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Important Judgement in India


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Important Judgments that Transformed India

The book “Important Judgments that Transformed India” presents an easy understanding of the landmark Court cases that everyone needs to know about. The way democracy now functions in India, owe a lot to many of these Supreme Court judgments. It is quite interesting to learn how the Supreme Court judgments protected the essence of Indian Constitution, strengthened democracy, and transformed the lives of ordinary citizens of India.

This book effectively caters to the requirements of many competitive examinations, particularly the UPSC Civil Services Examination (Prelims, Mains, and Interview). It is equally valuable to all academics, legal students, and general readers who are interested in Indian Polity and Constitution.

Salient features:

✔ Designed specifically to cater to the needs of Civil Services – Prelims and Mains and other state examinations.

✔Analysis of the importance of 30 landmark Supreme Court judgments.

✔ Compilation of 90+ Supreme Court judgments with respect to the main area of conflict.

✔ Each Chapter divided into- introduction, background, arguments, judgments, importance and impact.

✔ The complicated legal context behind Supreme Court cases made simple and easy to understand.

The book can prove to be an asset not only for the aspirants of Union and State Civil Services but also for academicians, researchers, lawyers, authors, and all readers with an abiding passion for the domain in general.

Important Acts

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Important Acts that Transformed India

Important Acts that transformed India is a ready-reference book of the must-know laws for aspirants preparing for UPSC Civil Services Examination (Prelims, Mains, and Interview). It is equally valuable to all the legal students, academicians, and general readers who are interested in Indian Polity and Constitution.

Salient Features:

✔ The all-in-one book which covers all important Acts (laws) relevant for UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) General Studies Papers – I, II, III, and IV.

✔ A unique approach which divides 100 must-know Acts topic-wise – into 12 Parts correlating with the subjects in the latest UPSC CSE Syllabus.

✔ Each chapter (Act) is divided into – introduction, background, objective, main provisions, amendments, criticism, importance and impact.

✔ Complicated legal concepts made simple and easy-to-understand.

Indian Polity


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Indian Polity

The book “Indian Polity”, 6th edition is a must-read for the aspirants appearing for the Civil Services Examinations as well as the other state Services Examinations. It is conceived to cater to the requirements of not just students appearing for competitive examinations but also postgraduates, research scholars, academics and General readers who are interested in the country political, Civil and constitutional issues. The extant chapters have been thoroughly revised and updated as per the recent developments.✔ 80 chapters and 16 appendices covering the entire Indian political and constitutional spectrum

✔ chapters rearranged as per the latest pattern of the examination

✔ coverage on the recent developments in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, constitutional interpretation, judicial review and judicial activism

✔ updated previous years’ questions and revised practice questions for both Preliminary and Mains Examinations

✔ one-stop reference for the Civil Services aspirants, students of law, political Science and public Administration

✔ 6 New chapters:

Goods and Services Tax Council

National Commission for backward classes

National investigation agency

National disaster Management

role of regional parties

coalition government

Economy



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Indian Economy

Indian Economy by Author Ramesh Singh needs no introduction. This entirely enlarged, revamped and revised 12th edition includes the inputs from the economic Survey 2019–20, Union Budget 2020–21, India development report 2017 (The latest), India 2020 and other relevant official documents, making it a one-stop solution to the needs of the aspirants for the forthcoming examinations in a much better way.

Key Highlights:

  • Revamped introductory chapter with latest National Income estimates
  • Substantially revised chapters on inflation, Agriculture, industry, infrastructure and services with new issues added
  • Economic impact of the pandemic situation and the measures of atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan have been included in relevant chapters for better understanding
  • Revised and updated chapters on development economics, economic reforms, human development in India along with the incorporation of the latest human development report 2019
  • Student-friendly features like glossary of relevant terms and multiple-choice questions together with Model Answers have been updated and revised based on the relevant burning issues and the latest changes.

