Spanning the end of the cold war up through the present day, this book covers figures from around the globe, including at least one entry from each of the 190 countries of the world as well as many leaders of states or peoples that are only nominally independent. Political leaders of every stripe—from Kofi Annan to Vladimir Zhirinovsky—are found in this comprehensive and accessible A-to-Z dictionary. ISBN: 8176499595 Publisher: VIVA BOOKS
In this beautifully written and fully detailed study, J. Royal Roseberry makes a major contribution to understanding the interaction of the agents of the British Raj and local leadership and elites in the nineteenth century.
In extending their power over the subcontinent, the British encountered their most difficult and complex task in the Indus Valley, northwest of Delhi. In playing the imperial game on this turbulent frontier they were often overmatched and outwitted by local leaders and their forces. Nowhere was the challenge greater than in Multan, a historic Muslim city, where power shifted continuously among a wavering dynasty, Hindu merchants, and tribal mercenaries.
A new factor entered the political arena in the 1840s with the arrival of representatives of the East India Company. Herbert Edwardes contested successfully with Diwan Mulraj and, through 1857, the administrative and land revenue systems of the Company were haltingly applied.
As elsewhere in India, local leaders and elites sought advantages under the new system and evaded its burdens when they could. Continuing the story after the disturbances of 1857-58 Roseberry discusses the continued jostling for power among Multan’s Muslims, Hindus, and British interlopers. He devotes attention to the judicial and revenue administrations, economic growth and social dislocation, and the growing communal tensions after 1880.
Abu Fazl’ Allami was one of the most outstanding intellectual figures of his times. Liberal in his religio-political outlook, cosmopolitan in his dealings with the various religious communities of India, seasoned as a diplomat and versatile as a scholar, he occupies a prominent place in the history of medieval political thought.
In an age torn by religious conflicts and tensions, he stood for religious toleration and peaceful co-existence of the various religious and cultural groups. As he was closely associated with the emperor Akbar, whose social and religious outlook made a deep impact on contemporary life and thought, Abul Fazl’s own religious and social ideas deserve a careful study.
Unfortunately his ideas are difficult to separate from those of Akbar, the reason being their identity of outlook and similarity of approach on fundamental problems of religion and society.
Three passions dominated Maulana Azad’s life: love of learning, Hindu-Muslim unity and freedom of India. This comprehensive and sensitive study, using extensive source material offers, for the first time, a critical portrait of a remarkable intellectual who fought for his country’s freedom.
He never ceased cultivating his own garden even when, as a rebel against British rule, he had to live in gaol for about a decade.
Shy and reserved by nature and temperamentally a private person who would rather commune with the minarets of the Tajat Agra on moonlit nights than mix with crowds, this scholar extraordinaire was pushed into the arena of political battle and consecrated his life to the service of the country.
Forsaken by his own community and distrusted by others, he never compromised on his integrity. Jinnah refused to shake hands with him.
In high politics he showed a rare sagacity but his advice was disregarded on some crucial occasions for which the country has had to pay a heavy price. Towards the close of his life he was a sad man.
His thwarted love affair, like Dante’s, had given him a new, exalted vision of life. But the ideals he stood for lay shattered and the sense of utter failure in his mission seized him.
This work captures the unique spirit of this remarkable personality, torn by conflict and caught up in paradoxical situations.
It also provides a sound understanding of the inner turmoils of the man by reviewing them in the broad historical perspective of his times when the destiny of the country which he helped to shape was taking a new turn.
This collection of profiles by Rina Saeed Khan was for The Friday Times, Pakistan’s most popular political weekly. They were written over a six-year period from 1992-1998 and include artists like Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq, intellectuals like Seyyed Hossein Nasr, filmstars like Neeli and war heroes like MM Alam. Lawyers like Dr Parvez Hassan, economists like Moeen Qureshi, politicians like Dr Noorjehan Panezai and global leaders like James Wolfensohn are also featured. Lucid pithy and insightful, these profiles are a valuable and interesting addition to the biographical literature of Pakistan. ISBN: 969402319X Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS