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Foundation of a Nation

India and the Unthinkable: Backwaters Collective on Metaphysics and Politics edited by Vinay Lal and Roby Rajan, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016; pp xlvii+228,₹850.

A Colossus of Tamil Politics

Amma: Jayalalithaa’s Journey from Movie Star to Political Queen by Vaasanthi, New Delhi: Juggernaut Books, 2016; pp xiv + 175, ₹290.

Tracing the Roots of Dysfunctional Legal System

Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V Swamy, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016; pp 240, $45.

A Sporadic Romance

India’s Film Society Movement: The Journey and Its Impact by V K Cherian, New Delhi: Sage, 2016; pp 219 + xxxv, ₹ 895.

Exclusion, Poverty and Urban Governance

Urban Poverty, Local Governance and Everyday Politics in Mumbai by Joop De Wit, Routledge South Asian Edition, 2017; pp 320, ₹795.

Gujarat Riots and the Role of Sexual Violence

Communalism and Sexual Violence: Ahmedabad since 1969 by Megha Kumar, New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2017; pp xi + 255, ₹ 775.

State without Honour

State without Honour: Women Workers in India’s Anganwadis by M S Sreerekha, Oxford University Press, 2016; pp 348, ₹ 950.

Hazy Shades of Sovereignty

Hyderabad, British India, and the World: Muslim Networks and Minor Sovereignty, c 1850–1950 by Eric Lewis Beverley, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015; pp xv + 344, $99.

The Joy of Giving

Philanthropy in India: Promise to Practice by Meenaz Kassam, Femida Handy and Emily Jansons , Sage, 2016; hardcover, pp 229 + XIX, ₹ 310.

An Ode to the ‘Tebhaga Women’s Movement’

Unclaimed Harvest: An Oral History of the Tebhaga Women’s Movement by Kavita Panjabi, New Delhi: Zubaan, 2017; pp lvi + 322, ₹ 995.

Challenges of Governing India

Ideas and Frameworks of Governing India by Ranabir Samaddar, Routledge India, 2016; pp xi + 321, ₹ 1,050.

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