The book comprises unpublished writings of Ali Ahmed from his time in uniform. The author served in the Indian army for two decades. His reflections in the period that did not make it into print have been compiled into this volume. The commentaries here supplement his other book that contains his published writings of the period, On India’s military: Writings from within (CinnamonTeal 2017). The essays are carried unedited to retain the flavor of the times and conditions in which they were written. It has historical value in providing a snapshot of the concerns that animated the army intellectually in the period at the turn of the century. The observations and insights would be useful for both practitioners and scholars in military studies.
The book comprises the published writings in service journals of Ali Ahmed while serving in the army. They cover the two decades on either side of the turn of the century, thereby providing a window into the army in the period. The author was an infantry officer and the articles reflect the concerns of the infantry and the wider army as the author grew in service from a subaltern to colonelcy.
Ben Antao's sixth novel Money and Politics looks at the turbulent times following the Liberation of Goa. It focusses on two principal protagonists, Dayanand Bandodkar and Jack de Sequeira and their newly formed political parties--- Maharashtrawadi Gomantak and United Goans respectively, spanning the time frame from December 1961 to January 1967. The author draws upon his intimate knowledge of the period, as a working journalist, and how money and politics shaped the emergent democracy. It's a work of fiction that conveys a sense of life and truth through the machinations of the two main characters.
After doffing his military uniform, Ali Ahmed joined New Delhi's vibrant strategic community as a researcher in a leading think tank, a doctoral scholar and later on the faculty of a central university. Just as elsewhere in the world, the security debates in India are dominated by the realist perspective. Finding the perspective inadequate for India's circumstance, the commentaries in the book rely on the liberal perspective for insights and prescriptions. In doing so the book fleshes out the liberal perspective and helps fill a gap in strategic literature in India. On this count, the book is a refreshing relook at security issues that will interest students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The attentive public will find it interesting for the alternatives if offers.
Since Independence in 1947, India has faced a multitude of issues connected with economic growth, social change and political development. Political and social thinkers and leaders in the country have spoken out their views and thoughts on many occasions over these years touching upon these subjects. How has the language of political communication and public discourse in the choice of phrase and idiom changed over these 60-odd years and why that is what this work has attempted to unravel.
The book interrogates India's strategic trajectory, decisions and events from the liberal perspective in security and peace studies. The aim is to inform the public debate on security issues. It is a record of the 'interesting times' in the security field since nuclear weaponisation in the subcontinent.
The book comprises commentaries authored by Firdaus Ahmed covering the 'interesting times' which India and the region have been through since South Asia acquired a nuclear backdrop. The author’s observations from his ring side seat in the region cover all dimensions of security - from internal security to nuclear war. The book offers an alternative - liberal - perspective on security. It would be of interest to students, researchers, policy wonks and attentive public. The book is a contribution to the peace discourse in the region.
The book gives an insight into the problems faced by the Sri Lankan government in the post-war scenario. The military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has almost ended the decade long conflict. While it is true that the LTTE's presence is not felt much today, it is equally important to note that its support base continues to remain intact. The LTTE and the new - born organisations claiming to be protectors of human rights are now lobbying in the corridors of power within the international community, seeking intervention and action into alleged war crimes. Their clout has been so powerful that even the Sri Lankan government has found it hard to convince the UN authorities of the actual state of affairs. It cannot be disputed that human rights abuse in any form must be prevented. But when it concerns Sri Lanka, the allegations are far more complex and deep rooted.
George was a liberal long before the word became fashionable and long after it fell into disrepute. In this anthology of his writing, he reflects on growing up as the eldest son of the eminent Professor Armando Menezes, a life spent between Goa and Bombay, his closest relationships, youthful experimentations with marijuana, joining the BJP, and being an outspoken LAy conscience of the CAtholic Church. With exclusive access to photographs, private letters and unpublished family memoirs, we encounter a family history of nationalism and activism.
Summary of the book "Public Opinion - Reflections of a teacher on a radio program."
This book is a compilation with eight reflections by teacher Cassiano Noimann Leal in a program of Radio Santa Isabel, Viamão city, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.Various topics are discussed: physical education, family planning, general education, pets and more...