Thursday, 29th Jun 2017

Ruptures and Repairs in South Asia: Historical Perspectives
 
Chautari Book Series 78
2013 (2070v.s.)

 

Editor: Yogesh Raj
Pages: viii+188, Price: 300
ISBN: 978-9937-594-07-3

 
 
 
Review
SINHAS 18(2) by John Whelpton
 
 
This book illustrates an exciting approach to understanding both momentous and everyday events in the history of South Asia. It advances notions of rupture and repair to comprehend the aftermath of natural, social and personal disasters, and demonstrates the generality of the approach by seeking their historical resolution. The introduction of rice milling technology in a rural landscape in Bengal, the post-cold war global shift in international relations, the assassination attempt on a journalist in a rented city house in Kathmandu, the alternate and simultaneous existence of violence in non-violent movements, a flash flood caused by torrential rains in the plains of Nepal, the closure of a China-India border after the army invasion in Tibet, and the appearance of outsiders in an ethnic Tharu hinterland – scholars in this volume have analysed the origins, anatomies and development of these events as ruptures and raised interesting questions regarding their impact on the ways people live and earn, keep healthy, write and report, change regimes, and reproduce caste.
 
Contents
 
Acknowledgements  vii
 
Introduction        1
Ruptures and Repairs: A New Vantage in South
Asian Historiography
      Yogesh Raj
 
The 1954 Flood and the Ascendance of Monarchy in Nepal   21
      Sharad Ghimire  
 
Claiming “Our Commodity”: Geopolitics and the 47
Transformation of Nepal’s Tourism Industry in the 1970s
      Mark Liechty
 
Locating Violence in Nepali Politics 77
      Bhaskar Gautam
 
An Attempted Assassination of a Journalist: Rethinking   103
Periodization in Nepali Journalism Historiography
      Harsha Man Maharjan   
Changes in Rana Tharu–Pahadia Relationships:     123
Land, Politics and Caste
      Lai Ming Lam
 
Repairing Everyday Ruptures:          145
Tibetan Medicine in Tawang, India
      Kei Nagaoka   
 
Keynote
Time, Space and Technology: Ruptures and Repairs Unknown    167
      Smritikumar Sarkar
 
Notes on Contributors          181
Index      184
Ruptures and Repairs in South Asia: Historical Perspectives