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One of the most fascinating episode in the religious history of Southern India is the rise of the Virasaiva movement. These heroic followers of Siva-also called Lingayatas-are characterized by a unique combination of intense devotion and social reformation. The movement arose in the twelfth century under the charismatic leadership of Basava. Men and women from every backgroud, highcaste as well as untouchable, joined the experimental community of the Virasaivas. They has their own sacred literature in the form of short poems in the vernacular language of the region: Kannada.

  • Product Code: BK9896
  • Publisher     :   Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
  • Edition  :   January 1, 1995
  • Pages  :   100
  • Weight   :   550g.
  • Size   :   8.5 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Cover   :   Hardcover
  • Auther :   J.P. Schouten
  • Language   :    English
  • ISBN : 8120812387, 978-8120812383
Description: One of the most fascinating episode in the religious history of Southern India is...
'The Naxalite Movement In India
  • Product Code :BK8780
  • Size : 8.4" x 5.3" x 0.8"
  • Weight :280g.
  • Author :Prakash Singh
  • ISBN :8129134942, 978-8129134943
  • Publisher : Rupa Publications India
  • Edition :22 March 2016
  • Cover :Paperback
  • Language :English
  • Pages :323

    The Naxalite Movement in India started in 1967 from a small village and gradually spread over large areas of the country, particularly in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. It was described by the UPA government as the biggest threat to the internal security of the country. The movement has since suffered setbacks but nevertheless retains the capacity to launch lethal strikes and continues to pose a formidable challenge to India’s democratic structure.

    The Naxalite Movement in India, now in a revised and updated edition, traces the Naxalite movement from its inception to its metamorphosis into a predominantly Maoist movement in a historical sweep.


    Prakash Singh has been a very distinguished officer of the Indian Police Service. He was police chief of two states—Uttar Pradesh and Assam—and commanded the Border Security Force.

    He contributed to combating the insurgency in Nagaland, containing the threat of ULFA in Assam, neutralizing the terrorist movement in Punjab and the Terai area of Uttar Pradesh, and tackling the separatist elements in Jammu and Kashmir. The Government of India, in recognition of his outstanding services to national security, awarded him the Padma Shri in 1991. He was also member, National Security Advisory Board (2013–14).

    Specification Product Code :BK8780 Size : 8.4" x 5.3" x 0.8" Weight :280g. Author :Prakash...
    MAKING INDIA AWESOME : New Essays and Columns

    Love your country?
    Want to make it truly great?
    Tired of loud debates and complex arguments which lead to no solutions?
    Welcome to Making India Awesome.
    Following the phenomenal success of his first non-fiction book, What Young India Wants, Chetan Bhagat, the country’s biggest-selling writer, returns with another book of essays in which he analyses and provides inspired solutions to the country’s most intractable problems—poverty, unemployment, corruption, violence against women, communal violence, religious fundamentalism, illiteracy and more. Using simple language and concepts, this book will enable you to understand the most complex of problems facing the nation today and give you practical solutions on how you can do your part to solve them.


    Chetan Bhagat is the author of seven blockbuster books. These include six novels—Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014)—and the non-fiction title What Young India Wants (2012).
    Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release. Many of his novels have been adapted into successful Bollywood films.
    The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest-selling English language novelist in India’s history’. TIME magazine named him amongst the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world’s ‘100 most creative people in business’.
    Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker and screenplay writer.
    Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009 to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIM-A, and his twin boys, Shyam and Ishaan.

    Love your country?Want to make it truly great?Tired of loud debates and complex arguments which...
    Mahatma On the Pitch: Gandhi and Cricket in India

    How the most important man of our national movement viewed the most important sport in our country. Did Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi ever play cricket? Did cricket ever figure in the Gandhian world of thought? What were the views of the most important man in the history of Indias freedom struggle on the game that dominates Indian national consciousness in the twenty-first century? Were there any connections between Gandhi and cricket during the high tide of national movement? Did Gandhi or his ideas make any impact on the game? Did he ever oppose the cause of cricket? Did cricket ever invoke Gandhi after his death? These questions seem as remote as Gandhis tryst with cricket! Mahatma on the Pitch tries to find answers to these apparently quirky questions by exploring the untold relationship between two of the most enduring phenomena of modern India: Mahatma Gandhi, arguably the greatest Indian icon of the twentieth century and Indian cricket, probably the most assertive Indian national emblem in the twenty-first-century world.

    About the Author: Kausik Bandyopadhyay

    Kausik Bandyopadhyay teaches History at West Bengal State University, Barasat, Kolkata. Formerly a Fellow of the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne (2010) and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata (20062009 and 20132015), he is also the Editor of Soccer and Society (Routledge). Bandyopadhyay has authored and edited several books. His most recent works include Sport, Culture and Nation: Perspectives from Indian Football and South Asian Cricket (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2015); Bangladesh Playing: Sport, Culture, Nation (Dhaka: Subarna/ ICBS, 2012); and Scoring Off the Field: Football Culture in Bengal, 191180 (New Delhi/London: Routledge, 2011).

