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

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Tibet Redux

Tibet: Writings on History and Politics by Parshotam Mehra (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2012; pp ix-xv + 1-382, Rs 795.

Parshotam Mehra’s book is essentially a compendium of his rese­arch articles over the past five decades. The volume does not aim to provide a fresh perspective on the Tibetan question, rather, it tries to enliven some of the issues that have long determined the Tibet story. In doing so, ­Mehra not only seeks to capture the readers’ ­attention on issues pertaining to Tibet but also aims to help them develop a perspective. Of course, he does not suggest this anywhere in the book, but this can be gleaned from the structure of the book, which he organises by first putting together his earlier works and then providing a rich bibliographic survey. Since he focuses on issues rather than on chronology, he divides his book into three sections: the first two sections comprising his earlier writings deal with the evolution of Tibetan polity and ­Tibet and the Raj; the third section is the ­bibliographic survey.

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