Betty S. Flowers

It is sad but true that three-quarters into the twentieth century and over fifty years after the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, we still have no term but ‘modern’ to describe the kind of literature associated, above all, with these two writers…

Reviewed by: A.N. Kaul
Tahir Mahmood

Clearly, abstract research must con­tinue irrespective of how little of it is applied in practice. The Muslim way of life, not necessarily Islamic as at least two of the above publications amply prove, has also been subjected to consi­derable theological interpretation and sociological research, but the findings have probably been…

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Michael Brecher

Is it possible for a scholar to specia­lize in two countries as dissimilar as India and Israel? Perhaps a journalist might achieve fame by writing on many sepa­rate countries but it is rare for area specialists to stray from their own coun­try or region. The authors of 0 Jerusa­lem and Freedom at Midnight exemplify journalists whose popular political histo­ries…

Reviewed by: Raymond Tanter
Biplab Dasgupta et al

Since the early 50s, coinciding with the setting up of the ‘national’ govern­ments in many of the Third World countries, and perhaps consequent to it, several thousand intensive surveys have been made of single villages in those countries. This concern of academics in the ‘developing’ nations with rural realities…

Reviewed by: Arvind Narain Das
S.D. Joshi

Dr. Joshi, Chief Executive of Wal­chandnagar Industries Ltd., has written what could pass as an ethical base to the Janata blueprint of the sixth Five­-Year Plan. The reviewer chooses to so regard this work, for the treatment of the economic content in the planning pro­cess that the author seeks to address is rather flimsy…

Reviewed by: Rahamatullah Khan
S.K. Prasad

When, oh! when, will Indian publishers approach textbook production with both the intelligence and sensitivity that it demands and the sincerity and dignity that it deserves? It is especially dis­couraging to see a slipshod, erratic text from a prestigious publishing house like Orient Longman.

Reviewed by: Mary Ann Dasgupta
P. Nagaraja Rao

Dr. Nagaraja Rao is well-known to the reading public in Indian philosophy by his numerous learned as well as popular articles, reviews, books and lectures. The present work offers a consolidated presentation of the pano­rama of Indian philosophy starting from the Upanishads and culminating…

Reviewed by: S.S. Raghavachar
Dr. Narendra Mohan

This book is also available in English under the title: Writings on India’s Parti­tion edited by Ramesh Mathur, Maheep Singh and Mahendra Kulasreshta. The 22 page introduction analyses the influence of Indian Partition on fiction, giving the political background to this dark chapter in modern Indian history…

Reviewed by: Prabhakar Machwe
V.C. Bhutani

This book is a revised version of the author’s doctoral thesis, submitted to the University of Delhi. Being basically an expository account of Curzon’s treatment of the administrative problems of Indian agriculture, the sub-title is a misnomer.

Reviewed by: T.C.A. Raghavan
S. Chandrashekhar

In a book on ‘population and law’ the readers should expect an account of where the principles of planned parent­hood and birth control stand in the legal system of the country. In India the most relevant branches of the legal system in this context are obviously the personal laws…

Reviewed by: Tahir Mahmood
John Kenneth Galbraith

Professor Galbraith’s fuller title for his book is reminiscent of the thoughts of Fitzgerald/Omar on the mystery of life but Galbraith briskly sets about his declared objective (‘Much discussion of money involves a heavy outlay of priest­ly incantation.’) of dispelling all mystery about money in his book which is lucidly written and eminently readable…

Reviewed by: S. Jagannathan
A. Banerjee

Festschrifts are fashionable these days. In recent years a large number of them have come out in honour of distinguished economists. By and large, they tend to be of poor quality; except for one or two articles in each, these vol­umes contain material which would not have been otherwise published…

Reviewed by: Mrinal Datta-Chaudhuri

The author’s aim is laudable: a study of the elite among the former untouch­ables or Harijans of Bihar. But who are the elite? To Sachchidananda they are represented in a sample of 200 graduates in urban areas and matriculates from villages. Further. the elite are drawn from ‘public services…

Reviewed by: Malavika Karlekar