B. L. Chakoo
Language, History and Class. Edited by Penelope J.
Corfield, Basil Blackwell Ltd, Oxford. Pp.320, price not
and insightful dissection of linguistic communication has
today raised central questions about human conceptual powers
and the nature of knowledge itself. Everything is subjected to
scrutiny. In fact, an awareness of fertility and complexity of
language and its significance in formulating and expressing
meaning is having an increasing influence upon research.
as victims of violence
G. V. Gupta
Women, War and
Peace in South Asia: Beyond Victimhood to Agency edited by
Rita Manchanda. Sage Publications, New Delhi. Pages
304 Rs 295.
Asia is an arena of many armed conflicts: Sindh in Pakistan,
Kashmir and North East in India, Chakma Tribals in Bangladesh,
Maoists in Nepal, LTTE in Sri Lanka. Myanmar and Bhutan are
not free either. These are not wars in the traditional sense
with defined theatres and armies facing each other and leaving
the people largely alone from the zone of fight.
of the Wahabi Movement
by W.W. Hunter, Reprint, 2002, Rupa
HUNTER wrote the book in 1871 to answer a question asked by
Lord Mayo — ‘Are the Indian Musalmans bound by their
religion to rebel against the Queen?’ The author gives a
vivid description of the Wahabi Movement in Islam and explains
how the movement gave expression to the miseries of the
Muslims, who over a period of time had lost their power and
of ‘Elphinstonian’ arrival!
Reasons for Belonging,
Fourteen contemporary Indian poets, ed., Ranjit Hoskote,
Viking (Penguin) India, 2002. Pp. 148, Price
1980s saw the rise of what is now described as the ‘Stephanian
novel,’ 1990s may well be remembered as the decade of the
"Elphinstonian poetry." In this slim volume of less
than 150 pages, as much as half of the Indian English poetry
has flowed out of the creative springs of Elpinstone College,
of a saintly person’s Indian visit
Jesus Lived in India
by Holger Kersten; Penguin Books; Pages 264; Rs 295.
was Jesus? Where was he from? Where did he go? Why he appeared so
strange and mysterious to his contemporaries? What was he really
after? Such were the questions
that baffled Holger Kersten, a theologian, and his quest for answers
led him to years of painstaking research.
poetic expressions of uniformed officer
MANMOHAN, a senior police officer posted in Delhi, has been
writing poetry since the early 80s. Five collections of his
poems, four in Punjabi and one in Hindi (Mere Me Chanini),
have appeared so far. The latest collection Namit (Kuknas
Parkashan, Jalandhar) has just been released.
"I’d have loved to
be a sportsman"
Bond needs no introduction. A widely-read author , his stories
have warmed hearts over generations. Both,parents and their
children have derived pleasure from his charming tales. His
first novel — The room on the roof was written when
he was just 17.