Rahul Patel

Odysseus Abroad

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It is London in the hot and bright July days of 1985. Margaret Thatcher and the British state have just defeated the miners after a year long bitter struggle and gradually taking over the airwaves is the famine in Ethiopia.

Jarringly nauseating pop stars have organised a series of world concerts designed to “do something” for the emaciated starving.

Under the leadership of Bob Geldof this has now taken the centre of the political stage.

The Indian Ideology by Perry Anderson

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Verso, £12.99

This is a short 200 page book which summarises political events in India from the days of the British imperial rule, through independence and partition to the present day. Anderson attempts a serious feat.

He wants to do this while dealing with the conditions and events which produced the national ideology of India. This both reflects and distorts what he calls a "nationalist discourse".

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