The many facets of Malaviya

The author builds a strong case to recognise Pandit Malaviya for his stellar contribution during the early years of freedom movement and is able to demolish the all-too-easy theory of simple division... »

Sketches through anecdotes

The lives and journeys of 26 Indian cricketers from ‘Tiger’ Pataudi to Ravindra Jadeja »

Governance as if only economics matters

This book is the based on the work of the author at the Governance Studies Unit of the Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh under the title “Public Governance: Institutio... »

When inclusion is unfavourable

Relations between Dalit entrepreneurs and the economy are mediated by social networks that can facilitate or thwart business »

Men who freed us from ‘majoritarian modernity’

A good deal of terms such as nationalism, multiculturalism, the local, and the global is afloat in the current discourse on culture studies of the academia. These terms do not necessarily... »
Buddhante Punchiri
Thiruvananthapuram, March 19, 2015

Enigmatic smile of the Buddha

Buddha smiles. Not just when bombs are tested, but also when life and love enter into a friendship. When thoughts of death visit life so often that it becomes a dear comrade more than a sadistic s... »
March 9, 2015

Understanding women’s labour

This book is an analysis of the dialectic of women’s labour and the processes of capital accumulation in Asian economies — an analysis that blends empirical research with theoretical reflections. »
March 9, 2015

Shaking Bradman’s pedestal

Man, they say, is a creature of habit. Mortals love to clutch their favourite icon and create a comfort zone around it. Anything that disturbs the ‘comfort zone’ is often and promptly dismissed as... »
Community, Memory, and migration in a globalizing world — The Goan Experience, c.1890-1980: Margret Frenz; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 995.
March 2, 2015

Goan migration: untold tales

Migration is as old as humanity. Vast masses of people have moved from country to country in search of food, livelihood or driven by famine, pestilence or occupying enemy forces. New civil... »
Epigraphical Reading in The Chola History. S. Chandnibi; Random Publications, 4376-A/4B Gali Murari Lal, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 1500.
March 2, 2015

Locating new domains under Chola rule

As resources for writing history, the corpus of Tamil Inscriptions is heterogeneous and the range of historical and social issues they illuminate tends to be extensive. Nilakanta Sastri, t... »
A CONCISE HISTORY OF SOUTH INDIA — Issues and Interpretations: Edited by Noboru Karashima; Oxford University Press, YMCA Library Building, 1, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 995.
February 23, 2015

Fresh perspectives on South Indian history

This book is a unique collection of articles on the trajectory of South India’s history from pre-historic times to the present, contributed by both Indian and Japanese authors, and edited by the S... »
Ormakalude Pattupetti
Thiruvananthapuram, February 19, 2015

Memories unplugged

There’s this very disturbing and touching incident that C. Suresh Kumar writes about in his book Ormakalude Pattupetti. The ‘Old is Gold’ music troupe was on a tour of West Asia. After a su... »
February 19, 2015

An objective monograph

Maanavalli Ramakrishnakavi (1866-1957) or M.R. Kavi as he was popularly mentioned, was a scholar of extra-ordinary ability. The volume under review is a monograph on M.R. Kavi’s life and work. writ... »
March 16, 2015

Mapping voices that rose against the private sphere

The birth of the public sphere for women in India was intrinsically linked to the private sphere, as it was seen as being antithetical to the family’s regimenting influence. Cons... »
March 9, 2015

Voices of the dispossessed in Polavaram

There has been an explosion in well-researched books focusing on displacement due to development, mostly finding the fault lines in unsatisfactory resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) of thos... »
Seven Days to Somewhere; C.K. Meena, Dronequill, Rs.275.
March 7, 2015

Of despair and hope

A young boy, Nischit, takes out a felt pen to mark Tuesday, April 9, on the calendar. Seven more days to go for the Endit file in his computer to see its last entry. Seven days more to go before he... »
Displacement, Revolution, and the New Urban Condition - Theories and Cast Studies. Ipsita Chatterjee; Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., B 1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Area, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110044. Rs. 645.
March 2, 2015

Towards a political economy of urbanism

This book is a microcosmic study of labour, migration, displacement, relocation and the upheaval they cause in terms of space and locale at one level and the exploitation at another. Seen... »
THE US-INDIA NUCLEAR AGREEMENT — Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: Dinshaw Mistry; Cambridge University Press, 4381/4, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 695.
February 23, 2015

Proposal for pragmatic patience

Last week saw the Modi government releasing a seven-page document explaining what it conceded to break the seven-year long jam in commercialising the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal. At the same time, the... »
DISTRICT COLLECTORS — Recollections and Reflections: Edited by Ramesh K. Arora, C. K. Sardana; Paragon International Publishers, 5, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 795.
February 23, 2015

The thrill and pressures of running a district

A favourite pastime of babus (to use the term for civil servants favoured by the media nowadays) is to ruminate about their District Collector (DC) days. Regarded as the most exhilarating p... »
Ranga Manthana
February 19, 2015

Two records of a cultural ethos

Ranga Manthana by Narayana Raichur Bhagyalakshmi Prakashana Although there have been great playwrights and gifted directors in Kannada, theatre-criticism in Kannada... »