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Sunday, October 7, 2001
Books

 

Books
received

Lurking dangers of information superway
Review by G.V. Gupta
Capitalism and the Information Age ó The Political Economy of the Global Communication Revolution
Edited by 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.

How 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. Rs 675.
THE 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.

This is about Kashmir in fiction form
Review by Mohinder Pal Kohli
The Srinagar Conspiracy: A Novel
by Vikram A. Chandra. Penguin Books, Delhi. Pages 292. Rs 250.
TERRORISM 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.

 


Humans losing touch with humour
Review by Shelley Walia
Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts
by Milan Kundera. Faber & Faber, London. Pages.280 £ 16.99.
THERE are essays which are serious or entertaining; and this essay has both. There are very few that give a fresh perspective on art and existence and force the reader to reassess his own life and views on the art of the novel.

Unknown facet of A.K. Ramanujan
Review by Akshaya Kumar

A.K. Ramanujan: Uncollected Poems and Prose
Edited by Molly Daniels-Ramanujan and Keith Harrison: Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Pages 107. Rs 325.
POET, translator and folklorist, A.K. Ramanujan was a multi-faceted genius. At a moment when he was emerging as a major voice of South-Asian culture and language, his death in 1993 was all too sudden to afford him time enough to put together his creative and critical output in a coherent form.

Where is the veteran, Frederic Forsyth
Review by Kuldip Dhiman
The Veteran
by Frederic Forsyth. Corgi Books, London. Rs 210.
THE war between the Sultan of Omanís forces and the communist guerrillas who were infiltrating into Oman from neighbouring Yemen in the early seventies has generally been forgotten. It was a test by fire for the Sultan Qaboos of Oman, who had then just deposed his father and come to power.