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Varieties of Activist Experience, Civil Society in South Asia, edited by David N Gellner, Sage, Rs 750
This is a detailed study of the strategies of South Asian activists seeking to advance political, social and environmental causes. Ethnographic studies from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka lay bare how activists wrestle with the tensions between the tidy boxes of official classifications and the fuzzy categories of everyday life.
Growth and Human Development in North-East India, edited by Purusottam Nayak, OUP, Rs 750
In one of the first detailed accounts of human development in Northeast India, scholars from various disciplines compare the region’s performance with other regions in terms of human development indicators over the past few decades.
Nature’s Spokesman By M Krishnan, edited By Ramachandra Guha, Penguin, Rs 395
Writer, naturalist and avid photographer M Krishnan had an astonishingly wide range of interests. Nature’s Spokesman showcases Krishnan’s finest essays on large mammals, little creatures, nature in temple art, nature’s desecration and its conservation, all described in his inimitable style—wry, lucid and humorous. Embellished with Krishnan’s own sketches, this volume, edited by Ramachandra Guha, also includes a biographical introduction.