South Asia Reading Group Summer Spectacular 2019

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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

Review by Niloufer Siddiqui