Critical Quest is a mini publication venture that seeks to make available the best and the relevant of social science writings in India and abroad to individuals - students, teachers and the general reading public. It also attempts to retrieve and sustain within current discourses the rational-liberative articulation in history and culture. Its objective is not only to inform and enlighten readers but also to impel them towards an emancipatory engagement with the society at large. It hopes to function as a tool both of deconstruction as well as reconstruction of socially relevant knowledge. The attempt is not profit oriented and invites the co-operation and participation of all committed to socio-political transformation of the Indian societies towards greater social inclusion and more egalitarian social practice.