PublicationsThe Branch Office New Delhi administers the publication of our series South Asian Studies. The first seven volumes were published by Steiner, the following volumes were published in cooperation with Manohar Publishers.
So far, the series consists of the following volumes:
Helmuth von Glasenapp :
interpreter of Indian thought / Wilfried Nölle. With a
preface by Zakir Husain. - 1964. 108 p.
This book presents an intellectual portrait of a great German Indologist by one of his disciples. Part two of this publication contains selected essays of Helmut von Glasenapp.
South Asian studies II /
ed. by Heimo Rau. - 1965. 111 p.
This volume contains the texts of lectures delivered at the Max Mueller Bhavan:
Dietmar Rothermund : Friedrich Schlegel and the wisdom of the Indians.
Hermann Berger : H. Grassmann and A. Ludwig, the first German translators of the Rigveda. Wilfried Noelle : Aryans and Dravidians.
M. Mujeeb : First impressions of western culture on Indian Muslims.
Heimo Rau : Reflections on the structure of Indian art.
Herbert Franke : Asian studies in Germany today.
The dialect of Delhi /
Bahadur Singh. - 1966. 68 p.
"High Hindi" or Standard Khariboli which are usually the subject of Hindi grammars do not necessarily reflect the colloquial patterns of the living language. In this study, which combines principles of traditional grammar with those of modern descriptive linguistics, an attempt has been made to preserve the colourful idiom spoken by a rapidly vanishing generation of citizens of Old Delhi.
Some problems of independent
India / ed. by Lothar Lutze. - 1968. 54 p
This volume contains a collection of four papers discussing problems of development planning in independent India (Hans-Christoph Rieger); linguistic provinces and the language policy of the Indian National Congress (Kerrin Dittmer); linguistic prospects of the emergence of an internal contact language for India (Lothar Lutze); and problems and perspectives of national integration (Hans Kruse).
A grammar of Tirukkural /
A. Dhamotharan. - 1972. X, 257 p. Trivandrum, Univ., Ph. D.
Tiruvalluvar's "Maxims", written in the second century A. D. in Old Tamil, have been called the masterpiece of Tamil literature and the "Bible" of the Tamil people. In this monograph, the author gives a linguistic description of the famous classic on the lines of Kenneth L. Pike's tagmemic theory, following a suggestion of Kamil V. Zvelebil that the only solid and honest way in which the long history of the Tamil language can be dealt with is to prepare linguistic descriptions of its representative texts.
Goethe and Tagore : a
retrospect of East-West colloquy / Alokeranjan Dasgupta. -
1973. XI, 127 p.
The author begins by tracing the impact of "The wonder that was India" on Germany, then turns to the influence of German thought on the Bengali mind and traces affinities in search of a vision in religion, history and literature. The final chapters are devoted to the criteria of evaluation of Tagore in Germany and India and to Goethe's rejection of the East and Tagore's rejection of the West.
The joint Hindu family :
its evolution as a legal institution / Günther-Dietz
Sontheimer. - 1977. XXI, 250 p.
The author initially discusses the patterns of family structure in pre-legal texts and the Dharmasastra, then analyses the relationship between father, son and further descendants as well as the right of women to property. He explains the rules on partition and reunion and then turns to a detailed study of Dayabhaga and Mitaksara. The final chapters are devoted to the evolution of Hindu law in later medieval times and under British rule. An examination of case law and legislation relating to the joint family concludes this study.
The cult of Jagannath and the
regional tradition of Orissa / edited by Anncharlott
Eschmann; Hermann Kulke; Gaya Charan Tripathi. - South Asia
Interdisciplinary Regional Research Programme, Orissa Research
Project. - 1978. XX, 537 p.
The Orissa Research Project of the South Asia Interdisciplinary Regional Research Programme was aimed at a better understanding of the impact of the Jagannatha cult on the regional tradition of Orissa. A detailed study of manuscripts such as the temple chronicle, Madalapañji, was combined with field research and social surveys. The ritual in the temple, the routes of the pilgrims, the relation of the cult to royal authority and its imitation by the rulers of the smaller states of Orissa, the evolution of priestly power, the Hinduization of tribal deities, the economy of the temple, etc. were studied by members of the project who contributed to this publication.
Zamindars, mines and peasants
: studies in the history of an Indian coalfield and its rural
hinterland / edited by D[ietmar] Rothermund; D. C. Wadhwa.
- South Asia Interdisciplinary Regional Research Programme,
Dhanbad Research Project. - 1978. XXI, 236 p., 27 tables in the
text, glossary pp. 228 to 229, index pp. 231-236, [map at the
beginning of the book] District Dhanbad, showing roads and railway
The Dhanbad Research Project of the South Asia Interdisciplinary Regional Research Programme encompassed three major approaches to the study of the relation of an Indian coalfield with its rural hinterland. The first volume reflects the historical approach: The emergence of the coalfield as an economic enclave, agrarian relations, the position of the zamindars and the role of the British managing agencies have been portrayed.
From the table of contents:
Dietmar Rothermund : Introduction pp. xvi-xxi.
Dietmar Rothermund : The coalfield: an enclave in a backward region pp. 1 to 19.
Detlef Schwerin : The control of land and labour in Chota Nagpur, 1859-1908 pp. 22-67, 2 tables. Dietmar Rothermund : Tenancy legislation for Chota Nagpur: The emphasis on executive protection pp. 69-83.
D. C. Wadhwa : Zamindaris at work (1793-1956): case studies in the Dhanbad District pp. 86-92.
D. C. Wadhwa : Zamindars and their land pp. 94-130, 9 tables.
D. C. Wadhwa : Zamindars in debt pp. 131-163.
Henner Papendieck : British managing agencies in the Indian coalfield pp. 165-224, 4 graphs, 16 tables.
Urban growth and rural
stagnation : studies in the economy of an Indian coalfield and
its rural hinterland / edited by D[ietmar] Rothermund; E[rhard]
Kropp; G[unther] Dienemann. - 1980. XXVI, 493 p., index pp.
481-493. - South Asia Interdisciplinary Regional Research
Programme, Dhanbad Research Project.
Map [at the beginning of the book]: District Dhanbad [showing railway lines, roads, market and fair places], map [at the end of the book]: District Dhanbad [showing administrative divisions], 177 tables in the text, index pp. 481-493.
The second volume of the Dhanbad Project Report is devoted to the studies of the economists and agronomists who did field research on the contemporary problems of the coalfield and found out that the persistent economic dualism which separates the mining enclave from its backward rural hinterland still prevails.
From the table of contents:
Erhard Kropp : The rural economy pp. xxv-xxvi.
Erika Moser-Schmitt : A demographic profile of Dhanbad District pp. 1-50, 3 tables, 2 charts: Transformation of tribal societies p. 49, Formation of a secondary peasant society p. 50.
Maitham Ajam : Agrarian markets in Dhanbad District pp. 51-67, 7 tables, map: Agrarian markets in Dhanbad District p. 53.
Harald Hänsch : The adoption of agricultural innovations pp. 69-123, 1 fig., 18 tables.
Erhard Kropp : The use of labour for the formation of agricultural real capital: the dilemma of peasant agriculture under industrial influence pp. 125-158, 4 tables, 3 graphs.
Hans-Dieter Roth : Long-term agrarian credit: an instrument for agricultural development policy in Dhanbad District pp. 159-178, 5 tables.
