Chitgopekar, Nilima (ed.)
Invoking Goddesses: Gender Politics in Indian Religion

TIn Invoking Goddesses: Gender Politics in Indian Religion different Indian goddesses are studied spanning many millennia using detailed linguistic analysis of hymns, prayers; iconography, inscriptions, actual ritual performances and interviews of practitioners.
NILIMA CHITGOPEKAR teaches History at the Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She also teaches religious studies to post-graduate students and has published and lectured widely in this area both in India and abroad.

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Pages 208

ISBN 81-241-0862-5
Dilipsinhji, K.S.
Kutch: In Festival and Custom

The book contains an engrossing and vivid eye-witness account of the grandeur and splendour of the Kutch State, including customs of the Royal Family. The contemporary photographs take the reader back in time, while the coloured ones illustrate the continuing traditions making the volume more attractive. The book bridges the gap between the past and present. It is unique and quite distinct from other write-ups on princely India published after 1947.
The AUTHOR is the grandson of Maharao Shri Khengraji of Kutch, the festivals and customs of whose times are described in this book. His final postings were as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance, (Dept. of Revenue); Gold Control Administrator of India.

Pages 172

ISBN 81-241-0998-2
Mishra, J. S.
Mahakumbh: The Greatest Show on Earth

The book describes the various managerial dimensions and highlights the most intricate and subtle nuances that ensured the fool proof and fail-proof arrangements to cater to the basic needs as well as spiritual aspirations of the millions and millions of people who gathered at Sangam for a holy dip.
J. S. MISHRA, as Secretary, Urban Development, U.P. was the nodal officer for the successful conduct of Mahakumbh-2001. He was responsible for policy initiatives, as well as planning, coordinating and ensuring successful conduct of Mahakumbh at Allahabad in January-February 2001.

Pages 120

ISBN 81-241-0993-1
Narayan, B. k.
The Immortal Buddha's Path to
Liberation (A Comparative Introduction)

The Man-God Buddha's unprecedented sacrifice and saga was to show the path of liberation to the suffering humanity. He avoided doctrinaire discussions and intellectual sophistication that failed to provide a way out of sufferings and instead pointed to the over-riding need for the purity of intentions in ethical and moral behaviour.
B.K. NARAYAN has a wide ranging—army, diplomatic and academic—background.

Pages 260

ISBN 81-241-0914-1
Shankar,Sondeep and Shankar, Archana
Ganesha: The Lord of Beginnings

Ganesha, the elephant-headed god is one of the most loved deities and one of the most important gods of the Hindu pantheon. Easily recognizable, the lord of beginnings is not as easily defined; he is an amalgam of often contrasting elements. He is the presiding deity of material goods as also the lord of spirituality, the lord of brahmacharis yet grants progeny to the childless. This book is the first in a series of coffee-table books on Hindu gods and goddesses.
SONDEEP SHANKAR is one of the leading photojournalist in India. He has done extensive work on Hindu gods and goddesses.
ARCHANA SHANKAR is a freelance manuscript editor based in New Delhi.

Pages 80

ISBN 81-241-0882-X
Swamy, Subramanian
Hindus Under Siege: The Way Out

The author suggests that the siege against Hinduism today is visible in four dimensions: 1. Religious, in the denigration of Hindu icons; 2. Psychological - e.g. in the foisting of a fraudulent version of our history; 3. Physical - e.g. the Islamic terrorist-driven ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Kashmir and Bangladesh, and the money-induced conversion of Hindus to Christianity; 4. Cultural - e.g. through globalisation of tastes, dress and interpersonal morality that are determind in the Anglo-saxon white Christian world ("The West").
Born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, DR. SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY has won many laurels. He has contributed to India's growth in his various capacities as Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister.

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ISBN 81-241-1207-X