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    It is realised that the synergy between local knowledge and development efforts would ensure the achievement of Millennium Development Goals. This book is an outcome of explorative research conducted on the issues of Sustainable Development by scientists of various research institutes and universities of India and abroad.

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    Sustainable Development — Issues and Perspectives by: R.N. Pati, Odile Saskia Schwarz-Herion, 1,200.00 1,080.00

    Sustainable Development is a major thrust area adopted for all development interventions initiated by different National Governments of the world as a follow up initiatives to resolutions of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The First Global Knowledge Conference at Toronto (1997) encouraged world leaders, policy makers, scientists and civil society representatives of developing countries to focus more on community-based knowledge systems and development practices and incorporate them in ongoing development initiatives for achievement of Sustainable Development. It is realised that the synergy between local knowledge and development efforts would ensure the achievement of MDGs. The forces of globalisation have affected the indigenous communities and their empowerment process in different parts of the globe. In 1998, World Bank for the first time launched the indigenous knowledge for development programme to explore local knowledge systems and development practices and integrate the best practices into the framework of Sustainable Development. Linking indigenous knowledge with Sustainable Development has been experimented across different regions of the globe. This book is an outcome of explorative research conducted on the issues of Sustainable Development by scientists of various research institutes and universities of India, Malaysia, Portugal, Switzerland, U.S.A. and Romania. It is recognized that the economic benefits and incentives associated with indigenous practices would ensure preservation of local knowledge and achievement of Sustainable Development.

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    The book meticulously deals with the socio-economic, political and cultural facets of the Kela life, their problems in life and how they solve them. It uncovers the romantic life of the Kelas, their family organization, gender issues, the significance and impact of their leadership and caste panchayats, their free love and divorce practices, and their simple but unique lifestyle.

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    The Kela: A Nomadic Caste of Orissa by: Uma Charan Mohanty 800.00 720.00

    This monograph provides a vivid socio-economic account of a nomadic community, the Sapua Kelas or the snake-charmers of Orissa. Of all the nomadic castes and communities of Orissa, the Sapua Kelas have, perhaps, a unique traditional social organization and interesting lifestyle. Amidst the sweeping social, economic and political changes, the Kela community has retained its features of traditional caste system and is undergoing a process of social mobility which is closely related to the traditional caste system where both endogenic and exogenic factors come to play.
    The book meticulously deals with the social, economic, political and cultural facets of the Kela life, their problems in life and how they solve them. It uncovers the romantic life of the Kelas, their family organization, gender issues, the significance and impact of their leadership and caste panchayats, their harmless deceptive methods for earnings and their simple but unique lifestyle. It also delves deep into the perception of outsiders about the Kela life, especially their free love and of the non-hesitancy of the Kela women in divorcing their life partners.
    This, once an untouchable community’s struggle for social mobility, is still an ongoing process. From a nomadic and semi-settled lifestyle, with the advent of the democratic institutions, the Kelas have got a new scope for political and social participation, enabling them to look beyond their traditional occupation of snake-charming, and thus attuning their lifestyle to that of the surrounding population. The book is, therefore, an attempt to show how the nomadic folk society of the Kelas is marching towards the settled life of the Indian peasantry, causing their cultural traits vanishing fast, in favour of the neighbouring culture of the other castes.

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    The Rabha: A Traditional Society in Modern-Day India by: Nilpadmini Rabha 3,920.00 3,528.00

    The Rabha is an ancient tribal community of the northeast area of India. With both a unique language and religion, they represent an ancient culture continuing to live in modern India; while some aspects of the Hindu religion appear to be assimilated by the community, the author is careful to note that they continue to retain much of their exclusive features, and points out some of those. The author goes to a great depth to present both the religious and social aspects of the Rabha people, and weaves a tapestry of the interrelationships between the two, which serves as the basis for the Rabha life today, as it has also functioned historically. She goes further, pointing out the changes of the Rabha that are occurring in modern Indian society, and points to some influences that modern religions are having on the traditional rituals and rites. With its in-depth study of the unique features of a little-known, ancient society of North East India, the text should be of considerable value for the sociologist, as well as the student of little-known tribal religions; it will also provide a great deal of knowledge to those who are trying to understand the changes that are taking place in modern Indian society, as well as other transitioning nations.

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    This anthology explores the lived experiences and positioning of women in diverse Indian social, religious and cultural contexts. It deals with issues varying from the intricacies of the gender concepts embedded in contemporary tradition–modernity debates to detailed consideration of women currents of thought, action and life and the problem of understanding that they throw up.

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    Tradition and Modernity by: Atashee Chatterjee Sinha, Sashinungla, 600.00 540.00

    The anthology Tradition and Modernity: Essays on Women of India includes essays ranging from the philosophical and analytical to the descriptive and the explorative and the experimental perspectives. It explores the lived experiences and positioning of women in diverse Indian social, religious and cultural contexts. The essays deal with issues varying from the intricacies of the gender concepts embedded in contemporary tradition–modernity debates to detailed consideration of women currents of thought, action and life and the problem of understanding that they throw up.
    While a majority of the papers rightly reflect on the unequal and oppressive situation of the women in highly patriarchal and hierarchical settings, yet there are quite a few which sensitively touch upon the theme of human spirit and the beauty of love and relationships between man and woman in the midst of caste and gender hierarchies. There is reflection on the theme of the growing awareness about the women, environment and development, particularly the relationship between violence of nature and women.
    This collection of writings will appeal to readers of all hues as well as students and scholars of culture and religion, in particular of India, gender equality, democracy and difference and feminist theory.

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    Wheel of Desire by: M.L. Varadpande 1,700.00 1,530.00

    Lord Buddha, in his profound wisdom, said that for extinction of human suffering, complete annihilation of desire is the only way. This is the sacred truth of suffering.
    Acarya Carvaka, equally profound in his thinking, said that life is a continuous celebration of desire. Kama (desire) and artha (wealth) are the only true goals of life. Beg, steal or borrow, but live life like a king. Enjoy life full as long as one is alive.
    Who is correct? Lord Buddha or Acarya Carvaka? What is desire really meant to Indian society, religion and culture through ages?
    The book tries to address these and similar questions objectively and diligently.

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    Inspired by her extensive travels as UNICEF’s Representative, the author has provided valuable information Þ some hitherto unknown to us Þ supported by statistics, maps and charts on the various aspects of life in the seven North-Eastern States of India in general and the plight of women in particular.

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    Women’s Status in North-eastern India by: Sindhu Phadke 1,100.00 990.00

    The vast socio-economic and cultural diversity of the north-east region of India remains a largely unexplored area of academic research. Within it, the status of women continues to be a neglected aspect. This book contributes to the slowly expanding body of literature on the subject of the status of women in the seven North-Eastern States of India, viz. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The author makes a painstaking effort to put together the economic, social, educational and cultural dimensions of the plight of women in these States, in the uniquely individual ecological, historical, social and political backdrop of the region. In the process she uncovers many aspects hitherto unknown to us, and also demolishes certain standard and pre-conceived notions about North-Eastern women. We learn about the distinctive features of each State, individually, in relation to each other, and the country as a whole. Using primary and secondary sources, the author builds up a useful wealth of statistical information about the subject; the book also contains explanatory maps and charts. In all, it is a useful text not just for scholars of the North-East and Gender Studies, but also for the general readers as well.

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