Ram Naresh Maharaj : The impact of state policy on agriculture pp. 179-269, 65 tables.
Gunther Dienemann : The urban economy pp. 270-269.
Gunther Dienemann : Labour force and wage policy: an analysis of their structural characteristics and patterns of development pp. 271-345, 1 fig., 9 tables in the text, appendix: 29 tables.
Günter Tiemann : Entrepreneurs in the iron-pressing small-scale industry in the coalfield: a study of their background and orientation pp. 347-401, 19 tables.
Gernot Ruths : Entrepreneurs in the coal-mining industry pp. 403-452, 25 tables.
Dietmar Rothermund : Epilogue: Urban growth and rural stagnation pp. 453 to 463.
List of castes and communities of Dhanbad District, compiled by Erika Moser-Schmitt pp. 464-479.
Social inequality and political
structures : studies in class formations and interest
articulation in an Indian coalfield and its rural hinterland /
Edited by John P. Neelsen. - 1983. XIII, 285 p. - South
Asia Interdisciplinary Regional Research Programme, Dhanbad
Select bibliography of major monographs on the Dhanbad Project pp. 275 to 276, index p. 277-285.
The third major approach to the study of the Indian coalfield and its hinterland was that of the sociologists and political scientists who regarded the evidence of social inequality which they found here as a paradigm for similar problems which one would encounter in other parts of India, too. Problems of education and of the educated are highlighted in this volume, specific groups such as the educated untouchables or the educated working women have been studied in detail. The political awareness of the voters and the role of trade union leaders have also been examined.
From the table of contents:
J[ohn] P[eter] Neelsen : Introduction: conceptual aspects of social stratification and empirical findings of a transitional society pp. 1-9.
J[ohn] P[eter] Neelsen : The traditional structure of social inequality: the caste system pp. 12-37, 3 tables, 2 diagrams, bibliography pp. 34-37.
E[ckehard] Kulke : The condition of Untouchables in India pp. 39-66, 10 tables.
J[ohn] P[eter] Neelsen : Class structure, education and social change in India: results of an empirical case study in Dhanbad/Bihar pp. 67-83, 10 tables.
W[olf] Bergmann : The medical care system pp. 85-124, 7 tables, bibliography pp. 123-124.
I[nge] Kaul : The economic situation of the urban middle class pp. 123-134, 2 tables, 1 diagram, bibliography p. 134.
E[ckehard] Kulke : The problems of the educated middle class Harijans pp. 133-147, 2 tables.
J[ohn] P[eter] Neelsen : The new Middle Class: status inconsistency and political radicalism pp. 149-175, 9 tables, bibliography pp. 172-175.
E[ckehard] Kulke : The social basis of Indian parties pp. 193.
I[ndira] Rothermund : The political contours of the coalfield pp.196-221, 2 tables, 2 graphs.
I[ndira] Rothermund : Trade unions and trade union leadership in the coalfield pp. 223-262, Appendix I: Major trade unions in India/Dhanbad p. 278, Appendix II: Interviews: I. Trade union leaders and office-bearers pp. 279-262.
W[olf] Bergmann : Class contradictions vs national development: the mixed economy pp. 263-273.
Select bibliography of major monographs on the Dhanbad Project pp. 275 to 276.
Index p. 277-285.
History of the Chaitanya faith
in Orissa / Prabhat Mukherjee. - 1979. 126 p.
Glossary [p. 120], glossary of mythological persons [p. 121], index pp. -124, index of literary sources pp. -126.
The Vaishnava saint Chaitanya (1486 - 533) was worshipped even in his own lifetime as an embodiment of the god Jagannatha. The author of this study traces the history of Chaitanya and of the movement he founded in the wider context of Oriya Vaishnavism.
Memorial stones : a study
of their origin, significance and variety / Editors: S. Settar;
Günther D. Sontheimer. - 1982. [85,] 393 p. - (I.I.A.H.
series / Institute of Indian Art History, Karnatak University; 2)
This volume is the result of a conference held in Dharwar, January 1975, which for the first time dealt with the problem of hero stones and sati stones on an all-Indian, comparative level.
From the table of contents:
[List of] illustrations pp. [xvi-xxi]
Part I: Meaning, significance and origin
Pierre Filliozat : The after-death destiny of the hero according to Mahabharata pp. 3-8.
K. Krishnamoorthy : Hero: death: commemoration, as reflected in Sanskrit literature: a study pp. 9-16.
S. Settar, M. M. Kalaburgi : The hero cult: a study of Kannada literature from 9th to 13th cent. pp. 17-36.
Prabhu Sankar : The hero in medieval and modern Kannada literature and folk-songs: a glimpse pp. 37-43.
A. N. Upadhye : Nisidhi: it's meaning pp.45-46.
D. R. Patil : The origin of memorial stones pp. 47-58.
K. V. Soundara Rajan : Origin and spread of memorial stones in Tami-Nadu pp. 59-76, bibliography p. 75, tentative chronology of early Tamil cultural vestiges p. 76.
Part II: Folk, tribal, local traditions and memorials
M. S. Mate : Hero-stones: the 'folk' and the 'classic' pp. 79-82.
Jyotindra Jain : Ethnic background of some hero-stones of Gujarat pp. 83-86, 6 photographs between pp. 128 and 129.
Gu[ü]nther D. Sontheimer : On the memorials to the dead in the tribal area of Central India pp. 87-99, 27 photographs in the centre of the book.
Haku Shah : Tribal memorials in Gujarat pp. 101-116, 20 photographs between pp. 128 and 129.
M. Chidanandamurti : Two Masti temples in Karnataka pp. 117-131, 3 photographs between pp. 128 and 129.
R. Sesha Sastri, A. Krishna Murthy : Memorial stones of Beas and Kurubas: a study of contemporary practices pp. 133-135.
Part III: Regional varieties and characteristics
B. D. Chattopadhyaya : Early memorial stones of Rajasthan: a preliminary analysis of their inscriptions pp. 139-149.
R. C. Agrawala : Govardhana pillars from Rajasthan: an iconographic study pp. 151-155, 3 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
Saryu Doshi : Paliyas of Saurashtra pp. 157-173, 34 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
Pushpa Bindra : Memorial stones in Himachal pp. 175-182, bibliography p. 182, 3 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
S. Settar : Memorial stones in South India pp. 183-197.
H. Sarkar : The caya-stambhas from Nagarjunakonda pp. 199-207, 2 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
M. L. K. Murthy : Memorial stones in Andhra Pradesh pp. 209-218, 4 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
R. N. Gurav : Hero-stones of the Kadambas of Goa pp. 219-226.
S. Rajasekhara : Rastrakuta hero-stones: a study pp. 225-230, 9 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
Vasundhara Filliozat : Aruhanahalli memorials pp. 231-233, 5 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
C. V. Rangaswami : Memorials for pets, animals and heroes pp. 235-241.
K. K. N. Kurup : Memorial tablets in Kerala pp. 243-250, 1 photograph between pp. 288 and 289.
D. H. Khare : Memorial stones in Maharashtra pp. 251-254, 2 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
S. B. Deo : A sati memorial from Markandi pp. 255-259, 6 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
Gu[ü]nther D. Sontheimer : Hero and sati-stones of Maharashtra pp. 261-281, 51 photographs between pp. 288 and 289.
S. Settar, Ravi K. Korisettar : Nisidhis in Karnataka: a survey pp. 283-293.
Index pp. 349-393.
