Questioning Paradigms, Constructing Histories: A Festschrift for Romila Thapar

Kumkum Roy and Naina Dayal (Editors)

In this Festschrift, Romila Thapar’s students and colleagues from across the world celebrate her contributions by applying her methods and insights to a range of historical, philosophical, sociological and cultural questions.

Aleph Book Company and The Book Review Literary Trust, 2018, pp. 575, ISBN 978-93-88292-34-4


The Public Intellectual in India

Romila Thapar with Sunder Sarukkai, Dhruv Raina, Neeladri Bhattacharya, Peter D’Souza, Jawed Naqvi P.

Chandra Chari and Uma Iyengar (Editors)

The book shows us why it is important to have independent voices to protect the underprivileged, ensure human rights and social justice, and watch over the smooth functioning of our liberal, secular democracy.

Aleph Book Company and The Book Review Literary Trust, 2014, pp. 170, ISBN 978-93-84067-38-0


Civil Disobedience: Two Freedom Struggles, One Life

L.C. Jain

Lakshmi Chand Jain, the child of India’s first freedom movement, spent more than six decades of his life as an impassioned crusader for a just and equitable India. In Civil Disobedience Jain tells the riveting story of the personal influences and experiences that shaped his belief.

The Book Review Literary Trust, 2011, pp. 266, ISBN 978-81-88434-05-3

Superpower Rivalry and Conflict: The Long Shadow of the Cold War on the Twenty-first Century

Chandra Chari (Editor)

Superpower Rivalry and Conflict examines the trajectory of the Cold War and the fallouts for the rest of the world to seek lessons for the twenty-first century to manage international relations today and avoid conflict. The book examines the changing economic balance of power thrown up by globalization which has led to the emergence of a multipolar world capable of economic and multilateral cooperation. 

Routledge and The Book Review Literary Trust, 2010, pp. 253, ISBN 978-0-415-55025-3

War, Peace and Hegemony in a Globalized World: The Changing Balance of Power in the Twenty-first Century

Chandra Chari (Editor)

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the attack on the World Trade Centre shook up the international system which had been in place for four decades after the Second World War. This book focuses on how the US could adapt its foreign-policy initiatives to fit in with the growing aspirations of a multipolar world for a more balanced international order.

Routledge and The Book Review Literary Trust, 2008, pp. 235, ISBN No. 978-0-415-43577-2 

Putting People at the Centre: Human Security Issues in Asia

Anuradha M. Chenoy (Editor)

Putting People at the Centre has brought together writers qualified in their respective fields of involvement especially in the promotion and projection of concerns, issues and programmes involving human security in their own countries.

ARENA and The Book Review Literary Trust, 2006, pp. 218, ISBN 81-88434-06-6 


PRESENT CONTINUOUS SERIES: Uma Iyengar and Chandra Chari (Editors) 


Inner Mirror: Kannada Writings on Society and Culture

Compiled by A. R. Vasavi

Drawing on multiple sources such as folk and oral traditions, personal experiences and observations, and even classical literature, the essays in this book bridge the gap between representations of oral and literary sources. Many of the essays encapsulate the experiences and voices of a range of persons, and represent issues, trends, events and processes that remain under-represented in English language social science writings on India.

The Book Review Literary Trust, 2010, pp. 216, ISBN: 81-88434-04-3 


PAST CONTINUOUS SERIES: Meenakshi Mukherjee (Editor) 


Kapalakundala by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

Translated by Gautam Chakravarty

Kapalakundala, set around the year 1604-1605 when the Mughal state was still subduing the newly acquired province of Bengal weaves together events that take place across two cultural worlds.  The first is the caste Hindu world of the pilgrims, of Nabakumar, Kapalakundala, the kapalika and the adhikari. Alongside this insular provincial world there is the world of Agra and the imperial court, which are the space of political expediency and sexual license, of wealth, power, cunning and worldly sophistication.

The Book Review Literary Trust, 2005, pp. 111, ISBN 81-88434-03-5

Kanyasulkam by Gurzada Appa Rao

Translated by T. Vijay Kumar and C Vijaysree

The play first published in 1897 and later revised and expanded in 1909, deals not only with the evil practice of bride-price, but also with several inter-related social issues of the time like child marriage, widow remarriage, and the ‘nautch question’.

The Book Review Literary Trust, 2002, pp. 273, ISBN 81-88434-00-0

Saraswativijayam by Potheri Kunhambu

Translated by Dilip Menon

What is remarkable about the novel is that Kunhambu conceives of the brahmin and untouchables as a dyad-neither can find salvation without moving out of the master-slave relation that traps them in an unequal and unending combat. Throughout the novel there is at once an agonized engagement with Hindu tradition as well as the overwhelming recognition of the futility of a constructive dialogue with it.

The Book Review Literary Trust, 2002, pp. 115, ISBN 81-88434-01-9

On the Threshold: Songs of Chokhamela

Translated by Rohini Mokashi-Punekar

Chokhamela was a fourteenth century untouchable saint poet who belonged to the varkari tradition of Maharashtra.  The varkari tradition is a tradition of belief and worship that is still a living part of the Marathi speaking culture. Chokhamela’s importance lies not only in the fact that he is one of the first, if not the very first, dalit writer of India.

The Book Review Literary Trust, 2002, pp. 115, ISBN 81-88434-02-7