‘Nations and Nationalisms: A Short Introduction’ by Kaustav Chakraborty & Krishna Sen

Nations And Nationalisms: A Short Introduction

Author: Kaustav Chakraborty

Editor: Krishna Sen

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan

ISBN: 978-93-5442-056-6

Date: 15th June 2021

No. of Pages: 204

Genre: Sociology

Price: £9.99 /  $15.95

This volume is a comprehensive introduction to the idea of the nation, and offers a critical engagement with the contending manifestations of nationhood. Nations and Nationalisms provides an exhaustive overview of various theories and theorists of nationalism – from classical thinkers such as Marx and Max Weber to contemporary intellectuals like Foucault and Yael Tamir. It contextualises nationalisms by analysing a range of issues – such as globalisation, transnationalism, subnationalisms, stateless nationalisms, neo-nationalism and the cyberstate – and focuses specifically on the debates on nation-building in India.

A separate chapter surveys Indian English fiction’s negotiations with nationalism. Drawing on numerous examples from around the world, the book charts the permutations and transformations in the conceptual space of the nation.

Kaustav Chakraborty is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Southfield College, Darjeeling, West Bengal. His publications include Queering Tribal Folktales from East and Northeast India.

Krishna Sen is former Professor and Head of English at the University of Calcutta, and was the Leverhulme Visiting Professor of English at the University of Leeds. Her publications include A Short History of American Literature (Orient BlackSwan 2017).

‘Agile In Practice’ by Sudipta Malakar

Agile In Practice

Author: Sudipta Malakar

Publisher: BPB Publications

ISBN: 9789389423440

Date: 6th April 2021

No. of Pages: 314

Genre: Software Development & Engineering

Price: £21.99 / $35.95

This book is a pragmatic guidance teaching modern IT professionals how to improvise and scale up IT delivery capabilities using leading project management methodologies including Agile and Kanban. It is equipped with use-cases and hundreds of solutions and the readers will learn to examine the strength of their project management function and how to improvise it.

The book brings exclusive knowledge on several strategies to put into implementation in the event of natural disaster like Covid-19 and for future crisis management. You will be acquainted with the popular tools and technologies that your organization can make use of it for better collaboration on projects. You will learn the various project performance metrics for each of these project management methodologies. As an added advantage of this book, you can get yourself ready for one of the popular and critical professional examinations like PMP-ACP and SAFe

Sudipta Malakar is an accomplished SAP Agile Practice Area Head, Certified IT Sr. Program Manager, Agile Coach – Advanced level, Harvard Business School, USA alumnus with more than seventeen years of experience in directing SAP DEV teams in supporting many major Global fortune 500 clients in multiple large accounts.

Eleven New Releases From HarperCollins India

Blood for Blood

Author: Terry Milewski

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354227660

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 256

Price: £18.99

This book expands on the author’s viral report, ‘Khalistan: A Project of Pakistan’, in which he argued that Pakistan, for its own purposes, had always supported the Sikh movement for an independent Khalistan. The book adds surprising detail to the feebleness with which India’s western allies met the continuing challenge of the Khalistan/Pakistan project.

The book traces the rise of diaspora militants like Talwinder Singh Parmar, the Vancouver-based founder of the Babbar Khalsa terrorist group, and his deputy, Ajaib Singh Bagri, who orchestrated the 1985 ‘Kanishka’ bomb plot which killed 329 passengers and crew aboard Air-India Flight 182. It provides details of how the Khalistan struggle has played out over the decades in Canada, the United Kingdom and India, with the active support of Pakistan and lately, China.

 

COVID and Post-COVID Recovery

Author: Dr. Vishakha Shivdasani

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354224119

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 76

Price: £6.50

At a time when COVID-19 has gripped our world, forcing us to frantically search for the best ways to survive and thrive, Dr Vishakha Shivdasani shares her 6-Point Plan to help us accomplish just that.

Using the same principles of healing that have helped thousands of her patients reverse chronic lifestyle diseases, Dr Shivdasani (popularly known as DoctorVee) has developed a new protocol that will show us how to expedite recovery from COVID-19, reduce the chances of post-COVID complications and recover from them. This protocol also works on new COVID strains that are emerging.

Offering practical strategies that are easy to implement, Covid and PostCovid Recovery is an essential read.

