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THERE have been three-and-a-half wars (the little skirmish in the Rann of Kutch counting as half a war) between them (the Pakistanis) and us. Add to that the holocaust of the partition. One would...
Deng Xiaoping: A Senile Ninety? GPD With all his faults, Deng Xiaoping and, because of him, the other leaders of China are the only people in the developing world who are able to hold their own...
A 'Language' Problem GPD The issue raised by Taslima Nasreen's Lajja is, in the last analysis, one of language and not theology. People for whom modernity is essentially a west-of-Khyber phenomenon...
More than the prime minister and the ruling party, it was the media which were determined to present Narasimha Rao
Mahaan Sa Nripatih GPD India's foreign minister thinks that foreign policy has to do with economics. There are others who believe that all politics has to be pedagogy. There are some people in need...
Communalism: Beyond Political Parties GPD The setback possibly suffered by the BJP or the arrest of RSS leaders cannot stop the production of Hindu chauvinist ideology. This process has been going...
Everything in a Name GPD The 14th congress of the Chinese Communist Party had been billed as the congress of reform and change. It has been nothing of the sort. The congress has merely decided to...
Indo-Pak Relations: Getting to the Roots GPD Liberals and secularists in India have almost instinctively banished the reconstruction of the subcontinent from their agenda, thinking that it is a...
The New Jews in Europe GPD THE German historian-philosopher Koselleck had made an interesting point nearly a quarter of a century ago that "all reflection on history on the continent of Europe...
A Room for Mr Faleiro GPD What image do we think we are creating for ourselves? Nations crumble around us. The fundamentalists have killed the president of Algeria. In our own country fundamentalism...
Of Languages, Books and Words GPD There could have been a political campaign against the Rushdie book as a phenomenon, not as she wrong-doing of an individual But when you make ordinary people, an...
Chinese Art of Defiance GPD The Chinese nuclear explosion is an act of defiance of the international distribution of power. THERE are two obviously nice things about Venkataraman 's visit to China...
Religious Pride and Prejudice GPD For the west, the US in particular, the 'fundamentalist' stereotype is not Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan, but Libya. And the Islamic world is much too locked in pride...
The Other Devaluation GPD By its decision to bestow the Nehru award upon Helmut Kohl, the German chancellor, the government of India has debased both the award and the memory of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Marx and MacCarthy GPD Marxism-Leninism is now called 'sociology, politics and ideology' in what used to be the Soviet Union, but even that has not saved the jobs of thousands' of university...
Restoration Tragedy, Russian Style G P D It is a tragedy that Russia is going back to the age of the Tsars. Some people in our country see in all this increasing 'democratisation'. Well, if that is...
should have guarded against for the sake of the interests of the constituents they serve but which, unfortunately, they subverted for their narrow short-term electoral advantage. Mindless...
Forgettable Anniversary GPD Within two years of the Tiananmen Square incidents, the whole episode looks so frightfully dated. Nobody is interested in it any more. The investors are not. The West is...
Poetry Changes Nothing GPD What appears at first sight to be an ordinary patriotic poem published in the overseas edition of the People's Daily way end up creating something of a media storm in...
Politics of Art-Forms GPD Art-forms have a politics of their own. To reject tradition altogether or to reject modernity altogether cannot lead our art-forms anywhere. This has been the experience of...
International Politics of Culture GPD More than our economy, it is our culture which has been taken over. The recently defunct British literary journal Encounter facilitated this large-scale...
Year-End Story GPD 1990 saw the fall not only of a country here or a regime there but also of words which have been with us since the Enlightenment.
People's Power in South Asia GPD Dictators will be replaced by democrats, the dynasties will be replaced by their cronies and the people of southern Asia will remain where they have always been
GPD If India is fast becoming a Hindu state it is because the intellectual heritage of and the movements built by people like Phule and Agarkar have disappeared.
The Americans have this extraordinary knack of turning even a cynical operator into a torch-bearer of anfi-imperialism and people's struggles. Saddam's cynical exercise in getting the Iraqis out on...
Colonial Legacy Strikes Again THE inevitable has happened. Benazir Bhutto has been most unceremoniously sacked. The timing of the sacking could not have been both more opportune and more inopportune...
