India since 1985
(see also India 1947-1985, Hindu Nationalism, India: Muslims, India: Mumbai, India: Calcutta, India: Kashmir, India: Dalits, India: Sikhs, India: Bengal, India: Kerala, India: Assam & Palagummi Sainath)
CIA World Factbook. Includes map.
War Talk: Summer Games with Nuclear Bombs. Arundhati Roy, Nation (6/4/02)
An Uninvited Second Coming. Isabel Hilton, Guardian (1/10/02). US/British failure to understand politics of other countries makes Pakistan/India situation more precarious.
Health Deteriorates. Gita Sen, The Hindu (7/20/01). Consequences of neoliberal policies of 90s for public health.
A Way of Life. Sabita Radhakrishna, Craft (3/21/99). On work of Urmita Trust in strengthening economic position of craftspeople.
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Centre for Science & the Environment. Monitors India's increasingly severe environmental problems, promotes research aimed at solving them.
CorpWatch India. Building global links for justice.
Counter Currents (India).
Humsafar Trust. Gay rights group in Mumbai.
Amin, Samir. "India, a great power?" Monthly Review 56,9 (2/05):1-13.
Badam, Ramola Talwar. "Film festival helps Indians come out," San Jose Mercury News (10/20/03):10A. Gays & lesbians seldom gather publicly; homosexuality punishable by law.
Bilgrami, Akeel. "Lessons in Islam from India," Nation (12/24/01):31-2.
Cockburn, Alexander. "Travels with Sainath," CounterPunch (4/16/05), entire. Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kerala & Andhra Pradesh in early 2005.
Gupta, A. "Farmer survival under stress in India," Capitalism Nature Socialism 5 (10/90).
Hersh, Seymour. "On the nuclear edge: a reporter at large," New Yorker (3/29/93):56-73. Threatened nuclear war with Pakistan.
MacFarquhar, Roderick. "India: the imprint of empire," in Silvers & Epstein (eds.) India: A Mosaic (NY, 2000), pp. 149-78.
Mishra, Pankaj. "A new, nuclear, India?" in Silvers & Epstein (eds.) India: A Mosaic (NY, 2000), pp. 225-74.
Omvedt, Gail. "India's Reds & Greens at loggerheads," Capitalism Nature Socialism 11 (9/92).
Pal, Amitabh. "Terror comes to India," Progressive (3/02):21-23.
__________. "A riot strikes close to home," Progressive (4/02):34-35.
__________. "Back to the brink," In These Times (7/8/02):14-15.
Parajuli, Pramod. "Rethinking ethnicity: developmentalist hegemonies & emergent identitities in India," Identitities 3 (8/96).
Roy, Arundhati. "The end of imagination," Nation (9/28/98). On India's nuclear test.
__________. "Introduction," in Silvers & Epstein (eds.) India: A Mosaic (NY, 2000).
__________. "Fascism's firm footprint in India," Nation (9/30/02).
Sharma, Amol. "Hard drives make inroads into rural India," Christian Science Monitor (5/1/03).
Singh, Randhir. "Nationalism & progressive politics in India," Monthly Review 45,6 (11/93):11-27.
Vyasulu, V. "Environmentally sound technology in India," Capitalism Nature Socialism 5 (10/90).
Ward, Diane Raines. Chap. 4: "Dry, drier, driest: greening the desert," in her Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly & the Politics of Thirst (NY: Riverhead, 2002). Accomplishments & chronic problems of large-scale irrigation farming in Punjab & Rajasthan.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Bertsch, Gary K et al (eds.) Engaging India: US Strategic Relations with the World's Largest Democracy (NY: Routledge, 1999).
Bonner, Arthur. Averting the Apocalypse: Social Movements in India Today (Durham NC: Duke, 1991).
Bose, Sugata & Ayesha Jalal. Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy (NY: Routledge, 1998).
Chatterjee, Partha. (ed.) State & Politics in India (NY: Oxford, 1997).
__________ (ed.) Wages of Freedom: Fifty Years of the Indian Nation-State (NY: Oxford, 1998).
__________. A Possible India: Essays in Political Criticism (NY: Oxford, 1998).
__________ & Pradeep Jaganathan (eds.) Community, Gender, & Violence (NY: Columbia, 2000).
Dreze, Jean & Amartya Sen (eds.) India: Social Opportunity & Public Action (Delhi: Oxford, 1995).
