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Title: Chronicles of Our TimeREDUCED from 19.00 to $9.95!!
Author: Beteille, Andre
Item Code: 978014029699X
Publisher: Penguin Books
Edition: 1st ed., Date: 2000, 361 pp., PB
Description: Over the past thirty-three years, the author, one of India’s eminent sociologists, has written a series of articles for the editorial page of the ‘Times of India’. Encapsulating the complexities of academic discourse within the concise framework of a newspaper article, these writings provide a telling commentary on the social, political and economic life of India in the eventful decades of the latter twentieth century. Collected and published in book form for the first time, Beteille’s views on post-Nehruvian India will be of interest to general readers and social scientists alike.The book begins with the subject of the individual’s quest for identity in articles that describe the ways in which intellectuals relate to ideologies within the framework of academia. The focus then shifts to social justice, and Beteille outlines the contradictions inherent in the Indian context between the ideal of equality and the practice of inequality. A subsequent section is devoted to caste, tribe and religion, three aspects that continue to constitute the morphology of Indian society in spite of legal, political and secularist interventions. In the sections that follow, contentious issues like reservations and affirmative action; political, economic and legal enpowerment; the destabilization of institutions in contemporary India; and the question of modernization with its perceived threat to traditional values are examined. A stimulating analysis of the social and political realities of our time, this book will provoke debate for years to come.