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    Book Review: Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India by K. S. Komireddi

Book Review: Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India by K. S. Komireddi

In Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India, debut author K. S. Komireddi examines the rise of the BJP and Narendra Modi, and the impact of his right-wing Hindu nationalist government on India. While the book offers an open and unabashed critique of the recently re-elected Prime Minister, Nilanjan Sarkar (LSE) finds an informative, pithy and attention-grabbing […]

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    Book Review: Breaching the Citadel: The India Papers by Urvashi Butalia

Book Review: Breaching the Citadel: The India Papers by Urvashi Butalia

Part of a series of books on Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia, Sohini Chatterjee (independent researcher) finds n pioneering intersectional feminist work on the gendered political economy of violence and impunity which uncovers institutional failings, lack of political will, racism and sexism in India.

Breaching the Citadel: The India Papers. Edited by Urvashi Butalia. Zubaan Books. 2018.

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June 17th, 2019|Book Reviews, Featured|Comments Off on Book Review: Breaching the Citadel: The India Papers by Urvashi Butalia|
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    Book Review: The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India by David C. Engerman

Book Review: The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India by David C. Engerman

In The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India, David C. Engerman chronicles in meticulous detail the pulls and pressures India’s postcolonial state had to deal with in attempting to build a modern, prosperous and independent nation against the backdrop of an international Cold War. Did India’s policy of “non-alignment” offer its domestic interlocutors considerable leverage vis-à-vis the […]

April 25th, 2019|Book Reviews, Featured|Comments Off on Book Review: The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India by David C. Engerman|

The Best Bookshops in Mumbai, India

Georgie Carroll takes us on a tour of the best bookshops in Mumbai, India. If there’s a bookshop that you think other students and academics should visit when they’re undertaking research or visiting a city for a conference, further information about contributing follows this article.
The Best Bookshops in Mumbai, India

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March 29th, 2019|Book Reviews, Featured|Comments Off on The Best Bookshops in Mumbai, India|
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    Book Review: The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis

Book Review: The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis

In The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis, Arun K. Thiruvengadam provides a concise introduction to the Indian Constitution, with insights not only into its history but also the political and legal events that have contributed to its evolution. Sania Ismailee recommends this accessible and engaging book to anyone who is keen to understand the underpinnings of the constitutional system in India.
The Constitution of India: […]

March 28th, 2019|Book Reviews, Featured|Comments Off on Book Review: The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis|
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    Book Review: Financializing Poverty: Labour and Risk in Indian Microfinance by Sohini Kar

Book Review: Financializing Poverty: Labour and Risk in Indian Microfinance by Sohini Kar

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 […]

January 30th, 2019|Book Reviews|Comments Off on Book Review: Financializing Poverty: Labour and Risk in Indian Microfinance by Sohini Kar|
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    Book Review | Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz

Book Review | Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz

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: […]

January 23rd, 2019|Book Reviews|2 Comments|
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    Book Review | Madan Mohan Malaviya and the Indian Freedom Movement

Book Review | Madan Mohan Malaviya and the Indian Freedom Movement

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
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December 4th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured|Comments Off on Book Review | Madan Mohan Malaviya and the Indian Freedom Movement|
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    Long Read Review: Rethinking and Redefining Islam in South Asia

Long Read Review: Rethinking and Redefining Islam in South Asia

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 […]

November 30th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured, Religion|Comments Off on Long Read Review: Rethinking and Redefining Islam in South Asia|
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    Book Review: Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Bilion by Anirudh Krishna

Book Review: Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Bilion by Anirudh Krishna

 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. 

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September 10th, 2018|Book Reviews, Development, Featured, Rural Areas, Urban India|Comments Off on Book Review: Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Bilion by Anirudh Krishna|

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