Sarkar, Abhijit, Beyond Famines: The Wartime State, Society, and Politicization of Food in Colonial India, 1939-1945, London & New York: Routledge, 2021, now available for pre-ordering.
Sarkar, Abhijit, ‘Fed by Famine: The Hindu Mahasabha’s Politics of Religion, Caste, and Relief in Response to the Great Bengal Famine, 1943-1944’, Modern Asian Studies, 2020, in press.
Praises for the Article:
Anonymous reviewer 1: ‘This is an extremely accomplished piece of research which adds considerably to our understanding of the direct links between communal politics and the famine. . . The article is very deeply researched, well-argued and substantiated.’
Anonymous reviewer 2: This deeply researched article makes two important points: 1) that the Hindu Mahasabha made far greater inroads into ‘communal famine relief’ than has hitherto been realised, and that b) this relief work forged links between the Mahasabha and the neighbourhood gangs who were involved in the Calcutta Killing. The argument rests on a rich body of primary sources, many of them hitherto unseen; and the author shows a detailed command of the secondary literature of Bengal in this period, which is to be applauded.’
Anonymous reviewer 3: ‘This is an excellent article which makes a compelling case for the connections between Bengali politics and the famine of 1943. It is based on close readings of original archival materials and private papers … There is a lot of work behind this article which has wide appeal to readers thinking about famine, Indian politics, ethnic violence, food distribution etc. … overall this is an excellent article which is making an important advance on knowledge about the Bengal famine.’
Sarkar, Abhijit, ‘Reflexive Gaze and the Construction of Meanings: Photographing Plague Hospitals in Colonial Bombay’, in Christos Lynteris (ed.), Plague Image and Imagination, Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, forthcoming in 2020.
Sarkar, Abhijit, review of Hungry Bengal: War, Famine and the End of Empire, by Janam Mukherjee, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015, in South Asian History and Culture, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2018. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19472498.2017.1357977?needAccess=true
Sarkar, Abhijit, ‘Dining with the State: Wartime State Intervention in Food Consumption and Popular Responses in India, 1939-1945’, invited article for the special issue on World War II Food Rationing, Global Food History, forthcoming in 2020.
Sarkar, Abhijit, ‘Disposing Bodies: Photographic Representations of Funeral Processions, Excarnation and Cremation of Plague Corpses in India’, article in progress, manuscript to be submitted to the journal Social History of Medicine.
Sarkar, Abhijit, review of Dalit Studies by Ramnarayan S. Rawat and K. Satyanarayana (eds), Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. Review solicited by the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Cambridge University Press). Review in progress.