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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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Shivaji Park
Shanta Gokhle - Jan 01, 2020
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One of the earliest planned neighbourhoods of Bombay, Shivaji Park in Dadar was conceived in order to decongest the mega city’s residential and commercial centre after the plague epidemic of 1896. With its massive playground named after the Maratha warrior king, gorgeous Art Deco buildings and the great Arabian Sea beyond, Shivaji Park was a covete...
Ramachandra Guha
Apr 15, 2021
Just finished reading this lovely book on a storied Mumbai locality. The landscape and social life of Shivaji Park are sketched with sensitivity and authority.      source
The King and the People
Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi
Abhishek Kaicker - Mar 02, 2020
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An original exploration of the relationship between the Mughal emperor and his subjects in the space of the Mughal empire's capital, The King and the People overturns an axiomatic assumption in the history of premodern South Asia: that the urban masses were merely passive objects of rule and remained unable to express collective political aspiratio...
Ramachandra Guha
Feb 25, 2021
I am halfway through Abhishek Kaicker’s THE KING AND THE PEOPLE: SOVEREIGNTY AND POPULAR POLITICS IN MUGHAL DELHI. This is a brilliant book, painstakingly researched and elegantly written, both history from above and from below. I’m enjoying it hugely and learning a lot too. 1/3      source
The Death Script
Dreams and Delusions in Naxal Country
Ashutosh Bhardwaj - Jul 20, 2020
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From 2011 to 2015, Ashutosh Bhardwaj lived in Indias red corridor, and made several trips thereafter, reporting on the Maoists, on the states atrocities, and on lives caught in the crossfire.In The Death Script, he writes of his time there, of the various men and women he meets from both sides of the conflict, bringing home with astonishing power t...
Ramachandra Guha
Dec 08, 2020
This is richly deserved. "Death Script" is a deeply moving and beautifully written book.      source
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
Small Is Beautiful
Economics as if People Mattered (Harper Perennial Modern Thought)
E. F. Schumacher - Oct 19, 2010 (first published in 1973)
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"Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom."—NewsweekOne the 100 most influential books published since World War II—The Times Literary SupplementHailed as an "eco-bible" by Time magazine, E.F. Schumacher's riveting, richly researched statement on sustainability has become more relevant and vital with each year since it...
Ramachandra Guha
Apr 23, 2020
On World Book Day, I recommend five environmental classics: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring E. F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful J. Martinez-Alier, The Environmentalism of the Poor Carolyn Merchant, The Death of Nature John McNeill, Something New Under the Sun      source
Silent Spring
Rachel Carson - Oct 21, 2002 (first published in 1962)
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Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the fut...
Ramachandra Guha
Apr 23, 2020
On World Book Day, I recommend five environmental classics: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring E. F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful J. Martinez-Alier, The Environmentalism of the Poor Carolyn Merchant, The Death of Nature John McNeill, Something New Under the Sun      source
Something New Under the Sun by J. R. McNeill
The Death of Nature by Carolyn Merchant
Telling Times by Nadine Gordimer
A Life in Two Worlds by Sarala Behn
Essays by George Orwell
Autobiography of an Unknown Cricketer by Mukherjee S.
Bridging East and West by Prof. Chinmoy Guha
Elephants and Kings by Thomas R. Trautmann
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
Whigs and Hunters by E. P. Thompson
Britons by Linda Colley
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
Imperfect by Sanjay Manjrekar
Politics, Women and Well-Being by Robin Jeffrey