Economy



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Indian Economy

The Indian economy has undergone marked changes over recent years encompassing series of fluctuations in economic growth and development. This book – Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania is an attempt to pen down economic issues and necessary interventions by stakeholders. The topics have been arranged very systematically and with great conceptual clarity so as to enable readers to understand it completely and comprehensively. Written in a lucid manner, the concepts have been enriched with flowcharts, tables, graphs, examples, etc to facilitate understanding and grasping in no time. Salient Features: ★ Comprehensive coverage of various aspects of Indian Economy along with current affairs to provide a holistic view of the subject ★ Separate Appendix on Union Budget 2020-2021 and economic measures related to COVID-19 ★ National and International indices have been mentioned in the relevant chapters for better understanding. ★ Facts and analysis from NITI Aayog reports has been included wherever necessary ★ Chapter-wise Previous years’ questions of UPSC Preliminary and Main examination have been included for practice and better understanding of the examination trend

Key Highlights:

  • Comprehensive coverage of various aspects of Indian Economy along with current affairs to provide a holistic view of the subject
  • Separate Appendix on Union Budget 2020-2021 and economic measures related to pandemic situation
  • National and International indices have been mentioned in the relevant chapters for better understanding.
  • Facts and analysis from NITI Aayog reports has been included wherever necessary
  • Chapter-wise Previous years’ questions of UPSC Preliminary and Main examination have been included for practice and better understanding of the examination trend

Economy

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Indian Economy

Economics is an interesting subject when simplified. Often students are not at home with the subject because of dearth of story-telling economics. That explains why you have this book in your hands. This book, in its second edition, is an outcome of threadbare discussions with tens of thousands of students appearing for the Civil Services Examination. The book has a strong conventional and conceptual foundations, thereby, it is meant to be the base book for covering economics for all Competitive Examinations in the country-particularly, the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). the new edition also addresses the needs of the aspirants completely as per the new UPSC trend as it makes concepts amply clear at the basic level; covers facts in the most updated manner; connects them dynamically to the current developments; roots them in the Indian context; and links them with the world.

Features:

incorporated with two new chapters – industrial policy and land reforms

Includes all latest economic updates vis-a-vis covid 19 pandemic

helpful aide for Prelims and Mains Examination

Supplemented with related suitable graphs and images

Includes significant segments of latest economic Survey

difficult concepts are explained in easy-to-understand language.

History


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A Brief History of Modern India

This book brings together various aspects of the turbulent period (from arrival of the Europeans on Indian soil and the establishment of British rule in India to the day India won independence and the early years of freedom) in a systematic and succinct manner: major and important details and milestones are effectively discussed while several relevant but little known details are also highlighted.It is not just the mainstream freedom struggle that has been considered; the disparate efforts—small but significant— of several groups have also been discussed. The political and socio-economic developments that have influenced the growth of modern India have been dealt with in independent chapters.


Geography



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Geography of India

The book “Geography of India”, is written mainly for candidates preparing for competitive examinations. The flagship title is entering its 9th edition. The book is an established manual and a bestseller in the segment. It’s a widely read reference book that deals with relevant topics of India’s geographical landscape in a systematic and comprehensive manner. The book is updated with latest change in status of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. All updates are inserted in the form of Maps, Data and statistics. Updated current events, especially to mention the Amphan Cyclone, COVID- 19 situation in India along with NRC, CAA, Vizag gas leak, Indo-China Issues, Locust menace and much more forms a part of this edition. Varied topics covered are Resources of India, different types of irrigation, cropping patterns of India, transport and public distribution system and food security, disasters and Government initiatives. It is also being increasingly referred to by graduates and postgraduates of the subject and by researchers and academicians.Salient Features:• Completely revised book with latest amendments in India’s Administrative boundary for the newly designated UT of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.• Based on current UPSC syllabus, strong in theoretical concepts, supplemented with additional original maps and diagrams• Updated data and statistics• Revised chapters on current affairs with topics like Urban disasters, cyber-crime and social media.• Thoroughly revised content on Niti Ayog, Integrated watershed development programmes, Government schemes and initiatives, National New Mineral policy 2019• Thoroughly revised chapters on Regional Development and Planning, Agriculture, Minerals and Resources, Transport and Communication systems in India.• Content represented in form of mind maps, flowcharts, tabular format and statistical techniques for better understanding.