The religious system of the
Mahanubhava sect : the Mahanubhava Sutrapatha / Edited and
translated with an introduction by Anne Feldhaus. - 1983.
VIII, 285 p.
Index to introduction pp. 265-267, Sutra index pp. 265-280, glossary pp. 281 to 283, index of names and persons in the Sutrapatha pp. -285, index of place names in the Strapha p. .
This is the first translation of a basic canonical text of the Mahanubhava sect in Maharashtra which was prominent in the 13th century Yadava kingdom.
Oriya nationalism : quest
for a united Orissa 1866 - 1936 / Nivedita Mohanty. - 1982.
XIX, 201 p.
Bibliography: Primary sources pp. 189-190, secondary sources pp. 191-193, index pp. 195-201.
The Oriya movement which started in the 19th century and finally led to the creation of the province of Orissa in 1936 was initially a cultural campaign against the dominating influence of Bengali; it was then also aimed at an administrative unification of Oriya majority districts which were under various provincial authorities and only in its final stage a claim was staked for a separate province as such. These various aspects of the movement are traced in detail in this thesis which is based on a great deal of rare source material in Oriya.
Indian moneylenders at work
: case studies of the traditional rural credit market in Dhanbad
District, Bihar / Hans-Dieter Roth. - 1983. XII, 112 p.
23 tables in the text, 8 tables in the appendix, 1 sketch: Administrative limits of the Dhanbad District and the location of case villages p. 6, bibliography pp. 105-108, index pp. 109-112.
This study of rural moneylenders in Dhanbad, Bihar, sheds light on the various practices of granting credit to peasants. The author analyses one credit network operated by a local trader-cum-moneylender, a group of rich peasants acting as moneylenders in another village, and a third village where Madrasi moneylenders offer credit at competitive rates. This shows a surprising spectrum of credit relations and serves as an antidote to facile generalisations about traditional moneylenders.
India and the West :
proceedings of a seminar dedicated to the memory of Hermann Goetz
/ Edited by Joachim Deppert. - 1983. 263 p.
This is a collection of papers read at a seminar dedicated to the memory of Hermann Goetz and held at Delhi in February 1982 as part of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi. The emphasis is on the complementarity and common heritage of the Indian and western cultural fields according to the main tenets of H. Goetz's work: research in Indian history of art within the context of the general history of civilization and correlation of Indological studies with the study of mutual influences of the cultures west of India.
From the table of contents:
Hermann Kulke : Life and work of Hermann Goetz pp.13-23, notes pp. 21-23.
A. Ranganathan : The relevance of Coomaraswamy and Goetz to the history of ideas: some aesthetic considerations pp. 25-43, notes pp. 42-43.
Joachim Deppert : East or West: The precedent: the Aryan schism. pp. 45-138, notes pp. 111-136, bibliography and abbreviations pp. 136-138.
R. N. Mehta : Urban centres of western India and the western world pp.139 to 148, bibliography pp. 147-148.
Lokesh Chandra : Hellenistic echoes in the legend of Krishna pp. 149-154, Appendix 1: Pali version of the Krishna Legend (reproduced from Malalasekera, 1960, 1.108-109) pp. 151-152, Appendix 2: Excursus on Prof. Stietencron's Indische Sonnenpriester pp. 152-154, notes p. 154, abbreviations p. 154.
Klaus Fischer : Interrelations between East and West in the light of newly discovered Gandhara sculptures pp. 155-158, notes pp. 157-158, 2 photographs.
Karl Jettmar : Westerners beyond the Great Himalayan Range : Rock carvings and rock inscriptions in the Indus Valley near Chilas pp. 159-164, notes and references p. 164, map: Situation of newly discovered clusters of rock-carvings and inscriptions in North Pakistan, opp. p. 160, 9 photographs between pp. 160 and 161.
Vasundhara Filliozat : Vijayanagar and Portugues chronicles pp. 165-171, notes pp. 171-172.
Ebba Koch : Jahangir and the angels : recently discovered wall paintings under European influence in the Fort of Lahore pp. 173-195, notes pp. 187 to 195, 23 photographs between pp. 184 and 185.
Heimo Rau : The image of India in European antiquity and the Middle Ages pp. 197-208, notes pp. 207-208.
Heidrun Brückner : Revelation and argumentation : some references to the relation of sruti and tarka in Samkara's Brhadranyakopanisadbhasya pp. 209 to 220, notes pp. 218-220.
N. S. S. Raman : Indian and German idealism pp. 221-235, notes pp. 234-235.
Günther D. Sontheimer : The Mallari/Khandoba myth as reflected in folk art and ritual pp.237-251, notes pp. 247-251.
T. K. Oommen : Towards reconciling traditional and modern values : the Indian experiment pp. 253-263.
Hindi writing in post-colonial
India : a study in the aesthetics of literary production
/ Lothar Lutze. - 1985. XII, 227 p. - Key to bibliography
pp. 215-224, index pp. 225-227.
In this book, literature is seen and shown as something that happens among people. There are some who make it and others who take it. The present study concentrates on the makers and the making of literature. It originates from the author's deep concern with, and fascination by, the production of works of art, of word art in particular, as it is manifested in three key processes - the process of communication, the process of change, the process of creation.
The literature in contemporary India is remarkable for the fact that, with almost two thirds of the population being illiterate, printed-and-read literature, (to which this study is restricted) coexists, both competitively and mutually stimulatingly, with a powerful oral tradition on the one hand and an equally powerful film industry on the other. Moreover, in a historical situation still largely determined by the aftermath of colonial domination with the shattering of indigenous identities, literature, by tenaciously rebuilding these indentities - be they individual, regional or national on the foundations of language - becomes a major instrument of cultural revival.
The central portion of this book is the outcome of literary field work conducted since 1972. It comprises the Hind part of a larger research project covering the Hindi-speaking region, West Bengal and Karnataka.
Religion and pilgrim tax under
the Company Raj / Nancy Gardner Cassels. - 1988. XII,
184 p. ISBN 81-85054-32-0
4 photographs between pp. 84 and 85, glossary pp. 156-157, Appendix A: Coins and phrases pp. 158-160, Appendix B: Letter from Puri priests to Lord Wellesley, 24 July 1804 pp. 160-162, Appendix C: Forms of certificate granted to different classes of pilgrims according to Section 8 Regulation IV 1809 pp. 162-163, Appendix D: Forms of certificate granted to different classes of pilgrims according to section II Regulation IV 1809 p. 163, Appendix E: Government profit from idolatry p. 164, Appendix F: Trower's Draft Regulation pp. 154-169, Appendix G: Commissioner Hr[e]nry Ricketts' report on the 'Established Donation' calculated by Collector William Wilkinson pp. 169-170, Bibliography: Primary sources: 1. Manuscripts pp. 171-173, 2. printed pp. 174 to 179, secondary sources pp. 179-182, index pp. -182.
This monograph is a study of the tangled relationship between the East India Company and the great temple at Jagannathpur. The East India Company's connection with Jagannathpur began with its decision to follow the example of previous governments' administration of Pilgrim Tax. Critics of the Company referred to this revenue as "wages of idolatry". Company statesmen defended the tax as a legitimate financial support for the Government's guarantee to its Indian subjects of the "free exercise of their religion". The author breaks new ground by outlining a policy articulated by the East India Company in accordance with its "compact" which promised respect for and noninterference with Hindu and Muslim religious customs and institutions.
