan region owing to its immense cultural heterogeneity. The process of democratisation has accentuated ethnic competition, assertion of identity, and demand for ethnic homelands to protect, safeguard, and promote political and development interests…

    Hardback – 2017-01-23
    Routledge India
    Nepal and Himalayan Studies

  • Buddha to Krishna

    Life and Times of George Keyt

    By Yashodhara Dalmia

    This book traces the emergence of modernism in art in South Asia by exploring the work of the iconic artist George Keyt. Closely interwoven with his life, Keyt’s art reflects the struggle and triumph of an artist with very little support or infrastructure. He painted as he lived: full of colour,…

    Hardback – 2016-12-12
    Routledge India

  • Gandhi

    An Impossible Possibility

    By Sudhir Chandra

    For a man who made such a powerful intervention in the history of the 20th century, many of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas were misunderstood or obfuscated during his lifetime. This book draws our attention to Gandhi’s last years, particularly the marked change in his understanding of the acceptance of…

    Hardback – 2016-11-23
    Routledge India

  • Political Internet

    State and Politics in the Age of Social Media

    By Biju P. R.

    This book investigates the Internet as a site of political contestation in the Indian context. It widens the scope of the public sphere to social media, and explores its role in shaping the resistance and protest movements on the ground. The volume also explores the role of the Internet, a global…

    Hardback – 2016-11-09
    Routledge India

  • Governance in South Asia

    Edited by Rumki Basu, M. Shamsur Rahman

    This book presents a nuanced analysis of governance in South Asia. It examines a range of themes including civil service reforms, women and development, environmental governance and public sector programmes, together with the impact of globalization on local issues and its influence on governance…

    Hardback – 2016-11-09
    Routledge India

  • Macroeconomics and Markets in Developing and Emerging Economies

    By Ashima Goyal

    The book presents and further develops basic principles and concepts in international finance and open economy macroeconomics to make them more relevant for emerging and developing economies (EDEs). The volume emphasises the necessity of greater knowledge of context as populous Asian economies…

    Hardback – 2016-11-01
    Routledge India

  • The Sino-Indian War of 1962

    New perspectives

    Edited by Amit R. Das Gupta, Lorenz M. Lüthi

    The Sino-Indian border war of 1962 forms a major landmark in South Asian, Asian and Cold War history. Among others, it resulted in an unresolved conflict permanently hindering rapprochement between China and India, the establishment of the Sino-Pakistani axis, the deepening of the Sino-Soviet split…

    Hardback – 2016-11-01
    Routledge India

  • Indian Ocean and Maritime Security

    Competition, Cooperation and Threat

    Edited by Bimal N. Patel, Aruna Kumar Malik, William Nunes

    This book provides a synoptic view of the Indian Ocean and maritime security in its contested waters. Using a historical approach, it reveals vital links to events in the present day. The volume: Highlights the competition between major Asian powers to control the ‘String of Pearls’ — a reference…

    Hardback – 2016-10-31
    Routledge India

  • Women Architects and Modernism in India

    Narratives and contemporary practices

    By Madhavi Desai

    Studies on architecture in South Asia continue to ignore women in canonical histories of the discipline. This book attempts to recover the stories of the women architects whose careers nearly parallel the development of modernism in colonial and postcolonial India. Writing their experiences into…

    Hardback – 2016-10-26
    Routledge India
    Visual and Media Histories

  • The Idea of Nation and its Future in India

    By Shibani Kinkar Chaube

    This volume is a theoretico-empirical study of nations and nationalism on a global scale. It enquires if the idea of the nation, by its own logic, is feasible and whether India fulfils the requirement of nationhood with a reasonable prospect of survival. The monograph engages with the theories of…

    Hardback – 2016-10-18
    Routledge India

  • Urban Poverty, Local Governance and Everyday Politics in Mumbai

    By Joop de Wit

    This book explores the informal (political) patronage relations between the urban poor and service delivery organisations in Mumbai, India. It examines the conditions of people in the slums and traces the extent to which they are subject to social and political exclusion. Delving into the…

