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Ahead of His Time

Parshotam Mehra The Frontier Gandhi: His Place in History by M S Korejo; Oxford University Press, Karachi, 1994; pp 256,

The New Panchen Lama-A Trojan Horse

A Trojan Horse?
Parshotam Mehra What lies behind the unexpected involvement of communist China to take on the role of the Manchu emperors in the past and select the new Panchen Lama, without even involving the Dalai Lama as custom demands?

Man Behind the Mission

Parshotam Mehra Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer by Patrick French; Harper Collins, London, 1994; pp xxii + 440,

Limited Concerns

streets. Support provided by communities in multiple forms helped the workers to sustain their struggle. At the same time the workers' movement reinforced the communities, developed new forms of action and Created a sense of solidarity and confidence. While before the strike most of the work of community groups was still performed under a strong influence of patronage and clientelism, this changed afterwards. Union activists helped to create forms of popular resistance and organisation and to confront the authorities with demands for housing and services. Although the strikes were finally defeated in 1980 many initiatives started from these experiences. They forced the local administration to abandon prestige urban projects and focus their attention on the demands of the community organisations. They became a central pan of the struggle for re-democratisation in Brazil thai finally brought to an end the military government

China s Slow-Changing Polity

Often, willingness and ability to pay for services are put forward as major constraints for implementing the pricing policies. One only needs to visit some of the scarcity regions in urban or rural areas to realise how mythical it is. It is not an exaggeration that rural and urban poor often spend in the scarcity regions/seasons as much as an urban household pays for its annual water bill [see Reddy 1993 and ongoing]. However, this is not to suggest that stand post water supplies covering slums and poor should be priced. One is arguing for progressive (not the presently followed price structure with ridiculously low water rates) and discriminatory pricing of public utilities. As the author himself mentions in his preface, the book looks somewhat disjointed. Had the author started with the review chapter first and proceeded after identifying some of the gaps in the literature the book would have been more coherent. One also misses concluding remarks in the form of emerging research issues at the end of the exhaustive and lengthy review chapter. Finally, the chapter [four] on housing is weak as it is too descriptive in explaining the functional aspect of various organisations. This chapter could have been strengthened analytically with the help of the available NSS data on housing (on the tines of water supply and sanitation).

Drifting Defence

Drifting Defence Parshotam Mehra India's Ad Hoe Arsenal: Direction or Drift in Defence Policy? by Chris Smith; SIPRI, Oxford University Press, 1994; pp 266,

Managing India s Nepal Policy The Raj and After

Demands for a review of Indo-Nepalese relations and suggestions that an Indian initiative is essential for giving a "positive tone" to these relations in future need to be viewed against the backdrop of how the relationship between the two countries evolved over century and a half of British colonial rule.

More on the Kashmir Dispute

the various relevant aspects and solution of existing methodological difficulties are both important areas for future research.
Notes 1 A more extensive version of this study is forthcoming from Sage (New Delhi) under the title, Forms of Production and Women's Labour Gender Aspects of Industrialisation in India and Mexico.

Neighbours Near and Far

Neighbours Near and Far Parshotam Mehra Select Documents on India's Foreign Policy and Relations 1947-1972 edited by A Appadorai, Volume 1, Oxford University Press, 1982.

India-China Border A Review and Critique

This article attempts to view the India- China border dispute and the controversies it has pro- vokea (and continues to provoke) in its historical perspective. In essence, it is a review and critique of some recent publications on the question which, in the author's view, have tended to be populist and even partisan. It agrees that there are gaps in the Indian case on the border, but argues that the Chinese case is even more tenuous. On the basis' of the evidence to hand, the Indian presentation of its case is in fact far superior to its Chinese counterpart.

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