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Textbook on China s Modernising Quest

efficiently and would also serve the needs and aspirations of their populations better than the present mammoth state: And, as the experience of Punjab and Haryana, form- ed in 1966 by division of the then state of Punjab brings out, economic development could also be more rapid in them than in the present states.

MAHARASHTRA-Modern History and Unmodern Minds

Modern History and Unmodern Minds G P Deshpande In Maharashtra today you cannot be critical of Phule or Shahu Maharaj or Ambedkar without being subjected to mob fury If this continues, it will not be long before we are back to Peshwai consciousness

A MOSCOW DIARY

The outstanding Soviet attitude is one of confusion and uncertainty about the future Nobody seems to know where the state and the people are going.

Arrogance of the Irrelevant

G P Deshpande Languages and literatures are irrelevant in today's India. How does one otherwise explain that even the Dalits, who represented something fresh in Marathi literature, are now holding all-India conferences in place of the Marathi conference.

CHINA DIARY

G P Deshpande Words like 'class' and class struggle had been out of fashion in China for quite some time. They seem to have, been banished now. It is now the economic interests of China which have taken the central place, If economic modernisation has to go through, the dominance of the Communist party has to be maintained. Everyone has got the message and, at least for the time being, China has left turmoil behind and is a picture of stability, growth and inflation.

Modernisation and the Political Process in China

investment in the economy. As a result the rate of extension of irrigated area in the country has declined very perceptibly, from nearly 2

View from Washington

The Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Third World edited by Roger E Kanet; Cambridge University Press, 1988; pp xvi + 233,

Language And Politics

advancement.... workers in a large number of economically marginal and small units, policemen, teachers, postmen, sweepers... do not always suffer from inefficiency, poor work motivation and arrested development" (p 84), Rastogi wants us to believe that these workers have elevated the moral basis of their respective work.

The Life and Death of Safdar Hashmi

Safdar Hashmi's life-mission of bringing people closer to fighting organisations was more than fulfilled when he and his troupe, the Jan Natya Manch. became active in the Ghaziabad industrial area during the November 1988 strike there. And precisely for that reason the goons of the Congress(l) have now murdered him, thereby opening a new chapter in the dastardly politics of the ruling party.

Why the Hurry

G P Deshpande Ghatak: Arguments/Stories edited by Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Amrit Gangar; Screen Unit, 1987; pp 140, Rs 45. SOME optimists among film-buffs in this country do believe that the Indian cinema has already arrived, that it relates to the international cinema. The present writer is highly sceptical of this claim. But there is general agreement about what constitute the rare peaks in the otherwise flat landscape of the Indian cinema. Prabhafs Tukaram (Marathi), Satyajit Ray's trilogy (Bengali), some of Arvindan's and A Gopalakrishnan's work (Malayalam) would certainly be counted as such. Towering like the mythical Meru mountain among these peaks is the work of Ritwik Ghatak, the like of which has not been seen since. There have been pretenders to his heritage but no real successors. Ghatak was not seriously studied for a long time. There are very few books on him. Serious analysis of his work, of the ethos that it evokes, of the troubled Bengal within which he worked is lacking. Ashish Rajadhyaksha, one of the editors of this volume, made a pioneering effort with his book on Ghatak published in the early eighties. Haimanti Banerjee of the Film Institute, Pune, has also written on Ghatak. Nevertheless, whatever has been written on him is nowhere near being adequate.

Language and Literature in Africa

Criticism and Ideology: Second African Conference edited by Kirsten Holst Peterson; Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, Uppsala, 1988; pp 223, price not mentioned.

Of Brahmans and Brahmanism

Of Brahmans and Brahmanism G P Deshpande Religion and Society in Maharashtra edited by Milton Israel and N K Wagle; University of Toronto, Centre for South Asian Studies, 1987; pp viii 4-184,

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