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Dui Prithivir Uttaran (Scaling Two Worlds)

Bengali

Dui Prithivir Uttaran (Scaling Two Worlds)

Edited by: Vina Mazumdar

This collection of essays is based upon the life stories of the Adivasi women
from four little known villages of the Midnapore district of West Bengal. As
the Adivasis, the anthropologists of Vidyasagar University and the activists
of the Centre ...

This collection of essays is based upon the life stories of the Adivasi women
from four little known villages of the Midnapore district of West Bengal. As
the Adivasis, the anthropologists of Vidyasagar University and the activists
of the Centre for Women’s Development Studies interacted with each other,
much that was never known before was revealed. The lives, the sufferings
and the struggle against odds have made the stories of these ordinary women
quite extraordinary. On their part, the anthropologists became aware
about their limited world and started to question themselves. Thus began
the process of scaling the two worlds. This is what has made Dui Prithivir
Uttaran an extraordinary book for anthropologists, sociologists, political
scientists, historians and those in gender studies.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: February, 2002

ISBN Code: 81-85604-53-3

Price: Rs 150.00

Pages: 178

Pinjare Bashiya (Inside the Cage)

Bengali

Pinjare Bashiya (Inside the Cage)

By: Kalyani Dutta

Edited by: Abhijit Sen

A most interesting collection of essays on women, their lives, their world,
written with a deceptive simplicity that gently takes the reader through a
biting indictment of society. Writing of women like Shibmohini, Katyayani,
Murola and Indumati,...

A most interesting collection of essays on women, their lives, their world,
written with a deceptive simplicity that gently takes the reader through a
biting indictment of society. Writing of women like Shibmohini, Katyayani,
Murola and Indumati, the author, then seventy-six, tells us that she had
observed some of them at first hand and some she had read about. She takes
us through the varied aspects of women’s lives, through the oppression and
sometimes pleasures of the inner quarters, providing a glimpse into women
who triumphed, and those who were defeated. Of special interest are her
observations on men and their mothers, of women and the kitchen and on
cookbooks.
The late Kalyani Dutta

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: January, 1996

ISBN Code: 81-85604-15-0 1996

Price: Rs 200.00

Pages: 100

Negotiating Intimacies: Sexualities, Birth Control and Poor Households

Health Studies

Negotiating Intimacies: Sexualities, Birth Control and Poor Households

By: Arna Seal

In this book, a hundred women who live in Calcutta's slums talk directly about their sexual and birth control experiences. As the facts and stories accumulate, we get a picture of these women's lives that is frighteningly bare of choice.
The autho...

In this book, a hundred women who live in Calcutta's slums talk directly about their sexual and birth control experiences. As the facts and stories accumulate, we get a picture of these women's lives that is frighteningly bare of choice.
The author asks how women's income-earning capacities as well as those of their men, their status in their families and their relations with other kin affect their social and sexual autonomy. Seal goes on to consider whether their interests conform to the ideals of feminist liberation. How far has the movement been able to address their concerns?

Arna Seal is a consultant in marketing and social research. She received her masters and doctoral degrees in sociology from Tulane University, New Orleans.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: January, 2000

ISBN Code: 81-85604-29-0

Price: Rs 290.00

Pages: 150

My Reminiscences: Social Development during the Gandhian Era and After

Sociology

My Reminiscences: Social Development during the Gandhian Era and After

By: Renuka Ray

In writing about her life and work, Renuka Ray also relates the momentous history of India, from her birth in 1904 to her death in 1997, encompassing the years of the growth and consolidation of the nationalist movement, to partition and independenc...