Of Fleeing Chinese GPD The thundering and thumping of tables by the Chinese leaders notwithstanding, Fang Lizhe and his wife have left China. The Americans have forced a decision on the Chinese.
Last of the Revolutionaries G P D The name Ho Chi-minh does not any longer sound a contemporary name. It is a name from a bygone age, from another epoch.
who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong". How then is Reagan different from Donald Trump who tramps his way to wealth and fame, lying and laying; or from those financial wizards of...
'Oh, These Communists!' A giant of a leader of the Indian proletariat, no history of the Indian people would be complete without a place for BTR in it.
before inflicting a serious blow on the unity of the government and the Janata Dal and a much bigger blow on his own image as the tau of Jat politics, Devi Lal's threatened resignation gave Rajiv...
Not a Nationality Question The problem in Punjab and Kashmir is not a nationality problem. A retrograde religious consciousness cannot and should not be confused with nationality consciousness.
No Study and All Play Makes for a Happy Birthday GPD THE Tiananmen Square incidents of six months ago still refuse to be a part of forgotten history. The Chinese are discovering this much to their...
The Ice Has Begun to Shift The damage to the socialist societies has been considerable. No Gorbachev or Krenz is likely to be able to undo it, not immediately anyway. But that is not as material as...
Bourgeois Liberalisation Times GPD The rhetoric currently being employed in some socialist states would suggest that the free inflow of capital is not as dangerous as a free newspaper. No wonder...
Paranoia in Beijing G P D The students asking for prime minister Li Peng's resignation was in all probability the main factor which caused the paranoia in Beijing. Deng and his comrades must have...
GPD What has happened in Tiananmen Square in Beijing has nothing to do with socialism. How does it matter if the cat is black or white if it catches mice, Deng had asked. The cat has killed the...
Gorbachev and the Chinese Students GPD About his trip to Beijing Gorbachev could well claim, as Nixon had in 1972, and with greater justification perhaps that we are witness to a week "that has...
Gorbachev has proposed more 'civilised terms for class struggle, but Afghanistan, El Salvador, Grenada and Chile are reminders that the time for 'civilised,' forms of class-conflict are still many,...
Playing the Western Game GPD The tragic aspect of the Satanic Verses episode, as tragic as the death-call for Rushdie, is the extraordinary concern with inheriting the preoccupations of the advanced...
India and China: Ringing Out the Old GPD Beijing Review had not been allowed into India for years because it did not meet the high standards of 'friendliness' we expected from China. The ban was...
demolition of houses and schools, forced labour and looting. In the evidence recorded so far, a witness from Ngamju village has spoken of how he was beaten with iron rods and given electric shocks...
Blackmail Works GPD What those who demanded and secured the ban on The Satanic Verses have demonstrated is the efficacy of a threat strategy: if you don't do this or that we shall see to it that a...
Why Is the PM Going to China? GPD It is a pity that the prime minister is going to China without a China policy. THERE. is a little incident in Maha bharuta. When Krishna was negotiating a...
Zia's Legacy GPD In his eleven years in power Zia took Pakistan almost irrevocably away from south Asia where it historically and politically belonged and put it firmly in the west Asian orbit.
The Chinese City Deng's China seems to be confident that 'Chinese' culture, i e, nationalism can be an overriding factor in bringing about the reunification of Taiwan with the mainland. But...
salary structure of the employees). While useful in many ways, the nationalisation of major banks has had one disastrous consequence, the demand for uniform pay scales for all bank employees...
Why Margaret Thatcher Wants Religion "PEOPLE with other faiths and cultures have always been welcomed in our land, assured of equality under the law... There is absolutely nothing incompatible...
plain unresearched investigation and poor analysis. The cost herein is not only the cost of supporting such research (and researchers) but also, and more importantly, because the concerned...
The Chinese foreign minister has said that his country would prefer 'an agreement on principles' which would provide a basis for a settlement of the Sino-Indian border dispute. This is indeed a...
Afghanistan: After the Russians GPD The 'cynical' Chinese response to the Afghan situation may be closer to reality than our own euphoric reaction to the Geneva accord.
E P Thompson and 'Eurocentrism' G P D Any analysis of international politics which takes a supra-bloc and supra-ideology view is Eurocentric. IN a recent issue of END Journal E P Thompson (EPT) has...
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