 

Legal Fiction: A Novel

Author: Chandan Pandey and Bharatbhooshan Tiwari

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354227509

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 168

Price: £11.99

‘Legal fiction’: A rule assuming as true something that is clearly false. Often used to get around the provisions of constitutions and legal codes.

A late-night phone call from his ex-girlfriend Anasuya forces writer Arjun Kumar to leave his wife and home in Delhi and travel to the mofussil town of Noma on the UP-Bihar border. The reason – Anasuya’s husband, Rafique Neel, a college professor and theatre director, has mysteriously disappeared. Soon after he arrives, Arjun realizes that things are not as they seem: the police are refusing to register a missing-persons case, Rafique’s student Janaki has also disappeared, and the locals are determined to turn it into a case of ‘love jihad’. And when Arjun begins to dig deeper, what he finds endangers him and everyone around him.

Set in today’s India, Legal Fiction is a brilliant existential thriller and a chilling parable of our times.

 

Lifestyle Diet – Straight from My Heart

Author: Rohini Patil

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354220463

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 280

Price: £11.99

‘Diet’ is an overused and underrated word, and people don’t realize the importance of diet as one of the indispensable components of a holistic lifestyle. This book talks about the various components that contribute to a healthy lifestyle that are unique in their own ways. It starts from gut health and makes its way to the superfoods that are the most talked about nowadays. It shares some of the practical techniques and some very handy checklists to make your lifestyle diet work.

The icing on the cake is definitely the 101 diet plans that cater to all kinds of lifestyles. With a section on the importance of meditation and pranayama as well, The Lifestyle Diet is a culmination of the author’s several years of practice in the fields of diet, nutrition, fitness, mental health, and overall lifestyle.

 

Holy Censorship or Mistranslation? Love, Gender and Sexuality in the Bible

Author: K. Renato Lings

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354225413

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 332

Price: £17.55

The Supreme Court of India decriminalized same-sex relationships in a landmark ruling in 2018, but there is a long way to go before societal attitudes change. One hurdle often cited is that religion, which has a pervasive hold on people’s mindsets, is believed to take a conservative view of such matters. Holy Censorship or Mistranslation? does a close reading of the Bible and its translations and shows that negative Christian attitudes to sexuality are not rooted in the sacred text but in centuries of tradition.

Mistranslations into Greek, Latin and other languages that occurred early, and the serious errors that continue to be committed by translators today, are also responsible for misplaced controversies. Combining meticulous scholarship with an accessible style, this book offers essential learning into a subject that affects millions today.

 

A Kashmiri Century – Portrait of a Society in Flux

Author: Khemlata Wakhlu

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354223280

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 384

Price: £18.99

A Kashmiri Century is a powerful and rare compilation of human-interest stories. Spanning a full century, it throws a compassionate light on the innocent and hard-working people who live in the beautiful valley of Kashmir. The stories are all based on the author’s personal experiences, and her intimate understanding of what it means to be a Kashmiri-speaking native.

They cover the period from the late 19th century to the present day. None of the available political treatises have ever delved deeply into the sociological and the human sides of living in the valley. The author’s intimate insights into Kashmiri society, its evolution in an enticing, remote valley, and how her people dealt with Kashmir’s bitter and tempestuous history, are sprinkled liberally across the book.

 

The Ocean’s Own

Author: Nandini Sengupta

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789353579654

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 216

Price: £11.99

An empire that stretches from coast to coast is not enough for the son of Chandragupta. All he desires: to conquer the untameable oceans beyond.

338 CE. A young ruler defeats the Naga kings of the north before claiming Kanchi in a powerful attack none had anticipated. It is his latest conquest that brings him closer to the ocean he seeks to control – and to Angai: a young woman unlike any he has ever known. Sharp-witted, with an even sharper tongue, she has the conqueror’s ear … and his heart. With her by his side, he prepares to do what even his father could not have dreamed of. To ensure the world would never forget the name Samudragupta.

The final book in the enthralling Gupta Empire trilogy, The Ocean’s Own tells the story of a king who dared to take his sword to the seas.

 

Breaking the Mould – Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration

Author: Sanjeev Chopra & Ankur Bisen

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354220302

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 530

Price: £17.50

Breaking the Mould attempts to put under scrutiny the brick-kiln sector of India, with an intent of seeking change in the lives of the brick-kiln workers of India. The essays delve into the various aspects, such as health, migration, human rights, gender equality, sexual violence, among others. At the same time, the book ensures that the sector’s adverse impact on the environment due to its archaic practices is discussed as well to bring about change.

