SHAM LAL born in 1912, joined the Hindustan Times in 1934 and moved to The Times of India early in 1950, took over as its editor in 1967 and retired in 1978. For the last several years, he has been writing regularly for The Telegraph and occasionally for Biblio: A Review of Books, a literary journal.
A HUNDRED ENCOUNTERS
This collection of a hundred book reviews, from Sham Lal’s well known literary column ‘Life and Letters’, gives a vivid idea of how leading social scientists diagnose the ills of modernity. While going into the reasons which led to the collapse of all communist regimes, representing one side of the modernity project, it also explains why the triumphalism of liberalism will have a false ring so long as most poor societies are ruled by despots of various stripes and face insuperable difficulties in making even a moderately successful transition to a market economy.