The Tribune - Spectrum

, June 16, 2002

Revolution and resistance
Rumina Sethi
Post-Colonial Transformation
by Bill Ashcroft. Routledge, London and New York. Pages 249. £ 15.99
POST-COLONIAL Transformation is an attempt to speak of the response of formerly colonised societies to the political and cultural authority of Europe. The oft-repeated charge that colonised societies have suffered enormously and have been utterly ruined by the Europeans is here sidelined to the other, more primary, experience of the "destroyed" indigenous societies, that of recovery and resilience.


A slice of life under Taliban in Afghanistan
Syeda Saiyidain Hameed
My Forbidden Face
by Latifa in collaboraton with Chekeha Hachemi. Virago. London. Pages 180. £ 9.50

THIS book offers an insider’s view of the horrors of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. It is narrated by Latifa, a 20-year-old who recalls her happy childhood during the days of the Soviet occupation. Throughout the book we see her pacing up and down the little flat in which the family is virtually imprisoned.

USSR through Sheila Gujral’s eyes
Darshan Singh Maini
My Years in the USSR
by Sheila Gujral. Macmillan, New Delhi, 2002, pp.179, hardcover,
Rs 395
AS a book-reviewer for over 50 years now, I have tried to work out an ethic of writing which answers to the requirements of my imagination in labour. However, when a book by a friend is the question, a certain degree of ambivalence is likely to get structured into the argument.


Letting intuition do its job

Chandra Mohan

Creativity in Business
Michael Ray and Rochelle Myers. Doubleday. Pages 222. $ 11.25
STRENGTH in creativity and innovation is the dream of every competitive society today. Therein lies the root of all economic and political power. Respect in the community also stems from it. This holds true for nations, businesses and industry.

She contributed to India’s social and cultural renaissance
Jaswant Singh
Footfalls of Indian History
by Sister Nivedita; Rupa and Company; New Delhi; Pages 264; Rs 70.
MARGARET Elizabeth Nobel was born a Christian in Ireland but she died a Hindu in India. Daughter of a Christian priest, she heard the call of Swami Vivekanand and landed in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1898. She became an object of great regard for Vivekanand who inducted her into his monastic order and gave her the name, Nivedita.

Languorous days in Ladour
Rajnish Wattas
Landour days; A Writer’s Journal
by Ruskin Bond. Viking. Rs 195. Pages 160.

IT takes a Ruskin Bond to turn an ordinary of life into an extraordinary story. And, while he is at it, his words flow with the ease of a mountain stream—sometimes puckish like a torrent; sometimes languorous like a river.

A unique look at a multifaceted India
Cookie Maini

Inside India
by Halide Edib; with an Introduction and notes by Mushirul Hasan; Oxford Press; Page 272, Rs 395.

MIDST the varied versions of western images of India in the early twentieth century which can be typified as European, the book Inside India is truly unique. Halide Edib, a Turkish writer, does not imagine, inscribe or conjure an Indian image but rather presents a documentation of its multifaceted and multi-cultural persona, of course, with her personal perception.

On the trail of the tiger
Padam Ahlawat

The Tiger in India. A Natural History.
by J.C. Daniel. Natraj Publishers, Dehra Dun. Pages 300

HE tiger will never become extinct, as it does well in captivity, but in the wild it is most likely to survive in the Sunderbans, where the habitat favours the tiger." So writes the author of this book. But, it is the fear of extinction that has goaded the authorities to set up wild life sanctuaries.

A source of insipiration for Dalit intellectuals
D.R. Chaudhry

Selected writing of Jotirao Phule.
Edited by G.P. Deshpande. Left Word Books, New Delhi, Pages XII+248. Rs 450

OTIRAO Phule can legitimately be called the father of the Dalit consciousness and upsurge in India. He is the worthy predecessor of Ramaswamy Naicker and Dr B.R. Ambedkar and a source of inspiration for Dalit intellectuals.

A glimpse of the politics of Sangh Parivar
Navprit Kaur
The RSS and the BJP: A division of labor
by A.G. Noorani, Left Word Books, New Delhi, Rs 75, Pages 112.

HE 1990s will be remembered in Indian politics for three Ms — Mandal, Mandir and Market. Issues relating to reservations for the backward castes, demolition of the Babri Masjid, the rise of Hindutva politics, and the liberalisation of the Indian economy may be termed as events that have changed the vocabulary of Indian politics in a major way.