A collection of book reviews published on
The India Forum
Change and Continuity in the Ecologies of South Asia over Five Centuries
Sumit Guha charts changes and continuities in the ecologies of empires in South Asia, engaging all the way in this long journey with imperially ruled landscapes.
Underexplored Aspects of Vidyasagar in a New Translation
Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar’s polemic against polygamy among the Kulin Brahmins of colonial Bengal was published in Bengali in 1871. A rich and contextual English translation by Brian Hatcher offers new…
A Declining Institution? Parliament Today
Despite warts, the centrality of Parliament to the working of Indian democracy has not altered. Its symbolic resources continue to play an important role in legitimising regimes.
K K Kailash
Why There are Fewer and Fewer Women at Work in Bengal
Fewer women are entering the labour market in West Bengal, a decline steeper than in the rest of India. A new book examines structural factors that entrench women and girl children in underpaid,…
The Need to Reinvent and Adapt the Work of Patrick Geddes
A new study of Patrick Geddes’ work in in India underlines the urban planner’s continued relevance to contemporary issues. But we have to ask ourselves why Geddes’s ideas have failed to gain traction…
A. G. Krishna Menon
Alternative Visions of Educating India
Innovative school programmes to build more appropriate ways of learning and teaching have ultimately floundered on the question of integration with the formal education system.
All You Want to Know About Urdu Crime Fiction
Having grown up on mysteries and thrillers in both English and Urdu, Naim has produced a painstakingly researched volume that will also be of great interest to the reader of crime fiction.
Can the West be Saved?
In his book on the crisis in democratic capitalism, Martin Wolf perceives a challenge to Western civilisation itself. This would require revolutionary change. But Wolf's project, instead, is to…
Lean Manufacturing, Straitened Labour
An oral history of the struggles of Maruti workers comes at a crucial time where the larger labour movement finds itself defending hard-won rights.
Regulating Religious Expression
The experience of legal provisions against “outraging religious feelings” demonstrates the pitfalls of modern states resorting to penal secularism.