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Delivering Development

Nongovernments. NGOs and the Political Development of the Third World by Julie Fisher; first published by Kumarian Press, US, Indian reprint, Rawat, Jaipur, 2003; pp XII+234, Rs 575

Understanding Communal Violence

Understanding Communal Violence Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India by Ashutosh Varshney; Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2002; pp ix+382, 35 pounds (Indian edition: Oxford University Press, 2002, pp ix+382, Rs 495).

Romanticised Models and Reality

Civil Society edited by Sunil Khilnani and Sudipta Kaviraj; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001; pp x+330, £ 45 (hardback), £ 15.95 (paperback).

Musharraf's Quest for a 'Progressive and Dynamic' Pakistan

Pakistan has three clear models of modernisation it could emulate - China, India and Saudi Arabia. But while, Saudi Arabia has oil reserves in plenty and China, its diaspora's dollars, Pakistan remains poorly blessed with resources. It has only India to look to for emulation. India, in turn, requires Pakistan's hand of friendship for maintaining communal harmony and vice versa. More than ever before, India and Pakistan need each other.

Society vs State?

Examination of the contemporary discourse about civil society, the non-party political process and political society in India and the political agendas which they support, with regard to their importance for identifying and articulating important political problems of our society.

Politics of Indian Representation in Malaysia

Political parties claiming to represent the Indian community in Malaysia have, thus far survived as minority partners in a broad-based Malayan coalition. These have also evolved around the personality of the leader and thrive on the leader's equations with the prime minister. This is in increasing contrast to popular non-official discourse that insists that the present state of economic and social marginalisation of Indians can be represented within a framework that emphasises multi-ethnic politics with nationalities and groups being given equal status.

Social Capital and Realm of the Intellect

The wide range of application and celebration of social capital is acknowledged and, yet the question of what is social capital remains unsatisfactorily answered. Despite its popularity, social capital has created an undercurrent of opposition from progressive scholars with intellectual integrity. As this article argues, they have not been more numerous and outspoken, precisely because it is very hard to generate serious debate and disagreement. Individual advancement aside - an important factor in the rise of social capital - all it reveals is much by way of intellectual bankruptcy and a failure to recognise how social capital's ready accommodation of opposition represents a highly successful form of a legitimising repressive tolerance.

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