Two medieval merchant guilds of
South India / Meera Abraham. - 1988. XII, 273 p., 3
maps. ISBN 81-85054-48-7
Appendix A: Inscriptions of Ayyavole pp. 183-242, Appendix B: Inscriptions relating to Manigramam pp. 243-247, Appendix C: Pudukkottai Inscriptions pp. 248-251, bibliography pp. -268, index pp. -273.
Organised internal and maritime commerce was an important feature in medieval South India, often resulting in acute trade rivalries and armed conflicts between ruling dynasties who laid great emphasis on trade and conquests within and outside peninsular India. The present work is the first detailed study of two powerful medieaval merchant guilds viz. Manigram and Ayyavole. The book throws fresh light on the Chola State synthesis, relationship between merchants and kings and the importance of revenues from trade to the medieval state and the linkage between South Indian kingdoms with the Indian Ocean and sea borne trade.
Work for wages in South Asia
/ edited by Mark Holmström. - 1990. 193 p.
ISBN 81-85054-87-8 References pp. 188-189, index pp. -193.
Mark Holmström : Introduction pp. 1-10, references p. 10.
Jacques Pouchepadass : The market for agricultural labour in colonial North Bihar 1860-1920 pp. -27, references pp. 26-27: official publications pp. 26-27, secondary works p. 27.
Dick Kooiman : Questions of money: a comparative analysis of Ceylon coffee estates and Bombay cotton mills pp. -45, references pp. 43-45.
Colin Simmons : The creation and organisation of a proletarian mining labour force in India: the case of the Kolar gold fields 1833-1955 pp. -117, 26 tables.
Béatrice Knerr : Effects of international labour migration on the economic growth of Bangladesh pp. -159, 8 figs., 17 tables, references pp. 158 to 159.
E. A. Ramaswamy : Indian trade unionism: the crisis of leadership pp.  to 172.
Gérard Heuzé : Workers' struggles and indigenous Fordism in India pp.  to 189, references pp. 188-189, index pp. -193.
The political status of the
Sikhs during the Indian national movement, 1935-1947 /
Christine Effenberg. - New Delhi: Archives Publishers,
1989. 251 p. ISBN 81-7051-070-8
Appendix no. 1: The external features of Sikhs: The Sikh code of conduct p. , Appendix no. 1a: Gurus of the Sikhs p. , Appendix no. 2: Nehru Report, Presidential Address of Pandit Motilal Nehru, Forty-third Indian National Congress, Calcutta, 29 December 1928 pp. -188, Appendix no. 3: The Communal Award by His Majesty's Government, released on 16 August 1932 pp. -194, Appendix no. 4: Sixth Schedule, provisions as to franchise, part IV: The Punjab pp. -200, Appendix no. 5: Skeleton Plan showing Kirti and Communist influences pp., Appendix no. 6: Draft declaration for discussion with Indian leaders published on 30 March 1942 pp. -204, Appendix no. 7: Sikhs reject proposal pp. -206, Appendix no. 8: Resolution of the Working Committee of the All-India Muslim League, 2 April 1942 p. , Appendix no. 9: Excerpt from "The Hindu-Muslim Problem" pp. -209, appendix no. 10: The "Quit India" demand: Resolutions of the All-India Congress Committee, Bombay, 8 August 1942 pp. -214, Appendix no. 11: Mr. C. Rajagopalachari's formular, 10 July 1944 p. , Appendix no. 12: Excerpt from broadcast speech of the Viceroy, Lord Wavell, 14 June 1945 pp. -217, Appendix no. 13: Sikh memorandum to the Cabinet Mission pp. -219, Appendix no. 14: Memorandum of the Central Akali Dal presented to the British Cabinet Mission pp. -222, Appendix no. 15: Excerpt from Statement of the Cabinet Mission and the Viceroy, 16 May 1946 pp. -226, bibliography: A. Unpublished sources pp. -235: National Archives of India, New Delhi, Government of India Files, Copies of the Punjab Government files in the Home Political Department: Home Political Files pp. -228, Reform Office Papers p.228, Mehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi: Papers of the All India Congress Committee pp. 228-230, Sunder Singh Majithia Papers: I. Correspondence pp. 230-231, II. Subject Files p. 231, Jawaharlal Nehru Papers: I. Correspondence pp. 231-232, II. Subject Files pp. 232 to 233, India Office Library, London: Private Paper = Linlithgwo Collection MSS Eur F 125 p. 233, Information Department (L/1) pp. 233-234, Political Department records (particularly ... collections L/P & J/8) p. 234, Records transferred to London pp. 234-235, B. Published sources p. 236, C. Source gatherings pp. 236-237, D. Published interviews p. 237, E. Published correspondence p. 237, F. Literature pp. 238-245, G. Articles pp. 246-250, H. Unpublished articles p. 251, I. Newspapers p. 251.
This book is the English translation of no. 94 of the Beiträge zur Südasienforschung, in order to make it available to the non-German reader: The Sikhs formed, on the one hand, the sinews of power for the British and, on the other, they also formed the sinews of power for India's freedom fighters trying to oust the foreign regimes. The various Sikh movements launched during the struggle for independence are discussed in this book.
Cooperation and conflict in
South Asia / Partha S. Ghosh. - 1989. IX, 6, 265 p.
Bibliography: Books pp. 238-246, articles pp. 246-257, unpublished papers, monographs and Ph. D. dissertations pp. 257-258, newspapers, magazines p. 258, index pp. 259-265.
Co-operation and conflict are to nations what love and hate are to human beings. They are contradictory, yet coexistential. South Asia is no exception. Partha Ghosh's painstaking analysis is based on an inside-outside paradigm approaching the problem from the angle of the region's domestic politics and concludes that the external dabblings are as much the consequence as the cause of the region's conflicts.
The settlement literature of
the Greater Punjab : a handbook / Clive [J.] Dewey. -
1991. 107 p. ISBN 81-85425-22-1
Bibliographies and catalogues p. 11, bibliographical sources: general p. , careers p. , education pp. -13, abbreviations pp. -16.
This book is a guide to the richest sources for the study of British Punjab - the hundreds of assessment reports, settlement reports, gazetteers and codes of customary law produced by officials settling the land revenue.
Andhra peasants under British
rule : Agrarian relations and the rural economy 1900-1940 / A.
Satyanarayana. - 1990. [IX], 162 p. ISBN 81-85425-06-X
Map of Madras Presidency, Telugu speaking districts 1901-1941 p. IX, select bibliographies: 1. Government records p. , 2. Publications of the Government of India p. , 3. Government of the United Kingdom p. , 4. Government of Madras pp. -150, Annual Reports p. 150, Madras District Manuals and Gazetteers p. 150, 6. published books pp. 150-152, 7. articles pp. 152-155, Appendix I: Classification of landholders by the extent of land revenue paid pp. 156-157, Appendix 2: Foodgrain prices in Andhra districts, 1904-1938 p. 158, index pp. -162.
A lively debate on the "colonial mode of production", "external articulation" and the rise of commodity production in India has been going on for some time. The present study breaks new ground concentrating on the process of agrarian change and class formation in Andhra in a colonial context.
Hinduism reconsidered /
edited by Günther D. Sontheimer and Hermann Kulke.
