January 19, 2003
Postmodernism and the Other: The New Imperialism of Western Culture.
by Ziauddin Sardar. Pluto, London. Pages 345. £ 15.99.
POSTMODERNISM has been seen
as a theory of liberation that promotes alterity or pluralism,
thereby bestowing a broad representation to the minorities/marginalised.
But is postmodernism also not manipulative? Ziauddin Sardar in his
recent book argues that far from being a new theory of liberation,
postmodernism, particularly from the perspective of the other, the
non-western cultures, is "simply a new wave of domination
riding on the crest of colonialism and modernity."
doesn’t fit publishers’ purse
IN this age of the novel
and the novelist, even though one keeps hearing the occasional
shriek bemoaning the death of the genre, poetry and poets everywhere
have literally been put on the backburner. In India, the sole
promoter, the Writers' Workshop, has been like a terminally-ill
patient. Almost everything appearing from P. Lal's rusted, obsolete
printing mill has been doing greater damage than the situation
account of great games superpowers played
Tournament of Shadows: the
Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia,
by Karl E Meyer & Shareen Blair Brysac, Counterpoint,
WashingtonDC, 1999, Paperback, pp. xxv + 646.
FROM the last quarter of
the 18th century to the opening decade of the 2Oth, the Tsarist
empire was steadily, if surely, expanding towards the south,
embracing large swathes of then relatively empty, if predominantly
shot of a big man
M. L. Raina
The Cinema of Satyajit Ray: Between Tradition and Modernity
by Darius Cooper. Cambridge University Press, New York. Pages
YEARS ago when I taught a
course on fiction and film at an American university, I was often
hauled up for ignoring what Ray’s western critics called his
"sentimentality and nostalgia." At that time there were no
Andrew Robinson and Darius Cooper commentaries to guide me. My
principal objective was to assert Ray’s superiority over all other
Indian filmmakers and to express renewed faith in the vanishing
genre of art cinema in India and the Third World.
facts and figures
Market Forecasts and Indicators
by Industrial Techno-Economic Service P. Ltd in association with Centre
for Industrial and Economic Research, New Delhi. Page 798. Rs 9600.
NEARLY two decades ago, Arthur
P. Felton wrote a landmark article on marketing, "Conditions of
Marketing Leadership," in which he said what all marketing men have
learnt from bitter experience at one time or the other, "the
marketing man is going to have to be very" right or else he may
have nothing to eat but a stream of unsaleable product. Marketing
forecasts have always been a great challenge for manufacturers and
ahead through JP lectures
India Looks Ahead
edited by B. Vivekanandan. Lancer’s Books, New Delhi. Pages 220. Rs
JAYAPRAKASH Narayan had
yearned for a "society which made possible for all men and women,
irrespective of their socio-economic background, to lead a life worth
living." After his death, the Jayaprakash Foundation has since 1980
held a series of JP Memorial Lectures to illuminate the contemporary
world not only with his idealism but also with the answers that some of
the eminent people have to the vexing issues that are a hindrance in
achieving the desired and shared goals of all humanity.
to know God’s own country
People of India: Kerala (in 3 parts)
Edited by K.S. Singh, T. Madhava Menon, Deepak Tyagi and B.
Francis Kulirani. Affiliated East-West Press, New Delhi.
Pages: xlix + 1704. Price: Rs 2015
awareness, excellent health-care facilities, superb literacy
rates, elevated aesthetic sensibility, kaleidoscopic
ethno-religious mix and rich cultural traditions mingle with
lush landscapes, majestic Western Ghats, silvery shores,
golden sunsets and cerulean sea-waters. Welcome to God's Own
in a mould
Scheduled Caste Welfare: Myth or Reality
by Dr. R. B. Singh, APH Publishing Corporation, New Delhi.
Pages 211. Rs 495
ARTICLE 46 of the
Indian Constitution is a Directive Principle and it states
that the state shall take steps to promote with special care
the educational and economic interests of the weaker sections,
of the people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes, and strive to protect them against social injustices
and all forms of exploitation.
poet looks back on his life
R. P. Chaddah
by Vijay Vishal. Writers Workshop. Rs 100
PARTING Wish is a
collection of poems written to keep alive the memory of the
poet's wife who died at quite a young age—plunging the
poet's life in grief. The book is Vishal's second collection
of verse, the first one Speechless Messages appeared
way back in 1992. This present collection is a collection of
36 poems. The poems revolve around various themes such as
contemporary events, anecdotal wisdom, familial relationships,
environmental imbalance, and muffled literary influences.
Vishal writes from personal experience and his emotions come
out vividly in this collection.