 

Royal Textiles Of Mewar

Author: Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation and Jyoti Jasol and Anamika Pathak and Smita Singh and Rosemary Crill and Neil Greentree

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354223303

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 280

Price: £79.50

The book opens a window into the royal world of Mewar and show us how the textiles and attire of the Mewar court through the ages. It also includes sections on the documentation and cataloguing of these royal costumes and textiles, the animal trappings at the Mewar court, and the Mewar textile regalia associated with the many rituals and festivals of the region. Interspersed with glorious photographs and detailed commentary, this is a musthave for any lover of textiles, fashion and, of course, history. As a bonus, the book also contains a detailed catalogue of the various costumes and dresses worn by the men and women of the court.

 

Sauptik – Blood and Flowers

Author: Amruta Patil

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354227691

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 256

Price: £24.50

Sauptik: Blood and Flowers is a revisionist retelling of some of our oldest tales which have inspired and guided generations of people. The sequel to Adi Parva, which was chosen as one of 2012’s Best Graphic Novels by comic book historian Paul Gravett, this book combines breath-taking art with classic storytelling. Based on the Mahabharata, the Puranas and the tradition of oral storytellers, Sauptik is also very contemporary.

The narrative, with its lush visuals, emphasizes, over and over, our forgotten connection with the soil, with rivers, with forests, with fire. In book one, Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean, the celestial river Ganga narrates events from the beginning of time and in its sequel, Sauptik: Blood and Flowers, Ashwatthama carries the story forward after surviving the Kurukshetra battle.

 

Adi Parva – Churning of the Ocean

Author: Amruta Patil

Publisher: HarperCollins India

ISBN: 9789354227615

Date: June 2021

No. of Pages: 276

Price: £24.50

Adi Parva is a graphic novel based on the Mahabharat and the oral tradition of ancient India. Adi Parva draws from the classic Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharat, and the Vishnu Purana. In it, the celestial river Ganga narrates the events from the beginning of time. The story is played out by a medley of characters ranging from gods to sages, queens to seers, hermits to seductresses and kings to warriors as they come together in this graphic retelling of Hindu mythology.

This epic graphic novel depicts timeless events such as the churning of the sea, the snake sacrifice of Janmejaya and the first time the queen Gandhari wears a blindfold. The book combines breath-taking art with classic storytelling to paint the picture of a tale which has inspired and guided several hundred generations of people throughout the history of India.

Three New Releases By Niyogi Books

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Reflections on Mughal Art & Culture

Edited by Roda Ahluwalia

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-89136-78-4

Expected on: 28 July 2021

No. of Pages: 352

Genre: Art / Heritage

Price: £89.99

Enter the splendid world of Mughal India and explore its rich aesthetic and cultural legacy through fresh insights. Recent scholarship in this field has offered deeper analysis into established norms, explored pan-Indian connections, and drawn comparisons with contemporaneous regions of the early modern world. Further studies along these lines were encouraged in a seminar held by the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai, and the formidable scholarship presented by contributors forms the content of this volume.

The articles in the book explore varied subjects under the Mughal umbrella, challenge long-held ideas and draw comparisons between the artistic expressions and material culture of the powerful Islamicate triumvirate of the early modern period—the Safavids in Iran, the European-based Ottomans, and the Mughals in the Indian subcontinent.

Themes as diverse as portraits of royal women, sub-imperial patronage of temples, word-image relationship, the lapidary arts, and the Imperial Library of the Mughals, are consideration of Mughal Garden typologies, murals painted on architectural surfaces, the textile culture of the city of Burhanpur, changes in visual language and content of painting, and Imperial objects d’art have been discussed, challenged and analysed. The final three articles are ground-breaking comparisons across Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal spheres. This beautifully illustrated book is sure to appeal to connoisseurs, collectors, and scholars alike.

 

 

 

Generations

Generations

Author: Neela Padmanabhan

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-91125-04-2

Date: October 1972

No. of Pages: 15 Apr 2021

Genre: Fiction / Translation

Price: £12.99

Generations is an intricate tale, simply told by a master of fiction about a community of Tamil speakers who live on the borders of modern-day Kerala. Set in the 1940s, it is a novel of generational change and conflict, and how the boy Diravi grows up to take charge of his family, which embodies a distinct culture.

