General Non-fiction


Author: Mridula Ramanna

  • ISBN: 978-81-88569-56-4
  • Paperback
  • Size: 5.50 X 8.50 inch
  • Pages: 105
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A series of 25 monographs on the Founders, Promoters and Guardians of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. The series expects to prepare meticulously researched monographs based on the primary and fresh source material preserved by the Society, along with that available elsewhere, highlighting the significant contribution to various fields, of scholars associated with the Society.

This monograph on EDWARD MOOR focuses on the India connection of the remarkable British official, Edward Moor. He belonged to the early group of Indologists who saw India in an unbiased manner. His views on India are to be found in four works on which this monograph is based. Moor, a participant in the British detachment which accompanied the Maratha army in its campaign against Tipu Sultan from 1790 to 1792, has not only described the campaign but has left a delightful account of what he saw en route to Srirangapatna and back to Bombay in A Narrative of the Operations of Captain Little’s Detachment and of the Mahratta Army Commanded by Purseram Bhow. Moor’s comments on India and various aspects of contemporary Indian social life, which he described in his works, Oriental Fragments and Hindu Infanticide, are examined. Moor is best known for The Hindu Pantheon. His collection of pictures and engravings of Hindu deities formed the nucleus of this work which aimed to introduce Hinduism to an English readership. This monograph attempts to bring to light the refreshing perspective of this earnest British Indophile, who reveals curiosity, wit and candour, and who, more often than not, had an unprejudiced view of India. 

  • Mridula Ramanna

    Mridula Ramanna was formerly Associate Professor and Head, Department of History, South Indian Education Society College, Mumbai. She has authored Western Medicine and Public Health in Colonial Bombay, 1845-1895 (New Delhi, 2002) and Health Care in Bombay Presidency, 1896-1930 (New Delhi, 2012) and contributed chapters to a number of edited volumes, notable among them being Medical Encounters in British India, (2013), Science and Modern India: An Institutional History (2011), Science and Society in India: 1750-2000 (2010),  History and Gender: Some Explorations (2005), Colonialism as a Civilizing Mission Cultural Ideology in British India, (London, 2004), and The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19New Perspectives, (London, 2003). Her articles have been published in several journals, including recently the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, (March, 2014). She has presented papers at national and international conferences and at the Indian History Congress. She has delivered the XXVth M.A. Ansari Memorial Lecture, Jamia Milia Islamia, and has been guest speaker at foreign universities. She has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Archive Center, New York, 2003; Wellcome Trust, UK, 1997 & 2001; and the Indian Council of Historical Research.