non-ideology of Taliban and its threat to Pakistan itself
Taliban: the Story of the Afghan Warlords
by Ahmed Rashid. Pan Books, London. Pages xx+276.
Mullah Omar and his close comrade-in-arms, the Al-Qaeda chief,
Osama bin Laden, literally on the run and an uneasy interim
government in the saddle in Kabul, is the trauma of the
Taliban finally over? Hard to say and difficult to believe.
For a close reading of the slender volume under review would
seem to suggest a different story.
Cultural politics of Hindi nationalism
Review by Akshaya Kumar
by Alok Rai. Orient Longman, New Delhi. Pages 138.
VERY often it is the Indianness of Indian
English writings that is challenged by the indigenous critics;
the Indianness of writings in various native Indian languages is
taken for granted and therefore seldom debated.
Review by Ram
Swept Away — A novel
by Deepak Munjral. Minerva Press, New Delhi. Pages 568. Rs 390.
in a while, in the galaxy of popular contemporary novelists of
Indian English like Shashi Tharoor, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Amit
Chaudhari, Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth, Vikram Chandra and
others, comes a novelist Deepak Munjral with his debut novel
"Swept Away", maybe to disturb their literary