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The Machine and Its Limits

Technology and Rural Change in Eastern India 1830-1980 by Smritikumar Sarkar; New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014; pp 355, Rs 895.

Reclaiming the Crossroadsbetween India and China

Recent years have seen remarkable efforts in establishing transport and trade links across south-western China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and north-eastern India. In the ensuing debates among government and policy circles, railways, highways, and seaways feature prominently relative to the rivers. This article suggests that historically rivers have played the key role in economic and transport connections across these regions and therefore deserve a place in the current initiatives.

Post-Colonial Bureaucracy and the Subalterns

State against the Nation: The Decline of the Muslim League in Pre-Independence Bangladesh, 1947-1954 by Ahmed Kamal (Dhaka:

A Long View of Bangladesh

A History of Bangladesh by Willem van Schendel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2009; pp xxvi-347, $24.99.
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