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Economic Reforms and Industrial Relations System in India-Some Issues for Discussion

System in India Some Issues for Discussion K R Shyam Sundar Industrial Relations in Indian States edited by C S Venkata Ratnam; Global Business Press in association with IRRA and FES, 1996 (Book I).

The Security-Insecurity Syndrome

Bhabani Sen Gupta Ethnicity, Security and Separatism in India by Maya Chadda; Oxford University Press. Delhi, 1997; pp 286, Rs 475. Government Polities and Ethnic Relations in Asia and the Pacific edited by Michael E Brown and Sumit Ganguly; The MIT Press, Cambridge. Massachusetts, 1997; pp 607, price not mentioned.

Re-emergence of Development Economics in 1990s

Re-emergence of Development Economics in 1990s S N Mishra Development Economics: From the Poverty to the Wealth of Nations by Yujiro Hayami; Oxford University Press, UK,

Naxalite Terrorists and Benign Policemen

Naxalite Terrorists and Benign Policemen K Balagopal Naxalite Terrorism: Social and Legal Issues by K Aravinda Rao, East and West Books, Chennai, 1996.

An Unfinished Biography-Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

An Unfinished Biography Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis T Krishna Kumar Mahalanobis may have been wrong in the basic assumption he made on the omnipotence of the planner to implement the plan in a mixed economy with a large private sector consisting millions of individual decisionmakers, in agriculture and industry, But the strategies proposed by him must be examined with respect to their fundamental determinants, that is. the objectives, the model of the dynamic economy, the constraints and the assumptions underlying the model and regarding the exogenous factors.

Peasants and Politics in Malabar

Peasants and Politics in Malabar M Kabir Caste, Nationalism and Communism in South India: Malabar, 1900-1948 by Dilip M Menon; Cambridge University Press, 1994.

On Anthropology of Death

On Anthropology of Death Kumkum Srivastava Vinay Kumar Srivastava Death in Banaras by J P Parry, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1994. IN India, as in perhaps other cultures of the world, an overt discussion of the subject of death is almost a taboo. Words for the appurtenances associated with death such as for the funeral pier, the shroud, the ritual ingredients, or the corpse are carefully avoided in everyday speech. Members of certain communities believe that any talk of death, or mention of objects and experiences concerning it, may be dangerous; it may de facto amount to extending death an invitation. Any inadvertent mention, especially by a child, is interpreted as a premonition of sudden death of a kinsfolk. Mating calls of domestic pets and animals such as cats and dogs termed 'cries', 'wails', 'sobs' and 'weeping' are also forewarnings of an impending life crisis, the death. In north Indian villages, sighting a crow in the wee hours is inauspicious as this bird is a harbinger of death. Shops selling 'goods' required for the funeral rites such as ropes, bier, buntings, cloth, straw, are small and unassuming; they never advertise their products and keep a low profile. These shopkeepers' families are generally shunned by neighbours and looked down upon. At the same time, they are under moral pressure not to change their mode of livelihood. They have to 'live off death'.

Crisis of the 1980s and Changing Agenda of Punjab Studies-A Survey of Some Recent Research

'Crisis' of the 1980s and Changing Agenda of 'Punjab Studies' A Survey of Some Recent Research Surinder S Jodhka Despite it having occupied the front page of Indian newspapers for more than a decade, the movement for an independent state of Khalistan has ended without achieving anything in political terms. However, the 'crisis' of the 1980s has had far-reaching implications, both for the people of Punjab and for the Indian polity at large. At another level, it has led to the institutionalisation of 'Punjab Studies' in the global academy.

Economic Reforms Ringside View

Economic Reforms: Ringside View Errol D'Souza Towards Sustainable Growth: Essays in Fiscal and Financial Sector Reforms in India by Raja J Chelliah; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1996; pp 220, Rs 375.

Preferring the Lie

China's Rise, Russia's Fall: Politics, Economics and Planning in the Transition from Stalinism by Peter Nolan; Macmillan Press, Basingstoke, UK and St Martin's Press, New York, 1995; pp 360 + bibliography.

Low-Down on East Asian Growth

A LARGE number of studies* are constantly coming out which deal with question of economic growth, democracy, role of the state and the market, macro and micro economic/industrial policies, and social, cultural and administrative changes in east Asia (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Philippines) mostly during the post-war era. Quite a few of these books are concerned mainly with the South Korean story.1 Some of these books are edited volumes, covering a wide range of scholarship from both the sides of the pacific. Except the Philippines, the saga of growth of all the other countries has come in for detailed examination from many diverse, including cross-sectional comparative perspectives.

Subaltern and Bhadralok Studies

Subaltern and Bhadralok Studies Ramachandra Guha Subaltern Studies VIII: Essays in Honour of Ranajit Guha edited by David Arnold and David Hardiman; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1994; pp 240, Rs 340.

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