    Hardback – 2016-10-04
    Routledge India
    Cities and the Urban Imperative

  • The Bhagavad-Gita for the Modern Reader

    History, interpretations and philosophy

    By M. V. Nadkarni

    What is the Bhagavad-Gita? Is it just a religious text? When was it composed? How relevant is it to the modern world? This book answers these foundational questions and goes beyond. It critically examines the Bhagavad-Gita in terms of its liberal, humanist and inclusive appeal, bringing out its…

    Hardback – 2016-09-26
    Routledge India

  • Researching Geography

    The Indian context

    By Gopal Krishan, Nina Singh

    This book is a one-stop comprehensive guide to geographical inquiry. A step-by-step account of the hows and the whys of research methodology. Introduces students to the complexities of geographical perspective and thought, essentials of fieldwork, formulation of research topics, data collection,…

    Hardback – 2016-09-26
    Routledge India

  • Human Rights Mechanism in South Asia

    By Shveta Dhaliwal

    Shveta Dhaliwal teaches at the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, Patiala, India. Her areas of specialisation are geopolitics, regional human rights systems, comparative political thought and international relations. She has published more than 40 research papers and presented over…

    Hardback – 2016-09-26
    Routledge India

  • Culture and Emotional Economy of Migration

    By Badri Narayan

    This book studies how the act of migration is a motivating constituent in the production of popular culture in both the homeland and the destination. It looks at the formations of cultures in the process of identity-making of approximately 200 million Indians scattered across the world, from…

    Hardback – 2016-09-20
    Routledge India

  • India’s Biennale Effect

    A politics of contemporary art

    Edited by Robert E. D'Souza, Sunil Manghani

    India’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been described as one of the most significant newly emergent biennales, alongside Shanghai, Sharjah and Dakar. However, there have been few sustained and critical studies of these events as specific sites of production and reception of contemporary art. This…

    Hardback – 2016-09-20
    Routledge India

  • Dalits

    Past, present and future

    By Anand Teltumbde

    This book is a comprehensive introduction to dalits in India (who comprise over one-sixth of the country’s population) from the origins of caste system to the present day. Despite a plethora of provisions for affirmative action in the Indian Constitution, dalits are largely excluded from the…

    Hardback – 2016-08-24
    Routledge India

  • Language Policy and Education in India

    Documents, contexts and debates

    Edited by M. Sridhar, Sunita Mishra

    This book presents a history of English and development of language education in modern India. It explores the role of language in colonial attempts to establish hegemony, the play of power, and the anxieties in the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century India. The essays in the volume discuss…

    Hardback – 2016-08-23
    Routledge India

  • Colonialism, Environment and Tribals in South India,1792–1947

    By Velayutham Saravanan

    This book offers a bird’s eye view of the economic and environmental history of the Indian peninsula during colonial era. It analyses the nature of colonial land revenue policy, commercialisation of forest resources, consequences of coffee plantations, intrusion into tribal private forests and…

    Hardback – 2016-08-23
    Routledge India

  • The Archaeology of Sacred Spaces

    The temple in western India, 2nd century BCE–8th century CE

    By Susan Verma Mishra, Himanshu Prabha Ray

    This volume focuses on the religious shrine in western India as an institution of cultural integration in the period spanning 200 BCE to 800 CE. It presents an analysis of religious architecture at multiple levels, both temporal and spatial, and distinguishes it as a ritual instrument that…

    Hardback – 2016-08-16
    Routledge India
    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

  • The East India Company, 1600–1857

    Essays on Anglo-Indian connection

    Edited by William A. Pettigrew, Mahesh Gopalan

    This book employs a wide range of perspectives to demonstrate how the East India Company facilitated cross-cultural interactions between the English and various groups in South Asia between 1600 to 1857 and how these interactions transformed important features of both British and South Asian…

    Hardback – 2016-07-26
    Routledge India