A commemorative volume celebrating 50 years of a glorious institution, the
Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School (RSJMS), this record is packed with
rich archival material, including anecdotes, photographs, and messages,
woven into a crisp commentary. Offering the reader an interesting and
picturesque glimpse into the life and times of one of India’s most
sought-after schools, this book attempts to answer questions such as: Why
Modernites from different walks of life consider them-selves so connected
to each other? and Why do they feel privileged to have been a part of this
institution? From its beginnings in an old bungalow in Daryaganj to the
founding of the RSJMS at Humayun Road in 1961, this comprehensive history
will be interesting, not only to ex-students, parents, teachers, and
others associated with the school, but also to anyone connected with
Great movements are like great rivers—they start as
small streams, but if the cause is great, they draw to themselves many
streams, joining together to achieve and reach their destination. And so
it was with the Indian National Congress, which met for the first time
with a 'microscopic minority' of seventy-two people in Bombay on the 28th
December, 1885. It went on to challenge the mightiest empire of the time,
using the slogan of peace and the method of non-violence. Led by men and
women of extraordinary intellect, courage and commitment, it shaped the
destiny of modern India in the twentieth century, and leads India as a
global power in the twenty-first century.
Commemorating 125 years of the Indian National
Congress, this volume unfolds, page after page, the saga of struggle,
sacrifice and nation-building. A lucid commentary, enlivened further by
rare photographs and archival material, it offers the reader a pictorial
glimpse of the epic journey that began in 1885. This is indeed, the
journey of a nation...
This publication (in 2 volumes) is not only a short history of the Indian
National Congress but to a considerable extent the history of the Indian
people. These volumes give us a glimpse of how the Congress, over the past
125 years, traversed the path of Indian nation-building through extremely
difficult challenges, both external and internal. This glorious history
should serve as a guide and an anchor in helping the country negotiate
— from the Foreword by Pranab Mukherjee
Redevelopment plans threaten
the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people who live and work in
Dharavi, a city within the city of Mumbai. This book dispells the idea
that a “slum” can only be a location for despair. Dharavi: Documenting
Informalities reveals thriving communities, innovative architecture and
powerful grass roots politics. By moving beyond abstract concepts such as
globalization and post-colonialism, Dharavi: Documenting Informalities
gives detailed, personal accounts of the many ways in which we are all
linked to Dharavi’s people and industries.
Essays by Saskia Sassen, Arjun
Appadurai and Sheela Patel complement
maps, photographs, drawings and interviews made by a group of artists and
architects from The Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
In Dharavi, houses and
workplaces have developed over generations. Markets, alleys and the
landscape itself were created as a result of actions and hard work,
through negotiations and mutual needs. Memories of these
struggles, stories and dreams all intertwine in Dharavi.
This chronicle twists the
informal society toward a formal one. It aims to show the creative power
of the grass-roots and encourage politicians and other stake-holders to
listen and to provide the means for infrastructure
and services. — Maria Lantz and Jonatan Habib Engqvist, editors
'Dilli' is the
heart of India. It embodies centuries of life and living, of changing
cityscapes and fine architectural masterpieces that draw together ancient
fortresses, mediaeval cities, and a metropolis that has, without
hesitation, embraced the diverse, multilayered and dynamic reality of
India and all Indians.
This book walks
you through some of the symbols that compel Delhi to stand apart,
showcasing an old civilization and more importantly, an energetic,
creative and entrepreneurial young nation grappling with the excitement of
constant reinvention, of change.
Delhi has the
best of all worlds within her open borders, from the ancient past to the
vibrant present and Dilliwallahs are an engaging lot, proud of their epic
legacy, raring to keep the ethos of change alive.
