Sunday, October 7, 2001
dangers of information superway
Review by G.V. Gupta
the Information Age ó The Political Economy of the Global
Robert W. McChesney and others. Cornerstone Publications,
India. Pages 250. Rs 150.
THIS is a
collection of 14 articles examining the advances made in
information technology during the past 20 years or so from the
classic Marxist angle of class relations in a capitalist
society. It is argued that in the field of communication
studies, examination of its political economy is the most
neglected area. Stunning developments in technology have
globalised the communication systems facilitating the
movements of capital, goods and services.
to avoid tripping on TRIPS
Review by P.K. Vasudeva
Intellectual Property Rights in the WTO and Developing Countries
by Jayashree Watal. Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Pages 305.
debate on the intellectual property protection, especially the
patents, has intensified because of the expanding frontiers of
global economy. Intellectual property can be defined as the creation
of the human mind and human intellect which include patents
(including micro-organisms and plant varieties), copyright and
related rights, trademarks, industrial designs, integrated circuits,
trade secrets and geographical appellations.
is about Kashmir in fiction form
Review by Mohinder
The Srinagar Conspiracy: A Novel
by Vikram A. Chandra. Penguin Books, Delhi. Pages 292. Rs 250.
has weakened the socio-political fabric in Jammu and Kashmir. During
the past decade or more of gun culture nearly 30,000 persons have
lost their lives, including over 13,000 terrorists, about 13,000
civilians and about 4000 men in uniform. Lakhs of people have been
rendered destitutes and homeless, refugees in their own country.