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Managing Maladies – Anna Ruddock

Do We Care?:  India’s Health System  by K. Sujatha Rao Oxford University Press, 479 pp., 2017. For an administration of such scale, retired Indian bureaucrats reveal remarkably little about their experiences of how policies are made and implemented. Memoirs tend to come from prime ministerial circles, offering a seductive blend of office gossip and the […]

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A History of Himsa – Joseph McQuade

Political Violence in Ancient India by Upinder Singh Harvard University Press, 616 pp., 2017.   Shortly after independence, India’s first government, led by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, designated a graphic representation of the lion capital of the Sarnath pillar as the official emblem of India. The pillar was one of many erected by the Mauryan […]

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Consigned by Caste – Sneha Krishnan

Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India by Sujatha Gidla Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 306 pp., 2017. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the political bar these days is pretty low: patrician and civil forms of prejudice find ways of continuing to thrive as extreme right-wing ideologies […]

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Museum of Loss – Vipul Dutta

Remnants of a Separation: A History of Partition through Material Memory by Aanchal Malhotra Harper Collins India, 386 pp., 2017. The Academy Award winning film The Reader (2008) based on the eponymous novel by Bernhard Schlink (1995) serves as a poignant reminder about the enduring relationship that objects share with grief, longing and loss. Set […]

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Toilets before Temples – Rohit Lamba

Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste by Diane Coffey and Dean Spears Harper Collins India, 288 pp., 2017. “Sanitation is more important than political independence” -Mahatma Gandhi Diane Coffey and Dean Spears are social scientists par excellence who are addressing intellectual puzzles that directly matter in improving the lives […]

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