Hungry Nation: Food, Famine and the Making of Modern India by Benjamin Robert Seigel explores the intricate ways in which nation-building, development planning, citizenship and welfare were centred on the postcolonial state’s promise of eliminating famine and hunger in independent India. Raghunath Nageswaran finds a book that offers a wide-ranging account of the nation’s vexed relationship with food in the first three […]
In Jim Sykes’ new book The Musical Gift: Sonic Generosity in Post-War Sri Lanka, the act of a musical performance is cast as a tool for building peace and tolerance in a country recently in a state of civil war. Examining the musical traditions of the Tamil minority and Sinhala Buddhist majority, Anishka Gheewala Lohiya (LSE) finds a work […]
In Financializing Poverty: Labour and Risk in Indian Microfinance, Asad Abbasi finds a book that shows that the day-to-day bureaucracy of microfinance – the weekly meeting, the insurance forms, the guarantor forms – does not empower, but adds stress and labour in the lives of the urban borrowers.
Financializing Poverty: Labour and Risk in Indian Microfinance by Sohini Kar. Stanford […]
In the second edition of Shuja Nawaz’s book Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within, Florian Weigand (LSE) finds over 600 pages on the history of the Pakistani army, providing an important description of the backdrop of contemporary dynamics in the country.
Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within. Shuja Nawaz Oxford Pakistan Paperbacks. 2017
In the second edition of his book Crossed Swords: […]
Freedom fighter and educationist, Madan Mohan Malaviya is one of the least known figures from the Indian freedom movement. In a new book on his life, Gayathri D Naik finds a man who was a staunch supporter of press freedom and the power of education.
Madan Mohan Malaviya and the Indian Freedom Movement. Jagannath Prasad Misra. Oxford University Press. 2016
Nicholas H A Evans (LSE) goes on a journey through India’s past with Anand Vivek Taneja’s new book Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Dehli to find an analysis that complicates simple narratives about religion and offers anthropologists and ethnographers new reasons and methods to explore the definition of what Islam is in South […]
In Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion, Anirudh Krishna offers a ‘worms eye’ view of development, arguing for policy that is attuned to local locations. Whilst gender and state-based differences could be explored further in relation to the problems of development in India, Krishna provides insight into the challenges of contemporary Indian development, Sohini Kar finds.
Broken Ladder: The Paradox […]
In Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows, Kota Neelima makes an admirable attempt at shedding light on the wives of the farmers who have committed suicide during India’s ongoing agrarian crisis. However, Neelima falls short at portraying the women as productive workers wielding their own agency, instead drawing on a reductivist framework, primarily focusing on their widowhood, Sumedha Pal […]
Book Review: Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia by Shenila Khoja-Moolji
In Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia, Shenila Khoja-Moolji offers a detailed historical account of the multiple, shifting articulations of the figure of the educated Muslim girl in South Asia from the nineteenth century to the present day. This book offers an important and inspiring challenge to homogeneous and reductionist narratives surrounding Muslim women and […]
Book Review: Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste by Diane Coffey and Dean Spears
In Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste, authors Diane Coffey and Dean Spears propose that Modi’s ambitious goal to introduce toilets to 123 million households across India will be thwarted by the failure to lower open defecation, which they argue, is linked to a concern for purity over germs, writes Asif Dowla.
Where India Goes: Abandoned […]