Diravi’s sister, Nagu’s marriage to Perumal is wrecked when the latter, enraged at his own failings rejects his young wife. Unacceptable in her own family, Nagu continues to endure Perumal’s cruelty till her brother, Diravi decides on an alternative course of action slashing through outdated social customs that discourage any constructive solutions.

Amidst the background of language, myth, and ethnic consciousness, we are offered a sensitively drawn profile of the passing of a traditional way of life into modernity and the nostalgia that comes with change.

 

 

 

Art for Tribal Rituals in South Gujarat, India  A Visual Anthropological Survey of 1969

Art for Tribal Rituals in South Gujarat, India – A Visual Anthropological Survey of 1969

Eberhard Fischer & Haku Shah

Publisher: Niyogi Books

ISBN: 978-93-89136-80-7

Date: 1 Jun 2021

No. of Pages: 528

Genre: Art / Heritage / Culture

Price: £99.50

Art for Tribal Rituals is the outcome of extensive fieldwork carried out by Eberhard Fischer and Haku Shah in South Gujarat in 1969. After an initial survey tour to locate village shrines and sacred pilgrimage sites, as well as specialists in rituals and crafts, the two art-anthropologists stayed in the field to observe as silent participants oracle and spirit-healing sessions, a death cere­mony and the worship of local deities by the village communities. Fischer and Shah documented their experiences in unprecedentedly detailed photographic sequences, and as well, took precise notation of what they observed. In addition, they spoke to the specialists and carefully noted their comments, which are reproduced in this book as individual “ indigenous voices ”.

This book of 528 pages and 823 photographs thus presents painted stones, large wooden stone- slabs and figures – representations of bodies for otherwise unsettled souls of the dead – but also monumental wooden crocodiles, revered with piles of terracotta votive offerings. They also documented the production, installation and worship of these icons and ritual objects. An astonishing variety of expressive forms are displayed by these spectacular field photographs, taken half a century ago.

This publication is a tribute to the artistic and ritualistic accomplishments of Adivasi ritual leaders, healers, and craftspeople of the past in a once re­mote area of Western India.

 

 

 

‘Implement NLP Use-Cases Using BERT’ by Amandeep

Implement NLP Use-Cases Using BERT

Author: Amandeep

Publisher: BPB Publications

ISBN: 9789390684625

Date: 18- April-2021

No. of Pages: 164

Genre: Artificial Intelligence

Price: £21.99 / $35.95

This book provides a solid foundation for ‘Natural Language Processing’ with pragmatic explanation and implementation of a wide variety of industry wide scenarios. After reading this book, one can simply jump to solve real world problems and join the league of NLP developers.

It starts with the introduction of Natural Language Processing and provides a good explanation of different practical situations which are currently implemented across the globe. Thereafter, it takes a deep dive into the text classification with different types of algorithms to implement the same. Then, it further introduces the second important NLP use case called Named Entity Recognition with its popular algorithm choices. Thereafter, it provides an introduction to a state-of-the-art language model called BERT and its application.

After reading this book, you would be prepared to start picking any NLP applications, have a healthy discussion about the pros and cons of different approaches with other team members, and implement a good NLP model.

Finally, at the end of this book you will connect with all the theoretical discussions with code snippets (Python) which would be helpful to implement into your domain-specific applications.

Amandeep has been working as a technical lead in the field of software development at the time of publishing this book. He has worked for almost eight years in a few of the top MNCs. His interests include coding in Java and Python with an inclination in deep learning. He has worked in numerous data science fields, especially Natural Language Processing. He received his master’s degree with a specialization in Data Analytics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and has reviewed a few research papers under ‘IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems’. He has earned certifications from multiple MOOCs on data science, machine learning, deep learning, image processing, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, algorithms, statistics, mathematics, and related courses.

‘Cloud Computing Simplified’ by Surbhi Rastogi

Cloud Computing Simplified – Explore Application of Cloud, Cloud Deployment Models, Service Models and Mobile Cloud Computing (English Edition)

Author: Surbhi Rastogi

Publisher: BPB Publications

ISBN: 9789390684359

Date: 07-April-2021

No. of Pages: 220

Genre: Computer Science

Price: £21.99 / $35.95

Cloud computing is a technology that allows you to store, access data and programs over the internet instead of the hard drive or a server. In this book, you will gain knowledge about the fundamentals of cloud computing. This book includes a detailed description of the features of the cloud, the importance of cloud in today’s era, and uses of cloud computing.

