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Alarmingly Simplified Data Gathering

The Aadhaar Effect: Why the World’s Largest Identity Project Matters by N S Ramnath and Charles Assisi, Oxford University Press, 2018; pp 328, ₹ 350. Dissent on Aadhaar: Big Data Meets Big Brother edited by Reetika Khera, Orient Blackswan, 2019; pp 288, ₹ 406. We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves by John Cheney-Lippold, NYU Press, 2018; pp 268, $14.19.

Chronicling a Newly Independent Nation

Reading India: Selections from the Economic Weekly edited by Pranab Bardhan, Sudipto Mundle and Rohini Somanathan, Volume I: 1949–1965, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2019, xiii + 430, price not stated .

Secularism, the State and Muslim Personal Law

Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in Modern South Asia by Julia Stephens, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (South Asian Edition), 2019; pp xiv + 220, price not indicated. Divorcing Traditions: Islamic Marriage Law and the Making of Indian Secularism by Katherine Lemons, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019; pp x + 232, price not indicated.

Nehru’s Enlightened Middle Way

Who Is Bharat Mata? On History, Culture and the Idea of India: Writings by and on Jawaharlal Nehru, edited and with an introduction by Purushottam Agrawal, Speaking Tiger, New Delhi, 2019; pp 474, ₹359.

Peasants and Their Interlocutors

Culture, Vernacular Politics, and the Peasants: India, 1889–1950: An edited translation of Swami Sahajanand Saraswati’s Mera Jivan Sangharsh (My Life Struggle), Walter Hauser, Kailash Chandra Jha (translated and ed), New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2015; pp xliv + 708, ₹ 2,295. My Life Struggle: A Translation of Swami Sahjanand Saraswati’s Mera Jivan Sangharsh, Walter Hauser and Kailash Chandra Jha (translator and ed), Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2018; pp 434, ₹ 995. The Bihar Provincial Kisan Sabha 1929–1942: A Study of an Indian Peasant Movement , Walter Hauser (Foreword by William Pinch), Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2019; pp 265, ₹ 1,495.

Religion, Secularism and State Power

Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism by Sumantra Bose, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, September 2018; pp xi + 380, price not indicated.

Imperialism in the Age of Globalisation

A Theory of Imperialism by Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik, New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2016; pp xxviii + 206, ₹ 695 . Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: The Globalization of Production, Super-Exploitation, and the Crisis of Capitalism by John Smith, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2016; pp 382, $28 .

The French East India Company at Home and Abroad

Commerce, Conversion and Scandal in French India: A Colonial Affair by Danna Agmon, New Delhi: Speaking Tiger Publishing, 2017; pp 238, ₹ 950. French Scholars and the Preoccupation with India in the Nineteenth Century by Jyoti Mohan, New Delhi: Sage India,Yoda Press, 2018; pp 392, ₹ 995.

Narrating an Epic Life

Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914–1948 by Ramachandra Guha, Gurgaon: Penguin Allen Lane, 2018; pp xx + 1129, ₹ 999.

The Emergency

Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy’s Turning Point by Gyan Prakash, New Delhi: Penguin, 2018; pp 439, ₹ 400.

The Other Marx

Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies by Kevin Anderson, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010; pp 334, $25.

The Discourse on Inequality beyond Capital in the Twenty-First Century

After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality edited by Heather Boushey, J Bradford DeLong and Marshall Steinbaum, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: Harvard University Press, 2017; pp 678, ₹ 1,099.

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