The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, October 21, 2001



What newspapers do and ought to do
Review by M.L. Sharma

A Practitioner’s Guide to Journalistic Ethics
by P.K. Bandyopadhyay and Kuldip Singh Arora. Media Watch Group, New Delhi, Pages 178+x. Rs 250.
"THE antidote for political deviousness," according to Donald McDonald, an eminent magazine editor, "is journalistic integrity. Since truthfulness is not a political virtue, it has to be a journalistic virtue." Journalism is a noble profession as it holds a mirror before society in which are reflected the misdeeds and crimes of the wayward and the delinquent, political corruption and atrocities and sexual abuse of the fair sex and children.

The rise and stagnation of Marathas
Review by Harbans Singh
Baji Rao: The Warrior Peshwa
by E. Jaiwant Paul. Roli Books, New Delhi. Pages 184. Rs 275.
JAIWANT PAUL's "Baji Rao: The Warrior Peshwa" is not just an account of the life of a general of the Marathas; it goes much beyond the biographical loyalty of an author for, it vividly recreates an era which saw the juxtaposition of the decadent forces of the Mughals and the daring and innovative ways of the Marathas. It deals with an age when competent and willing warriors were scarce in the Mughal army, while they were abundant among the Marathas.

A different "class" struggle by women
Review by S.P. Dhawan
Women Education through the Ages
by N.L. Gupta. Concept Publishing. New Delhi. Pages 248. Rs 350.
THE question of imparting quality education to women assumes significance when viewed in the perspective of their emancipation, enlightenment, development and empowerment in a male-dominated society. As in the western hemisphere, women studies in this part of the world are gathering momentum and a realisation is dawning on everyone that education of women can play a role in removing inequality and exploitation as also in motivating and equipping them to fully participate in all socio-economic-political activities.


A swami who is also a social activist
Review by J.S. Yadav

Religion, Spirituality and Social Action: New Agenda for Humanity
by Swami Agnivesh. Hope India Publications, Gurgaon. Pages 204. Rs 400.
"THE two hundred odd pages of pen power reveals the planetary patriotism of a great human wonder," Swami Agnivash, an ascetic, reformer, social activist, global firebrand "for whom humanism is the burning creed, compassion the consuming passion and injustice a raging allergy, a red rag anathema and a perennial bete noire," says Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer in the foreward to this book.

The early migrants from Punjab
Review by Padam Ahlawat
India and Central Asia: Cultural, Economic and Political Links
edited by Surendra Gopal. Shipra Publications, Delhi. Pages 200. Rs 400.
THIS is an anthology of seven papers by four scholars. Surendra Gopal has contributed three essays on Indian and Central Asian contacts from the 16th century to the 19th century. That there have been contacts with Central Asia since ancient times is well known, and the book concerns itself with the recent contacts, migration, trade, travel and political contacts. One of the interesting essays is by I.M. Oranski on the Indic-speaking people in Central Asia.

Why milk plan turned sour
Review by Sucha Singh Gill
Dairying and Farm Diversification
by Gurbhagwant Singh Kahlon. Punjab Institute of Sustainable Development, Ludhiana. Pages vii + 235. Rs 500
DIVERSIFICATION has been one of the most sought after solutions to the crisis of Punjab agriculture. The Johl committee, after looking into the various aspects of the emerging problems, suggested in May, 1986, several measures to achieve diversification as a solution to the non-sustainable cropping pattern in the state. After 15 years, this recommendation remains the most popular with policy-makers and the ruling elite in the state and the country.

Meandering through the lanes and bylanes of Old Delhi
Review by Ashu Pasricha
Delhi: Development and Change
by I. Mohan. A.P.H. Publishing, New Delhi. Pages 177. Rs 500.
MANY thousands of years ago man emerged from a shadowy background of which we know little to become a farmer: from living as an animal he appears to have become gradually something more than an animal, indeed beginning to exercise quite un-animal-like powers of choice and judgement. And yet man was, and still is, in a wide sense, an animal amongst other animals, in a setting of natural phenomena.