Mahatma Gandhi’s humane
philosophy and inherent spirituality had a profound influence not only on
the people of India but the freedom loving people worldwide. 11th of
September 2006 marked the centenary of the Satyagraha movement launched by
Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa for peaceful resistance against
discriminatory and unjust laws. “Satyagraha—the firmness of the force
Truth” became a powerful mass movement of peaceful resistance and civil
disobedience. Over the years, it evolved into a dynamic mass movement of
Commemorating 100 years of
‘Satyagraha’ in a befitting manner, the Indian National Congress convened
a two day international conference: “Peace, Non-violence and Empowerment:
Gandhian Philosophy in the 21st Century”. Over 300 international delegates
from 91 countries comprising world leaders, Nobel laureates, leading peace
and human rights activists and Gandhian scholars reflected on the essence
and the enduring relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy. The Conference
deliberated on subjects and issues which represent the core of Gandhian
thought. The discussion touched upon a wide range of Gandhian principles
and values including Mahatma Gandhi’s concern for the poor and his abiding
commitment to non-violence and people’s empowerment. Emerging from the
discussions amongst the luminaries was the collective affirmation to renew
people’s commitment to Mahatma’s noble mission of building a world that is
in peace and harmony with itself.
Based on the deliberations of
this conference, together with precious archival material, this volume—a
book for the future—endeavours to reach out and connect the people,
especially the younger generation, to the ‘Gandhian way’ and to carry
forward his legacy into the 21st century.
A unique collection of
thoughts, ideas, views and vision of some of the brightest brains and most
respected individuals—from senior cabinet ministers to role model captains
of industry; from internationally acclaimed economists to diplomats par
excellence and think-tank honchos; from IT innovators to provocative
journalists—all jostle together in this volume sharing glimpses of India
of their dreams.
Sheer diversity of subjects,
strength of arguments, force of articulation and the breadth of vision is
sure to provoke the reader to think about India…
This book is a collection of
unusual writings of the well-acclaimed economist, Deena Khatkhate.
The volume represents different
facets of the author’s intellectual personality. He is a keen observer of
societies and societal changes in India and abroad. His reflections as a
social scientist with “out of the box“ thinking on politics, economics,
institutions, social mores, race, family, law, classes, ideology, etc.
have a wide sweep. He sees in the world around him—good and bad, profound
and profane, conviviality and conflict, hypocrisy and honesty, and
approbation and opprobrium. The essays are written with rare sensitivity
and insight; they acquire universality because the author looks at the
world outside India from the eyes of an Indian national, looks at India
from the eyes of an Indian emigrant to the developed land and reprises his
own value system. He thus takes the readers into a world of new thoughts,
emotion and experience.
has its uncertainties no less than the uncertainties of cricket. The
uncertainty is not only about the length of time a civil servant will be
in a post. There is also uncertainty about the place. What is it then to
be a wife of a civil servant who even though enjoying the security of a
career, does not enjoy any security of tenure?
In this book,
Reflections: Experiences of a Bureaucrat’s Wife, Gita Vittal gives a
glimpse of her interesting life as a four decades old wife of an Indian
civil servant. She traces her transformation from a college student to a
memsahib. She takes the reader through her trials and tribulations.
Through her easy-to-read, witty, absorbing and captivating writing, the
reader lives all her excitement, struggles, challenges, apprehensions and
all the ups and the downs of her life.
however, has much more to her personality than being a bureaucrat’s wife.
She holds degrees in Journalism, Management and Sociology. She has also
pursued freelance journalism and social work. The book also reflects these
aspects of her life.
‘reflections’ brings the reader face-to-face with her undying, child-like
spirit and her zeal for life. Each and all will enjoy browsing through
Law, Liberty and Livelihood:
Making a Living on the Street goes beyond mere macro-statistics and statistical
controversies regarding the impact of liberalisation on the poor and endeavours to
further the understanding of the processes and dynamics involved in various urban
livelihoods. It documents through primary research the 'official' as well as the
'actual' regulatory and licencing processes by direct interactions with varied
stakeholders. The case studies of railway porters, street vendors, small shop keepers,
cycle and auto rickshaw drivers, household-based industries, as well as small school
operators provide graphic details of what ails India's entry-level professionals - the
bottom rung of the economic ladder from which the poor can hope to climb to economic
success while providing some of the most essential services to city people.
