Announces that it will re-release several of its old titles
A hundred years ago, Oxford University Press published its first title in India. The book, Essentials of Psychology by S. Radhakrishnan, who went on to become the President of India, marked OUP's entry in the country. To celebrate its Centenary Year now, it is returning to some of its other old titles, according to Manzar Khan, Managing Director of Oxford University Press India.
“A clutch of the first eight books in this series were released at the Press's centenary celebrations on March 21 in Delhi, and six more titles are scheduled for release through the year,” Mr. Khan said in response to an e-mail query regarding the Oxford India Perennials series.
The first round of eight books includes a cross-section of books from the nearly 10,000 titles that have been published since Essentials of Psychology . While Romila Thapar's Aœoka and the Decline of the Mauryas has been printed with updated research on the subject, this edition of U.R. Ananthamurthy's Samskara (A Rite for a Dead Man) includes an essay by Susheela Punitha based on interviews with the author.
Girish Karnad's famous play Tughlaq has been reprinted with a note from the playwright on how he started writing it and the various interpretations it has had in the different regional theatres of India. It also includes an introduction by U.R. Ananthamurthy and an essay by Aparna Dharwadker charting the complex textual and cultural ramifications of the play.
The oldest title of the series is S. C. Dube's The Kamar. First published in 1951, the book is an account of an exploited and marginalized tribe of Chhattisgarh and Orissa discussing key aspects of their economic life and social organization, customary law, myth, legend, and ritual, religion, magic, and witchcraft and questions of “cultural contact” and “tribal adjustment.”
“We are in the process of choosing more titles based on their relevance and the willingness of authors to provide new introductions,” Mr. Khan said.
On being asked about the criteria for selecting which books are to be included in the series, he said that the press has chosen books by the most recognisable names among Indian writers and thinkers that range across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.