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Politics of Giant Oil Firms

The interactions between transnational oil firms, US-led western states and oil rich states in Nigeria, Chad and Angola have certainly facilitated the exploration and extraction of oil as well as the growth of oil revenues. But these revenues have either been deployed to strengthen security-related apparatuses in the context of civil wars or they have been siphoned off by corrupt ruling cliques. A combination of civil wars and bad governance has had extremely negative consequences for human rights in all these countries.

Recasting Indo-African Development Cooperation

A dominant regional power like India should be playing a more proactive role in wooing other developing countries, especially in Africa through networks of development cooperation. In recasting its ties with Africa, India needs to be sensitive to ground realities in African nations many of which are transitioning towards democratic forms of governance and actively taking on the challenge of development. Such a network of ties will also contribute to the building of effective coalitions in international fora.

Marxism, Capitalism, Globalisation

Capitalism in the Age of Globalisation: The Management of Contemporary Society by Samir Amin; Zed Books, London; £ 12.95 (paperback).

Contemporary Europe:Complex Themes

Divided Europe: Society and Territory by Ray Hudson and Allan M Williams (eds); Sage, London, California, Delhi, 1999; pp xii + 313,  price £ 16.99.

Andhra Pradesh : Dilemmas of Development

Chandra Babu Naidu's new style of politics is changing the terms of discourse and the vocabulary of politics in Andhra Pradesh.

Elections 1999 - Andhra Pradesh : Vote for Development

The TDP's sound performance in the recent elections was as much due to its strategic alliance with the BJP as because of its agenda for development.

South Asian Regional Co-operation

This article argues for south Asian regional co-operation based on the Gujral doctrine. At the core of such co-operation must be better relations between India and Pakistan.

From Ethnic to National

States, Nations, Sovereignty: Sri Lanka, India and the Tamil Eelam Movement by Sumantra Bose; Sage Publications, New Delhi, pp 236, Rs 145.
THE book under review is a fairly thoughtful attempt to understand the changing nuances that surround the notions of states, nations and sovereignty in contemporary times. This general exercise is grounded in an empirical analysis of the Tamil Eelam Movement in Sri Lanka, Bose has argued, quite consistently, that the movements that have grown out of ethnic nationalism, such as the Tamil Eelam Movement, have proved compelling enough to interrogate the accepted notions of states, nations and sovereignty. In fact, the core of this study has been situated around one paradoxical reality which could be placed thus. The state in several parts of the world is facing challenges from diverse kinds of secessionist movements. More often, these movements articulate the protest of marginalised social groups that rally under the banner of ethnicity, religion, tribe or region. Subsequently, such movements go as far as constructing their notionsof a nation in order to lay claim fur the status of sovereign statehood. In the process, ironically, they clamour to secede from the existing state to build a state for themselves. Apparently, such movements do lend to wreck the state from a short-term perspective. However, from a long-term perspective, they proceed to give legitimacy to the institution of the state. The story of the liberation struggle of the Tamil ethnic minority in Sri Lanka is unlikely to deviate from this general pattern.

India and Russia in a Changing World

Rajen Harshe SINCE the end of the cold war and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, international relations have constantly been in a state of flux. Naturally, the relatively unfamiliar trajectories of the post-cold war international system are difficult to understand with the help of existing schools of thought in international relations studies, Keeping this uncomfortable reality as the backdrop, this article would make a modest effort to recast the changing dimensions of Indo-Russian ties in the context of international relations after the cold war. The sequence of this exercise is as follows. First, it could highlight a few significant changes that have been affecting international relations. Second, it would briefly underline the impact of such changes on India and Russia. Finally, it would analyse Indo- Russian ties in politico-strategic, economic and military spheres to appraise their changing nuances. In view of this sequence, it would be appropriate to discuss the major changes in international relations by underlining the role of capitalism in the post' cold war world.

India-Iran Relations under Globalisation

selectively, then why is it that in each case the workers have suffered while owners have benefited?
If the MPD 1962 is indeed, according to the judges in their order of April 30, 1996, a "charter for deciding land use pattern", then they ought to have considered the premises on which various projections were made in the MPD. Its estimate of population in 1981 was 55 lakhs which became 62 lakhs in actuality. The size of the workforce was estimated to be 4,40,300 in 1981 compared to 4,60,000 in actual fact. By now even these figures have become irrelevant. By 1996, Delhi's population crossed one crore, number of workers climbed to 9.1 lakhs.

Communist Crises in a Gramscian Framework

Communist Crises in a Gramscian Framework Rajen Harshe Explaining Communist Crises' by Bhupender Brar: Ajanta, New Delhi, 1994;
DURING the post-second world war period, the communist world was rocked by two major crises that profoundly affected the fortunes of communist movements all over the world. The first crisis began with the gradual growth of tensions between the Soviet Union and China after the mid-1950s and eventually culminated in the Sino-Soviet rift during the early 1960s. The phenomenon of Sino-Soviet schism virtually fractured the communist movements all over the world. As a consequence, the communist parlies in diverse stales had witnessed a vertical split between ihe pro-Soviet and the pro-Chinese tactions till they ultimately succeeded in establishing separate political parties.


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