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BOOK REVIEW
Can the future be what we want it to be?

Darryl D’Monte reviews the book Alternative Futures: India Unshackled edited by Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy.

#Environmental Reviews #Reviews
WOMEN'S DAY
Revisiting the mothers who protested AFSPA

A new book tracks down the women who stripped naked 12 years ago to protest against rape and rights abuses under AFSPA. Banamallika Choudhury reviews Mothers of Manipur.

#Law and Order #MANIPUR #Women
BOOK REVIEW
A human gaze
BOOK REVIEW : A human gaze

Harsh Mander's new book Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India talks about the growing inequality and the lack of compassion amongst the rich for the poor in India. Darryl D'Monte reviews the book which despite its candidness about the grim realities offers a message of hope and promise.

#Reviews #Society
BOOK REVIEW
A paean to Chhattisgarh from an exiled lover

Dr Ilina Sen’s association with Chhattisgarh and her deep, empathetic understanding of its society and culture have come lyrically alive in Inside Chhattisgarh: A Political Memoir. Freny Manecksha reviews the book.

#Reviews #Human Rights #CHHATISGARH
READING VINOD RAI
The CAG memoirs: A committed crusader’s log

Reading former CAG Vinod Rai’s autobiography Not Just an Accountant, Himanshu Upadhyaya feels that it is less about the individual and more about a constitutionally-mandated authority’s sustained efforts to uphold transparency in the face of concerted attempts by the powerful to thwart the same.

#Public Funds #Government #Reviews
BOOK REVIEW
Surrogacy: The real picture

Gita Aravamudan’s book Baby Makers is a bare-it-all picture of surrogacy in India, and exposes the multiple facets of the practice through the lens of a keen investigative journalist. Padmalatha Ravi shares more details about the volume.

#Health #Society #Women
BOOKS
The economics of a strong democracy

Holding trust brought forth by equality of individuals as a critical foundation for a strong democracy, Shankar Jaganathan discusses the postulates of two recent academic publications that add to the important discourse on the issue of inequality.

#Economy #Reviews #Society
TRIBUTE
Thank you, Khushwant-ji

As readers and admirers celebrate the many memories left behind by the grand old man of Indian journalism and writing, Shoma Chatterji pays a touching, personal tribute to the inimitable Khushwant Singh.

#People #Society
BOOK REVIEW
Addressing climate change, the Sikkim way

A new volume that outlines in detail the climate change issues, impact and adaptation strategies in Sikkim could also provide replicable models for other states, particularly in the Himalayan region. Seema Bhatt reviews the publication.

#Climate #Reviews
BOOK REVIEW
On the trail of toxins
BOOK REVIEW : On the trail of toxins
The ubiquity of genetically modified crops, brought about by the sustained efforts of agribusiness giant Monsanto has raised concerns globally. Neeta Deshpande reviews Marie-Monique Robin's The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Politics and Power.
#GM Crops #Reviews
MACAULAY
The empire's script-writer
Zareer Masani's book is enriched by its narration of the contrast between Macaulay's strong likes and dislikes in personal life and his libertarian streak in public affairs. R Rajagopalan reviews Macaulay.
#Reviews #History
PRE-RELEASE: BOOK ON AMBANI GAS WARS
Natural gas, unnatural realities
PRE-RELEASE: BOOK ON AMBANI GAS WARS : Natural gas, unnatural realities
Veteran journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta's forthcoming book tentatively titled Gas Wars: Ambani brothers and the fight for India's natural resources, co-authored by Subir Ghosh delves into the unholy world of crony capitalism in India, writes Satarupa Bhattacharya.
#Energy #Public Funds #Reviews
INDIA GROWS AT NIGHT?
How strong is society, really?
INDIA GROWS AT NIGHT? : How strong is society, really?
Gurcharan Das's new book is bound to ride the recent wave of writing by Indians about Indians. The evidence for the core premise of the book, however, is thin. R Rajagopalan reviews India Grows at Night.
#Reviews #Society
BOOK REVIEW
Work is life
BOOK REVIEW : Work is life
Ela Bhatt's narrative of SEWA's efforts to bring justice to the lives of poor women reasserts the place of work in human existence. Neeta Deshpande reviews We Are Poor, but So Many.
#Reviews #Women
BOOK REVIEW
Starving for England
BOOK REVIEW : Starving for England
Madhusree Mukerjee's contribution lies in establishing the link between Churchill's decisions on this score and his worldview. Firdaus Ahmed reviews Churchill's Secret War.
#Firdaus Ahmed #OP-ED #History #Subcontinental Musings