My first assumption after reading the title of the book Reason and Reform authored by Bibek Debroy and Diwakar Jhurani, was, that it probably discusses about the reforms happened in India since Independence and the reasons behind them. We all know what “Reform” means. Reform by definition means Change that is made to a social system, an organization, etc. in order to improve or correct it. My assumption wasn’t wrong, however, this book is certainly not about, just that.
History needs to be documented or it is lost. But what if, those who document this history or in this case ancient scriptures and texts, themselves are lost? They are forgotten and remain unknown to general public unless someone digs them out. Manmath Nath Dutt was such an author and Bibek Debroy is that “someone” who dug him out. It needed revisiting history, removing of the dust of time settled on it, to dig deeper by going through complex, sometimes incomplete layers and to make sense out of it which Mr. Debroy has done so perfectly in this book.