The South Asia Summer Reading Group (SARG) is an informal organization of individuals with an interest in the politics of South Asia. Continuing the tradition begun last year, over the course of this summer, we will be reading eleven books on South Asian politics. Each week, one member of the group will review a book, with the review to be posted on the India Ink website.
We encourage you to read along with us, and to post your comments on the books on Twitter with #GUindiaink and #SARG19.
The following is the list of books, with the dates on which reviews will be posted. Reviews will be posted directly underneath the respective book’s title. Clicking on the book title will direct you to Amazon or another resource where you can find the book.
We look forward to another summer of great reading on the politics of South Asia!
June 9, 2019| Nikhil Anand – Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai
Review by Dr. Anjali Thomas Bohlken
June 16, 2019 | Tarini Bedi – The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena: Political Matronage in Urbanizing India
Review by Sarah Khan
June 23, 2019 | Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner – Claiming the State: Active Citizenship and Social Welfare in Rural India
Review by Neelanjan Sircar
June 30, 2019 | Break Week
July 7, 2019 | Paromita Sanyal & Vijayendra Rao – Oral Democracy: Deliberation in Indian Village Assemblies
Review by Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner
July 14, 2019 | Rohit De – A People's Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic
Review by Akshay Mangla
July 21, 2019 | Pradeep Chhibber and Rahul Verma – Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India
Review by Paul D. Kenny
July 28, 2019 | Jennifer Bussell – Clients and Constituents: Political Responsiveness in Patronage Democracies
Review by Adam Auerbach
August 4, 2019 | Pratik Sinha, Sumaiya Shaikh, & Arun Sidharth – India Misinformed: The True Story
Review by Simon Chauchard
August 11, 2019 | Shandana Khan Mohmand – Crafty Oligarchs, Savvy Voters: Democracy under Inequality in Rural Pakistan
Review by Jennifer Bussell
August 18, 2019 | Gyan Prakash – Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy's Turning Point
Review by Ajay Verghese
August 25, 2019 | Sadia Saeed – Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan