• Pakistan’s Problems and Possible Solutions

    Pakistan’s Problems and Possible Solutions0

    Book Review: Pakistan: Beyond the ‘Crisis State’ ed. Maleeha Lodhi Dedicated to the resilient people of Pakistan who deserve a better future is the underlying theme of the book. Dr. Maleeha Lodhi’s Pakistan Beyond ‘the Crisis State’ is definitely an original and path-breaking contribution to the country’s centrist discourse on the multiple issues faced by

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  • The Testimonies of Indian Soldiers and the Two World Wars: Between Self and Sepoy

    The Testimonies of Indian Soldiers and the Two World Wars: Between Self and Sepoy0

    Gajendra Singh’s depiction of the two world wars through the eyes of Indian soldiers using their letters opens an area that Indian history writers did not cover adequately over the last century.  India was not an independent nation when the two great wars raged in which millions of Indian soldiers fought and many gave their

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  • Urdu Literature Culture: Vernacular Modernity in the Writing of Muhammad Hasan Askari

    Urdu Literature Culture: Vernacular Modernity in the Writing of Muhammad Hasan Askari0

    The series “Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World” edited by Professor Hamid Dabashi of Columbia University and published by Palgrave Macmillan, promises to ‘put forward a critical body of first rate scholarship on the literary and cultural production of the Islamic world, from the vantage point of contemporary theoretical and hermeneutic perspectives without the

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  • Understanding Security Practices in South Asia

    Understanding Security Practices in South Asia0

    Monika Barthwal-Datta is a research fellow at the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney. Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitization Theory and the Role of Non-State Actors weighs in at almost 200 pages, including a 40-page bibliography and more than 48 pages of extensive chapter endnotes. Ms. Barthwal-Datta’s work is

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  • The Meadow

    The Meadow0

    ‘The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 — Where the Terror Began/ The story of a brutal kidnapping that marked the beginning of modern terrorism,’ by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark. Publisher: Harper Collins. For sensitive Indians, reading ‘The Meadow: Kashmir 1995’ is like walking barefoot on a hot tin roof. One might feel tempted to slide down

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  • Narcopolis : A Literary Review

    Narcopolis : A Literary Review0

    Jeet Thayil’s debut novel, the deftly and aptly titled Narcopolis is—like the polis in which it takes place—part cacophony, part symphony: a whirlwind of drugs, sex, violence, loves, lives, deaths, and more than anything, stories. “Bombay,” the book begins, “which obliterated its own history by changing its name and surgically altering its face, is the

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  • A Radical (and Hopeful) Approach  to the Fight Against Global Poverty

    A Radical (and Hopeful) Approach to the Fight Against Global Poverty0

    In Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo set out to convince their readers that we need not feel overwhelmed when approaching the daunting reality of global poverty. They urge us to realize that, in fact, significant progress in this ongoing battle is actually within

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