In writing about her life and work, Renuka Ray also relates the momentous history of India, from her birth in 1904 to her death in 1997, encompassing the years of the growth and consolidation of the nationalist movement, to partition and independence, and the equally compelling post-independence period. As a participant member of the ruling elite, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, Bidhan Chandra Ray, Durgabai Deshmukh, a member of the Constituent Assembly, and later of the Lok Sabha and the West Bengal State Assembly, she provides an insider’s view to the historical events she witnessed. Of particular interest is her cogent critique of the Central Government’s policy towards refugee rehabilitation in West Bengal, where she was minister for Rehabilitation and Relief.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: January, 2005

ISBN Code: 81-85604-78-9

Price: Rs 350.00

Pages: 285

Shabari: A Novel

Cultural Studies

Shabari: A Novel

By: Vibhavari Shirurkar. Translated from the Marathi by Yashodhara Maitra Deshpande

Shabari, named after the protagonist, is the story of an educated middle-class woman in pre and post-independent India which reveals her life as it transforms through marriage and family. It deals with the tensions inherent in a ‘love- arranged’ mar...

Shabari, named after the protagonist, is the story of an educated middle-class woman in pre and post-independent India which reveals her life as it transforms through marriage and family. It deals with the tensions inherent in a ‘love- arranged’ marriage, the changing attitudes of the newer materialistic and hypocritical order, the generation gaps and the utter despair and loss at betrayal. Yet, it is never melodramatic or overtly sentimental. Extremely believable, Shabari is a fine balance between the contrasting and complementary minds of the man and the woman. It is interesting how Shabari’s education is constantly used against her. The protagonist is never idealized, she is extremely down-to-earth. This novel operates in the realm of grey, as opposed to strict compartments of black and white.

Published by: Stree

Publication Date: March, 2011

Translated from: The Marathi by Yashodhara Maitra Deshpande

ISBN Code: 978-81-906760-7-6

Price: Rs 300.00

Pages: 200

Venomous Touch: Notes on Caste, Culture and Politics

Cultural Studies

Venomous Touch: Notes on Caste, Culture and Politics

By: Ravikumar. Translated from the Tamil by R. Azhagarasan. Foreword by Susie Tharu

Combative, however partisan, and yet often beguilingly playful, these essays, many translated from the Tamil for the first time, bring Ravikumar’s concerns to a wider audience. Ranging from the centrality of caste, the logic of communalism, ideas on...

Combative, however partisan, and yet often beguilingly playful, these essays, many translated from the Tamil for the first time, bring Ravikumar’s concerns to a wider audience. Ranging from the centrality of caste, the logic of communalism, ideas on culture, the politics of the media, education, censorship and literature, just to mention a few of his interests, these essays provide an unsettling impact on the consensuses of democratic India. As he himself talks of in the Preface, for him the personal is political, and questions of power in society, derived from his engagement with Marx, Bakunin, Derrida, Foucault and other philosophers and his wide readings in Tamil literature, permeate his writings.
Throbbing with righteous anger at centuries of oppression and denial against dalits, this collection of essays, as Susie Tharu says in her incisive Foreword, act as ‘both poison/venom and remedy’.

Published by: Samya

Publication Date: 2009

Translated from: Translated from the Tamil by R. Azhagarasan.

ISBN Code: 978-81-85604-76-3

Price: Rs 650.00

Pages: 320

Towards a Non-Brahmin Millennium: From Iyothee Thass to Periyar

Cultural Studies

Towards a Non-Brahmin Millennium: From Iyothee Thass to Periyar

By: V. Geetha and S. V. Rajadurai

The revised edition of the history of non-brahmin assertion to brahmin hegemony in the old Madras Presidency argues that this complex and layered past has to be critically re-claimed for our times. An analytical study of the gestation of the movemen...

The revised edition of the history of non-brahmin assertion to brahmin hegemony in the old Madras Presidency argues that this complex and layered past has to be critically re-claimed for our times. An analytical study of the gestation of the movement, of its forebears like Iyothee Thass and his contemporaries, it also provides an incisive discussion on the contributions of Periyar E. V. Ramasami, the path-breaking founder of the Self-Respect movement. It offers a textured history of a crucial decade, the 1920s to the 1930s, which witnessed important attempts and achievements at building a historic bloc that knit together the interests of non-brahmins and dalits. It analyses the Justice Party, the first non-brahmin political initiative in government, revealing its successes and significant limitations, and where the interests of the non-brahmins and that of the adi dravidas diverged. Revisiting the debates of the 1930s, the authors point out can be ‘exciting as well as sobering’.

