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Dialectics of Defeat-Some Reflections on Literature, Theatre and Music in Colonial India

Trends and tendencies in Indian literature and theatre today owe their origin to the colonial experience. In the three language areas dealt with here the patterns of aesthetic and creative enterprise of those times were remarkably similar. The scope of the argument here is limited to the nineteenth century when the bhadralok of British India tried to imitate Victorian mores and morals. And it was in contra-distinction to the arrogance and ideals of the age that India's search for a bourgeois sensibility and identity was carried out.

Marx and Ambedkar Some Unacademic Reflections

Reflections G P Deshpande Marx ani Ambedkar by R Kasbe; Pune, pp xxiv + 360, appendices, index.
KASBE'S magnum opus runs into about four hundred pages. His earlier work which provoked a great deal of discussion and controversy (in certain circles) was a polemic against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Its title 'Jhot' (searchlight) itself underlined its polemical character. Another tidy volume written by Kasbe related to what he called Ambedkarvada (Ambedkarism), The latter work was a straightforward account aimed at placing Ambedkar in the centre of the 'left' debate in Maharashtra. It was an attempt to put Ambedkar firmly on the 'radical' side of the social divide. It was, in a manner of speaking, a marxian or semi-marxian reading of Ambedkar. The latest book by Kasbe is one more contribution in that direction.

The Oracle from the Island of Dr Marx

The Oracle from the Island of Dr Marx G P Deshpande Our fathers claimed, by obvious madness moved, Man's innocent until his guilt is proved They would have known, had they not been confused He is innocent until he is accused

Against a Retreating Enemy

Against Fragmentation: The Origins of Marxism and the Sociology of Intellectuals by Alvin W Gouldner; Oxford University Press, New York, 1985; pp x 4333, Rs 175 (Indian price).

What ls Not to be Done

THERE has been lately considerable new writing on Marx and morality. A few titles may be mentioned here:
(1) "Marx, Justice and History" Princeton University Press (1980). This book is a collection of articles edited by the editors of the journal Philosophy and Public Affairs, Cohen, Wagel and Scoulon.

Modern Ideologies and Muslim World

Modern Ideologies and Muslim World G P Deshpande Marxism and the Muslim World by Maxime Rodinsoa; Orient Longman, New Delhi; pp viii + 229, Rs 80.

Remembering Mao Tse-tung

September 11, 1970 Remembering Mao Tse-tung G P Deshpande What does a revolutionary commander do? He sees to it that everyone has food to eat. clothes to near, and hooks to read. Arid in order to attain these objectives, he must lead a thousand odd million mew in snuggle against the oppressors, and bring them to victory....

CHINA- Importance of the Superstructure

March 1, 1975 the complacency of a handful minority or they may challenge deep-seated sacred beliefs and question the most fundamental postulates of our social, political and economic thinking. That should be no ground for anxiety or apprehension." Consider, on the other hand, what the First Additional Special Sessions Judge, Trivandrum, had to say:

China s New Constitution

China's New Constitution G P Deshpande THE fourth National People's Congress, China's parliament, met after a long interval of 10 years. It was in session the last time in 1964. Since then many tumultuous things have happened in China. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution is over. The Head of State, Liu Shao-chi, is disgraced. An ambitious successor like Lin Piao is gone. A mass movement which rocked the political and economic structure in China has come to a conclusion

Exit Menon, Enter Kissinger

October 19, 1974 Exit Menon, Enter Kissinger G P Deshpande WITH Motion's death the last link with our anti-imperialist past has snapped. Menon had ceased to be a significant force in Indian politics for over a decade now. The world had not significantly changed; but the Indian perception of the world had. It must have been a constant source of surprise and agony to Krishna Menon that the Indian leadership had come to take such a fond view of America and Imperialism. The process in a way had begun during Nehru's lifetime itself. It was, however, still within limits then. During the decade since Nehru's death the talk of contradiction between resurgent Asian nationalism and Western, especially American, imperialism had increasingly become an irritating nuisance for the Indian leadership. A new group of policy-planners, bright and up-to-date on the cliches, had since emerged which had no use for this 'idealistic' contradiction. They were out to build pragmatic practical approaches to international politics. They had no use for Menon.

The Great Disorder under the Heavens-China s View of the World Today

out of a total non-plan budget of Rs 4,400 crores. Tinkering with this sum too would involve further reductions in salary and DA bills of the employees. The only area, then, for effecting economies can be the provision of Rs 26 crores for travelling allowance to officers and Rs 45 crores for stationery and other office expenses ! Ironically, the Finance Ministry can claim to have already effected the maximum economy on these counts, and saved the princely sum of Rs 50 crores

CHINA AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA- Discarding Alien Curtains

itself on the horns of a dilemma. There is strong resentment against the denial of the petty landowners' right of resumption even up to five acres; so, to relieve the tension and to claim credit for the outcome, the ruling Congress has formed a rival organisation of small landowners.


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