- 1989. VII, 238 p. ISBN 81-85054-89-4
Contemporary research in Hinduism has thrown up a number of micro-studies and new over-all theories giving rise to the questions: Do conventional notions of Hinduism need to be reformulated on the basis of new evidence and modern theories? Is it prudent to interpret Hinduism without an interdisciplinary and contextual approach? In short, what does Hinduism mean? The above issues were discussed at the IXth European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, and this volume contains the papers presented for discussion there - discussions which were lively and thought provoking:
David Shulman : Reconsidering Hinduism, or: what I might have said (in part) if ... pp. -9.
Heinrich von Stietencron : Hinduism: on the proper use of a deceptive term pp. 11-27, references pp. 25-27.
Robert Eric Frykenberg : The emergence of modern 'Hinduism' as a concept and as an institution: a reappraisal with special reference to South India (1) pp. 29-49, notes pp. 42-46, references pp. 47-49.
N. K. Wagle : Hindu-Muslim interactions in medieval Maharashtra pp. 51-66, references pp. 65-66.
Peter van der Veer : The concept of the ideal Brahman as an Indological construct pp. 67-80, references pp. 79-80.
Horst Krüger : Hinduism and national liberation movement in India pp. 81-92, notes pp. 90-91, references pp. 91-92.
Françoise Mallison : Hinduism as seen by the Nizari Ismaili missionaries of western India : The evidence of the Ginan pp. 93-103, notes pp. 99-102, references pp. 102-103.
Charlotte Vaudeville : Multiple approaches to a living Hindu myth: the Lord of the Govardhan Hill pp. 105-125, notes pp. 120-123, references pp. 123-124. map: Bharatpur and Mathura Districts p. 125.
Monika Thiel-Horstmann : Bhakti and monasticism pp. 127-140, notes pp. 137-140, references p. 140.
Serge Bouez : Staying on the goddess's eyelid: Devotion and reversal of values in Hindu Bengal pp. 141-156, notes pp. 153-155, references pp. 155-156.
Steven Vertovec : Hinduism in diaspora: The transformation of tradition in Trinidad pp. 157-186, 6 tables, notes pp. 175-177, references pp. 177-186.
Gabriella Eichinger Ferro-Luzzi : The polytechnic-prototype approach to Hinduism pp. 187-195, references pp. 193-195.
Günther D. Sontheimer : Hinduism: The five components and their interaction pp. 197-212, references pp. 209-212.
Richard Burghart : Something lost, something gained: translations of Hinduism pp. 213-225, references pp. 224-225.
Contributors pp. 227-228.
General index pp. 229-236.
Index of Indian terms pp. 237-238.
Devotional Hind literature
: A critital edition of the Pañc-Vani or five works of
Dadu, Kabir, Namdev, Raidas, Hardas with the Hindi songs of
Gorakhnath and Sundardas, and a complete word-index / Winand M.
Callewaert, Bart Op de Beeck. - 1991. ISBN 81-85425-65-5
Vol. 1. V, 584 p. ISBN 81-85425-66-3
Vol. 2. pp. 585-1076. ISBN 81-85425-67-1
This book is a tribute to India's literary heritage. The basis for selection is the famous Rajasthan Pañc-Vani collection of the works of five great Bhaktas: Dadu, Kabir, Namdev, Raidas and Hardas. In order to make possible a comparison, the authors have also included the Bijak of Kabir, the "Hindi" songs of Gorakhnath and Sundardas, and a selection of Siddha literature. The present work thus gives a representative selection of the most popular Pads and Sakhis around 1600 A.D. in Northwest India.
Aspects of ecological problems
and environmental awareness in South Asia / edited by Wolfgang
L. Werner. - 1993. VII, 148 p. ISBN 81-7304-044-3
This volume contains papers presented at the panel on "South Asia's Ecological Past and Future" at the XIth European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies in Amsterdam in 1990. The guiding idea of the panel has been to arrange a dialogue between anthropologists and ecologists, as environmental problems are a concern of both, man and nature. The peculiar shape of the Indian sub-continent and its mountain barriers account for a distinct differentiation of climate and vegetation. Contributors to the volume have addressed diverse problems relating to these areas with distinct characteristics:
Wolfgang L. Werner : Ecological problems and environmental awareness in South Asia: introduction pp. -5, references p. 5.
K. M. M. Dakshini : Destruction of forests in Northern India: an ecological assessment pp. 7-20, references pp. 19-20.
Klaus Seeland : Environment and social erosion in rural communities of South Asia pp. 21-39, references pp. 37-39.
S. M. Nurul Aslam : Perception of ecological problems and its implications for Bangladesh's ecological future pp. 41-54, references pp. 63-54.
Susana B. C. Devalle : Beyond ecology? Indigenous territories and natural resources (Jharkand, India) pp. 55-71, map: Jharkand region (Bihar) p. 56, map: Bihar and Jharkand forests p. 52, 1 photograph p. 61, references pp. 70-71.
Stig Toft Madsen : Economy of an open access resource: Fishing in Keni 1985-89 pp. 73-104, 2 photographs between pp. 75 and 76, 3 tables, map of Uttara Kannada coastline p. 79, figures: Average catch p. 87, Average and maximum catch, and earnings p. 88, Percentage working days per month p. 89, Daily catches p. 93, Value of catch p. 94, Cumulative effect of catch quantity on prices for 875 fish days p. 95, references pp. 102-104.
J[acques] Pouchepadass : The ecological history of the Western Ghats in the Modern Period: a preliminary survey pp. 105-131, references pp. 128-131.
K. M. Matthew : Awareness generation and training in nature conservation and eco-development on the Western Ghats (Palni Hills), India pp. 133-148, 2 tables, 2 maps, bibliography p. 148.
Flags of fame : Studies in
South Asian folk culture / edited by Heidrun Brückner,
Lothar Lutze, and Aditya Malik. - 1993. XIII, 503 p.
13 plates, 13 photographs between pp. 224 and 225, general index pp. -499, index of South Asian terms pp. -503.
This volume contains fifteen articles by Indian and European scholars, describing and analyzing various aspects of folk culture in South Asia. The principal emphasis is on folk religion, including both ritual performances and oral texts. The articles cover a wide spectrum of regional traditions, ranging from Kerala and Karnataka in the southwest to Nepal and the Himalayas in the northeast, and a stunning variety of materials, including ball games, oral poetry, a ritual hunt, ghost and deity porsession, and the traditions of itinerant genealogists. Several major themes typical of Indian folk religion bind the different articles together. Papers included are:
Heidrun Brückner, Aditya Malik : Introduction pp. 1-18.
I. Divine performances
Günther D[ietz] Sontheimer : King Khandoba's hunt and his encounter with Banai, the shepherdess pp. -80, abbreviations p. 73, references pp. 73-80.
Gilles Tarabout : Ritual rivalry in Kerala pp. -108, references pp. 102-108.
J. Richardson Freeman : Performing possession: ritual and consciousness in the Teyyam complex of northern Kerala pp. 109-138, references pp. 136-138.
Balan Nambiar : Tai paradevata: Ritual impersonation in the Teyyam tradition of Kerala pp. -163, references p. 163.
Axel Michaels : Siva under refuse: The hidden Mahadeva (Lukumahadyah) and protective stones in Nepal pp. -199, references pp. 193-199: I. Texts pp. 193-194, II. Books, articles etc. pp. 194-199.
Claus Peter Zoller : On Himalayan ball games, headhunting, and related matters pp. -237, references pp. 236-237.
Elisabeth Schoembucher : Gods, ghosts an demons : posession in South Asia pp. -267, references pp. 263-267.
