The Life of 'Agyeya' the Unknowable
There is a quality of honesty in Akshaya Mukul's biography of Agyeya, a willingness to lay bare the messy complexities of actual lives, which is a welcome break from the tradition of producing…
A review article around Anwar Shaikh's 'Capitalism', published more than six years ago and now turning into a classic.
K. Vela Velupillai
Chronicles of the Champaran Satyagraha
The Champaran Satyagraha of 1917 brought the miseries of the region’s peasants to official notice. A volume of 165 testimonies of peasants translated into English is revealing of their wretched lives…
An Indian Liberal in the Empire
A biography of Srinivasa Sastri, long considered an irrelevant figure in colonial India, highlights his contribution to the making of the modern liberal international order and to putting Indian…
‘Dear Mr. Gandhi’
The first two volumes of 'Letters to Gandhi', covering 1889-1910, trace a fine-grained texture of Gandhi’s life in the initial decades of public life. They offer vignettes of a rapid rise…
Venu Madhav Govindu
A History of Ordinary People in France
‘How a family lived in their ordinariness for three centuries, and the mode of telling this story throws light on the "big events" in France from the pre-revolutionary era to the French…
A Disaster Foretold
Delhi's rapidly changing relationship with its ecology has privileged the middle class. The city's transformation into an inequitable and exclusive place increasingly makes it a harder…
Brand India and the Making of a New Citizenry
Branding projects to make India appear open for global business has entailed the production of an exclusionary image of the nation and a rewriting of the contract between citizens and state.
Confronting the Pandemic
A primer on Covid-19 offers a comprehensive guide to the science of pathogens, disease, and therapies; but disappoints with a lack of analysis of the policy response to the pandemic.
The Life and Art of M.S. Subbulakshmi
A new biography gives us a sense of the many personalities that made up “MS”, the extraordinary exponent of Carnatic music, during her life-journey.