of blood-soaked years
P. P. S. Gill
Violence as Political Discourse Sikh militancy confronts the
by Birinder Pal Singh, Indian Institute of Advanced Study,
Shimla. Pages 244; Rs 350.
black jacket and a red streak in the middle of the cover is
more loud than the book under review. For someone, who has
been in the thick of 'that' phase of history in Punjab,
hair-raising thoughts of which even today send a shiver down
the spine, the book in hand revives memories of the time spent
in Amritsar (1983-1990), as staffer of The Tribune.
the heart of effective leadership
The New Leaders Transforming the Art of Leadership into the
Science of Results
by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee. Published
by Little, Brown. Pages xvii+302. Rs 395.
little heart in the middle of a corporate ladder on the cover
may look incongruent but is eloquent. It says it all.
Technical skills are not enough to make outstanding leaders,
what is needed is emotional intelligence, maintain Daniel
Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee in The New
Leaders. Carrying forward into the workplace the theory
that Goleman enunciated in his international bestseller Emotional
Intelligence, the authors postulate that effective
leadership is a function of the heart.
Indian Politics Since the
by C.Y. Chintamani; published by Rupa and Co. Daryaganj New
Delhi; printed in India by Rekha Printers Pvt. Ltd., New
Delhi; Pages: 205. Rs 195.
a word about the author of the book, Indian Politics Since
the Mutiny. C.Y. Chintamani, became an editor at the age
of 18, a legislator at 36 and a minister at 41. While
continuing to wield his pen like a sword, he dominated Indian
journalism in the first three decades of the 20th century.
critique of Punjabi criticism
criticism in Punjabi has undergone many changes in the past
century. In the first half of the 20th century it was mostly
biographical, eulogistic and didactic. However, the first
notable event in critical discourse in Punjabi was the
publication of Sant Singh Sekhon’s Sahitiarth, which
leaned heavily on Christopher Candwell’s Illusion and
Reality and some other texts of Marxist literature.
Human rights: Perspective Plan for 21st Century
by Giriraj Shah and K.N. Gupta; Diamond Pocket Books, New
Delhi; Pages 324; Rs 195.
rights are universal but their violation is so widespread that
it is impossible to limit them to any particular country or
region. Nazi atrocities during the second world war prompted
the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights in 1948.
Darshan Singh Maini
popular notion, nay a fallacy, often is in evidence where the
question of writers and politics is concerned. Such a ‘romantic’
notion has in reality little validity, as we shall see.
However, it’s not sufficiently realised, even by thinking
men in general that it’s eventually this very desire that
drives a great artist into the "heart of darkness",
and, thus into the metaphysics of politics.