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In Search of Gandhi

Statues of M. K. (Mahatma) Gandhi stand at major crossroads and other locations in almost every city and town in India. Gandhi’s face appears on the Indian currency. The inspirational leader of India’s independence movement from Great Britain is invoked at numerous opportunities by politicians, business people, social activists, and others, not only in India, but around the world. As many of his current admirers, and most likely he himself would say if he could, what he would have liked to ...

Book Review, Resources

Stories from South Asia

One of the best aspects of teaching literature classes at any level now is the amazing variety of material from around the world available in the English language. This phenomenon is in part the legacy of the British Empire, and much of the best of this writing comes from the former “jewel” of that empire, South Asia (British India in the colonial era). With the observation a couple of years ago of the fiftieth anniversary of independence for India and Pakistan (I’m not sure how this occas...

Film Review Essay, Resources

Tapoori: Children of Bombay and Daughters of the Veil: Impact of Education on Women in Pakistan

One of the best ways to introduce cultures of other nations to American students can be by helping them to understand at least a little about the lives of their peers, other children, in the countries they are studying. Two recent videos attempt to address this issue in India and Pakistan, and I offer some thoughts on the content of the videos and their utility in the classroom....

Film Review Essay, Resources

Puja: Hindu Expressions of Devotion

PRODUCED AND DISTRIBUTED BY THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION 202-357-4880 1996. VHS VIDEO. 20 MINUTES This video is part of a larger packet the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution has produced in conjunction with the exhibit of the same title. The packet also includes a teacher’s guide with reproducible handouts and Indian pop-art posters of various Hindu deities. The materials in the teacher’s packet are also available on a Web site, http:// www.s...

Book Review, Resources

Ethnicity, Security and Separatism in India

BY MAYA CHADDA NEW YORK: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1997 286 PAGES This book posits that Indian foreign policy has been analyzed up to this point through one of two lenses: India is either attempting to gain hegemony over its neighboring states, or it is a helpless giant and is forced to take the actions it does by circumstances beyond its control. Chadda proposes a different framework within which to examine Indian foreign policy, namely, that of relational control and interlocking balanc...

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