September 29, 2002
General's scholarly viewpoint
J. N. Dixit
Siachen—Conflict Without End.
by Lt-Gen. V. R. Raghavan (retd). Viking Penguin Books.
Pages 240. Rs 395.
Indo-Pakistan conflict in the Siachen area on the northern edge of
Jammu and Kashmir has been a point of attention since 1983. The
confrontation has also been the subject matter of negotiations
between Pakistan and India between 1986 and 1992. The negotiations
were for mutual re-deployment of forces from their present
capitalism more socialistic
Punjabi is the 13th largest language of the world and it can safely
boast of the best writer-reader ratio. Every month scores of Punjabi
books appear on bookstalls, though most of them rot in godowns for
want of buyers. Polemical writing is almost non-existent in Punjabi.
However, recently Pritam Singh, a retired IAS officer and a
well-known student of Punjabi political economy, came out with a
highly polemical book, Vaad-Samvaad (Lokgeet Parkashan,
peek into the PMO
last we were in agreement. And we moved on to another matter that
has been causing me the most profound ongoing irritation. ‘May we
now discuss the equally vexed question of your predecessor’s
memoirs?’ As if we hadn’t had enough trouble with Chapter Eight,
it seemed that he had now started work on his final chapter, the one
that concerned his resignation and my accession to the Prime
Ministership. And, to that end, he wanted access to certain
handling: The litmus test of a democracy
Democracy and the Limits of Minority Rights
by Nalini Rajan. Sage Publications, New Delhi.
Pages 237. Rs 260.
successful form of government is not known by how it deals with the
majority but by the way it treats its minority. All countries in the
world have different minorities. Be it the world’s biggest
democracy or the largest one, it is the duty of a state to protect
the fundamental rights of its citizens, the majority as well as the
minorities. It is in this context, the book under review attempts to
discuss the relationship between human rights and democracy.
holds the key to survival
Differentiate or Die
by Jack Trout. East West Books (Madras). Hardback. Pages 236.
some 60,000 new products flooding the market every year the
customer is faced by an increasingly bewildering range of
options. Education, TV and now the Internet have made
today’s customer more savvy and more demanding. India has
also got a glimpse of this world of endless choice in the last
challenges of a new economic order
Business Management and
edited by G.S. Batra and R.C. Dangwal. Deep & Deep, N. Delhi.
Pages: Vol.1 – xiv+405; Vol.2 – xii+308; Vol.3 – xiv+514;
Vol.5 – xii+472. Rs 3500 for the four-volume set.
the past decade there has been a paradigm shift in the conduct of
commercial activities in India. Shedding the socialism-laced mixed
economy blueprint, our policy makers have embraced the free market
doctrine with globalisation and liberalisation as guiding
principles. With the opening up of our economy, local business
organisations have been exposed to foreign competition, thus
heightening the awareness for efficient utilisation of the various
factors of production, and making economic reforms inevitable.
Excellence has become the corporate buzzword.
writings on widowhood in Hindu society
D. R. Chaudhry
Shadow Lives — Writings on
Edited by Uma Chakravarti and Preeti Gill. Kali for Women, New Delhi.
Pages x + 490. Rs 295
book under review is an important treatise on the heart-rending plight
of widows in the patrilineal Hindu society. The critique delineates the
oppressive structures that give rise to oppressive traditions. The book
is arranged in three parts: Hindu scriptures dealing with prescriptions,
injunctions and laws concerning widows and 19th and 20th century
documents dealing with widows; personal narratives of widows; and
finally creative writings of Indian writers on the subject of widowhood.
Darshan Singh Maini
India at the End of 20th
Century: Essays on Politics, Society and the Economy
edited by Sanjukta Bhattacharya. Lancer’s Books.
Pages 317. Rs 580.
are scores of special articles in leading Indian newspapers and
magazines on both the Indian scene since Independence, and on the Indian
polity, particularly since Indira Gandhi, and we are, thus, in
possession of a plethora of narratives written to hoist one vision of
the future India or another. Thus the retrospect, the introspect and the
new constructs or paradigms have come to occupy the mind space in modern
only the best from West
The Rise of China: Threat or
by Ramgopal Agarwala. Bookwell, New Delhi. Pages xvii+229. Rs 450
CHINA, like India, never came
under the control of any single imperial power. The Chinese, who
considered foreigners as barbarians, first came into contact with them
on being defeated by the British in the Opium Wars. But their real
humiliation began after their defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War in
1895. After this began the scramble for concessions among major imperial
powers of the world for trade and commerce, known as "cutting of
Chinese melon" in world history.