Darinee Alagirisamy received her PhD in History from Cambridge University, where she developed a keen interest in the history of alcohol prohibition in South India.  Entitled “The Politics of Alcohol in Colonial South India, 1886-1947,” her dissertation emphasised the impact of provincial politics and social conditions on the developments that culminated in the Madras Prohibition Act of 1937. She is currently developing these arguments further for her first book.

Apart from her book, Darinee has written two research articles, which are under review. Respectively, they trace social responses to prohibition’s introduction from the perspective of minority religious sentiment, and the politics of the Indian National Congress party’s endorsement of a national temperance drink in late colonial India. Her previous research, which includes an article on the racialisation of alcohol policy in British Malaya, is pending publication in Modern Asian Studies.

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