This book provides an extensive account of migration in India. Its author argues that such mobility is a prerequisite for maintaining the country’s pluralistic traditions. Tumbe maps the large-scale migrations that have shaped the country and changed the demographic makeup of the places we live in. His account covers the slave trade and the movements of workers, travelling business communities such as the Marwaris, Gujaratis and Chettiars, the refugee crisis after Partition, and contemporary mass migration from Bihar and Kerala.
Penguin Viking, 304 pages, Rs 599