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Nandanar's Children: The Paraiyans' Tryst with Destiny, Tamil Nadu 1850 - 1956 (Studies in Modern Indian History) Hardcover – 17 Jan 2011

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The author is to be complimented for taking up a pioneering and path breaking study of the history and politics of the Parayan’s community from 1850-1956…[The book] is based on extensive research into historical, political, ethnographic and other source of information available in different part of Tamil Nadu, New Delhi and elsewhere…. [The Author] has written an excellent book which needs careful study by those specialising in the area of the politics and sociology of depressed communities in India.

(Social Change)

The book is a contribution to the domain of subaltern history and it states without an open claim that the historians should depend, primarily on archival sources. The use of varied and rich archival materials and chronicles in the book establishes this claim. [It] takes its academic credibility while historicizing a lower caste political movement. [It] is placing before us the warp and woof of the political history of the subaltern people… [It] points to the changing faces of caste-politics in the Indian political scenario.

(eSocial Science)

This 400-page book, based on intensive research and fieldwork in Tamil Nadu, has used lot of archived materials and government reports and documents to substantiate its argument… This book will be a useful guide not only to social scientists and researchers but also to laymen who are interested in understanding Dalit movements.

(The Sunday India)

About the Author

Raj Sekhar Basu is Reader, Department of History, University of Calcutta. Prior to his present appointment, he was Lecturer in the Department of History, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He has also been Visiting Scholar to the Department of History, Uppsala University; Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Department of History, Osmania University.

Dr Basu has been awarded many fellowships including Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Faculty Research Fellowships, Charles Wallace Travel Grants, Wellcome Trust Travel Grants and the Fulbright Seminar Grant, among others. 

He has published papers in various reputed journals such as the Indian Historical Review, Studies in History, Contemporary Perspectives in History and Sociology, Seminar, Gandhi Marg, Social Science Probings, Social Scientist and Calcutta Historical Journal.

He has also contributed chapters in volumes published by leading international publishers. He has edited a volume and a monograph on Dalit history.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Sage India; 1 edition (17 January 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8132105141
  • ISBN-13: 978-8132105145
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,00,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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