Loan Waiver and its Myriad Facets

N. S. Venkataraman

The farming community has always been held in high esteem in India which possesses the second largest agricultural land in the world (around 60%), only next to the USA.

So when the farmers feel distressed, the Indian society becomes concerned and wants to do whatever it can, to help remove the crisis.  The government steps in with its schemes, offers and waivers.  Continue reading

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Anecdotes from 1947-48 War

Brig. Suresh C. Sharma

The first post-independence war that India fought is the Indo-Pakistani war of 1947-48.  This war fought over the possession of the land of Kashmir has become a procrastinating, a never-ending affair in the history of India.  It seems like the battle of two warring and separated brothers who will bleed to death, leaving their families wailing and mourning, but will not want to negotiate and come to any kind of settlement.

Brig. Suresh Sharma narrates some lesser-known anecdotes of the 1947-48 War.  Continue reading

Liberalism in India – Past, Present and Future

Liberalism in India – Past, Present and Future : Essays in Honour of S V Raju

Edited by Parth J. Shah

Published by Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi

Year:2016; Pages:247

This collection of essays on Liberalism is a Festschrift honouring the memory of S. V. Raju.  It is a tribute to his commitment to creating a freer India.

The book was released at a function held in New Delhi on November 20, 2016.  Incidentally, the day marks the 111th birth anniversary of Minoo Masani.  While today, May 19, 2017 is the second death anniversary of Mr. Raju.   Continue reading

Martyred But Not Tamed

Martyred But Not Tamed – The Politics of Resistance in the Middle East

Author : Ram Narayan Kumar

Sage Publications (I) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi; Year:2012; Pages:332; Price:Rs.450

Reviewed by Brig. Suresh C. Sharma (retired), freelance writer and adviser to the telecom industry.  E-mail: sureshsharma236@yahoo.com

 

The book is based on posthumous papers of the author, an active promoter of human rights who visited the Middle East thrice.   Continue reading

Indo-Pak War 1971 – Some Reminiscences

History records the India-Pakistan war of 1971 as the shortest war lasting 13 days – December 3 to 16, 1971.  It was an unfortunate civil war for the liberation of East Pakistan which had given a call for secession from the unity of Pakistan on March 26, 1971.  Whether long or short, a war is a brutal event that leaves only destruction and sorrow.  Liberation and freedom that follow are like a side-dish accompaniment to the main menu.

Brig. Suresh C. Sharma takes us through some foregoing episodes to the war. Continue reading

Settled Strangers

settled-strangers

Settled Strangers : Asian Business Elites in East Africa (1800-2000)

Author : Gijsbert Oonk

Sage Publications (I) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi; Year:2013; Pages:270; Price:Rs.795

Reviewed by Brig. Suresh C. Sharma (retd.), freelance writer and adviser to the telecom industry.  E-mail: sureshsharma236@yahoo.com 

The term “settled strangers” is applied to a migrant population which has settled for three or more generations at a new location.  Alas, the “settlers” are not integrated with the local population.

The book aims at understanding the business, migration and economic history of the Asians in East Africa. It provides a history of South Asians through interviews with the families settled there.   Continue reading