Category Archives: Book Review

Book Review: India and China in Africa: A Comparative Perspective of the Oil Industry; By K. Subramanian

CAS article no. 0026/2017   Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) The rise of China as the fasted growing economy attracted global attention. Its expansion through trade and investment with other parts of the world such as Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa has excited many scholars and triggered much research work. India has also risen as an economic power and is included in the list of economies categorised… Read Article →

Book Review: Ganga to Mekong of Hema Devare; By Prof. V. Suryanarayan

CAS article no. 0093/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group Book by Hema Devare, Ganga to Mekong: A Cultural Voyage through Textiles (Manohar, New Delhi, 2016), pp. 197.-Invaluable contribution to South and Southeast Asian Studies.      The fascinating encounter between Indian cultural forms and Southeast Asian countries, leading to the cultural efflorescence of the region, is a significant phase in Indian and Southeast Asian history alike. Indianised kingdoms like Funan, Sri Kshetra, Pagan,… Read Article →

Book Review: The Other Tamils of Sri Lanka; By Prof. V. Suryanarayan

CAS article no. 0047/2016 Courtesy: The Book Review, VOLUME XL NUMBER 3 March 2016 Kumari Jayawardena and Rachel Kurian, Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations: Two Centuries of Power and Protest (Orient Black Swan, Hyderabad, 2015), Price not mentioned.  The book traces two centuries old history of plantations in Sri Lanka from its inception in the early 19th century to the present. In so doing the book highlights the complex… Read Article →

Book Review: To Market, To Market; By K. Subramanian

CAS article no:  0041/2015 Courtesy: The Hindu The Making of Miracles in Indian States; ed Arvind Panagariya & M. Govinda Rao, OUP, Rs.595. At a time when even the World Bank is advocating inclusive growth, this book oddly extols the market in its analysis of three Indian states.  In 1993, the World Bank brought out a report titled The East Asian Miracle,which excited global opinion. Very soon, economists faulted the… Read Article →

Book Review: China: Confucius in the Shadows – Poonam Surie; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no:  0027/2015 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies China: Confucius in the Shadows – Poonam Surie (KW Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India; Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, India, 2015, pp 262, Rs 980/-) When the reviewer was reading this admirable book on China’s greatest sage and philosopher Confucius (Called Kongzi in Chinese, 551-479 BC), who was born around the same time as Buddha, an imagination… Read Article →