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On Mumbai Fables

On Mumbai Fables Gyan Prakash double colonisation and in the ravages of the 1896-97 plague epidemic in the densely packed chawls. Upadhyay appears to want a sunny story told

DISCUSSION On Mumbai Fables Gyan Prakash double colonisation and in the ravages of the 1896-97 plague epidemic in the densely packed chawls. Upadhyay appears to want a sunny story told – of great architecture, and the triumphant rise of the middle class. R eading Ashoak Upadhyay’s puzzling review (“The Historian as Compet ing Voice”, EPw, 25 December 2010) of my book, Mumbai Fables, I wondered which book he had read; it is certainly not the one I wrote.

The running thread in the review is that my predetermined interpretation distorts Mumbai’s history. He starts off with a complete misreading of my rst chapter by r eproducing a partial quote where I discuss the awed nature of certain narratives of change. The full quote is this:

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