Battling for India: A Citizen's Reader

For well over a decade, there has been a battle going on in India, as old divisions and inequalities have become deeper. Since 2014, this battle has reached a feverish pitch with the combined onslaught of majoritarian politics and market-driven policies. There are now, as the editors of this anthology argue, two signposts as we enter the Indian nat...

Published by: Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd

Author(s) Githa Hariharan, Salim Yusufji

Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball, July 4, 1918

On a sunny Fourth of July during World War I, King George V went out to a ball game. Along with Queen Mary and other royalty, Winston Churchill, dozens of VIPs, thousands of troops and ordinary Londoners, the monarch cheered an extraordinary “baseball match” between American soldiers and sailors. This historic event helped solidify the transatlanti...

Published by: McFarland

Author(s) Jim Leeke

The Fire Burns Blue: A History of Women's Cricket in India

Women’s cricket in India began in the early 1970s with the fortuitous coming together of (mostly) teenaged girls from around the country, with little but a spirit of adventure to back them. Several firsts followed—the first overseas tour, the first World Cup, the first controversies, the first win—and no one appeared to notice. Those early trendset...

Published by: Westland Sport

Author(s) Sidhanta Patnaik, Karunya Keshav

Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Inter-Faith Family in the United States

The rate of interfaith marriage in the United States has risen so radically since the sixties that it is difficult to recall how taboo the practice once was. How is this development understood and regarded by Americans generally, and what does it tell us about the nation’s religious life? Drawing on ethnographic and historical sources, Samira K. Me...

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Author(s) Samira K. Mehta

The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India

The Partition of India was a partitioning of minds as much as it was a geographical division. But there has been little discussion in mental health discourse on the psychological scars it caused. This book examines the partitioning of human experience and its impact on social life and psychological health. The chapters track, through various approa...

Published by: SAGE

Author(s) Sanjeev Jain, Alok Sarin (eds)

Madrasas and the Making of Islamic Womanhood

This in-depth ethnography looks at the everyday lives of Muslim students in a girls’ madrasa in India. Highlighting the ambiguities between the students’ espousal of madrasa norms and everyday practice, Borker illustrates how young Muslim girls tactically invoke the virtues of safety, modesty, and piety learnt in the madrasa to reconfigure normativ...

Published by: Oxford University Press

Author(s) Hem Borker

Kushti in Banaras: Wrestling as a Homage to the Gods

A sacred practice where the soul meets the divine, kushti is the spiritual synthesis of the body, discipline, and devotion. The symbolism of akharas transcends beyond being mere grounds for physical activity; the pahalwans worship them as temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Severine Dabadie and Christiane Etchezaharreta's journey through Banaras is...

Published by: Lustre/Roli Books

Author(s) Severine Dabadie and Christiane Etchezaharreta

Enter the Dangal: Travels through India's Wrestling Landscape

Wrestling, kushti, rules the farmlands, as it has for centuries. It had pride of place in the courts of Chalukya kings and Mughal emperors. It was embraced by Hinduism and its epics, and has led its own untroubled revolution against the caste system. The British loved it when they first came to India, then rejected it during the freedom struggle. N...

Published by: Harper Collins India/ Harper Sports

Author(s) Rudraneil Sengupta

Of Saffron Flags and Skull Caps: Hindutva, Muslim Identity and the Idea of India

We live in an age when most Muslims take pride in singing Saare Jahan Se Achcha, penned by Muhammad Iqbal. Many though have forgotten that the same poet-philosopher called Ram as Imam-e-Hind. The Hindutva forces, meanwhile, have forgotten the unifying Saare Jahan Se Achcha in their pursuit of divisive nationalism. Their exclusionary politics stems...

Published by: SAGE

Author(s) Ziya Us Salam

A History of Adivasi Women in Post-Independence Eastern India: The Margins of the Marginals

A History of Adivasi Women in Post-Independence Eastern India is a path-breaking book that explores the current status of adivasi women in the four states of eastern India with high percentages of adivasis—Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. Debasree De engages with the recent paradigm of ‘development and displacement’ and adivasi women’s...

Published by: SAGE

Author(s) Debasree De