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Books  /  Published 31.12.19

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Spotted Goddesses: Dalit Women’s Agency-Narratives on Caste and Gender Violence by Roja Singh...
in Kolkata

Books  /  Published 27.12.19

Non-fiction: Dismal and enriching

No list of books is ever quite enough, even if it is a selection from just forty-nine weeks of varied reviews. From Jonathan Gil Harris’s Masala Shakespeare to Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, th...
By The Telegraph

Books  /  Published 11.10.18

Since the Left turned to markets, nothing's right

This is a study of the non-communist or centre-Left in Europe, with an explanation connecting its decline and the rise of xenophobic right-wing populism as the major response to economic hard-Right ne...
By Kunal Chattopadhyay

Books  /  Published 09.08.19

The question of Aryan identity

Which of us are Aryans? is a collection of five essays dealing with the politically volatile question of Aryan identity. Romila Thapar shows that the Sanskrit word arya (airiia in Old Iranian) did not...
By Kanad Sinha

Books  /  Published 04.10.18

Essays on similarity: A revaluation of difference

Which concepts might help us, take us forward, take us further, or away? “The modern world is one of simulacra. Man did not survive God, nor did the identity of the subject survive that of substance...
By Aniket Jaaware

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Books  /  Published 27.09.18

Towards another idea of India

Looking for the Nation: Towards Another Idea of India (Speaking Tiger, Rs 350) by Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee says that countries are born with, and live by, dates. Some dates are reminders of the prom...
By The Telegraph

Books  /  Published 27.06.19

A culture of debate: Essays on Indian history

Taking the cue from Homi K. Bhabha’s concern about “the fate of the arts and humanities the world over” in the face of the rush towards technological immediacy and professional instrumentality, ...
By Ranabir Chakravarti

Books  /  Published 20.03.20

A continuity in inappropriate policies

All the Wrong Turns: Perspectives on the Indian Economy by T.C.A. Ranganathan and T.C.A. Srinivasa Raghavan is yet another book on the deficiencies of formulation and execution of economic policy in I...
By Anup Sinha

Books  /  Published 29.11.18

Modern Hinduism: Searching for the self

The book under review is the South Asian edition of J. Barton Scott’s Spiritual Despots: Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of Self-Rule. Scott’s is a scholarly exposition of the lineages of the ...
By Soumen Mukherjee

Books  /  Published 22.11.18

Why caste continues to thrive in India

Although in the Constitution, the lawmakers outlawed untouchability, they could not overcome their own caste mind-set and skilfully consecrated caste, which, in fact, is the source of untouchability. ...
By Sebastian M. Michael


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