'Major' new Ramachandra Guha work to Penguin Books India

'Major' new Ramachandra Guha work to Penguin Books India

PRH's Penguin Books India has acquired a "major" new collection of essays by distinguished historian Ramachandra Guha.

Indian subcontinent rights to Democrats and Dissenters were acquired by editor-in-chief Meru Gokhale from Gill Coleridge at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

The book is described as "a work of rigorous scholarship on topics of compelling contemporary interest, written with elegance and wit", exploring major political and cultural debates in India and the wider world. These include the complex relationship between democracy and violence, a critical assessment of the work of Amartya Sen and Eric Hobsbawm, and "the tragic predicament of the tribals in India, who are, as Guha demonstrates, far worse off than Dalits or Muslims, yet get a fraction of the attention."

Democrats and Dissenters is due for publication next year.

Gokhale commented: “This is an important time in India’s history to examine its diverse political and intellectual landscape. No one is better placed to do this than Ramachandra Guha. I am very much looking forward to working with him on the publication of his new book of essays, Democrats and Dissenters.”

Guha is based in Bangalore, and has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Indo-American Community Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. In the academic year 2011-12 he served as the Philippe Roman Professor of History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and his prizes and honours include the R K Narayan Prize and Japan's prestigious Fukuoka Award.

Penguin Random House has published other works by Guha including Makers of Modern India, the first volume of his biography of Mahatma Gandhi.