    How the most important man of our national movement viewed the most important sport in...
    English Literature: Its History and Its Significance For the Life of the English speaking World

    English Literature: Its History and Its Significance for the Life of the English-Speaking World is an all-encompassing study of English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the twentieth century. It interprets literature both biographically and historically by showing how each work reflects not just the writer’s life and thoughts but also the spirit of the age and the nation’s history. It also shows the development of the English literary canon in terms of complexity, from the earlier simple moral allegories to the complex issues addressed in twentieth-century writings. Along with works of literature, this book also analyses important events and social conditions in each period, the lives of important authors, as well as literary epochs. With helpful summaries, bibliographies and tables of chronological events, this book is the best possible guide for students to understand the vast pantheon of English literature.

    English Literature: Its History and Its Significance for the Life of the English-Speaking World is...

    Lucknow, the cultural capital of erstwhile Awadh region, has charmed generations into writing about the city. But there is no book that captures all the aspects of Awadhi culture, history and traditions of the region.

    Awadh Symphony: Notes on a Cultural Interlude is an extensively detailed volume which takes you on a journey to a bygone era and gives a glimpse of everyday life in this North Indian kingdom. Revisiting Awadh, it offers almost all aspects of human activity—from culture, cuisine, craft and religious ritual to games, fairs and bazaars; from life of ordinary Muslim women to courtesans, who were a part of the famous Sham-i-Awadh; from the tradition of dastangoi to the recitation of marsiya; and much more.

    A staunch bibliophile and an ardent admirer of Lucknow, author Aslam Mahmud had collected every possible book on Awadh throughout his life, consulting each of these to pen the work of a lifetime—a compendium on Lucknow with rare information and an exceptional guide to the life and times of Awadh.

    Aslam Mahmud (1940–2016) was a well-known literary figure of Lucknow and a staunch bibliophile. During his lifetime, Mahmud had built a collection of more than 15,000 books in his personal library in Lucknow. The major part of his collection comprised English, Urdu and Persian literature, Islamic calligraphy and books on Awadh. He also had an extensive stock of old postal stamps; picture postcards; and rare photos, books and movie posters. A number of celebrated scholars of India and Pakistan used to visit his library to benefit from his collection.

    Mahmud did his schooling from St Francis College and La Martinière College, Lucknow. Later, he graduated in science and law from the University of Lucknow. Aslam Mahmud joined the Indian Railway Traffic Service and held various important positions all over India, including Lucknow and Delhi. He retired as Additional Member, Railway Board, in 2000.

    Lucknow, the cultural capital of erstwhile Awadh region, has charmed generations into writing about the...
    Amritsar Mrs Gandhis Last Battle

    On 5th June 1984, the Indian army began its attack on the complex at Amritsar which houses the two most sacred shrines Generals who had pledge to minimum force, and on no account to violate the shrines, were not prepared for the fierce and adept resistance they encountered. Having suffered severe casualties, the infantry were driven back and as last resorts with approval from Delhi tanks were ordered in. The Akal Takht was virtually reduced to rubble. It is doubtful if Mrs. Gandhi would have initiated Operation Blue Star had she known how bloody and devastating would be the consequences of that 24 hour conflict.

    On 5th June 1984, the Indian army began its attack on the complex at Amritsar...
    Gandhi Before India
    In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a briefless lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. In this remarkable biography, Ramachandra Guha argues that the two decades that Gandhi spent in the diaspora were the making of the Mahatma. It was here that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would ultimately destroy the British Empire.
    Based on archival research in four continents, this book explores Gandhi's experiments with dissident cults, his friendships and enmities, and his failures as a husband and father. Gandhi Before India tells the dramatic story of how he mobilized a cross-class and inter-religious coalition, pledged to non-violence in their battle against a racist regime.
    Deeply researched and beautifully written, this book will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of modern India's greatest man.
    In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a briefless lawyer...
    India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium
    The bestselling vision document for the future from one of India s most eminent scientists and thinkers
    In this ground-breaking vision document, first published in 1998, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Y.S. Rajan offer a blueprint for India to be counted among the world s top five economic powers by the year 2020. They cite growth rates and development trends to show that the goal is not unrealistic. Past successes the green revolution and satellite-based communication linking remote regions of the country, for instance bear them out. The same sense of purpose can make us a prosperous, strong nation in a matter of years, assert Kalam and Rajan.

    This is a book that every citizen who hopes for a better India must read.

