Judiciary and Social Change in British Malabar 1792-1940, Tellicherry 2012

Judiciary and Social Change in British Malabar 1792-1940, Tellicherry 2012

Author: C. Vasanthakumari
ISBN: 81-88432-19-9
Price: Rs 800.00 | US$ 19.00 | Euros 14.00

A unique legacy of the British rule in India was the establishment of a strong Judiciary with high traditions of independence and fairness, matured through a strange amalgam of local, oral and customary laws and the British Rule of Law. British rule of law, the remarkable outcome of the nation’s legal experiments through centuries with insistence on respect to the ordinary law of the land, equality before law and the underlying broad and just principle of justice, equity and good conscience, found its way to India in the I 780s and started working in harmony with the customary laws of the country. The book focuses on the historical role played by the Judiciary in the complete recasting of an extremely custom- oriented, conservative, almost stagnant Malabar society into one well-suited to the modern standards of life.

Malabar, the northern districts of Kerala in peninsular India, came in the possession of the English East India Company in 1792 in the course of the Anglo-Mysore wars and put under the Madras Presidency in 1800 for purposes of the administration of justice. What handicapped the Judiciary in the case of Malabar was the absence of a written authority for a proper understanding of the customary laws of the region. But the fact that the people of Malabar were so extremely attached to their customs, that many of them became almost institutionalized due to centuries of unbroken observance, that the oral tradition was as powerful as any modern written law became a useful guide. This, added to the dedicated effort of the judicial veterans, helped in bringing the customary laws of the region within an effective legal framework designated as ‘Malabar Law’. More important, the innumerable exhaustive judgements on ‘Malabar Law’ are real history, the first recorded history on Malabar in its applied aspect. Malabar Judgements not only succeeded in telling the people what their customs were, but in reminding them of the inevitability to bid farewell to many of their outmoded customs which were no more capable of standing the test of time.

Tradition, Migration and Transformation: Agrarian Migration to Wayanad A Socio-Historical Study 1928-2000, Tellicherry 2011

Tradition, Migration and Transformation: Agrarian Migration to Wayanad A Socio-Historical Study 1928-2000, Tellicherry 2011

Author: Joshy
ISBN: 81-88432-18-0
Price: Rs 500.00 | US$ 13.00 | Euros 9.00

The migration of human beings from one location to another is a common phenomenon in the world since the beginning of mankind. The present book illustrates the migration of farmers from the erstwhile princely state of Travancore to Wayanad, a Taluk in British Malabar. Though the poor subsistence agriculturists suffered great hardships from climate, malaria, wild animal and so on, they transformed the destiny of entire Malabar in all aspects within a couple of decades. The present study helps to explode some of the myths and misconceptions perpetuated by writers of vested interests regarding forest depletion, introduction of new crops, naxal movement and migrant tribal interaction.

The unique intervention migrants in the society of Wayanad transformed the outlook of natives and tribal people alike. Apart from providing historical information on Wayanad this work gives vivid account of development of new agriculture, education and infrastructure of Wayanad. The present volume is not only a valuable addition to existing literature on migration but also it enlightens the academic, students and general readers.

Indian Constitution, Education and Minorities in Kerala, Tellicherry 2009

Indian Constitution, Education and Minorities in Kerala, Tellicherry 2009

Author: K. S. Mathew and T. K. Sebastian, ed.
ISBN: 81-88432-16-4
Price: Rs 500.00 | US$ 13.00 | Euros 9.00

The book focused on a few relevant issues of current debates. The educational rights of the minorities are elucidated by a group of thinkers and legal experts through a thorough examination of the constitutional provisions, court verdicts and acts. From the very beginning of the formal education in the state of Kerala, different religious minorities, congregations, and individual made efforts to accelerate the process of spreading the light of knowledge across the state, irrespective of caste, creed and gender. Therefore, the significant role played by the minority institutions in the overall education development in the state is brought out by succinctly by using historical evidences. The higher education scenario, particularly, self-financing stream, is subjected for heated debates in the present contexts of administrative reforms. The implications of the reforms, dimensions of the issues and practical solutions are brought to the limelight by educationalist from the state. The collection of articles in the present volume is proposed to serve as reference book for the educational institutions, administrators and students in the history of education in Kerala.

