A people’s history of modern India, a study of life as Muslims, a data-driven analysis of the country, and a biography of an artist are among the ten books longlisted for the New India Foundation’s annual Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize for 2022. The winner – to be announced on December 1, after the shortlist is revealed on November 8 – will be awarded a prize of Rs 15 lakh for the best nonfiction book on modern or contemporary India published in 2021.
This year’s jury includes political scientist and author Niraja Gopal Jayal, entrepreneur Manish Sabharwal, historians and authors Srinath Raghavan and Nayanjot Lahiri, former diplomat and author Navtej Sarna, and attorney and author Rahul Matthan.
Here is the longlist, in alphabetical order, of the 2022 Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize, along with the publishers’ descriptions.
Accidental Feminism: Gender Parity and Selective Mobility Among India’s Professional Elite, Swethaa S Ballakrishnen Born a Muslim: Some Truths about Islam in India, Ghazala Wahab Congress Radio: Usha Mehta and the Underground Radio Station of 1942, Usha Thakkar Governance by Stealth: The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Making of the Indian State, Subrata Mitra Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India, Suchitra VijayanSyed Haider Raza: The Journey of an Iconic Artist, Yashodhara Dalmia Tata: The Global Corporation that…