Key Highlights:

  • Completely revised book with latest amendments in India’s Administrative boundary for the newly designated UT of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
  • Based on current UPSC syllabus, strong in theoretical concepts, supplemented with additional original maps and diagrams.
  • Updated data and statistics.
  • Revised chapters on current affairs with topics like Urban disasters, cyber-crime and social media.
  • Thoroughly revised content on Niti Ayog, Integrated watershed development programmes, Government schemes and initiatives, National New Mineral policy 2019.
  • Thoroughly revised chapters on Regional Development and Planning, Agriculture, Minerals and Resources, Transport and Communication systems in India.
  • Content represented in the form of mind maps, flowcharts, tabular format and statistical techniques for better understanding.

Art and Culture


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Indian Art and Culture

McGraw-Hill is proud to present third edition of their bestseller “Indian art and Culture” by Nitin Singhania, third edition. This book offers comprehensive and latest information covering the broad field of knowledge on Indian art, paintings, music and architecture for the aspirants of Civil Services Preliminary and Main Examinations.

Apart from two new chapters and one appendix, the chapters have been enriched with details to make it more focused and comprehensive. There are questions at the end of each chapter which will help students prepare for the examinations.

Highlights:

✔All new four colour edition

✔Comprehensive 4 sections: Visual arts, Performing arts, Culture of India and Appendices

✔New chapters on Buddhism and Jainism & India through the eyes of foreign travelers

✔New appendix on Current affairs related to Indian Art and Culture

✔Videos related to the chapters available through QR codes

✔Keywords in every chapter highlighted in color

✔Updated Previous Year Questions and Answers of UPSC Preliminary and Main Examination

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Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania needs no introduction! It offers in-depth and updated guidance to the aspirants of the Civil Services preliminary and main examinations on the subject. A wide ranged knowledge base of the Indian art, paintings, music and architecture has been presented with the help of relevant colorful pictures, diagrams and map which will enkindle the reader’s interest.

New chapters have been introduced on Buddhism and Jainism & India through the eyes of foreign travellers

Buddhism and Jainism : This chapter focuses on the major concepts, teachings and philosophy that are followed under the religions – Buddhism and Jainism both.

India through the eyes of foreign travellers : Throughout the course of history, India has been a centre of attraction for rulers and travelers worldwide. Travelers have played an important role in presenting the true picture of the then Indian civilisation. This chapter covers the brief description of the most important travelers that visited India.

New Appendix has been added on current affairs related to art and culture

Previous years questions of 2018, 2019 and new set of practice questions have been included in the required chapters

Furthermore, many relevant topics have been added in the existing chapters to make the title more focused and comprehensive.

Sociology and Society


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Indian Society

Any candidate aspiring for Civil Services should essentially have a good understanding of diverse social issues the Indian society is currently facing. It has been observed that multiple questions pertaining to the Indian Society and its related issues areandnbsp;regularly asked in Mainandrsquo;s – General Studies (GS) Paper-I and in the Essay paper too. Besides, candidates are also required to be well-versed with these issues in the personality test (interview) as well. The second edition has been completely revamped to provide a comprehensive and conciseandnbsp;understanding of Indian society. The updated chapters provide in-depth insight on the various social issues, the reasons for their existence, their impact on different segments of society and actions taken or planned to eliminate the social constraints at the larger level and achieve the vision of social equity and social justice in India. The book aims to not only equip an aspirant with all the relevant information required for scoring high marks in the exam but also help the future policy-makers to have a better understanding of what Indian society needs.

Governance


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Governance in Indian

1. Governance – a conceptual introduction 2. General framework of Indian model of governance 3. Issues concerning the judiciary 4. Issues concerning the judiciary 5. Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure 6. Citizen’s participation in governance 7. Comparison of Indian constitutional Scheme with that of other countries 8. Statutory, regulatory and Quasi-Judicial bodies 9. Representation of people Act 10. Role of Civil Services in a democracy 11. Br>e-governance 12. Right to information 13. Citizen’s charter 14. Welfare schemes for the vulnerable section of the population 15. Pressure groups annexures.