Partition of India: Players and Partners, Tellicherry 2008

Partition of India: Players and Partners, Tellicherry 2008

Author: J.B.P.More
ISBN: 81-88432-15-6
Price: Rs 895.00 | US$ 30.00 | Euros 22.00

Nothing is more controversial in modern Indian sub continental history than the partition of India, which gave birth to two nation-States, India and Pakistan. In this book a broad-based and a holistic attempt has been made order to bring out the truth regarding the various causes and events that led to the partition of lndia,on the basis of authentic archival evidences without bias or prejudice. The ‘bargaining counter theory’ advanced by Ayesha JaIal and supported by many prominent scholars like Anil Seal, Francis Robinson and Rafiq Zakaria has been convincingly refuted as untenable. Besides various other traditional notions and ideas related to partition have been disproved in the course of this study.

Development, Livelihood and Empowerment: Towards a Sustainable Paradigm based on micro-level Reflections of Decentralization and Peoples Planning in Kerala, Tellicherry 2008

Development, Livelihood and Empowerment: Towards a Sustainable Paradigm based on micro-level Reflections of Decentralization and Peoples Planning in Kerala, Tellicherry 2008

Author: S. Gregory
ISBN: 81-88432-14-8
Price: Rs 600.00 | US$ 60.00 | Euros 40.00

The present book is an attempt in examining the micro-level processes and impact in the implementation of the decentralized governance through people’s planning in Kerala, identifying in it a kind of silent revolution among the people of Kerala, notwithstanding the constraints and limitations in the process. Based on the insights, the book provides a new Livelihood-Empowerment framework, countering the materialistic development orientation, and contributing to the sustainable development paradigm.

The book would be useful to the anthropologists, sociologists, economists, political scientists and other social scientists, and all those who are interested in the issues of development, decentralized planning, livelihood and empowerment, participatory approaches, women and weaker sections. It would particularly be a valuable source of reference for students of Development Anthropology, Development Sociology, and Applied Economics, and for students of political science especially with particular reference to Decentralized Governance.

Winds of Spices: Essays on Portuguese establishments in Medieval India with Special Reference to Cannanore, Tellicherry 2007

Winds of Spices: Essays on Portuguese establishments in Medieval India with Special Reference to Cannanore,  Tellicherry 2007

Author: K. S. Mathew and Joy Varkey
ISBN: 81-88432-13-X
Price: Rs 595.00 | Euros 12.00 | US$ 15.00

Essays in this book illustrate different aspects of Indo-Portuguese relations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The expansion of Portuguese martime trade network in response to Ottoman attempts to dominate the East, diplomatic missions and military strategies of the Portuguese at Cannanore, daily life in the fortress-settlement, architectural features of the fortress, the role of the local merchants in financing Portuguese business enterprises in India, port-hinterland relations, dimensions of interactions between Kunjali Marikkars and the Portuguese, Comparative study between Portuguese settlement in Cannanore and Colombo etc. constitute the themes of discussions in this volume.

Religion and Society in South India, Tellicherry 2006

Religion and Society in South India, Tellicherry 2006

Author: J.B.P.More
ISBN: 81-88432-12-1
Price: Rs 595.00

The essays in this volume are related to religion and society in southern India. The key issues and themes of these essays, which actually form part of major academic debates include:
* Hindu-Muslim resistance to colonialism
* Christian-Muslim influence on Hindus
* The nature of conversions of Islam and Christianity
* Muslim Separatism and Pakistan
* Dravidian-Muslim relationship
* The identity of Tamil and Urdu- speaking Muslims
* Hierarchy and equality among Muslims and Christians
* The identity of the Mysore Sultans

Migration in South India, Delhi 2005

Migration in South India, Delhi  2005

Author: K. S. Mathew
ISBN: 81-7541-228-3
Price: Rs 495.00 | US$ 25

Migration in the history of mankind is a phenomenon of great interest to sociologists, anthropologists, economists and historians. This book deals with various forms of migration in South India with focus on rural to rural migration. Peasant migration from Travancore to the British Malabar started in the 1920s ia a typical case of migration to rural areas in search of cultivable lands.
Despite the differences in the nature of migration, the volume explicates that economic factors were motivating force behind migration; and also analyses socio-cultural aspects of migration and its impact on the local population.

The book may be found useful by the research scholars and policy makers.