Shani is a senior lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa. She is the author of ‘How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise’.
The country’s first election was an ingeniously indigenous an inventive exercise, with unique challenges. The way bureaucracy rose to the task holds lessons for today.
Ismat Chughtai in the book, 'A Life in Words: Memoirs' sheds light on her growing up years, her conflicts with her mother, her realisation that it was a man's world, her struggles with getting to know herself and coming to terms with it.