From the blurb — 12-11-13

The Biology of History — Ascent of Women: Virendra Pandit; Partridge India/Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 11, Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017.

In his inter-disciplinary book that draws on several sources, Pandit argues that it is now the turn of multi-tasking women to dominate the new world. They will, he says, replace the single-tasking men who created and controlled religions and then science and technology. For the first time since the dawn of civilisation, women will thus come to dominate all spheres of life.

Pandit describes the book as a biological reinterpretation of world history. “We are chiselling ourselves into a better species. This evolutionary refining is unfolding with the empowerment of women: we are entering a world of the Fourth Wave, to be ruled primarily by women.” Religions, the book says, are being replaced by democracy and technology as new connectors and integrators.

Denial — Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind: Ajit Varki, Danny Brower; Pub. by Twelve, 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017. $ 27.

The authors propose a “mind over reality” theory to explain the origins of what they see as human uniqueness among the world’s species. “Why is there no humanlike elephant or humanlike dolphin, despite millions of years of evolutionary opportunity? Why is it that humans alone can understand the minds of others?”

The answer they put forward is that it was not a biological leap that set humanity apart from other species, but a psychological leap: the human ability to deny reality in the face of inarguable evidence, including the wilful ignorance of our own inevitable deaths.

Glimpses of Social Movements in Peninsular India: P. Rajaraman; Poompozhil Publishers, New No. 11 (Old No. 7),

20th East Street, Kamarajar Street, Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai-600041. Rs. 200.

The first part of this book details the life of Jotirao Phule, described as a progenitor of the non-Brahmin movement in Maharashtra, and as the first revolutionary in peninsular India to speak in favour of women’s liberation.

The next section looks at the causes that led to the decline and fall of the Justice Party in Madras Presidency. The third part is on the leadership crisis in the Dravidian movement detailing how an authoritarian leader could create a leadership crisis.