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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  • Reading Postcolonial Theory

    Key texts in context

    By Bibhash Choudhury

    This book is an essential introduction to significant texts in postcolonial theory. It looks at seminal works in the ‘moments of their making’ and delineates the different threads that bind postcolonial studies. Each chapter presents a comprehensive discussion of a major text and contextualises it…

    Hardback – 2016-03-08
    Routledge India

  • The Language Loss of the Indigenous

    Edited by G. N. Devy, Geoffrey V. Davis, K. K. Chakravarty

    This volume traces the theme of the loss of language and culture in numerous post-colonial contexts. It establishes that the aphasia imposed on the indigenous is but a visible symptom of a deeper malaise — the mismatch between the symbiotic relation nurtured by the indigenous with their environment…

    Hardback – 2016-03-07
    Routledge India

  • Migrations in Medieval and Early Colonial India

    Edited by Vijaya Ramaswamy

    This book looks at movements of communities which formed the lower and middle rungs of society in medieval and early colonial India. It presents migration, mobility and memories from a specifically Indian perspective, breaking away from previous Eurocentric studies. The essays in the volume focus…

    Hardback – 2016-03-07
    Routledge India

  • Human Rights in Postcolonial India

    Edited by Om Prakash Dwivedi, V. G. Julie Rajan

    This volume looks at human rights in independent India through frameworks comparable to those in other postcolonial nations in the Global South. It examines wide-ranging issues that require immediate attention such as those related to disability, violence, torture, education, LGBT, neoliberalism,…

    Hardback – 2016-02-26
    Routledge India
    Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought

  • The Indian Graphic Novel

    Nation, history and critique

    By Pramod K. Nayar

    This book is a detailed study of the Indian graphic novel as a significant category of South Asian literature. It focuses on the genre’s engagement with history, memory and cultural identity and its critique of the nation in the form of dissident histories and satire. Deploying a nuanced…

    Hardback – 2016-02-17
    Routledge India

  • Women and Monastic Buddhism in Early South Asia

    Rediscovering the invisible believers

    By Garima Kaushik

    This book uses gender as a framework to offer unique insights into the socio-cultural foundations of Buddhism. Moving away from dominant discourses that discuss women as a single monolithic, homogenous category—thus rendering them invisible within the broader religious discourse—this monograph…

    Hardback – 2016-02-17
    Routledge India
    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

  • Science and Religion

    East and West

    Edited by Yiftach Fehige

    This volume situates itself within the context of the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that is dedicated to the study of the complex interactions between science and religion. It presents an innovative approach insofar as it addresses the Eurocentrism that is still prevalent in this field.…

    Hardback – 2016-02-16
    Routledge India
    Science and Technology Studies

  • Indian Agriculture

    Performance, growth and challenges. Essays in honour of Ramesh Kumar Sharma

    Edited by Parmod Kumar, S. Mohanakumar

    This volume examines the transitions in Indian agriculture since the 1980s, and emphasizes upon the role of neoliberal policies and their impact. The essays presented here deal with a range of pertinent and contemporary issues, including global food security, livelihoods of agricultural labourers,…

    Hardback – 2016-02-16
    Routledge India

  • Look East to Act East Policy

    Implications for India's Northeast

    Edited by Gurudas Das, C. Joshua Thomas

    This volume captures the success of India’s Look East Policy (LEP) in promoting economic engagement with neighbouring countries in Asia and simultaneously its limitations in propelling growth in the bordering North Eastern Region — India’s bridge head to South East Asia. It analyses the…

    Hardback – 2016-02-16
    Routledge India

  • The Illustrated Baburnama

    By Som Prakash Verma

    This book presents the Persian Baburnama, a key primary source and the earliest record of Babur’s memoirs. The authoritative translation uses paintings from the original work and draws on contemporary texts of the period to delve into the history of the legendary Mughal ruler. It provides a fresh…

    Hardback – 2016-02-10
    Routledge India

  • Financial Management Practices in India

    By Sandeep Goel

    Efficient financial management is the essence of business. This book analyses and evaluates core financial management practices of corporate enterprises in India across diverse sectors including realty, FMCG, pharmaceutical, automobile, IT, chemical and BPO sectors. It emphasizes the importance of…

    Hardback – 2016-01-28
    Routledge India

  • Critical Perspectives on Agrarian Transition

    India in the global debate

    Edited by B. B. Mohanty

    This book evaluates the relevance of classical debates on agrarian transition and extends the horizon of contemporary debates in the Indian context, linking national trends with regional experiences. It identifies new dynamics in agrarian political economy and presents a comprehensive account of…

