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As Others See Us

As Others See Us America and China: A New Approach to Asia; Chang Hsin-hai; Simon and Schuster, New York; WE OUGHT, as Burns said, to have the gift to look at ourselves as others see us; but how do others see us? Films on India these days are rare; Maharajahs have ceased to exist and Forster is dated. Fischer wrote on Gandhi, not India. But we have had a Selig Harrison to tell us that India's linguistic divisions may yet tear her apart; a Naipaul to tell us that we are a nation of hypocrites and for a change, Nirad Chaudhuri, one of our own, to tell us that there is all the difference between what we say and what we do. The world, in general, seems to have a pretty poor opinion of India and even if it is granted that the world can be biased we have no excuse to take world opinion lightly. Harrison is an American, Naipaul a West Indian. Chang Hsin-hai is Chinese though he has settled in the United States. Few Chinese have written at any great length on India. A Chinese view of India, therefore, should be of interest.

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