Monday, 31 March 2014

Shaping the Discourse

Shaping the Discourse: Women's Writings in Bengali Periodicals (1865-1947) by Ipshita Chanda And Jayeeta Bagchi from  STREE.

Comprising translations of women’s writings of Brahmo, Hindu and Muslim writers of undivided Bengal (involving present-day Bangladesh), which were published in well-known Bengali periodicals (between 1865–1947), such as Bamabodhini Patrika, Prabasi, Antahpur, Bharati, Bangadarshan,Bharatlakshmi, Saogat, Nabanoor, and so on, this volume is the third reader compiled by the School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, for the new Masters’ level courses in women’s studies.

Focussing on a period, of reform, conflict, change and debate, the reader explores the multi-layered social conversation about women’s issues and maps the changes in the life practices and beliefs of women as reflected in their writings with the progression of time. While there is Taherannesa writing in 1865 in Bamabodhini Patrika, and appealing, ‘O civilized men do not remain neglectful of educating women’, there is Saratkumari Chaudhurani’s article in Bharati, published in 1914, where she upholds the initiative of Swarnakumari Devi’s Sakhi Samiti for spreading education and literacy amidst women, helping widows, aiding orphans, and so on. Hence, the discourse that surfaces also follows the path of a historical narrative.

This volume traces issues like relations between men and women, and amongst women themselves to more ‘public’ concerns like women’s education and employment; child marriage, seclusion of women and the position of widows. It upholds the dichotomy between the private and the public, and the prachina, the traditional, and the navina, the ‘new’, with the emerging woman proposing an alternate way of life, thereby extending the woman’s question beyond every aspect of women and men’s social existence; putting these writings in a larger context of reform, change and conflict; and projecting the discourse on gender issues as shaped by power relations between classes, castes and communities cohabiting in society.

In our Gender Studies Studies section, Rs. 550, in hardback, 466 pages, ISBN: 9788190676052

Friday, 28 March 2014

Industrial Relations in India

Industrial Relations in India: A Practitioner’s Handbook books by  E. I. Ravindranath from Tata McGraw-Hill Education.

Having a healthy Industrial Relations climate is not an option anymore for any organisation—it is a compulsive necessity for survival and growth. Recent developments in the industry throughout India clearly reveal the importance of Industrial Relations.

A practical guide to create, sustain and leverage excellent employee relations based on analysis of current trends in Industrial Relations, the book draws out lessons from specific cases of disputes and conflicts. Retracing the major incidents and events of recent times and examining the root cause of the problems, the book helps decision makers to review their people processes and focus on creating and sustaining best practices in employer-employee relations.

While helping to evolve strategies for managing and negotiating with Trade Unions, the book also shares essential knowledge to ensure shop floor discipline.

In our Management Studies section, Rs. 975, in hardback, 610 pages, ISBN: 9781259058530

Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights

Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights by Neil Wilkof And Shamnad Basheer from Oxford University Press (India).

Intellectual property (IP) rights regulate our knowledge economy to a significant extent, and have come to represent important markers of a country's economic, technological, and cultural progress. In its present form, the IP umbrella comprises at least twelve distinct legal regimes, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks. While patents protect technological advances, copyrights protect original cultural expressions, and trademarks protect brands against slavish imitation by unscrupulous traders.

However, notwithstanding their supposedly distinct scope, IP regimes tend to overlap with respect to the same subject matter. Illustratively, computer software is protectable under both patent and copyright law. Similarly, a logo can be protected under both copyright and trademark law. Unfortunately, despite increasing overlaps in the IP firmament, individual IP regimes continue to be studied in isolated silos. This creates a significant gap in our understanding of intellectual property law and policy.

This book aims to fill that gap by providing a comprehensive and multi-jurisdictional account of overlaps. Written by a stellar constellation of IP experts, each chapter addresses a discrete pair of IP overlaps. Beginning with a hypothetical situation, it considers how legislatures and courts around the world have attempted to resolve it. The book also includes a valuable table at the end, summarizing the legal position for each set of overlapping rights in various countries around the world, including Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East. The book also traverses the Indian perspective on overlaps in the introductory chapter, where key statutory provisions and judicial decisions are analysed. This book will be useful to IP stakeholders around the world, including lawyers, scholars, in-house counsels, judges, policymakers, and students.

In our Law section, Rs. 1995, in hardback, 640 pages, ISBN: 9780198095408 ,Sales Restriction: Sale In SAARC Countries Only.