    Hardback – 2016-01-28
    Routledge India

  • Agrarian Distress and Farmer Suicides in North India

    By Lakhwinder Singh, Kesar Singh Bhangoo, Rakesh Sharma

    Agrarian distress in the era of globalization has manifested in the suicides of farmers and agricultural labourers. This book, using empirical research and field data from north India, especially Punjab, examines the different facets of this tragic phenomenon in rural India. Situating Indian…

    Hardback – 2016-01-20
    Routledge India

  • Cultural Politics in Modern India

    Postcolonial prospects, colourful cosmopolitanism, global proximities

    By Makarand R. Paranjape

    India’s global proximities derive in good measure from its struggle against British imperialism. In its efforts to become a nation, India turned modern in its own unusual way. At the heart of this metamorphosis was a "colourful cosmopolitanism," the unique manner in which India made the world its…

    Hardback – 2016-01-19
    Routledge India

  • Pandita Ramabai

    Life and landmark writings

    By Meera Kosambi

    This book looks at the life of Pandita Ramabai, one of the major social reformers of 19th-century India. Her unique life trajectory spanned across a pan-Indian, orthodox Hindu mould to being part of Brahmo Samaj and Prarthana Samaj, and further to Christianity. At the age of 30 she had travelled…

    Hardback – 2016-01-19
    Routledge India

  • Exploring Alterity in a Globalized World

    Edited by Christoph Wulf

    This volume develops a unique framework to understand India through indigenous and European perspectives, and examines how it copes with the larger challenges of a globalized world. Through a discussion of religious and philosophical traditions, cultural developments as well as contemporary theatre…

    Hardback – 2016-01-19
    Routledge India

  • Unheeded Hinterland

    Identity and sovereignty in Northeast India

    Edited by Dilip Gogoi

    This book presents a comprehensive account of the debates on sovereignty, self-determination and nationalist upsurges in India’s Northeast, especially Assam. At a deeper level, it analyses how multi-ethnic societies engage with the nation state. Based on the framework of international relations and…

    Hardback – 2016-01-19
    Routledge India

  • India’s Family Planning Programme

    Policies, practices and challenges

    By Leela Visaria, Rajani R. Ved

    This book closely examines the changes, challenges and shifts in India’s family planning programme since its inception in 1952. It discusses the dynamics of population growth, the demographic dividend, family planning and its impact on maternal and child health, and the pressures from various…

    Hardback – 2016-01-19
    Routledge India

  • MGNREGA: Employment, Wages and Migration in Rural India

    By Parmod Kumar, Dipanwita Chakraborty

    The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) was enacted in India with the multiple objectives of providing employment in a rights-based framework, addressing rural poverty, checking migration, and building rural infrastructure. As such, every year around 15–20 per cent of…

    Hardback – 2016-01-19
    Routledge India

  • Communities of Women in Assam

    Being, doing and thinking together

    Edited by Nandana Dutta

    This book uses communities of women as a framework for reading women’s experience, rights and aspirations in Assam and Northeast India. It explores the varying roles played by such communities in the formation of society, the emergence of a women’s public sphere and the representation of these…

    Hardback – 2015-12-22
    Routledge India

  • Education and Empowerment in India

    Policies and practices

    Edited by Avinash Kumar Singh

    This book explores the critical linkages between education and empowerment of women, marginalized groups and other disadvantaged sections of society. It: Provides an overview of educational policies and practices from India’s independence to the present day, and tracks relevant changes and…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15
    Routledge India

  • Neoliberalism, Critical Pedagogy and Education

    Edited by Ravi Kumar

    This volume examines the role of neoliberalism and its impact on education in South Asia. It contends that education is in a state of crisis across the world. This is reflected not only in the way the state has withdrawn to pave way for private capital but also in the manner in which knowledge and…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15
    Routledge India

  • Troubled Testimonies

    Terrorism and the English novel in India

    By Meenakshi Bharat

    Since the 9/11 attacks terror has established its permeating hold on society’s psyche. Creative writing, a popular and visible cultural witness to the strain, has taken up this destabilization with remarkable regularity. Troubled Testimonies focuses on the Indian novel in English, deriving…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15
    Routledge India

  • Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian Constitution

    By Narendra Chapalgaonker

    Why did the Constituent Assembly of India discard Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of constitutional structure that gave prominence to villages, and prefer parliamentary democracy instead? Why did the self-sufficient and self-governing village of his dream not find a place in India’s political edifice?…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15
    Routledge India