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Recovering Memories of Partition

Are stories lost forever, and do personal histories count? In a world that has in recent decades seen immense change, with identities and even histories in flux, it also follows that “big events” shape “small lives.” But the manner in which every life comes about, how one’s history is shaped, has a bearing on the universal history that is then written about. Many a time, small histories are lost, and it is then that we must go in search for these other stories, using our own memory tools.

Past and Present

The Last Hindu Emperor: Prithviraj Chauhan and the Indian Past, 1200–2000 by Cynthia Talbot, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017; pp 316, $99.99.

A Different Indian-ness

Mobilising India: Women, Music and Migration between India and Trinidad by Tejaswini Niranjana

Ramtek's Water Woes

Because of scanty rainfall, lack of irrigation and prolonged powercuts, paddy production this year ranges between 15 and 20 per cent of the expected in Maharashtra's Ramtek tehsil. While the government's immediate task is to provide relief to the farmers, it should also take up the task of reviving the region's traditional water management structures and decentralising their management and maintenance.

Struggle to Save Nagpur's Water Bodies

Efforts to save Nagpur's decaying water bodies, restore other surface reservoirs and recharge groundwater levels form one of the key initiatives proposed in a draft report for the region as part of the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan commissioned by the ministry of environment and forests.

Water Supply Schemes in Vidarbha

Successive governments in Maharashtra have launched several schemes to cope with the increasing water scarcity in rural areas, with little success. The worst affected are drought-prone regions such as Vidarbha.

Religious Reform and Cultural Revivalism

 Gurus and Their Followers edited by Anthony Copley; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2000; pp XXII + 235, Rs 475.

Deepening Divides

Indians first went to Fiji as indentured labourers and later as traders. Their fight for a place in the hierarchical Fijian society, first under British colonial rule and later under parliamentary democracy, continues.

Sociology of Indian Labour

The Worlds of Indian Industrial Labour edited by Jonathan P Parry, Jan Breman, Karin Kapadia; Contributions to Indian Sociology, Volume IX, Sage Publications, 1999; pp 430.
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