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Book Reviews

Book Reviews
Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast edited by Sebastian R Prange, Cambridge University Press, 2018; pp xvi + 344, £90 . Malabar in the Indian Ocean: Cosmopolitanism in a...
Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty, Cambridge Massachusetts: Harvard University Press; pp 1104, $39.95 (hardcover).
Modern Mizoram: History, Culture, Poetics by P Thirumal, Laldinpuii and C Lalrozami, New Delhi: Routledge, 2019; pp 164, ₹ 650.
The Art of Economic Catch-up: Barriers, Detours and Leapfrogging in Innovation Systems by Keun Lee, Cambridge, New York, Port Melbourne, New Delhi and Singapore: Cambridge University Press, 2019; pp...
Wonked! India in Search of an Economic Ideology by Vivan Sharan, New Delhi: Bloomsbury India, 2019; pp 320, ₹ 599.
Public and Private Healthcare and Health Insurance in India by Brijesh C Purohit, New Delhi, California, London and Singapore: Sage Publications, 2020; pp xiii + 283, ₹ 1,195 (hardcover). India...
The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity by Toby Ord, New York: Hachette Books, 2020; pp 480, $18.99.
Cultural Labour: Conceptualising the ‘Folk Performance’ in India by Brahma Prakash, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp xvi+290, ₹ 1,195.
Classes of Labour: Work and Life in a Central Indian Steel Town by Jonathan P Parry (in collaboration with Ajay T G), New Delhi: Social Science Press, 2019; pp xxx + 702 (biblio+index), ₹ 1,850.
The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism by Deep K Datta-Ray (first published C Hurst & Co), New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015; pp xv + 380, ₹ 795 (hardcover).
Migration, Gender and Care Economy edited by S Irudaya Rajan and N Neetha , Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2019; pp ix + 205, ₹ 995.
Politics of Inclusion: Castes, Minorities, and Affirmative Action by Zoya Hasan, Oxford University Press, 2009; pp 302, ₹ 430.
Global Productivity: Trends, Drivers and Policies edited by Alistair Dieppe, Washington, DC: World Bank (Advance Edition), 2020; pp xxiii + 389, price not indicated
Adivasis and the State: Subalternity and Citizenship in India’s Bhil Heartland by Alf Gunvald Nielsen, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019; pp 328, ₹ 695. */
The Caste of Merit: Engineering Education in India by Ajantha Subramanian, Cambridge, Massachusetts London, England: Harvard University Press, 2019; pp 374, ₹ 699. */
The Age of Fragmentation: A History of Contemporary Economic Thought by Alessandro Roncaglia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019; pp x + 442, $39.99.
​ Land Dispossession and Everyday Politics in Rural Eastern India by Kenneth Bo Nielsen, London and New York: Anthem Press, 2018; pp 221, £70, hardcover.
Biotechnology for a Second Green Revolution in India: Socioeconomic, Political, and Public Policy Issues edited by N Chandrasekhara Rao, Carl E Pray and Ronald J Herring, New Delhi: Academic...
Stepping into the Elite: Trajectories of Social Achievement in India, France, and the United States by Jules Naudet (Translated from French by Renuka George), New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018...
Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History by Richard J Evans, London: Little Brown, 2019; pp xiii + 785, ₹ 954 (hardcover).
Pluralistic Economics and Its History edited by Ajit Sinha and Alex M Thomas, Routledge, India, 2019; pp xi + 310, ₹ 1,495 (hardback).
Mapping Power: The Political Economy of Electricity in India’s States edited by Navroz K Dubash, Sunila S Kale and Ranjit Bharvirkar, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp 400, ₹ 1,195.
A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of V K Krishna Menon by Jairam Ramesh, New Delhi: Penguin/Viking, 2019; pp 744, ₹ 849 (hardcover) .
Freedom, Civility, Commerce: Contemporary Media and the Public by Sukumar Muralidharan, Gurgaon: Three Essays Collective, 2018; pp 491, ₹ 950.
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Teachers: The Heroes of Real India by S Giridhar, Chennai: Westland Publications, 2019; ₹ 389.
Understanding Human Ecology: Knowledge, Ethics and Politics by Geetha Devi T V, Routledge, Oxon and New York, 2019; pp xii + 227, ₹ 695.00.