Published by: Samya

Publication Date: 2008

ISBN Code: 978-81-85604-37-1

Price: Rs 650.00

Pages: 546

God as Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism

Cultural Studies

God as Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism

By: Kancha Ilaiah

In this provocative and scholarly book, Kancha Ilaiah propounds a view of Gautama Buddha and his monasterial order that will change the way we think of both. Eschewing religious obscurantism and a conventional reading of history, he takes to redisco...

In this provocative and scholarly book, Kancha Ilaiah propounds a view of Gautama Buddha and his monasterial order that will change the way we think of both. Eschewing religious obscurantism and a conventional reading of history, he takes to rediscover the life and thought of this man who gave up kingship to search for the truth.
Critical of the caste system and its attendant power structures, Buddha inducted low caste members into the sangha and made them his trusted advisors. This inchoate democracy was in sharp contrast to the rigidities of brahminical Hinduism which was then in the process of using the concepts of dharma and karma to rationalize caste exploitation.
In contrast with the growing harshness of contemporary Hindu society towards women, Buddha gave them an honoured place in the sangha, and the right to attain enlightenment and follow knowledge just like the men. The book discusses the role of individual bhikkhunis (nuns) and presents extracts from their songs.

Published by: Samya

Publication Date: 2001

ISBN Code: 978-81-85604-44-4

Price: Rs 300.00

Pages: 256

Writing Indian History: A View from Below

Cultural Studies / History / Politics and Political Theory / Sociology

Writing Indian History: A View from Below

By: Achuthan M. Kandyil

This comprehensive history of India, from ancient to modern times, presents an alternative, even iconoclastic, view. Arguing that the history written by professional historians has been strongly influenced by their concept of Hinduism, caste and its...

This comprehensive history of India, from ancient to modern times, presents an alternative, even iconoclastic, view. Arguing that the history written by professional historians has been strongly influenced by their concept of Hinduism, caste and its implications, or by an over-dependence on Marxism, and their upper caste status, Achuthan M. Kandyil urges that it is time that the counter view of the lower castes cannot be considered.
Achuthan deconstructs the intellectual labour of iconic scholars and personalities like S. Radhakrishnan, M. N. Srinivas, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi, among others, to show how they supported the caste system, albeit condemning its excesses.
Challenging orthodox interpretations, and more radical ones, Achuthan raises many key questions on what is history and how it is written.

Published by: Samya

Publication Date: November, 2008

ISBN Code: 978-81-85604-72-5

Price: Rs 700.00

Pages: 465

Why I Am Not A Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy

Caste / Contemporary Issues / Cultural Studies / Gender Studies

Why I Am Not A Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture and Political Economy

By: Kancha Ilaiah

Kancha Ilaiah writes with passionate anger, laced with sarcasm on the caste system and Indian society. He looks at the socio-economic and cultural differences between the Dalitbahujans and Hindus in the contexts of childhood, family life, market rel...

Kancha Ilaiah writes with passionate anger, laced with sarcasm on the caste system and Indian society. He looks at the socio-economic and cultural differences between the Dalitbahujans and Hindus in the contexts of childhood, family life, market relations, power relations, Gods and Goddesses, death and Hindutva. Synthesizing many ideas of Bahujans, he presents their vision of a more just society. He presents an Afterword discussing the history of this book, often seen as the manifesto of the downtrodden Dalitbahujans. He wrote the book ‘for all who have open minds. My request to Brahmins, Baniya and Neo-Kshatriyas [upper class Sudras] is this; you learnt only what to teach others: the Dalitbahujans. Now in your own interest and in the interest of this great country you must learn to listen and to read what we have to say.’
‘The most gratifying thing for me was that it [this book] was listed as a millennium book [by The Pioneer].’

Published by: Samya

Publication Date: February, 1996

ISBN Code: 978-81-85604-82-7

Price: Rs 595.00

Pages: 178

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