The Oxford Anthology of The Modern Indian City: Volume II: Making and Unmaking the City-Politics…

Hardcover | December 10, 2013

EditorVinay Lal

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The city has had a long history in India, from the urban civilization of the Indus Valley in 2500 BCE to the megalopolis found in contemporary India. This is the first anthology of the city in India since around 1800, with an accent on the twentieth century. Drawing on fiction, poetry, essays,travel narratives, and scholarly studies in history, anthropology, and cultural studies, this two-volume anthology presents insights into the city with a mix of readings from the most renowned writers, established scholars and authors, and younger voices.Including poems, short stories, essays, and social commentaries by 64 writers, this volume, in particular, looks at the politics and violence in the city, the social web of life in the metropolis, the dalits, labourers, slum-dwellers, and outsiders, the many ethnicities, art and culture, and thepast and future of the city. With contributions from leading writers and scholars including M.J. Akbar, Thomas Blom Hansen, Amitav Ghosh, Harriet Ronken Lynton, Bhisham Sahni, Shiv Visvanathan, Martha Ann Selby, Abdul Halim Sharar, Mirza Ghalib, Tanya Marie Luhrmann, and James Manor, this volumecomes with a comprehensive Introduction by Vinay Lal which sets the context for the writings and a special reader's guide for the interested reader.

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The city has had a long history in India, from the urban civilization of the Indus Valley in 2500 BCE to the megalopolis found in contemporary India. This is the first anthology of the city in India since around 1800, with an accent on the twentieth century. Drawing on fiction, poetry, essays,travel narratives, and scholarly studies in...

Vinay Lal is currently Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); he was Professor of History at Delhi University, 2010-11. He is the author and editor of a number of books with OUP, including The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (Delhi: OUP, 2003; new and enlarged e...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pagesPublished:December 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Modern India and the Claims of the CityIdentities, Interests, Institutions: Politics and Violence in the CityP.C. Joshi: Lucknow (folk song)S.M. Edwardes: The Tilak RiotsManoj Mitta and H.S. Phoolka: The 1984 Carnage and its AftermathM.J. Akbar: A Split-level War in JamshedpurShiv Visvanathan: Land to the KillerThomas Blom Hansen: Shiv Sena, the City, and Communal PopulismThe Social Web of Life in the MetropolisRabindranath Tagore: Flute-musicDoosa Rajagopala Bhoopathy: Urban FraudsNissim Ezekiel: The Truth about DhanyaPremendra Mitra: JuthikaSahir Ludhianvi: Main Bombai Ka Babu Naam Mera AnjaanaPremendra Mitra: The Great Big CityHarriet Ronken Lynton and Mohini Rajan: The Days of the BelovedAmitav Ghosh: Winter in Calcutta/ Chandrakanta: A Street in SrinagarMartha Ann Selby: ThirstVivek Shanbhag: Sharavana's ServicesRuchir Joshi: ParkingWorld Comics India: A comics workshop with Positive Women NetworkSunita Nishad: He never came againNeelofar: In your nameLiving at the City's Periphery: Dalits, Labourers, Slum-Dwellers, and OutsidersNarayan Surve: MumbaiJai Sen: The Unintended CityDaya Pawar: 'Son, Eat your Fill'Prakash Jadhav: Under Dadar BridgeGhisham Sahni: BasantiJames Manor: The Poor amid an Urban CatastropheJeremy Seabrook: DharaviVarsha Adalja: Poor ChampudiMeena Menon and Neera Adarkar: The Millworkers of Girangaon, An Oral HistoryAshis Nandy: Slums as Self-ConfrontationShankar Ramaswami: A Death in DelhiMultiple Cities, Many Ethnicities: Claiming and Disowning the CityLal Behari Day: Journeying to Calcutta and English Education in the MetropolisS.M. Edwardes: Shadows of NightKhwaja Ahmad Abbas and V.P. Sathe: Shree 420Ashis Nandy: The After-Life of the Raj in Indian AcademeTany Luhrmann: The Good ParsiDaud Haider: Stranger in a Strange LandPrabha Khetan: Pili AandhiAshis Nandy: The City of the MindMangalesh Dabral: Monologue of the CityGarga Chatterjee and Priyanka Nandy: Lower Chitpur Road, KolkataArt, Culture and Conviviality in the CityH. Fox Strangways: The Music of HindostanAbdul Halim Sharar: Lucknow: The Last Phase of an Oriental CultureSumanta Banerjee: Laughter as Subversion in Nineteenth Century CalcuttaKathryn Hansen: Parsi Theatre in 19th-Century BombayArvind Kala: Bahri alang: Benares's ideology of leisureAmaresh Misra: The Town India ForgotV. Sriram: The Chennai Music SeasonTimeri N. Murari: New wine in the old bottleRuins of Cities Past-and Future?Mizra Ghalib: Delhi: The Mutiny and its AftermathChandrashekhar Kambar: The Song of Those Who Tried to Escape Darkness of the CityShiv Visvanathan and Harsh Sethi: Bhopal: A Report from the FutureRavi Kalia: ChandigarhM.V. Ramana: Bombing Bombay?The Modern Indian City: A Very Short Reader's GuideNotes on ContributorsCopyright Acknowledgments