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The Mobile Revolution

Cellphone Nation: How Mobile Phones Have Revolutionised Business, Politics and Ordinary Life in India by Robin Jeffrey and Assa Doron (India: Hachette), 2013; pp xxxiv + 293 including Notes, Bibliography and Index, Rs 499.

Honestly, this review has to begin with a joyous exclamation: “Finally a book on the sociology and political economy of the mobile phone in India and a good one at that”. The exclamation calls for an explanation. Literature, should one use such an expansive word for the scribbling and tautological research on the “mobile revolution” in India, is limited to (a) market size numbers shared by telecom companies and collated and legitimised by the telecom regulator to show the progress of the industry, and (b) commissioned research directly or indirectly aimed to accentuate and rationalise a particular view favouring or debunking the industry. So far there have been no exceptions.

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