What India means may elicit different answers from people today. The answers that might have been given a thousand, tow thousand or three thousand years ago would have been possibly quite different. This volume explores how notions of India have grown: even as a geographical expression the notion (under whatever name) took time to form. Political factors and cultural diffusion both helped in the formation. Nor is the role of outsiders in looking at India as country with some identifiable features of custom, belief, and language, to be ignored. The different contributions in this volume bring out how the idea of India has changed as Indian civilization has developed and received various cultural streams. The contributors also essay the issue of India's transformation into a nation under the stresses generated by the colonial conquest, resistance and the influx of modern ideas. The volume closes with discussions how the future of the nation was conceived in the past and what message this has for the people of India today.
The editor of this volume, Irfan Habib, was formerly Professor of History at Aligarh Muslim University, and is author of Agrarian System of Mughal Empire, An Atlas of the Mughal Empire and Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception. He is currently editing A People's History of India four parts of which have been published.
The Aligarh Historians Society asked a number of distinguished scholars to contribute papers on the different aspects of the theme. These papers were presented and discussed at a panel organized by the Society at the Guru Nank Dev University, Amritsar, and 28-30 December 2002. Professor Irfan Habib, who has edited the volume, contributes an introduction which, in its earlier version, had been presented as a key- note address at the panel.
The panel and the publication of the volume have been supported by grants from the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai.
I should like to thank all contributors to the volume for their willing cooperation and for sending us their revised versions.
I am most grateful to my old friend, Mr. P.N Sahay, for compiling the index, which we hope reader will find convenient.
Mr. Muneeruddin Khan has processed the final press-copy, while Mr. Arshad Ali has kept our records and accounts. Mr. Idris Beg has carried out other onerous duties.
Mr Devendra Jain of Messrs Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers has placed us greatly in his debt by agreeing to publish the volume.
India: Country and Nation - An Introductory Essay
The Earliest Notions of India: 'Meluhha' in Mesopotamian Records
Names for India in Ancient Indian Texts and Inscriptions
Ideas of India in Ancient Greek Literature
UDAI PRAKASH ARORA
Hiuen Tsiang's India
Evolution of a Regional Identity: Kerala in India
Concepts of India: Expanding Horizons in Early Medieval Arabic and Persian Writing
Concepts of India in Alberuni
IQIDAR ALAM KHAN
The Idea of India in Amir Khusrau
SYED ALI NADEEM REZAVI
The Monetary Integration of India under the Mughal Empire
Seventeenth-Century India as Seen by the Dutch
Francois Bernier's Idea of India
The Vision of a Free India in the Bengal Renaissance
Swami Dayanand's Aryavarta
A Juster India for Women - The Thought and Work of Pandita Ramabai and Rameshwari Nehru
India as "Hindusthan": Elements of the Ideological Structure of Hindu Communalism
Nehru's Economic Vision for India: The Road to Fulfilment
Item Code: IDE108 Author: Ed. By. Irfan Habib Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2005 Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 8121511526 Language: English Size: 8.8" X 5.8" Pages: 280 Other Details: Weight of Book 496 gms
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