The book brings together nineteen essays written and published by the author over the last five years or so. Though the papers are divided into four different sections, they share a common thrust. They offer a critical analysis of the contemporary economic trends and the consequences that the process of ‘globalization’ is likely to have for India’s economy and society.
Law and Economics is a relatively new sub-discipline straddling as the name suggests both economics and law. Although it was as early as the 18th century that Adam Smith discussed the economic effects of mercantilist legislations the subject really took off only in the 1960s.
The contributors to this volume including former Indian Army Chief General V.P. Malik, S.D. Muni, Arvind Gupta among others, all belonging to the South Asian region, have provided valuable insights on the issue of terrorism and have also suggested measures to deal with the problem.
Vidya Dehejia who has published two important books, Early Buddhist Rock Temples (1972) and Early Stone Temples of Orissa 91978), is a dedicated scholar of Indian art. But in the present publication she steps down from the high pedestal of specialized scholarship to perform what is a very important task, that of interesting the man in the street in our great heritage.
If Maharashtra’s dalits could be proud of being the first ones to have initiated dalit consciousness due to Dr. Ambedkar’s efforts then Uttar Pradesh dalits could boast of being able to have formed the first dalit led government with their own party and ideology in the most populated and politically signi-ficant state of the Indian Union, Uttar Pradesh.
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.
Cosmopolitan political thought has recently received critical acclaim from several political theorists for a variety of reasons. Important among them is the concern to creatively interpret non-western socio-political ideas that, despite having western roots, cannot be comprehended meaningfully by employing western theoretical yardsticks.
For true followers of discourses on economics this book leaves you wanting more. This is not a light read, but if one is willing to put in the effort, very engaging. This book is a critique of the traditional or mainstream methods of evaluating attributes in economics and about deciphering the relationship between concentration, distribution in the presence of debt, wealth, and financialization. This book is also about the economy of the United States of America written by an Indian.