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Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

WILDLIFE OF THE HIMALAYAS AND THE TERAI REGION edited by Ashok S Kothari and Boman F Chhapgar, OUP, Rs 120

This is the fourth in the Bombay Natural History Society’s series that aims to make accessible old writings, drawings and paintings of India's flora and fauna. The text draws from the works of Stanley Henry Prater, known for his classic The Book of Indian Animals, and naturalist R A Sterndale whose work is said to be the source of inspiration for many scenes in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.

LOCAL DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH ASIA: MICROPROCESSES OF DEMOCRATIZATION IN NEPAL AND ITS NEIGHBOURS Edited by David N Gellner and Krishna Hachhethu, Sage, Rs 895

This book examines in ethnographic detail Nepal’s tryst with democracy. It analyses the rhetorics of foreign aid, puts under scanner the work of ethnic organisations and scrutinises Maoist practices of local government.

REBELS FROM THE MUD HOUSES, DALITS AND THE MAKING OF THE MAOIST REVOLUTION IN BIHAR by George J Kunnath, Orient Blackswan, Rs 625

This book examines the transformation of rural power relations in Bihar in the context of agrarian violence involving Maoist guerrillas and upper caste militias backed by state forces in the 1980s.

DEVELOPING INDIA, AN INTELLECTUAL AND SOCIAL HISTORY by Benjamin Zachariah, OUP, Rs 395

The book examines three themes around which development was conceptualised between 1930 and 1950—the importance of science and technology, the need for government to express social concerns, and attempts to discipline and control population.

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