Security


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Challenges to Internal Security of India

A thoroughly revised and updated edition of ‘Challenges to Internal Security of India’ aims to provide broad perspectives on the issues and challenges regarding the topic ‘internal security and disaster Management’. It is written in a comprehensive and lucid manner meant for complete coverage of the Third General Studies Paper of the UPSC examination. Each topic under the syllabus has been covered in its twelve chapters to serve as a complete theoretical guide. This new edition comes with three annexures for a thorough understanding of government policies regarding internal security and challenges.

Salient features:

✔Updates on issues regarding recent terrorists attacks.

✔Revised edition with comprehensive details on disaster Management.

✔Detailed Analysis of the Kashmir problem.

✔Completely updated with latest issues and developments faced by Indian security agencies and the armed forces.

✔Detailed Analysis of the rise of the Islamic state.

✔Examines the roles of ‘external state’ And ‘non-state’ Actors in aiding and abetting terrorism.

✔Comprehensive text on the rise and spread of naxalism.

✔Inclusion of more practice questions at the end of each Chapter.

✔Includes flowcharts and maps.

Mahatma Gandhi


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Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948

Opening with Gandhi’s triumphant return to India in 1915 after decades abroad, and ending with his tragic assassination in 1949, Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World is a remarkable, moving portrait that provides a crucial re-evaluation of India’s iconic leader for a new generation.
Drawing on a wealth of newly uncovered materials unavailable to previous biographers, acclaimed historian and author Ramachandra Guha brings the past to life with extraordinary grace and clarity. Deploying his gifts as a storyteller and scholar, Guha presents Gandhi as both a fascinating human being–a man of fierce hope, eccentric personal beliefs, and sometimes dark and alarming contradictions–as well as a dynamic political force and global icon.
Sharp, insightful, balanced, and impeccably researched, this free-standing sequel to Guha’s magisterial biography Gandhi Before India is an indispensable resource for a contemporary understanding of Gandhi’s ever-evolving legacy.

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 CUNDILL HISTORY PRIZE

“A magnificent achievement.” —The Guardian

“[A] portrait of a complex man whose remarkable tenacity remained constant, even when his beliefs changed. It is also extraordinarily intimate. . . . [A] fair, thorough and nuanced portrait of the man. . . . Guha lets Gandhi appear on his own terms, and allows him to reveal himself in all his contradictions.” —The New York Times

“Guha’s magisterial biography illuminates the public and private man. . . . Many details in the book are fresh. More closely than any other biographer, Mr. Guha tracks the forgotten influence of Gandhi’s long-serving secretary, Mahadev Desai.” —The Economist

“A vivid, absorbing biography. A monumental biography, using newly released papers, relates Gandhi’s mission to deliver India from the Raj. . . . The most exhaustive account yet of Gandhi’s temporal and spiritual crusades. . . . There’s a temptation with biographies this in-depth to skim, but Gandhi’s character and mission demands rigorous exploration and Guha weaves together the narrative as deftly as Gandhi’s homespun cloth. . . . [Guha’s] keen eye for the idiosyncratic often lends a life-affirming touch.” —The Sunday Times

“Guha, in minute details and impeccable research, has chalked out the many relations Gandhi shared with his contemporaries, his friends, family, and acquaintances. . . . Guha’s massive book and his powerful, honest insights prove that he may be Gandhi’s ‘finest biographer,’ as remarked by theGuardian.” —The Times of India

“[A] sweeping, intimate, absorbing and detailed version of the life of the Mahatma. . . . It may be heavy, but Guha does—like always—make it an almost breezy read. . . . What makes the book wonderful are the details that take you by surprise, especially those from [Gandhi’s] vibrant, intense and hectic correspondence with ‘friends, political colleagues and often with strangers.’” —The Week (India)

Mahatma Gandhi


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Gandhi Before India

In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a brief less lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. In this remarkable biography, Ramachandra Guha argues that the two decades that Gandhi spent in the diaspora were the making of the Mahatma. It was here that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would ultimately destroy the British Empire.

Based on archival research in four continents, this book explores Gandhi’s experiments with dissident cults, his friendships and enmities and his failures as a husband and father. Gandhi before India tells the dramatic story of how he mobilized a cross-class and inter-religious coalition pledged to non-violence in the battle against a racist regime.

Deeply researched and beautifully written, this book will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of modern India’s greatest man.