This book provides you with a deep knowledge of the basics of cloud computing. You will learn about the characteristics, architecture, and uses and importance of cloud computing. This book also explores the concept of scalability and redundancy regarding cloud computing. You will learn about the various cloud deployment and service models. You will also gain knowledge of virtualization technology. You will also have a guided tour of concepts related to cloud management, data storage and security, and cloud operations and technologies. At the end of the book, you will learn about the advanced concepts of cloud computing and also learn about mobile cloud computing.

AUTHOR BIO:

Surbhi Rastogi is a young, keen learner, and dedicated author who has been writing books for about eleven years. She obtained her MCA degree from Garhwal University and graduated from Kurukshetra University. She has written many books on Computers in English and Hindi which have been used as textbooks in various Universities. Her book ‘Programming in Java’ was awarded a prize in technical writing from AICTE.

‘India To The Rescue’ by Sushant Singh & Shruthi Rao

India To The Rescue

Author: Sushant Singh & Shruthi Rao

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9789391165000

Date: 3 May 2021

No. of Pages: 108

Genre: Children’s

Price: £7.99 / $12.99

Do you think history is BOOORRRING? Here’s a book that’s an action-packed as your favourite TV show – and it’s all true! The Indian Armed Forces are among the bravest in the world. Read about one of their most existing military operation as they save the beautiful island state of Maldives from a surprise attack. You’ll step right inside this thrilling adventure and see how our tough, daredevil soldiers get into action!

In this book you’ll

  • Take a secret flight on a fighter jet with a team of paratroopers.
  • Get on a tiny boat and sail through the darkness in the ocean.
  • Free an island county with only a battalion of men!

Sushant Singh is a journalist and senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He is the author of Mission Overseas.

Shruthi Rao is a Children’s writer who has authored over ten books.

‘The Formation and History of Telangana: A Collection of Nine Critical Essays’ by Gautam Pingle

The Formation and History of Telangana: A Collection of Nine Critical Essays Author: Gautam Pingle Publisher: Orient BlackSwan ISBN: 978-93-5442-048-1 Date: 26 April 2021 No. of Pages: 304 Genre: History, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, and Archival Studies. Price: £21.99 / $35.95 The creation of a separate state of Telangana was the culmination of the aspirations of its people. Although much has been written on the reasons for this popular aspiration for statehood, its historical roots have remained unclear. The Formation and History of Telangana fills this gap by identifying the causes and events that led to the formation of the state. The essays study the origins and growth of the Kakatiya empire, the foundational dynasty on which Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were built, and its two defining elements: the feudal structure and the rule of the Kakatiya feudal elite. The critical issue of land tax in South India, agricultural productivity and income, and wealth and taxation in Telangana for over 700 years, are also explored. Gautam Pingle is Dean of Studies and Head of the Center for Telangana Studies at the MCR HRD Institute of Telangana, Hyderabad.

The Formation and History of Telangana: A Collection of Nine Critical Essays

Author: Gautam Pingle

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan

ISBN: 978-93-5442-048-1

Date: 26 April 2021

No. of Pages: 304

Genre: History, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, and Archival Studies.

Price: £21.99 / $35.95

The creation of a separate state of Telangana was the culmination of the aspirations of its people. Although much has been written on the reasons for this popular aspiration for statehood, its historical roots have remained unclear. The Formation and History of Telangana fills this gap by identifying the causes and events that led to the formation of the state.

The essays study the origins and growth of the Kakatiya empire, the foundational dynasty on which Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were built, and its two defining elements: the feudal structure and the rule of the Kakatiya feudal elite. The critical issue of land tax in South India, agricultural productivity and income, and wealth and taxation in Telangana for over 700 years, are also explored.

Gautam Pingle is Dean of Studies and Head of the Center for Telangana Studies at the MCR HRD Institute of Telangana, Hyderabad.

‘The History of Science: A Comparative Study of Western and Indian Science’ by Dr. Mahendra R. Awode

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The History of Science: A Comparative Study of Western and Indian Science

Author: Dr. Mahendra R. Awode

Publisher: Dattsons Publishers

ISBN: 978-8171922062

Date: 2021

No. of Pages: 390

Genre: Science

Price: £37.99 / $59.95

Science is about seeking rational explanations of the world. The history of science is a critical narrative of the important scientific events that have taken place from the ancient times to the present. It tells us where the scientific explanation had gone wrong, and how the past mistakes were corrected as the scientific ideas developed, and the experimental techniques modified.

