South Asia Reading Group Summer Spectacular 2021

The South Asia Summer Reading Group (SARG) is an informal organization of individuals with an interest in the politics of South Asia. Over the course of this summer, we will be reading six books on South Asian politics. Each week, one member of the group will review a book, with the review to be posted on the Center for Contemporary India website.

We encourage you to read along with us, and to post your comments on the books on Twitter with SARG Twitter handle ( @readsouthasia ) and with the hashtag #SARG20.

We have eight books and the reviews/discussions will run from the week of July 4th through August 22nd. The schedule is posted below.

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.

Sarg2021 books longWe look forward to another summer of great reading on the politics of South Asia!

  1. Poulami Roychowdhury | Capable Women, Incapable States: Negotiating Violence and Rights in India
    REVIEWER: Sarah Khan
    DISCUSSANT: Surili Sheth
    REVIEW PUBLISHED: July 4, 2021
    ONLINE DISCUSSION: July 8, 2021

  2. Manan Ahmed Asif | The Loss of Hindustan: The Invention of India
    REVIEWER: Thibaud Marcesse 
    DISCUSSANT: Aliz Toth 
    REVIEW PUBLISHED: July 12, 2021 
    ONLINE DISCUSSION: July 15, 2021

  3. Rachel Brule | Women, Power, and Property: The Paradox of Gender Equality Laws in India
    REVIEWER: Tanushree Goyal 
    DISCUSSANT: Franziska Roscher 
    REVIEW PUBLISHED: July 19, 2021
    ONLINE DISCUSSION: July 22, 2021

  4. Maria Rashid | Dying to Serve: Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army
    REVIEWER: Amit Ahuja 
    DISCUSSANT: Fahd Humayun 
    REVIEW PUBLISHED: July 25, 2021 
    ONLINE DISCUSSION: July 29, 2021

  5. Asma Faiz | In Search of Lost Glory: Sindhi Nationalism in Pakistan
    REVIEWER: Niloufer Siddiqui 
    DISCUSSANT: Mashail Malik 
    REVIEW PUBLISHED: August 2, 2021 
    ONLINE DISCUSSION: August 5, 2021

  6. Rumela Sen | Farewell to Arms: How Rebels Retire Without Getting Killed
    REVIEWER: Shivaji Mukherjee 
    DISCUSSANT: Apurva Bamezai 
    REVIEW PUBLISHED: August 8, 2021 
    ONLINE DISCUSSION: August 12, 2021

  7. Arkotong Longkumer | The Greater India Experiment: Hindutva and the Northeast
    REVIEWER: Gareth Nellis 
    DISCUSSANT: Basil Bastaki 
    REVIEW PUBLISHED: August 15, 2021 
    ONLINE DISCUSSION:August 19, 2021

  8. Christophe Jaffrelot | Modi's India: Hindu Nationalism and the Rise of Ethnic Democracy
    REVIEWER: Ajay Verghese 
    DISCUSSANT: Rithika Kumar 
    REVIEW PUBLISHED: August 22, 2021 
    ONLINE DISCUSSION: August 26, 2021