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Ramachandra Guha

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Ramachandra Guha is an Indian historian and economist whose research interests include environmental, social, economics, political, contemporary and cricket history.
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Gandhi and Bhagat Singh [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2012] Datta, V. N.
V. N. Datta - Jan 01, 2012 (first published in 2008)
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Ramachandra Guha
Dec 02, 2020
Professor VN Datta’s books on Bhagat Singh, Maulana Azad, and the Jallianwala Bagh massacre are landmarks of historical scholarship. He was also a wonderfully generous human being. His work and example live on.     source
Maulana Azad
V.N. Datta - Dec 01, 1990
Ramachandra Guha
Dec 02, 2020
Professor VN Datta’s books on Bhagat Singh, Maulana Azad, and the Jallianwala Bagh massacre are landmarks of historical scholarship. He was also a wonderfully generous human being. His work and example live on.     source
Ramachandra Guha
Dec 02, 2020
Professor VN Datta’s books on Bhagat Singh, Maulana Azad, and the Jallianwala Bagh massacre are landmarks of historical scholarship. He was also a wonderfully generous human being. His work and example live on.     source
Defying the Odds
The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs
Devesh Kapur - Jul 01, 2014
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Defying the Odds is about the new Dalit identity. It profiles the phenomenal rise of twenty Dalit entrepreneurs, the few who through a combination of grit, ambition, drive and hustle—and some luck—have managed to break through social, economic and practical barriers. It illustrates instances where adversity compensated for disadvantage, where worki...
Ramachandra Guha
Sep 20, 2020
Chandra Bhan Prasad’s books, such as his "Dalit Diary" and his co-authored "Defying the Odds", are indispensable to a deeper understanding of modern India.     source
Dalit Diary, 1999-2003
Reflections on Apartheid in India
Chandra Bhan Prasad - Oct 01, 2004
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Chandra Bhan Prasad writes Dalit Diary, the only column by a dalit in a mainstream newspaper, The Pioneer. This book collects many of these columns. Week after week, Prasad relentlessly voices the aspirations of millions of dalits with controlled rage, clothes facts in original perceptions, and demonstrates how untouchability stares you in the face...
Ramachandra Guha
Sep 20, 2020
Chandra Bhan Prasad’s books, such as his "Dalit Diary" and his co-authored "Defying the Odds", are indispensable to a deeper understanding of modern India.     source
The Environmentalism of the Poor
A Study of Ecological Conflicts and Valuation
Juan Martinez-Alier - Oct 26, 2003
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The Environmentalism of the Poor has the explicit intention of helping to establish two emerging fields of study - political ecology and ecological economics - and also investigating the relations between them. The author analyzes several manifestations of the growing `environmental justice movement', and also of `popular environmentalism' and the ...
Ramachandra Guha
Sep 15, 2020
Wonderful to hear that the great Catalan scholar J. Martínez Alier has been awarded the prestigious Balzan Prize. Among his many books my personal favourite is “The Environmentalism of the Poor”.     source
Bridging East and West
Rabindranath Tagore and Romain Rolland Correspondence (1919-1940)
Prof. Chinmoy Guha - Jul 17, 2019
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The amazing inter-cultural correspondence (1919-1940) between two cultural icons of the twentieth century, Nobel laureates from the East and the West: the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) and the French novelist, playwright, and biographer, Romain Rolland (1866-1944), has remained undiscovered for far too long.This work brings together, ...
Ramachandra Guha
Jun 23, 2019
These quotes are from a fascinating book on the friendship between Tagore and the French/European writer Romain Rolland, edited by Chinmoy Guha (no relation of mine!):     source
Elephants and Kings
An Environmental History
Thomas R. Trautmann - Aug 03, 2015
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Because of their enormous size, elephants have long been irresistible for kings as symbols of their eminence. In early civilizationssuch as Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus Civilization, and Chinakings used elephants for royal sacrifice, spectacular hunts, public display of live captives, or the conspicuous consumption of ivoryall of them tending towa...
Ramachandra Guha
Feb 25, 2019
The first is Thomas Trautmann’s Elephants and Kings, that explores the environmental and political significance of the subcontinent’s largest animal. The book ranges widely in time and space; from the world of Kautilya’s Arthashastra to the pressures on elephant forests in India today, from the use of these animals in warfare to their images and representations in culture and folklore. Trautmann is one of my two favourite foreign historians of India.     source
Soccer in Sun and Shadow
Eduardo Galeano - Aug 06, 2013 (first published in 1995)
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In this witty and rebellious history of world soccer, award-winning writer Eduardo Galeano searches for the styles of play, players, and goals that express the unique personality of certain times and places. In Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Galeano takes us to ancient China, where engravings from the Ming period show a ball that could have been designe...
Ramachandra Guha
Feb 25, 2019
Let me urge upon you the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow – aka Football in Sun and Shadow – a delightfully idiosyncratic work that blends history, memory, fact, and fiction, in telling the story of the evolution of modern football.     source
Whigs and Hunters
E. P. Thompson - Mar 01, 2013 (first published in 1975)
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With Whigs and Hunters, the author of The Making of the English Working Class, E. P. Thompson plunged into the murky waters of the early eighteenth century to chart the violently conflicting currents that boiled beneath the apparent calm of the time. The subject is the Black Act, a law of unprecedented savagery passed by Parliament in 1723 to deal ...
Ramachandra Guha
Feb 25, 2019
My own particular favourite amongst his books is Whigs and Hunters, a shorter, more elegantly written work on conflicts between villagers and the state in the forests of 18th century England.     source
Britons
Forging the Nation 1707-1837
Linda Colley - Oct 26, 2009 (first published in 1992)
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How was Great Britain made? And what does it mean to be British? This brilliant and seminal book examines how a more cohesive British nation was invented after 1707 and how this new national identity was nurtured through war, religion, trade, and empire. Lavishly illustrated and powerful, Britons remains a major contribution to our understanding of...
Ramachandra Guha
Feb 25, 2019
The third book on my list is therefore Linda Colley’s Britons: Forging the Nation, whose relevance extends far beyond the region it deals with. Colley shows how, over the 18th and 19th centuries, political forces sought to flatten out the linguistic and religious diversities of the British Isles, in order to create a sense of citizenship defined by a single religion, a shared language, and a common enemy. The template forged in Britain was later adapted in countries as far removed as Israel and Pakistan.     source
The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760 by Richard M. Eaton
The Construction of Religious Boundaries by Harjot Oberoi
French Rural History by Marc Bloch
The Burning Forest by Nandini Sundar
Duties and Delights by Tzvetan Todorov