March 30, 2003
disaster with warlike consequences
Exposure: Portrait of a
by Raghu Rai. Introduction by Anil Sharma. Greenpeace International,
Amsterdam. Price not stated.
AT a time when
"impressive" images of war are beamed to billions of
television sets the world over, a reality check is in order. War
does bring destruction, death and disrupts the social order whenever
it takes place. War is bad, and it has horrible consequences. It is
interesting that the organisation that has published Exposure
is also at the forefront of aggressively opposing war. In fact,
Greenpeace has sponsored a "Coalition of the UNwilling,"
and is supporting various anti-war protests the world over.
captain who believes in his boys
Sourav: a biography
by Gulu Ezekiel. Penguin, N. Delhi. Pages x + 213. Rs 250.
HE has oodles of attitude,
with that touch of arrogance that riles his critics. He is probably
the first Indian cricket captain who is aggressive enough to give
the Aussies, Pakistanis and South Africans a taste of their own
medicine. Under him, the Indian team looks capable of taking on any
challenge. There is an air of self-confidence about the players that
reminds one of Kapil’s Devils who won the World Cup two decades
and conflicting nationalisms
Beyond Nationalist Frames: Relocating Postmodernism, Hindutva,
by Sumit Sarkar. Permanent Black, Delhi. Pages 265. Rs 550.
SUMIT Sarkar’s argument
starts with his unease with the major historical assumptions of all
times—the ‘single, overwhelmingly predominant,
colonial/anti-colonial binary.’ The Left nationalists, Marxist and
even the early Subaltern Studies historians recovered the Indian
history only through the prism of colonial subjugation and
as four thinkers look at it
The Hinduism Omnibus
by Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Madeleine Biardeau, D. F. Pocock and T. N.
Madan. Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Pages 340, 189, 187 &
158, respectively. Rs 695.
the complexities of various thought processes which have evolved
from Hinduism, the publishers have picked up the works of four
eminent thinkers — Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Madeleine Biardeau, D. F.
Pocock and T. N. Madan. They discuss Hinduism from various angles
which could be based on personal experience or could be part of its
rich textual tradition or various beliefs and practices.
hands of a master puppeteer
The Brainfever Bird
by I. Allan Sealy. London: Picador, 2003. Pages 360. Rs 425.
Sealy’s last novel, The Everest Hotel, is still fresh in the
mind — that elaborate song of the seasons, reminding us that the
poetry of the earth is never dead, be it spring or summer, autumn or
winter, the minute observations of the myriad forms of life, the falling
of the first drop of rain on parched earth, or the crunch of dry
autumnal leaves underfoot, or the slightest shiver of a blade of grass
in a breeze as soft as an infant’s breath.
Meet the author
“As a writer
one has to persevere”
HIS sensuous prose, full of
rich imagery and poetry, sets I. Allan
Sealy’s books apart from the other Indian writers writing
in English. His previous book — The Everest Hotel — was a tour
de force of evocative descriptions of hills and he was adjudged the
master storyteller of quieter climes. However his latest novel, The
Brainfever Bird (Picador-India) is set in two bustling metropolitans
— Delhi and Moscow. Sealy spoke about his work to Sanjay
trends in Indo-Singaporean ties
Himmat Singh Gill
Challenges for India
edited by N. N. Vohra. India International Centre and Manohar.
Pages 179. Rs 400
goes to the credit of the Indian foreign policy makers that in
concentrating more on India’s neighbours while formulating
policies on bilateral and other issues, not only have the two
nations concerned benefited, but the whole of the Asian
continent has also stood to gain. With the break-up of the
Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, the advent of a
unipolar world, and the recent economic resurgence of India,
it is time again for mutually beneficial economic relations in
who saw it and chronicled it
Interesting Times: a
by Eric Hobsbawm.
Penguin, Allen Lane, London. Pages XVI + 448. `A3 15.
upon where one is and what one is doing, a denizen of the 21st
century may view the past 100 years as one of contention and
conflict, of peace and prosperity, of an unprecedented advance
in the technological revolution. Of some vague if uncertain
emergence of a new world order. Of the birth of a myriad new
nations in Africa and Asia.
foreign capital inflows
G. K. Pandey
Foreign Investment in India
by Chanchal Chopra. Deep & Deep Publications
Pvt. Ltd. Rs 850.
is an in-depth study of foreign investments in India with all
its ramifications. Chanchal Chopra has dealt with this
ticklish issue intelligently and cogently. After discussing
the pros and cons relating to foreign capital, the author has
concluded that in order to accelerate the pace of development
the tempo of foreign investment will need to be stepped up.
The book presents an emerging scenario in India with regard to
different types of foreign capital inflows.
strange scientific ‘truths’
lovers and writers have been agitating for a long time against
the language policy of the Punjab government. They feel that
it is not sincerely implementing the ‘Language Act’ hence
this language is not getting its due patronage from the state
which, according to them, is absolutely necessary for the
development of a language. What they forget is that as a
literary language Punjabi is fully developed to express all
kinds of delicate feelings.