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India Scan

Essaying a wide panorama

India Scan
India Scan
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THE first part of the book has essays on the various facets of India, the second with reminiscences of people who have seen life before and after Independence. It spans various walks of life and is a panoramic view of what India is all about.

One of the best pieces is a part-satiric look at journalism by V.N. Narayanan. He bemoans the fact that most journalists have forgotten C.P. Scott's maxim: "Comment is free but facts are sacred." His message: journalists are meant to be fountainheads of information, not necessarily reservoirs of knowledge. Naren Vohra analyses how India's civil service acquired its regulatory and developmental ethos, and decries its fall in standards. He narrates how Sardar Patel had failed to get the then district magistrate of Gurgaon transferred out, despite personal appeals to the governor and the viceroy. Contrast this with today's scenario.

The other interesting essays are by Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer who remarks that 50 years have only led to a cleavage between politicians and the masses, and by U.R. Anantha Murthy who...

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