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A Book of Memory and Forgetting

Splintered Justice: Living the Horror of Mass Communal Violence in Bhagalpur and Gujarat by Warisha Farasat and Prita Jha; New Delhi: Three Essays Collective, 2016, pp 221, 500 (paperback).

Restore the Rule of Law in Bastar

Evictions of Urban Poor

In the Public's Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and Inequality in Contemporary Delhi by Gautam Bhan, Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2016; pp 290, ₹ 825.

The Reluctant Minister

Green Signals: Ecology, Growth and Democracy in India by Jairam Ramesh, Oxford University Press, 2015; pp 604, Rs 850.

Surviving Land Grab

The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai by Liza Weinstein (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press; published in India by Orient BlackSwan), pp 216, Rs 695.

Catch Me If You Can

A biopic attempts to capture the elusive metier and appeal of the documentary film-maker and activist, Anand Patwardhan.

Pakistanis, Indians and Thin Skins

Unlike their Pakistani counterparts, Indian writers seem to be cowed down by a general fear of irreverence and open criticism of society and the establishment.

Rejuvenating India's Small Towns

Visits to seven small towns in north India reveal how paucity of funds, slipshod planning and a dearth of capabilities have contributed to poor civic services and inadequate infrastructure. Citizens in some areas have organised themselves into neighbourhood committees to tackle problems that the urban bodies neglect, but this has its limitations and cannot substitute for efficient local government. The keys to tap the rich potential in these small towns are purposeful research, participative planning, responsive governance and healthy finances.

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