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Fighting Fires: Migrant Workers in Mumbai

Migrant workers in one of Mumbai’s most industrially dense areas with 3,500 small manufacturing and recycling units face a number of hazards, with fires being among the common ones. This article looks closely at the causes and aftermaths of these fires and notes how the workers cope with them even as their skills and knowledge prevent even bigger accidents.

Being Dalit and Being Rural

Civility against Caste: Dalit Politics and Citizenship in Western India by Suryakant Waghmore, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2013; pp 276, Rs 588, hardback. Dalit Households in Village Economies edited by V K Ramachandran and Madhura Swaminathan, New Delhi: Tullika Books, 2014; pp 339, Rs 556, hardback.

Scepticism Is the Only Fact of History

The enlargement of the scope of the discipline of history means that it can at best be one of the many media to convey stories and memories of the past. A response to "Remaking the Indian Historian's Craft: The Past, Present and Future of History as an Academic Discipline" by Anirudh Deshpande (EPW, 16 February 2013).

Urban Planning in Bombay (1898-1928)

This article discusses the contradictions and inconsistencies within colonial plans for the urban renewal of Bombay in the years between 1898 and 1928. It attempts to break the perception of the colonial state as a coherent, hegemonic force of domination. Instead, it brings out colonial discourses of pretence and mimicry, and of upholding dichotomies and camoufl aging inconsistencies with the purpose of evolving more problematised concepts of colonial imperatives, intentionalities and rationalities.
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