II. Textual networds
B. A. Viveka Rai : The genres of Tulu folk-poetry: an introduction pp. - to 282, references pp. 280-282.
Heidrun Brückner : Kannalaya : the place of a Tulu paddana among interrelated oral traditions pp. -330, appendix: I. Kannalaye-paddana (translation) pp. 317-323, II. Pasna Jumadi-paddana (translation) pp. 324-329, III. Kannalaye (Burnell ms. 18, Indian Antiquary 25, 1896: 65) pp. 329-334, references pp. 331-334.
Peter J. Claus : Text variability and authenticity in the Siri cult pp. -374, references pp. 371-374.
Aditya Malik : Avatara, avenger, and king: narrative themes in the Rjasthn oral epic of Devnarayan pp. -409, references pp. 403-409.
Bahadur Singh : The episode of the golden Siva image in the Bagaravat pp. -421, references p. 421.
Richard Burghart : Itinerant Vaisnavite genealogists of the Ganges Basin pp. -443, references p. 443.
Hugh van Skyhawk : Nasiruddin and Adinath, Nizamuddin and Kaniphnath: Hindu-Muslim religious syncretism in the folk literature of the Deccan pp.  to 467, references pp. 466-467.
Alokeranjan Dasgupta : The king and the tribal bard - patterns of protest by two minorities pp. -479, references p. 479.
Contributors pp. -486.
General index pp. -499.
Maharashtra: Culture and
society: Folk culture, folk religion and oral traditions as a
component in Maharashtrian culture / Edited by Günther-Dietz
Sontheimer. 1995. IX, 295 p., 1 fig., 6 plates. ISBN
81-7304-087-7 1 fig., 6 photographs between pp. 102 and 103,
general index pp. 259-284, index of Indic words pp. 285-291.
The papers in this volume were presented at the third conference in the series "Maharashtra: Culture and Society", convened by Günther Dietz Sontheimer (†) at Heidelberg in June 1988.
Papers included are:
James W. Laine: _iv_j_ as epic hero pp. 1-24, references pp. 20-24. Dilip Chitre: Mumbaichi Lavni: the first Marathi poem on industrial civililzation pp. 25-30.
Anne Feldhaus: Types of river goddesses in Maharashtra pp. 31-47, references pp. 46-47.
Traude Pillai-Vetschera: The impact of Chistianity on the mahars of Ahmednagar District pp. 49-61, references p. 61.
Eleanor Zelliot: The folklore of pride: three components of contemporary dalit belief pp. 63-85, references pp. 79-85.
M. K. Dhavalikar: The living past: the first farmers of Maharashtra and their successors pp. 87-106, references pp. 104-106.
Eric Reenberg Sand: Gop_lp_r-k_l_: some aspects of the history of the sacred places South of Pandharpur pp. 107-128, references pp. 126-128.
Günther-Dietz Sontheimer: The folk festival (jatr_) in the religious traditions of Maharashtra: the case of Khan.d.ob_ pp. 129-145, references p. 145.
P. B. Mande: Folk culture, folk religion and oral tradition in Maharashtrian culture pp. 147-164, references p. 164.
M. N. Deshpande: Some aspects of folk religion in the Konkan and Desh regions of Maharashtra pp. 165-180, references pp. 179-180.
N. K. Wagle: On relations amongs bh_ts, gods, and men: aspects of folk religion and law in pre-British Maharashtra pp. 181-220, references p. 220.
Durga Bhagvat: Some multi-purpose aspects of Indian folklore pp. 221-243, references pp. 241-243.
R. C. Dhere: Folk perception and saints' perception pp. 245-258.
Liberalising India: Progress
and Problems / Edited by Dietmar Rothermund.
1996. VIII, 108 pp. ISBN 81-7304-172-5
The papers in this volume were presented at a seminar held on January 20, 1996 in New Delhi at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML)
Papers included are:
Dietmar Rothermund: Introduction: India's Liberalisation in Historical Perspective pp. 1-19.
Manmohan Singh, Minister of Finance: Inaugural Address pp. 21-28.
Vijay Kelkar, Petroleum Secretary, Government of India: Strategies of Privatisation: An Approach to the Oil Industry pp. 29-34.
Amit Mitra, Secretary General, FICCI: Discussant's Comment pp. 35-40.
R. Radhakrishna, Member-Secretary, ICSSR, New Delhi: Food Trends, Public Distribution System and Food Security Concerns pp. 41-68.
V.M. Rao, ISEC, Bangalore: Discussant's Comment pp. 69-72.
S. Guhan, Madras Institute of Development Studies: Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Nets pp. 73-84.
Suresh Tendulkar, Delhi School of Economics: Discussant's Comment pp. 85-87.
L.K. Deshpande, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay: The Impact of the Structural Adjustment Programme on Industrial Employment and Industrial Relations pp. 89-92.
Ajit Ghose, ILO-SAT, New Delhi: Discussant's Comment pp. 93-95.
Literaturverzeichnis [Bibliography] pp. 99-108.
Irrigation, Agriculture and the Raj - Punjab 1887-1947 / M. Mufakharul Islam. 1997. 180 pp. ISBN 81?7304?167?9 Einführung [Introduction] pp.13-24, Anhang [Appendices] pp.150-165, Glossar [Glossary] pp.166-167, Literaturverzeichnis [Select Bibliography] pp.168-178, Index pp. 179-180.
Legitimacy and Conflict in
South Asia / Edited by Subrata K. Mitra and Dietmar
Rothermund 1997. VIII, 279 pp. ISBN 81?7304?167?9
Einführung [Introduction] pp. 1-6, Epilog [Epilogue] pp.
250-251, Literaturverzeichnis [Bibliography] pp. 252-263, Index
Subrata K. Mitra: Introduction: Legitimacy and Conflict in South Asia pp. 1-6.
Dietmar Rothermund: Conflict as a Challenge to Legitimacy: A Historical Perspective pp. 7-16.
Subrata K. Mitra: Legitimacy, Governance and Political Institutions in India after Independence pp. 17-49.
Partha S Ghosh: Hindu Nationalism, the Politics of Nation-Building and Implications for the Legitimacy of the State pp. 50-68.
Gurharpal Singh: Understanding Order and Legitimacy in Punjab since 1984 pp. 69-81.
Iyotirindra Dasgupta: Democracy, Development and Federalism: Some Implications of Constructive Constitutionalism in India pp. 82-106.
T.V. Sathyamurthy: Local Politics, Violence and Panchayati Raj pp. 107-121.
Dieter Conrad: Conflicting Legitimacies in Pakistan: The Changing Role of the Objectives Resolution (1949) in the Constitution pp. 122-151.
Tazeen M. Murshid: The Sacred and the Secular: A Crisis of Governance in Bangladesh pp. 152-172.
Amita Shastri: Constitution-Making as a Political Resource: Crisis of Legitimacy in Sri Lanka pp. 173-193.
Christian Wagner: Sri Lanka - Crisis of Legitimacy pp. 194-206.
Lok Raj Baral and Leo E. Rose: Democratization and the Crisis of Governance in Nepal pp. 207-219.
Surya P. Subedi: Indo-Nepal Relations: The Causes of Conflict and their Resolution pp. 220-245.
Dietmar Rothermund: Statements of the Discussants at the Conference on Legitimacy and Conflict pp. 246-249.
