Reporting on the New Perspectives on South Asian History series

Posted on 25 October 2016

Announcing two upcoming launch events for Dr. Niels Brimnes’ NPSAH book "Languished Hopes: Tuberculosis, the State and International Assistance in Twentieth-Century India."

Dr. Niels Brimnes, (Associate Professor in History and South Asian Studies, Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark) is launching his new NPSAH book Languished Hopes, at two events in November 2016.

This new publication will be launched first in Chennai, by the Dep.t of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, 2 November 2016. Details of this event have been released by the hosts: Languished Hopes - Chennai (PDF , 513kb)

The second launch event for this book will be hosted by the publishers of the NPSAH series, Orient BlackSwan, at the India International Centre, New Delhi, 4 November 2016. Details of this event have been released by the hosts: Languished Hopes - Delhi ( 435kb download)

In this period the world’s largest vaccination campaign was rolled out in India, and new antibiotic drugs were distributed to infected Indians through the ambitious National Tuberculosis Programme. The analysis ends with the early 1990s, when Indian authorities realised that 80 years of control efforts had achieved little, and prepared to revamp the official control programme. The final section presents more promising results from the past twenty years.

Through his analysis of tuberculosis control measures in India, Dr. Brimnes offers a simple message: where there is massive poverty, there will be severe tuberculosis. Vaccines and drugs cannot do the job alone.

Since 2001 the New Perspectives in South Asian History series (published by Orient BlackSwan) has published more than 30 monographs and other writings on early modern, modern and contemporary history. The volumes in the series seek to cover new ground: they provide fresh perspectives on familiar fields, and they open up new areas for historical research. The series covers social and cultural history, and is particularly strong in emerging fields such as environmental history, medical history, history of transport and communication as well as in the history of science and technology. More information about the book, including its author, contents, and other books in the NPSAH series, can be found on the Orient BlackSwan website.

The series is edited by Prof. Sanjoy Bhattachrya (Director of the CGHH, University of York), Dr. Nitin Sinha (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) and Dr. Niels Brimnes (University of Aarhus). You can find out more about the NPSAH series (including some open-access works) here.