February 2, 2003
the world with reporter Kamath
A Reporter at Large
by M. V. Kamath. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Pages 810. Rs 600.
M. V. Kamath, now Chairman
of the Prasar Bharati, has been an outstanding journalist and
columnist. A value-oriented Editor of repute, he is one of the very
few widely travelled journalists. He has reported extensively and in
depth for his newspaper, The Times of India. His overseas
postings include stints in Bonn, Paris, Geneva, the United Nations,
New York and Washington DC.
Off the shelf
Building social and cultural relations
V. N. Datta
History, Culture and Society in India and West Asia.
Introduction by Dr Karan Singh, edited by N.N. Vohra. India
International Centre, New Delhi. Pages XIII + 294. Rs 550.
title of the book is wide enough to include anything between the
stars and earth. The word ‘culture’ in the title is one of the
most complicated terms susceptible to various interpretations. I
think that this is due to historical developments. Now the term ‘culture’
has come to be used for distinct intellectual disciplines and in
several systems of thought.
Signs & signatures
novelists: Voices of protest
Darshan Singh Maini
BLACK American experience is
such a complex tangled, intractable issue as to defy any kind of
definition or discourse. Its problematics invariably drive one into
uncomfortable ambiguities as well as into unhelpful sermonising and
theorising. It means, at the deeper level, that no non-Black writer or
artist can hope to reach down to those African roots which like a
subterranean stream have kept feeding Black American consciousness for
over three centuries now.
first to challenge Mughal tyranny in Punjab
SEVENTEENTH century Punjab
witnessed the beginning of Sikh persecution at the hands of the
ruling Mughal hierarchy when two of their Gurus were executed. This
persecution intensified in the beginning of the 18th century. As a
result, the 10th Guru had to leave Anandpur Sahib and then Chamkaur
and retreat into the wilderness of the Malwa on his way to South
India after having lost his mother and children in the turmoil.
story of a centenarian
IF you live to be hundred, you
are old...really OLD! And hoary. Also happy. You hobble down the cobbled
lane of nostalgia, aching to hear ancient sounds echoing in the nooks
and corners of memory. Words unsaid, tears unshed, laughter and loss,
gambles and glory... all come surging. You cry. You also celebrate.
Motilal Banarsidass or MLBD, the internationally renowned India's
biggest Indological publishers, are doing just that — celebrating
their 100th birthday.
A journey into
the inner world
The Birth of Being, Moving to the Center and The Ever-Present Flower.
Fusion Books, New Delhi. Pages 168, 231 and 192 respectively.
Rs 150 per title.
ORDINARILY, it is not possible
to comprehend truth in its entirety. It is vast and has countless
facets. Yet it is possible to observe it in parts and proceed to view it
step by logical step. A part of truth is also truth, though not the
whole truth. Expounding on Patanjali’s theory that the part is equal
to the whole, and using the analogy of sky and the pool, Osho says that
although the sky is infinite it gets reflected in a small, finite pool.
a religious radical
Raja Rammohun Roy, the Renaissance Man
by H. D. Sharma Rupa and Co, Delhi. Pages 72. Rs 95.
THE man who campaigned
against the custom of "sati" and had this heinous practice
abolished. The man who founded the Brahmo Samaj, which preached
against idol worship and caste distinctions and believed in one
universal God. Beyond this, not much is known in this part of the
country about this social rebel who made a valiant effort to spread
new religious tenets which he believed would reconstruct Indian life
on rational lines.
KaliKatha: via bypass
by Alka Saraogi (translated from Hindi by the author). Rupa.
Pages 295. Rs 295
ALKA Saraogi’s novel KaliKatha:
via bypass published last year stirred the Hindi literary world so
much that it was seen as a sign of revival of the Hindi novel. The
author’s translation of her work into English has woven the outer and
the inner worlds of Calcutta’s Marwaris. The story, which revolves
around Marwari settlers in Calcutta, may not be an exhaustive study of
the Marwari diaspora, but it definitely provides an understanding of the
the complex reality of child labour
B. B. Goel
Problems of Child Labour in India
edited by Raj Kumar Sen and Asis Dasgupta. Deep & Deep
Publications, New Delhi. Pages XIII + 286. Rs 550.
CHILD welfare is a nebulous
concept. The child, being the nation’s pride, mirror and a
supremely important asset, has to be properly cared for and
nurtured. However, spoken or written words lose identity and
significance unless put into real action. Like most problems in
India, child labour, in spite of rampant adult unemployment, is a
by-product emerging out of the socio-economic structure of society.