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   VOL. II  NO. 8 52 PAGES JULY - AUGUST 1997
- The Ironies of Independence Sham Lal
- Towards a People’s Democracy Rajni Kothari
- Things Fall Apart; The Centre cannot Hold. An Essay on the State Maya Chadda
- India’s Wasted Promise. An Essay on the Indian Economy Prem Shankar Jha
- Bonds without Bondage. An Essay on Identity and Language
Dileep Padgaonkar
- Mein mera, mein mera, mein mera, Hero No. 1. An Essay on the
Indian Generation X
Sagarika Ghose
- Sense and Nonsense in Politics and Literature Nayantara Sahgal
- Language Barriers: A review article on The Vintage book of
Indian Writing
, edited by Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West
N. S. Madhavan
- Breaking English. An Essay on the Folk Oral literature in Indian-English Kai Friese
- Hanklyn Janklin: A Stranger’s Rumble-Tumble Guide to
Some Words, Customs and Quiddities Indian and Indo-British
by Nigel Hankin
Gillian Wright
- The Nationalization of Hindu Traditions: Bharatendu Harischandra
and Nineteenthcentury Banaras
by Vasudha Dalmia
Alok Rai
- Rediscovering Aurobindo. A Tribute on the seer-poet’s 125th birth anniversary Eunice de Souza
- The Management of the Past. A Reflection on Trends in Historiography Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
- The Career and Legend of Vasco Da Gama
by M. Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Madhavan K. Palat
- Liberty or Death: India’s Journey to Independence and Division by Patrick French Katherine Frank
- English Domination and Indian Subordination. A Reading of John Kaye’s
History of the Sepoy War in India.
Shahid Amin
- Local Politics and Indian Nationalism: Midnapur 1919-1944
by Bidyut Chakrabarty
Indivar Kamtekar
- Reflections on Partition in the East edited by Ranabir Samaddar Sumanta Banerjee
- A Brief non-history of the Indian Cartoon Manjula Padmanabhan
- Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom. An Overview of the last 50 years
of Hindi Cinema
Partha Chatterjee
- Stages: The Art and Adventures of Zohra Segal by Joan Erdman and Zohra Segal Amal Allana
- India Independent: A Biblio history Arvind N. Das
AMAL ALLANA is a well-known director of plays and TV serials: Himmat Mai, Begum Barve, Raj se Swaraj and Mullah Nasruddin are some recent ones.
SHAHID AMIN is Professor of History at Delhi University and the author of Event, Metaphor, Memory, and other subaltern studies.
SUMANTA BANERJEE is a freelance journalist and author of The Parlour and the Streets: Elite and Parlour Culture in 19th Century Calcutta.
SABYASACHI BHATTACHARYA is Professor of History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been the Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and is one of the foremost writers on labour and social history.
MAYA CHADDA is Professor of Political Science at William Patterson College, State University of New Jersey, USA.
PARTHA CHATTERJEE is a film critic.
EUNICE DE SOUZA is a poet and heads the Department of English at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
KAI FRIESE is deputy editor of The India Magazine.
KATHERINE FRANK is currently working on a biography of Indira Gandhi.
SAGARIKA GHOSE is a special correspondent with Outlook.
PREM SHANKAR JHA is a columnist with The Hindu and Business Standard. He is the former editor of The Hindustan Times.
INDIVAR KAMTEKAR teaches modern Indian history at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
RAJNI KOTHARI is one of India’s foremost political scientists, author of several books and of the idea of non-party political formations.
N. S. MADHAVAN is a well-known Malayalee writer and civil servant.
MANJULA PADMANABHAN is a cartoonist and author of Hot Death, Cold Soup, a collection of short stories. She recently won the Alexander Onassis Culture Award for Theatre for her play Harvest.
MADHAVAN K. PALAT is Professor of History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is associated with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.
ALOK RAI teaches English at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
NAYANTARA SAHGAL, distinguished novelist, has recently been awarded an honorary degree by Leeds University, UK.
GILLIAN WRIGHT works for the BBC and has translated Raag Darbari and Aadha Gaon into English.

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