The book aims to address these issues:

1) It gives the idea what mistakes we commit in dealing with science, and how we have been able to overthrow the wrong ideas to be replaced by rational ones, as science evolved.

2) History of Science, like other kinds of Histories of mankind, is a dynamic process, and it takes place from simple notions to complex ones. For example, the Human Genome Project opened up the complexities of inherent transmission of human traits, and it has also opened the field of gene therapy.

3) It is only by understanding the history of science we come to know the basic process of science, and how it advanced by organization and intellectual mutation.

As it is important to know the history of mankind, so it is necessary to know the history of science, for science is an important part of human culture, it gives us deeper insight into the understanding of men and his scientific ideas as they evolved through ages. We may add that if we are blind to our past we are condemned to repeat mistakes.

In this book I have traced the history of Western and Indian science from a very early period, about 3000 years ago up to the beginning of the 21st century. It is hoped that this book will incite the interest of the readers to understand the evolution of science from rudimentary ideas such as those practiced in alchemy and medicine, to the sophisticated and complex ideas in the modern time, not only to understand the world but also to apply them in engineering and biotechnology to solve human problems, most of which are created by irrational public policies.

Dr. Mahendra Awode was born in Raipur, which was then in Madhya Pradesh, in 1946. He migrated with his parents to Nagpur when he was two years old. He studied in St Francis de Sales school, which was then having Senior Cambridge. He did his matriculation from this school in 1965, and BSc from St Francis de Sales College, Seminary Hills Nagpur. He then joined the Post Graduate Teaching Department of Nagpur University as a student, and from there he obtained MSc degree in 1971 and PhD degree in 1982. In 1971 as soon as he earned MSc, he joined Dr Ambedkar College Nagpur as a lecturer in Chemistry.

Later he became Reader and Head of the Department of Chemistry in the same College. While in service, and as a UGC fellow, he joined PGTD, Nagpur University, as a research student for PhD with the guidance of the renowned Physical Chemist Professor M V Kaulgud. Dr Awode earned a PhD, in Solution Chemistry in 1982.

He retired from Dr Ambedkar College in June 2003. He went to France to attend a Conference BioVision held at Lyon and there he took part in an important discussion as a delegate from India. After retirement he continues to write books. He believes in the unity of knowledge and his interest ranges from Philosophy of Science and Religion. He has published a book, The Free Man’s Worship, in which he deals with subjects like the Extinction of Human Race and Wealth Against Nature.

He is influenced by the thoughts of the 20th century philosopher and Winner of Nobel Prize Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, Francis Crick and Steven Weinberg. He believes that a democratically elected government should not merely represent the will, but more importantly the wisdom of the people, without which the circumstances may lead to anarchy. This goal of wise government as envisioned by Plato, can be achieved only through good education and free healthcare.

‘Eastward Ho? India’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific’ by E. Sridharan

Eastward Ho? India’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific

Eastward Ho? India’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific

Volume Editor: E. Sridharan

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan

ISBN: 978-93-5442-054-2

Date: 26 April 2021

No. of Pages: 512

Genre: International Relations, Security Studies and South Asian Studies.

Price: £49.50 / $79.50

Eastward Ho? analyses India’s relationships with the countries lying to its east. It explores India’s ‘Look East Policy’ launched in the early 1990s, later renamed ‘Act East’ in 2014. Against the backdrop of deepening intra-Asian economic integration, combined with security tensions and rivalries, both related to the economic and strategic rise of China, this volume asks: What are India’s relationships like with countries to its east, and what are its challenges, possible roles and options?

Parts I and II study the political and economic consequences of the growing Asian integration; the evolving Asian ‘security architecture’, today’s buzzword for institutions and processes; China’s ever-changing perceptions of India; and India’s emerging relations with Japan and Korea.

Part III studies India’s economic and strategic relations with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar, and focuses on India and China’s tussle for influence over the Himalayan states of Nepal and Bhutan. Part IV concludes the discussion by analysing India’s evolving relations with Southeast Asia, namely Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

 E. Sridharan is Academic Director and Chief Executive of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI), New Delhi.