ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Managing India s Central Asian Policy

any journey of the self" (p 184).
The book concludes on the note that Gandhi's life rested on the "premise of inclusivity, that we are all part of one another and violence retards that realisation"(p200). In a world full of ethnic and racial conflicts, it is worthwhile to remember Gandhi's ability to transcend difference. But it is unfortunate that Dalton's emphasis on this theme had to be at the expense of obscuring Gandhi's critique of modernity in the colonies. After all, Gandhi and Franz Fanon. the other THE blurb on the back cover of this tantalisingty slim volume describes the author as "the foremost scholar on Central Asia" who completed "his entire formal and research education in Delhi" and "also studied in the United States" and eventually "retired from Jawaharlal Nehru University as Professor of Central Asian Studies". For some reason, the discipline of the learned professor is not mentioned; it is therefore not deaf whether the author is a historian, political scientist, economist or sociologist. The blurb on the front cover on the other hand describes the volume as a "study of the positions of China and Russia in Central .Asia up to 1991 when Russia withdrew from there". Such distinguished credentials about a region which has traditionally been poorly understood by the outside world encourage the reader to pick up the book with the legitimate expectation of gaining insights into the developments that have caused a complete transformation of the political and economic landscape of this strategic region in the wake of the demise of the erstwhile Soviet Union in December 1991.

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