This book is fun. It
challenges readers to think about why some countries are rich, while others are poor. It
explores alternative thinking about important economic, practical and philosophical
matters. The variety of ideas will challenge readers to ponder, question, and engage in
meaningful discussions. Underlying all this is the respect for, and tolerance of, the
Since 1980, Ken has been
writing economic commentaries for radio. Straight commentary from an academic economist
was dry and uninteresting. He thought he would spice up these radio spots with fantasy
dialogues. Friends were willing to perform with him, and so Jonathan Gullible was born.
Immediately, interest among
listeners soared! The ideas were provocative and outlandish, yet they drove home
hard-core free market ideas in a humorous way. Later, he enlisted a dozen friends as
actors to produce the episodes as a dramatic series. Again it was a hit! Since then The
Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey has been used for radio
broadcasts, discussion groups, essay contests, skits and theatrical productions around
In this book, Ramakrishna provides a first
hand account of how Government functioned at high levels in the States and at the Centre.
The subtle methods of utilizing Government institutions for unconstitutional, political
and bureaucratic ends, have been brought out with modesty and sensitivity.
In a rather unusual style, the book employs
multiple elements of presentation. An easy-read narrative (born out of the
autobiographical impulse of a senior bureaucrat turned author) is well supported by
extensive references, relevant media clippings and other anexures. This is followed by a
select set of articles on varied themes of general and current interest, where
Ramakrishna does not hesitate to voice his views on some interesting and debatable
issues. Plus, interspersed with the text are pictures, cartoons and photographs from the
author's personal collection - all of which contribute towards making the book truly
Concerned citizens, civil servants, students
and faculties of institutions, will find this book of absorbing interest.
"Fifty-five years of our
existence as an independent nation and 53 years of working of the Constitution,
have resulted in one common experience of all Indian citizens. They cannot go to
any public organisation or office today and get the services which they are
supposed to get without either paying bribe or bringing influence by way of
recommendations or references from VIPs," emphasises N. Vittal — a man who
has observed, analysed and above all, boldly crusaded against corruption, calling
it "by far the biggest challenge to the growth of our society and
nation." His current outlook on corruption in India is that of a
self-determined, sensitive patriot who by virtue of his position as the Central
Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) had the opportunity of being able to get a panoramic
view of the whole thing — only to conclude,
that the problem of corruption CAN BE TACKLED.
a monumental task but a most worthy one. The range of ingenuity sometimes
imitating nature and sometimes ignoring her that has been displayed in the design
of the mechanisms, and the endless search for materials that will match and
survive the conditions of the human body, are all on display. This book will serve
as a memorial to the creativity and perseverance of those who have tried and
failed to find the perfect valve and yet who by their efforts have prolonged the
lives of so many victims of heart valve disease. It can be an inspiration to those
who will in the future finally reach that goal..."
Taking you through 101 Years of the
Nobel prize, presenting field-wise, year-wise, Glimpses of all 727 Recipients of
the most Coveted Awards till date. More than 700 Photographs. Covers Nobel
prize-winners in all fields! (information given generally includes : the name,
photograph, nationality, affiliation, year of birth/death and brief citation)
....with PHOTOGRAPHS, this book
introduces you to more than 600 Nobel Prize Winners in all fields — beginning
1901 upto 1991 !
This 1992 publication is practically updated till January 2000 as it comes bundled
along with a FREE booklet entitled NOBEL LAUREATES comprising basic data plus an
Index of all 702 recipients of the Nobel Prize from 1901 to 1999.
Dr. SANTOSH GOEL, Dr. USHA
KASTURIA, Dr. DHAM, Dr. UMESH MATHUR
Encyclopaedia of Hindi Novels & Novelists seeks to preserve a large number of those
literary works which are fading fast into oblivion with the passage of time. The best
way to keep alive the entity of these works is to include them in a reference volume
like an encyclopaedia.
"Free from any personal or ideology bias, this important reference volume provides
an objective description and also critical appreciation of the works of Hindi Novelists.
This Encyclopaedia should prove extremely useful for research students as well as
teachers of Hindi literature."