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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)

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CIA World Factbook. Includes map.

New Internationalist Profile

UN Development Program, Human Development Indicators

World Guide

On the Web: Articles

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

Barefoot College.

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).

George Foundation.

Human Rights Watch: India.

Humsafar Trust. Gay rights group in Mumbai.


WWW Virtual Library.

In the Library: Articles

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

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Earth" [1999], 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" [1994], dir. Arnaud Mandagaran, 120m. From Filmakers' Library.

"Shwaas" [2004], 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.


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