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Constructing Rajpootana-Rajasthan: Collected Narratives in Remembrance of Bhupendra Hooja

Rakesh Hooja (Editor) Rima Hooja (Editor) Rakshat Hooja (Editor)
Synopsis A land of colours and festivals, a land where tradition and modernity live side by side, a land with a history that is symbolized by images of velour, sacrifices and battles, a land that is the birthplace of grassroots democracy in India, a land dotted with beautiful and breathtaking palaces and forts, a land that is the most densely populated desert in the world and the largest state in India, Rajasthan is all this and more. Earlier known as Rajpootana, the story of Rajasthan is interesting not only from a linear historical standpoint but also from a cultural, sociological and social change perspective.

The book is a collection of 33 articles and short comments or notes that provides a multi-faceted look at Rajasthan and Jaipur – its modern-day capital. A potpourri that explores Rajasthan’s present and past, from early centers of agriculture and metallurgy in the region, the coming of the Rajputs, the impact of British rule on the kingdoms of Rajpootana, origin and evolution of tribals in the state, people’s movements in Rajpootana, the merger of the princely states into Rajasthan, etc., this miscellany makes an attempt at constructing Rajasthan (a term applied to the region relatively late in its history following James Tod) by presenting various independent viewpoints and observations which include those of orientalist and historians of the 19th century as well as contemporary writers – both Indian and international.

In line with the assortment nature of this book special sections have been devoted to Amber and to Sawai Jai Singh and the creation of Jaipur. The book will prove to be an extremely informative and interesting compendium to both the layman and the expert – historians, sociologists, researchers, students, visitors to Rajasthan and the general reader fascinated by the romance of Rajasthan and its past.
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About the authors

Rakesh Hooja

Rakesh Hooja is Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. His earlier prominent assignments in the government of Rajasthan include Area Development Commissioner, Indira Gandhi Canal Project, Secretary, Command Area Development and Water Utilisation and Commissioner, Agriculture Development Project. He has written extensively in his areas of interest like land and water management decentralized and district planning, rural development, participatory irrigation management, watershed management and development administration.

Rima Hooja

An archeologist, historian and writer, Rima Hooja is currently the Director of Minnesota University's MSID India Program. With a MA in History, Post-graduate Certificate in Archeological (Cambridge, UK), and a Ph.D. in Archeology, also from Cambridge University. Rima has held several academic posts, including Associate Professor Indian Tradition & Culture. Kota Open University, and Visiting Fellow, Institute of development studies Jaipur. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, she has served on several governing boards, committees and councils. Rima has over fifty published research papers and articles to her credit, besides journalistic articles, contributions to the Students Encyclopedia Britannica, and presentations at international seminars and conferences. Books by her include The Ahar Culture and beyond; Prince, Patriot, Parliamentarian: Biography of Dr. Karni Singh - Maharaja of Bikaner; Environment Degradation; Crusader for Self-Rule: Tej Bahadur Sapru and the Indian national Movement, and an English translation of a fifteenth century AD Sanskrit manuscript on iconography, Mandan's "Devata-Murti-Prakarnam".

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Bibliographic information

Title Constructing Rajpootana-Rajasthan: Collected Narratives in Remembrance of Bhupendra Hooja
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8131603288
length xiv+394p., 23cm.