Dietmar Rothermund: Epilogue
Of Clowns and Gods, Brahmans
and Babus - Humour in South Asian Literatures / Edited by
Christina Oesterheld and Claus Peter Zoller. 1999.
181 pp. ISBN 81?7304?260?8
Claus Peter Zoller and Christina Oesterheld: Introduction pp. 9-21.
Lothar Lutze: From Dingley Dell to Darbhanga: Some Introductory Remarks on the Meaning of '(Sense of) Humour' pp. 22-33.
Dietmar Mayan: 'Deviant' Speechplay and Hindi Ideology: A Nexus Suggested pp. 34-49.
Konrad Meisig: Carter and Courtesan - The Ox and the Tigress: Humour in Phanishwarnath Renu's Hindi Story 'The Third Vow' pp. 50-62.
Rupert Snell: Humour in the Satsai of Biharilal pp. 63-79.
Sadiq-Ur-Rahman Kidwai: Poet who Laughed in Pain: Akbar Ilahabadi pp. 80-90.
Fateh Muhammad Malik: Iqbal Inspired Humour: A Note on Parodies by Selected Urdu Poets pp. 91-101.
William Radice: The Humour of Calcutta pp. 102-117.
Heidrun Brückner: Thomas Mann's Transposed Heads and Girish Karnad's Hayavadana: An Indian Motif Re-imported pp. 118-145.
Gabriella Eichinger Ferro-Luzzi: Joking and Laughing in Modern Tamil Literature pp. 146-156.
Aditya Malik: Powers of the Timid: Aspects of Humour in the Rajasthani Oral Epic Of Devnarayan pp. 157-168.
Claus Peter Zoller: 'My Mother an Apsara, the Father a Ksatriya, my Uncle the Son of a Gandharva': Humour in the Oral Poetry of the Himalaya pp. 169-181.
Ways of Dying - Death and its
Meaning in South Asia / Edited by Elisabeth Schömbucher
and Claus Peter Zoller. 1999. 310 pp. ISBN 81?7304?243?8
List of Illustrations pp. 7-8, Illustrations pp. 313-326.
Claus Peter Zoller and Elisabeth Schömbucher: Death and its Meaning in South Asia pp. 15-35.
Klaus-Peter Köpping: Death as Experience and Institution in Anthropological Theory pp. 36-46.
Martin Gaenszle: The Making of Good Ancestors: Separation, Transformation and Exchange in Mewahang Rai Funerary Rites pp. 49-67.
Ulrich Demmer: How to make the Spirit of the Dead Happy: The Rhetoric of Words and Deeds in a Jenu Kurumba Death Ritual pp. 68-87.
Shalini Randeria: Mourning, Mortuary Exchange and Memorialization pp. 88-111.
Axel Michaels: Ancestors, Demons and the Ritual Impossibility of Death in Brahmanical Hinduism: Bala's Fourteenth in Deopatan (Nepal) pp. 112-134.
Charles Malamoud: Le Sacrifice des os pp. 135-149.
Anne Feldhaus: Rivers and the Death of Children pp. 153-161.
Elisabeth Schömbucher: Death as the Beginning of a New Life: Hero-Worship among a South Indian Fishing Cast pp. 162-178.
Georg Berkemer: No Heroes in Kalinga? On Death in Kalinga Inscriptions pp. 179-189.
Hugh van Skyhawk: A Note on Death and the Holy Man in South Asia pp. 190-202.
Claus Peter Zoller: An Indian Myth of the Creation of Death and Life pp. 205-232.
Aditya Malik: Stringing a Necklace of Heads: Sacrifice and Death in the Cult of Devnarayan pp. 233-248.
Heidrun Brückner: Narrated and Dramatized Death in Tulu Culture pp. 249-275.
Alf Hiltebeitel: Kuttantavar: The Divine Lives of a Severed Head pp. 276-310.
Writers, Editors &
Reformers - Social and Political Transformations of Maharashtra /
Edited by N.K. Wagle. 1999. 224 pp. ISBN 81?7304?214?4
Introduction pp. 9-11, Index pp. 219-224.
Jayant K. Lele: From Reformism to Interest Group Pluralism: The Relevance of the Non-Brahman Movement for an Understanding of Contemporary Maharashtra pp.13-22.
Rajendra Vora: Maharashtra Dharma and the Nationalist Movement in Maharashtra pp. 23-30.
Uttam Bhoite: Pre-Ambedkar Untouchable Liberation Movement in Maharashtra pp. 31-41.
E. Fasana: Deshabhakta: The Leaders of the Italian Independence Movement in the Eyes of Marathi Nationalists pp. 42-63.
J.V. Naik: Bhau Mahajan and his Prabhakar, Dhumketu and Dnyan Darshan: A Study in Maharashtrian Response to British Rule pp. 64-81.
Milton Israel: The Bombay Chronicle: Competing Images of Division and Unity in the Indian Nationalist Movement, 1920-30 pp. 82-97.
Aroon Tikekar: Dr George Buist of the Bombay Times: A Study of the Self-Proclaimed Messianism of an Anglo-Indian Editor, 1840-57 pp. 98-113.
J. Masselos: The Discourse from the Other Side: Perceptions of Science and Technology in Western India in the Nineteenth Century pp.114-129.
R.N. Dandekar: Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar and the Academic Renaissance in Maharashtra pp. 130-139.
Nobility Under the Mughals
(1628 - 1658) by Firdos Anwar. - 2001. 300 pp. ISBN
This study analyses the nature of the governing class during the reign of Shahjahan. Based on the major published and unpublished sources, it examines numerical strength and ethno-religious composition of the nobility. It confirms that racial or religious factors played but a marginal role in the political life of this group.
This work highlights the role of the nobility as mansabdars, jagirdars and as administrators at various levels. It underlines a link between the posts and the mansab and brings out some of the considerations on the basis of which subedaris, faujdaris and qiladaris were assigned. A special feature of the book is the presentation of the family groups of leading nobles whose share in wealth and power is exhibited through statistical methods. It is almost a throw back to Barni´s Turkan-i-Chahalgani. Yet, with the help of contemporary evidence it is argued that merit and potential were the main criterion for recruitment as well as promotion of the nobles.
Pertaining to the three proposed phases of this reign, three appendices are prepared with the help of contemporary records which contain detailed lists of Shahjahani nobles. Most of the conslucions of the author are based on this immense material.
Explorations in the History of South Asia. Essays in Honour of Dietmar Rothermund. Edited by Georg Berkemer, Tilman Frasch, Hermann Kulke and Jürgen Lütt. - 2001.
420 pp. ISBN 81-7304-377-9.
Explorations in the History of South Asia assembles a wide-ranging collection of articles written in honour of one of the outstanding historians of India, Dietmar Rothermund. The essays reflect the span of Rothermund's academic productivity. The first part which is dedicated to India's foreign relations, not only with Germany, but also with her neighbours in the Indian Ocean, is followed by a close look at the rewlationship between states, courts and religion in premodern contexts. The third part contains articles on India's colonial experience, while the fourth focuses on developments of the post-colonial states, tackling questions of identity, nationhood and political movements.
This volume has contributions by C.S. Mohanavelu, M. Mann, J.H. Voigt, R. Ptak, A. Das Gupta, O. Prakash, H. Kulke, T. Frasch, R. Chakravarti, G. Berkemer, M. Horstmann, J.K. Bautze, A.R. Kulkarni, M.M. Islam, R.E. Frykenberg, K. McPherson, A. Satyanarayana, J. Malik, H. Fischer-Tiné, B. Dahm, M. Roberts, P.S. Ghosh, D. Hellmann-Rajanayagam, I. Baloch, S.K. Mitra and D. Conrad.
Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay's Srimadbhagabadgita: Translation and Analysis by Hans Harder. - 2001.
265 pp. ISBN 81-7304-376-0.
This book is an attempt to re-examine Bankimchandra's religious thinking in the context of the nineteenth century on the basis of his Srimadbhagabadgita. Written in instalments from 1886-88, his little-noted Gita commentary is a key text of nascent modern (or neo-) Hinduism. The mediation between East and West, science and religion, and the nationalist assertion that Gita-based Hinduism represents the most superior and universal religion, are its dominant features.
The analysis following the translation aims at identifying the tools Bankimchandra uses in trying to establish the superiority of Hinduism. His switching between normative and empirical definitions of terms enables him, e.g. to interpret the concept of dharma as the most universal formulation of religion. Likewise, in his apology for image-worship, Hinduism gets the bonus of being the most complete and most tolerant of all religions.
The nationalist intention of the commentary is equally evident in its communicative set-up. It is shown that ancient Indian Gita commentators are treated as in-group members, who are, whenever necessary, complemented away by means of a 'polite dismissal'. Western Indologists, by contrast, are sometimes cited as examples of utter incompetence, betraying the underlying intention of taking the authoritative discussion about India back to India.
In the conclusion, the interplay of intentions and constraints in Bankimchaandra's thinking are integrated into a larger-scale assessment of his concept of Hindu-Indian identity and cultural self-assertion. Historically, Bankimchandra must indeed be regarded as one of the founders of 'Hindu nationalism' and an influential 'essentialiser', despite the fact that the complexity of his thought would have allowed quite a different reception. Many of his interpretations, popularised by Vivekananda, Aurobindo and others, have evolved into standard modern Hindu standpoints.
The Pandit: Traditional
Scholarship in India Edited by Axel Michaels. - 2001.
265 pp. ISBN 81-7304-435-X.
In January 1999, the distinguished scholar Pandit Dr. Parameshwara Aithal retired from his position at Heidelberg University. To mark this occasion, Prof. Axel Michaels organized a symposium on the institution of the Pandit and the future of traditional Sanskrit scholarship in India and the West.
Pt. Aithal, an internationally esteemed expert in Dharmasastra and manuscriptology, was born in Kota (Karnataka). He received his early Sanskrit education in the traditional method at home and became a staff member of the Adyar Library and Research Centre, Chennai, in 1962. In 1968, he joined the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, as a Sanskrit lecturer where he stayed for about thirty years.
The present volume containes the learned papers of the conference which cover a wide range of topics, e.g.:
- the pandit as a private scholar, university teacher, public intellectual or legal adviser;
- traditional ways of Sanskrit teaching and learning, especially the methods of memorization and transfer of traditional knowledge;
- the relevance of traditional Sanskrit grammar for the learning of Sanskrit;
- the prestige of Sanskrit and the social standing of pandits;
- the special guru-shishya-relationship;
- the relationship between pandit and professor in academic systems;
- life histories of some well-known pandits such as Krishnashastri Chiplunkar, Hazari Prasad Dvivedi, Gopinath Kaviraj, V.S. Apte, and others
- the role of Tantrik pandits.
The contributors of this Festschrift are friends and colleagues of Pandit Aithal.
Portugese Cochin and the Maritime Trade of India 1500-1663 by Pius Malekandaathil. - 2001.
324 pp. ISBN 81-7304-406-6.
Cochin, where the Portugese established their first settlement in the Indian Ocean region, was the principal base for their commercial and political expansion. The central purpose of this study is to see what role did Cochin, the first political headquarters of the Estado la India till 1530 and later their commercial capital, play in organizing the martitime trade of India and how its trade contributed to the building up of the universal empire of the Lusitanians. It also throws light on the intricate operations of the India-centered trade of the casado mercahtns in parallel and contrast to the Europe-centered commerce of the crown. Asian trade and Indo-European trade are discussed in detail laying emphasis on merchants, routes, licences, monopoly, contracts, trade-voyages and smuggling. It also dwells on the international contradictions of the Portugese system as well as the commercial alternatives developed by the natives to confront the trade- policies of the Portugese. The extent of Portugese penetration into far-flung production centres and hinterland is also studied to see how far the inland territories were incorporated by the Portugese through the window of Cochin for their overseas commerce and empire bulding ventures.
Images of Kabir Edited by Monika Horstmann. - 2002.
248 pp. ISBN 81-7304-463-5.
Kabir is a vital presence in India. Of late, scholarship has especially addressed the question of his impact on society at large and its various cultural components. How do people express their own conditions and feelings through recourse to Kabir? how do contemporary thinkers relate to him? How does he challenge contemporary writers? Does he still scandalize us or has his work become a purely academic or aesthetic issue? in tackling such questions, the distinction between the seemingly objective position of creative writers and social activists are often blurred, as is shown by several contributions in this volume. Alongside these are papers of textual scholarship engaging in the history of the transmission of Kabirs work.
Negotiating the Divine by Ursula Rao. - 2003.
185 pp. ISBN 81-7304-515-1.
The book investigates contemporary discourses on religion in urban India through the prism of Hindu temples. It is based on material collected during extensive fieldwork in Bhopal between 1996 and 1998. Presenting and interpreting data of the history as well as the ritual, social and political life of two central goddess temples, the author presents the first comprehensive study of Hindu temples as socio-religious institutions in the urban environment of contemporary India. She also addresses several issues of general importance: questions of changes in community life in urban India with reference to caste and religious communities; the role of traditions in a fast changing cultural environment; the problematic relationship between religion and politics in the political life of India and a critical assessment of discussions of subalternity and resistance. These discussions appear in a new light in a study that avoids the classical dichotomies of politics and religion, tradition and modernity, elite and subaltern. In a detailed analysis of the religious/ political practices and reflexive processes of a broad range of people the author shows how discourses are inter- connected and dynamically re-created in practice.
Sri Devnarayan Katha by Aditya Malik. - 2003.
408 pp. ISBN 81-246-0225-5 (HB).
Sri Devnarayan Katha is an oral narrative extolling the life and deeds of Sri Devnarayan a widely vernerated deity of Rajasthan. Bhopas or itinerant, costumed singers recite and perform the narrative during all night vigils against the illuminated backdrop of a pad, a long, intricately painted cloth scroll. The Katha provides a fascinating insight into the elaborate and richly complex social history and sacred significance of Sri Devnarayan and his devotees. The transcription presented here is based on recordings made in Eastern Rajasthan in 1991. It uniquely maintains the structure of the original Marwari oral rendering as a dialogue between one of the foremost singers Sri Hukmaram Bhopa and his partner Sri Motaram Gujar.
While providing insightful descriptions on how performances are conducted and who the performers are, the introductory chapter of this book (provided in English as well as Hindi) raises a wide range of innovative issues pertinent to our contemporary understanding of verbal arts and oral traditions:
How is the oral recitation structured? What is the relationship between verbal and visual narrative? To what extent is meaning conversationally or dialogically produced within and through the narrative? These and other questions provide a fresh, new perspective on our understanding of the nature of oral traditions and their place within Indian culture.
Note: As an exception, this volume was not published in cooperation with Manohar, but with DK Printworld.