R. L. Singal
Gandhi, Gandhism and the
by Thomas Weber.
Roli Books, New Delhi.
Pages 361. Rs 395.
book by Thomas Weber, a
well-known researcher on Mahatma Gandhi’s life, ideas and legacy,
consists of 12 papers—four each on Gandhi, Gandhism and Gandhian,
already published in different journals. Now, they have been
collectively published in the form of this book for those interested in
Great Indian Elections
India’s 2004 Elections:
Grass-roots and National Perspectives
Ed. Ramashray Roy & Paul Wallace Sage. Pages xvi+341. Rs 720.
is the third volume on
Indian politics and elections by the two distinguished editors whose
scholarship commands respect and attention. The first collection Indian
Politics and the 1998 Elections: Regionalism, Hindutva and State
Politics was followed by India’s 1999 Elections and 20th
of Indian immigrants
by Anita Desai. Orient Paper Backs.
Pages 224. Rs 175.
delves deep into the psyche of her characters. The writer aims at
truth, and there in lies her success. Bye-Bye Blackbird, her
third novel, published in 1971, examines the plight of Indian immigrants
Sociology of Organisation
by Jaspal Singh. Kanishka
Publisher, New Delhi. Pages 250. Rs 595.
the perspective of a
functionalist, organisations are viewed as systems made up of
interdependent parts. A society cannot develop without organisation. The
various parts of an organisation and the relationship between the parts
contribute to the effective working of the system as a whole. Thus, in
the fast globalising world, organisation is needed. Organisation is a
concept and organisation as a socio-cultural phenomenon is
man of letters
Kashmiri Lal Zakir
years ago, I met Munir Niazi
in an Indo-Pak Mushaira jointly organised by the Haryana Urdu Akademi
and the Sham-e-Bahar Trust, Ambala Cantonment. But I knew him before
that through his ghazals that often appeared in the leading magazines of
Pakistan. At that time, books and magazines from Pakistan were easily
available in India. Therefore, writers from both the sides knew what was
being written in poetry and prose.
of eco-friendly trade
J. Sri Raman
Environmental Requirements and Market Access: Reflections from South
Ed. Nagesh Kumar and Sachin Chaturvedi, Academic Foundation. Pages 264.
aspect of national or
international life has remained the same after the emergence of
environmentalism and through its rapid growth in the recent period. Just
three decades ago, no one expected green politics to acquire a great
political role in the West or a Medha Patkar to make even a slight but
significant difference to Indian politics.
Happy ending to Ian McEwan story
Comfort of Strangers
ended with the double murder of an English couple in Venice. At the end
of The Child in Time, the little girl abducted in the opening
chapter stays unsaved. His Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam ends with the
mutual murder of two friends, Clive and Vernon. Enduring Love closes
with the death of the love-crazed stalker in the grip of de Clerambaut’s
Syndrome. It would, frankly, be difficult to confuse any of McEwan’s
moody, troubling works with Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
Reflections in a Sacred Pond
by Murad Ali Baig.
Tara Press, New Delhi.
Pages 217. Rs 295.
is a difficult (and
thankless) mission that Murad Ali Baig has taken up in this book.
Difficult not in the sense that it is anything like a remarkable
research work, but in the sense that it surveys the Indian history and
presents comments on well known sensitive issues in such a way as to
easily invite adverse reactions from almost all the sections of society.
of the book
Nuremberg: Evil On Trial
by James Owen
Pages 376. £12.99
Nuremberg, the Nazis’ leaders took the stand for greatest trial in
history... The end of the Second
World War presented the Allies — Britain, France, Russia and the
United States — with a very large and contentious problem. What to do
with the surviving members of a regime that had brought death and misery
Development Under Stress:
Sri Lankan Economy in Transition
by Saman Kelegama
Sage. Pages 305. Rs 850.
My Fabulous Divorce
by Clare Dowling
Pages 468. £6.99