This book introduces us to the idea of Partition in an unconventional way. Problematizing the established view that the Partition of British India (or for that matter partition of the Punjab) was an inevitable outcome of communal politics, the book explores various conflicting meanings of the term ‘partition’, which actually grew out of the intricacies of Punjab politics in the first half of 20th century.
The book under review discusses the important western border region of Kachchh, a region that, in a contested fashion is contiguous with all manner of local, state as well as national boundaries. Relatively little scholarship has explored this border in the present.
The question of the spread of Islam into areas far away from its place of origin continues to invite inquiries and curiosities. Multiple explanations offer how a religion starting off with a small tribal community in the lands of Arabia, expanded across the globe and eventually turned out to be the world’s second most followed religion and by some estimates the world’s fastest growing religion today.
Man’s cruelty to man is unbelievable. But believe one has to, when details come out one after another, of what people undergo in our prisons, where they are supposed to be reformed. After spending ages in prison, they come out· hardened, their hearts darkened more than ever with evil.
Reorganization of the education system in India, admittedly inadequate to meet national needs that are constantly getting wider and more complex, has been discussed for long, with many commissions, committees, seminars and conferences contributing their learned mite. The voluminous Kothari Commission Report is still referred to because of its wide range.
To an ordinary soul it seldom occurs to consider whether his kitchen is polluting the atmosphere or not. Suddenly scientists raised the alarm that the future of mankind is at stake. Indiscriminate industrialization, atomic wastes, deforestation, extensive use of pest-controlling chemicals are creating the greatest danger for mankind. We have to try to understand our relation with nature as a system and within this system its different functional connections.
In the last three decades when we have replaced the political-colonial order, our rhythms seek a new formamentis. While the liberated countries are undergoing far reaching changes of modernization, they reveal at agility and potential to develop creatively through multilinear processes in which tradition can be a component.
No two peoples have influenced men’s ideas and attitudes as much as the Indians and the Greeks have. Much of what is important in Christianity is derived from Greek philosophers, while the bulk of the population in South and East Asia, which accounts for nearly one-third of humanity, is sustained by beliefs that are Indian in origin and character, if also to a limited extent Mongoloid.