• How Hindus and Muslims in Bengal produced literature together

    How Hindus and Muslims in Bengal produced literature together0

    Book review: Recasting the Region: Language, Culture and Islam in Colonial Bengal, by Neilesh Bose National and provincial histories always vie for attention. In South Asian historiography, and of provincial histories, Bengal has had a good run. In the 1950s and 1960s, Bengal as erstwhile capital of the British Raj caught the attention of imperialist

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  • The structural challenges of the Indian defence sector

    The structural challenges of the Indian defence sector0

    Book review: Handbook of Indian Defence Policy, ed. Harsh V. Pant     Through this seminal account, Dr. Harsh Pant brings in a diverse set of scholars who take the understanding of India’s defense policy beyond the conventional understanding which hitherto restricted its focus to the armed forces and took India’s independence as a starting

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  • 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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