Bepin Behari

The advent of the Janata Party was not foreseen when Bepin Behari publi­shed his book, but the Party’s emphasis since it came to power on what can be identified as a Gandhian approach to the problem of rural poverty in India makes the book topical. He quotes Gandhi: ‘I would favour the use…

Reviewed by: H. Venkatasubbiah
Uma Vasudev

Excesses of the Emergency is a much¬ battered cliche, but a post-Emergency excess—in both senses of the word—for which no Shah Commission is possible is the flood of books on it. These have come in all shapes and sizes and they do not please, as Keats said poetry should, ‘by a fine excess’…

Reviewed by: N.S. Jagannathan
K. Umapathy Setty

Librarianship is a comparatively new discipline not only in India but also in the western countries. Though libra­ries and communication of information date back to the early days of our civi­lization, systematic approach to librarian­ship or information organisation, retrie­val and dissemination is a recent phenomenon.

Reviewed by: Kalpana Dasgupta
K. Krishnamurthy

Panikkar was one of the most colour­ful personalities, quzzical, combative, suggesting the cardinal statesmen of France, and equal to Machiavelli in his knowledge of diplomacy.

Reviewed by: M. Chalapathi Rau
Jagat Shankhdhar

In ancient times, the Chinese said that ‘at the time of inspiration’, the poet flew from one world to another, ‘riding on dragons’. This sudden great flight or leaping up out of the conscious world of rational perception into the fantastic realms of the subconscious is what gives good poetry its peculiar force and its fascinating charm…

Reviewed by: Mrinal Pande
Partha Chatterjee

This is a study that attempts to deal with too many topics. Although there is much to the argument that an under­standing of the current international system presupposes a knowledge of his­tory, Chatterjee has put together an incoherent mixture of ideas…

Reviewed by: R.R. Subramanian
P.N. Chopra

The book under review is a reprint, with a short editorial introduction, of Wickenden’s Report on the Disturbances of 1942-43. This secret document from the old files of the British Government has been published for the first time, since this ‘important’ document, accor­ding to the editor ‘remains unutilized by scholars and historians of Indian Free­dom struggle’…

Reviewed by: Sudhir Chandra Mathur
S.R. Balasubrahmanyam

One of the most helpful conceptual tools for taking up the study of any cul­ture, so that the basic orientation of its ethos will be immediately understood and will illuminate the further study of the facets, is Piterim Sorokin’s categori­zation. In the ideational culture, temp­oral existence…

Reviewed by: Krishna Chaitanya
A.L. Basham

A Cultural History of India is a series of articles by some well-known historians, archaeologists and linguists. In this volume they have made a critical appre­ciation of India’s cultural life from the earliest times to the present day and packed it with information on a variety of subjects…

Reviewed by: S.R. Rao
G.N. Ramu

The family is the vehicle, the accul­turating medium through which the norms, values, and sentiments of the wider society are articulated and express­ed. In Family and Caste in Urban India based on a study conducted in the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) in Karnataka, the author traces with incisive analytical ability…

Reviewed by: G.S. George
John Dayal and Ajoy Bose

‘Are you Woodward or Bernstein?’‘Neither, they are both in America’, replied John, thus killing, once and for all, an altogether inappropriate compa­rison between the Watergate reporters and the authors of Delhi Under Emer­gency. It was perhaps inevitable that this superb piece of investigative journalism, a rare specimen in India, by two young and relatively unknown journalists, would be compared to the Watergate story…

Reviewed by: Sudipto Mundle