Gains that were
India’s National Security: Military
Challenges and Responses
by Maj Gen Kuldip Singh Bajwa (retd). Har-Anand publications, New Delhi.
Pages 372. Rs 595.
considerable armed power, India’s national security environment has
become increasingly fragile. Over half a century of wars, conflicts and
battle against externally-sponsored internal strife notwithstanding, the
world’s largest democracy has failed to usher in durable peace. Shifts
in geo-strategic environment coupled with deteriorating internal
situation in some nation-states have thrown up greater,
multi-dimensional challenges for the security establishment.
Mr and Mrs Dutt: Memories of
by Namrata Dutt Kumar and Priya Dutt. Roli Books. Pages 200. Rs 695.
moments of pain than deliverance are recounted in this book. All
through the narrative, Namrata and Priya present insights into the life
and times of the legendary actor-couple Nargis and Sunil Dutt with
adulatory but honest references which are mostly taken, besides their
own reflection, from the letters, souvenirs, documents and photos in the
family memorabilia. The readers’ interest is maintained by the
information shared, as also by the pictorial sumptuousness.
of rural life
Satinder K. Girgla
by Rohithari Rajan. Indialog Publications. Pages 272. Rs 195.
has two contrasting worlds—one that rests in its villages and the
other that breathes in cities. The book is an attempt to bring both the
worlds together. It gives a slice of rural life knit together by a
number of mirthful incidents and characters who add colour to an
otherwise simple story.
Bush shaded truth on Iraq’
White House press secretary Scott McClellan charges in an
explosive new book that President George W. Bush shaded the truth and
manipulated public opinion to make the case for the
"unnecessary" Iraq war. McClellan, the first Bush insider to
write a book criticising his former boss and fellow Texan, drew instant
condemnations from former White House colleagues who wondered why he
stayed on the job.
society responds to change
Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
Economic Reforms and Social
Ed. S. R. Ahlawat. Rawat Publications, New Delhi. Pages 434. Rs 875.
book is written with a belief that social transformation by way of
social development is one of the essential pre-requisites for
percolating the benefits of economic reforms across all sections of the
society. It argues that economic reforms have encouraged some social
vices and problems, particularly in agriculturally advanced states.
Prominent among these vices are rising consumerism, alcoholism and drug
addiction and rising expenditure on social ceremonies such as marriages.
Think India: The Rise of the
World’s Next Superpower and What it Means for Every American
by Vinay Rai and William L. Simon. Dutton (Penguin). Pages 304. $ 25.95
book seems to have been written essentially for the Americans to
reassure them that the Indians would soon become the largest potential
customers worldwide for consumer goods and services and that "For
American businesses, India, instead of posing a threat, in fact offers
remarkable new opportunities".
name’s Bond, James Bond
Devil May Care by
Sebastian Faulks brings back the superspy created by Ian Fleming
than 40 years after the last adventure, a new James Bond book, Devil
May Care, has arrived with its writer, Sebastian Faulks, warning
that the spy is "not a slick superhero." According to a 1958 New
Statesman review of Dr.No, the James Bond novels consisted of
"three thoroughly English basic ingredients: sadism, frustrated
adolescent, and the crude, snobbish cravings of a suburban adult."
These ingredients no longer seem particularly English. Sex, snobbery and
sadism are a global phenomenon, while the schoolboy bully, frustrated
adolescent and snobbish suburban adult sound like Hollywood market
Indian Prisoners of War in
Compiled by Nafisa Ali et al
The Assn of the families of the Indian Prisoners of War &Trishul
Pages: xvii+264. Rs 195
It’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ ‘Chuck him out, the
But it’s ‘saviour ‘ is country’ when the guns begin to shoot
— Rudyard Kipling
we idolise a soldier we rob him of all human attributes. We term
him a sentinel, a saviour and expect him to lay down his life for us
while we rest snugly in our homes. But a soldier is also a human being
with expectations. He too needs to be assured that his family would be
looked after well in his absence; that the government would come to his
rescue if he became a prisoner of war; that in life and in death his
dignity would remain sacrosanct.