Scope of Systems Approach

To an ordinary soul it seldom occurs to consider whether his kitchen is polluting the atmosphere or not. Suddenly scien­tists raised the alarm that the future of mankind is at stake. Indiscriminate indus­trialization, atomic wastes, deforestation, extensive use of pest-controlling chemi­cals are creating the greatest danger for mankind. We have to try to understand our relation with nature as a system and within this system its different functional connections.

Greek and Indian Thought

No two peoples have influenced men’s ideas and attitudes as much as the Indians and the Greeks have. Much of what is important in Christianity is derived from Greek philosophers, while the bulk of the population in South and East Asia, which accounts for nearly one-third of huma­nity, is sustained by beliefs that are Indian in origin and character, if also to a limited extent Mongoloid.

Games Nations Play

We do not lack books on the history of Indian diplomacy or those dealing with India’s relations with specific countries and regions. There has also been a steadily broadening stream of books that narrate the professional experiences of those who have been in the business of dealing with foreign governments, though there is a general conviction that enough has not been brought out into the open about the past and that a good deal of important happenings behind the scene has been lost beyond retrieval because of the passing away of major participants who chose not to tell all.

Impressions and Reflections

It is not easy to review a book of this kind. A personal reflection of what I would describe as a ‘return journey’ of an Indian American and his interface with a ‘different’ yet ‘similar’ India. He does this with a certain degree of familiarity, which is partly first hand and partly acquired, and also with a certain degree of decultured astonishment. Son of a Tamil father and Punjabi mother born, brought up and accultured in America,

Understanding the Dynamics of the China-India Dyad

It is unsurprising that China, its development and its intentions, continues to hold the interest of academics around the world. As the world’s second largest economy, speculated to displace the United States from its current number one position in the coming decade, the role China plays in international affairs today and how it can be expected to behave in the future are issues that merit meditation.