__________ & Amartya Sen (eds.) Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives (NY: Oxford, 1997).
__________ & Amartya Sen (eds.) India: Development & Participation (2nd ed.; NY: Oxford, 2002).
Ganguly, Sumit. Conflict Unending: India-Pakistan Tensions since 1947 (NY: Columbia, 2001).
Kumar, Radha. The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women's Rights & Feminism in India, 1800-1990 (NY: Verso, 1993).
Mehta, Suketu. Maximum City: Bombay Lost & Found (NY: Knopf, 2004).
Mehta, Ved. Rajiv Gandhi & Rama's Kingdom (New Haven: Yale,1994). New Yorker articles, 1983-94 (& one from Foreign Affairs), on the Indian political scene.
Mishra, Vijay. Bollywood Cinema. Temples of Desire (NY: Routledge, 2001).
Nair, T.P. Sankarankutty (ed.) Modern India, Society & Politics in Transition (New Delhi: Inter-India, 1988).
Perkovich, George. India's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation (Berkeley: U. California, 1999).
Pratap, Anita. Island of Blood: Frontline Reports from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan & Other South Asian Flashpoints (NY: Penguin, 2001).
Rajan, Rajeswari Sunder. Signposts: Gender Issues in Post-Independence India (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 2001).
__________. The Scandal of the State: Women, Law, & Citizenship in Postcolonial India (Durham NC: Duke, 2003).
Robinson, Catherine A. Tradition & Liberation: The Hindu Tradition in the Indian Women's Movement (NY: St. Martin's, 1999).
Sainath, Palagummi. Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India's Poorest Districts (NY: Penguin, 1996). Paradigm-cracking book on famine & hunger.
Shiva, Vandana. India Divided: Diversity & Democracy Under Attack (NY: Seven Stories, 2005).
Shurmer-Smith, Pamela. India: Globalization & Change (London: Arnold, 2000).
Silvers, Robert B. & Barbara Epstein (eds.) India: A Mosaic (NY: NY Review, 2000). Essays by Christopher de Bellaigue, Ian Buruma, Anita Desai, Roderick MacFarquehar, Hilary Mantel, Pankaj Mishra & Amartya Sen from NY Review of Books.
Tharoor, Shashi. India: From Midnight to the Millennium (NY: Viking, 1997).
In the Library: Fiction
Chandra, Vikram. Red Earth & Pouring Rain (Boston: Little, Brown, 1995).
__________. Love & Longing in Bombay: Stories (Boston: Little, Brown, 1997).
Desai, Kiran. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (NY: Atlantic Monthlyk 1998).
Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things (NY, 1997).
Seth, Vikram. A Suitable Boy: A Novel (NY: HarperCollins, 1993).
Sidhwa, Bapsi. Cracking India: A Novel (Minneapolis: Milkweed, 1991).
__________. The Crow Eaters: A Novel (Minneapolis: Milkweed, 1992).
Suri, Manil. The Death of Vishnu: A Novel (NY: Norton, 2001). Explores complexities of class, gender & inter-ethnic relations in a single apartment building in mid-20th century Mumbai.
Tharoor, Shashi. The Great Indian Novel (NY: Penguin, 1989). Mahabharata reset in 20th C.
__________. Show Business (NY: Viking, 1991). Life in the Indian movie business.
__________. The Five-Dollar Smile & Other Stories (NY: Arcade, 1993).
__________. Riot (NY: Arcade, 2001). Hindu-Muslim conflict, secularism & an American aid worker.
In the Library: For Young Readers
In the Library: Poetry
In the Library: Drama
In the Library: Photography
"Earth" , dir. Deepa Mehta, 104m. From Zeitgeist Films. Film version of Sidhwa's novel Cracking India, in which a young Muslim pursues a Hindu woman without regard for religious difference, until a tragedy turns him against everything Hindu.
"India: The Turmoils of the Century" , dir. Arnaud Mandagaran, 120m. From Filmakers' Library.
"Shwaas" , dir. Sandeep Sawant, 107m. In video stores. Moving Marathi-language story of an old man and his grandson's coming to terms with the child's cancer.