ISBN 9788129113337,In Search Of Roots

In Search Of Roots


A. S. Bhalla


Rupa & Co



Rupa & Co

Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9788129113337

ISBN-10 8129113333


Number of Pages 435 Pages
Language (English)


Guru Nanak found the Sikh faith at a time when Mughal rule in India was flourishing. Despite much resistance and violence, he influenced many Hindus to convert to Sikhism largely through its doctrine of caste equality. The third guru, Amar Das, took his legacy even further, introducing reforms for the emancipation of women and the lower castes. In Search of Roots traces the lineage of the Khatri Bhallas. It makes a study of the teachings of Amar Das, himself a Bhalla, as well as the earlier gurus, and examines whether their legacy did indeed flourish under their descendants. An integrated analysis of history, religion, biography and genealogy, In Search of Roots compares and contrasts the religious politics of pre-Mughal and Mughal rulers, and analyses the history and economy of the towns and cities of the Punjab, such as Goindwal, Ferozepur and Jalandhar, which is rarely found in existing literature. The industrious Bhallas travelled far and wide and their emigration to Kenya, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America in the twentieth century is discussed in the context of a broader Indian diaspora. A well-written and extensively researched book, In Search of Roots is a unique study of history and genealogy in the Indian subcontinent. About the Author Dr. A. S. Bhalla is a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham (UK). He is a former fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (UK) and former special advisor to the president of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada. He has also had a distinguished career in the United Nations Civil Service. He has held academic positions at world-renowned universities, including Oxford, Yale and Manchester. The author and editor of eighteen books, Dr Bhalla's publications include: Globalization, Growth and Marginalization (also available in French), Uneven Development in the Third World, Royal Tombs of India, and Poverty and Exclusion in a Global World which is also available in Japanese.