    About the Author
    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is one of India s most distinguished scientists. He was responsible for the development of India s first satellite launch vehicle, the SLV-3, and the development and operationalization of strategic missiles. As chairman of the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council, he pioneered India Vision 2020, a road map for transforming India into an economically developed nation by 2020, focusing on PURA as a development system for countrywide implementation.

    The President of India between 2002 and 2007, Kalam has been awarded honorary doctorates from thirty-eight universities and the country s three highest civilian honours Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997).

    Yagnaswami Sundara Rajan is a well-recognized authority and a thought leader on technology development, business management and society linkages. He held various positions of responsibility related to science and technology between 1988 and 2002, and has shaped key policies and implemented several successful R&D projects with industry participation.

    He was responsible for creating a series of documents related to Technology Vision 2020. After a thirty-year stint with the government, he joined the Confederation of Indian Industry in 1996, where he was principal adviser from 2004 to 2010. Currently an honorary distinguished professor at ISRO, Bangalore, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2012.
    The bestselling vision document for the future from one of India s most eminent scientists...
    India's Struggle for Independence
    About the Author
    Bipan Chandra, recipient of the Padma Bhushan, was born in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. He was educated at Forman Christian College, Lahore and at Stanford University, California. He was Professor of Modern History at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, where he is currently Professor Emeritus. He was honoured as National Professor and was also the Chairperson of the National Book Trust. Professor Chandra has authored several books on nationalism, colonialism and communalism in modern India.
    About the AuthorBipan Chandra, recipient of the Padma Bhushan, was born in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh....
    Excavation at Karkabhat (Chhattisgarh)
    Author : A.K.Sharma
    ISBN : 978-81 -7320-103-5
    Edition : 2010
    Language : English
    Size & Pages : Size 23, cm.pp.160, Illus.2010
    Publisher : Agam Kala Prakashan
    Format : Hardbound
    Author : A.K.SharmaISBN : 978-81 -7320-103-5Edition : 2010Language : EnglishSize & Pages : Size 23,...
    Social Changes Under British Crown
    Social Changes Under British Crown
    Auther: Dr. Santanu Kumar Pattnayak,S Edited by Dr. Sanjaya Kumar Mahapatra
    Social Changes Under British CrownAuther: Dr. Santanu Kumar Pattnayak,S Edited by Dr. Sanjaya Kumar Mahapatra...
    Ananda Math - A Literary Classic from Bengal
    Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay (1838-1894) is considered to be one of the greatest writers in the world of Bengali literature. One of his most popular novels Ananda Math, considered to be a milestone in the history of modern fiction in India, reeived such wide acclaim in the late 19th century that he came to be referred to as the walter scott of India. Translations of this story appeared in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Urdu. This vividly described story depicts the struggle for freedom in 1773 Bengal.

    The British stronghold had gripped Bengal. The rural population starved and suffered, struggling to meet the taxes imposed upon thim by thie\eur rulers poverty stricken villages were left in a state of near abandon. In the face of all this misery, one young man named Satyananda yearned for truth, justice and freedom, and left his home to fight for his motherland. Soon, many others followed suit, and this band of patriotic youngsters came to be know as santaans (children).

    The novel Ananda Math played an important role in fostering militant nationalism in Bengal I the early 20th century. Emulating the santaans, many young men gave up their homes and families to join secret societies that worked towards freeing India.

    The songs Vande Mataram, which Bankim Chandra first wrote in this novel, echoed through the Indian freedom movement, inspiring patriotism and resolve. It was heard on the lips of many as they braved the lathis of the British police.
    Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay (1838-1894) is considered to be one of the greatest writers in the...
    Mahatma Gandhi - The Early Days
    “I never saw Gandhi…I do not know his language. I never set foot in his country and yet, I feel the some sorrow as if I had lost someone near and dear,” wrote the Frenchman leon blum, when he heard of Mahatma Gandhi’’s death. Million felt the same, not only in India but the world over, for Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) was the only leader in modern history who strove to rule not en, but the hearts of men.

    Mahatma Gandhi needs no introduction, nor does the magnanimity of his personality. With the principles of ahimsa (non-violence) and satya (truth), the cornerstones of his ideals, ingrained in his consciousness from childhood Gandhiji’s life is a lesson in quiet determination, unfaltering faith and profound values.

    In the legendary words of Mahatma Gandhi himself:
    “…for me the road to salvation lies through incessant toil in the service of my country and therefore of humanity.”
    “…I recognize no God except the God that is to be found in the hearts of the dumb millions.”
    “…how con I talk of God to the millions who have to go without two meals a day? To them, God can only appear as bread and butter.”
    “…I may live without air and water, but not without Him. You may pluck out my eyes, but that will not kill mi. you may chop off my nose, but that will not kill me. But blast my belief in God and I am dead.”
    “I never saw Gandhi…I do not know his language. I never set foot in his...
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