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Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015 | 03:16:47 AM

HEADCOUNT: MEMOIRS OF A DEMOGRAPHER, by Ashish Bose, Penguin, Rs 450

The acronym ‘BIMARU’ was widely used in the mid-1980s to refer to the population issues of India’s four largest states— Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Raja - sthan and Uttar Pradesh. Ashish Bose, who coined the term, is the pioneer of demographic studies in the country. In Head - count, the demographer sets the record straight on BIMARU, and in the process, presents his view of modern India. He paints a vivid portrait of a life well-lived—from his childhood in Kolhapur to his encounters with three generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family and his memories of the Emergency.

ECONOMICS OF RIVER FLOWS: LESSON FROM DAM REMOVALS IN AMERICA, by Bharat Jhunjhunwala, Kalpaz Publications, Rs 750

Hydropower dams are being removed from the US, while in India policy experts wax eloquent about them. Calculations in the US show that hydropower is costly if costs of loss of fishing, recreation and biodiversity are taken into account. This book argues for drawing a lesson from the US experience.


The author identifies three distinct phases of development of social policy in Sri Lanka—that of the early, late and post colonial state. He shows how Sri Lankan social development has since been reframed by a combination of neo-liberalism and a protracted civil war.

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