A Population History of India: From the First Modern People to the Present Day by Tim Dyson, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp 310, £36.99.
Indian Muslim(s) after Liberalization by Maidul Islam, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp xxi + 313, ₹ 995.
The Struggle for Equality: India’s Muslims and Rethinking the UPA Experience by Heewon Kim, Cambridge University Press, 2019; pp 260, ₹ 695.
South Asian Governmentalities: Michel Foucault and the Question of Postcolonial Orderings edited by Stephen Legg and Deana Heath, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2018; pp 269, ₹595.
Cricket Country: The Untold History of the First All India Team by Prashant Kidambi, Gurgaon: Penguin Viking, 2019; pp 456, ₹ 599.
Public Policy: A View from the South by Vishal Narain, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2018; pp x + 213, ₹ 495.
A Short History of Indian Railways by Rajendra B Aklekar, Rupa Publications, 2019; pp 248, ₹ 295.
The Paradox of Rural Development in India: The Devapur Experience by Suresh Suratwala, Bhopal: Kishore Bharati, 2020; pp 197, ₹ 150 (paperback).
Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta: The Making of Calcutta by Debjani Bhattacharyya, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2019; South Asia Edition, 241 pages, including maps, images, index, ₹...
Whither Rural India? Political Economy of Agrarian Transformation in Contemporary India: A Festschrift for Venkatesh Athreya edited by A Narayanamoorthy, R V Bhavani, R Sujatha, New Delhi: Tulika...
Sebastian & Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers by T M Krishna, Chennai: Context, 2020; pp 366, ₹ 799.
India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy by Madhav Khosla, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2020, pp 219, ₹599.
Jugaad Time: Ecologies of Everyday Hacking in India by Amit S Rai, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2019; pp xix + 208, US $24.95/UK £19.99 (pb); $94.95/ £79.00 (library cloth).
Unmaking the Global Sweatshop: Health and Safety of the World’s Garment Workers edited by Rebecca Prentice and Geert De Neve, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017; pp viii + 291, ₹ 7,...
Special Category States of India by Govind Bhattacharjee, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2016; pp xxiii + 506 , ₹ 1,195.
Shabd aur Sangeet: Unravelling Song-Text in India edited by Shubha Mudgal, Aneesh Pradhan and Kunal Ray, New Delhi: Three Essays Collective, 2019; pp 362; ₹ 7 50
Tracing Gandhi: Satyarthi to Satyagrahi by Samir Banerjee, Routledge, Oxon and New York and Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 2020; pp ix + 205, ₹ 995.
Renunciation and Untouchability in India: The Notional and the Empirical in the Caste Order by Srinivasa Ramanujam, New Delhi: Routledge, 2019; pp xiii + 172, ₹ 995.
The Mortal God: Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India by Milinda Banerjee, Cambridge University Press: India, 2018; pp 422 + 12, ₹ 995.
​ 1–800-Worlds: The Making of the Indian Call Centre Economy edited by Mathangi Krishnamurthy, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp xv + 234, ₹ 795.
War over Words: Censorship in India, 1930–1960 by Devika Sethi, Cambridge University Press, 2019; pp 325, ₹ 676 (hardcover).
Experience, Caste and the Everyday Social by Gopal Guru and Sundar Sarukkai, India: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp 224, ₹ 4,339 (hardcover).
India’s Aged: Needs and Vulnerabilities edited by Udaya S Mishra and S Irudaya Rajan, Orient Blackswan, 2017; pp xiii + 254, ₹ 895 (hardcover).
Women and the Puranic Tradition in India by Monika Saxena, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2019; pp xvii + 288, ₹1,495.
Resurgent Asia: Diversity in Development by Deepak Nayyar, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019; pp xx + 295, ₹895.
Political Parties, Party Manifestos and Elections in India, 1909–2014 edited by R K Tiwari, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2019; pp xxi + 309, ₹1,495.
The Empire of Apostles: Religion, Accommodatio, and the Imagination of Empire in Early Modern Brazil and India by Ananya Chakravarti, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp xiv + 356, ₹995,...
The Politics of Swidden Farming: Environment and Development in Eastern India by Debojyoti Das, London and New York: Anthem Press, 2018; pp 272, £70 (Hardback).
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