THE GREAT PEACE by Raja Hutheesing

THE GREAT PEACE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Further fruit of the visits of Indian cultural delegations to China (see Report on Mao's China, the Morac book, April 15 bulletin, p. 280), the present book is a faithful record of Mr. Hutheesing's very conducted tour through China in 1952. Urban Peking provides meetings with Mao, Chou, and the painter Chi Pei-She and evidences the formality of arrangements made to show only the best foot of a nation being forced forward. The rural projects point up the problems of the regime in dealing with a peasantry delighted in their new landowning, economically an untenable situation. Internally he feels that the fate of Communism lies in the relation between farmer and worker. Internationally, Mao's ""Asian sense"" seems to be a power policy which will lead to unity with Southeast Asia; the author feels that the Chinese consider his own India unliberated from British domination. The relentless exile and financial squeeze of British businessmen is again an indication of foreign policy. The clean-up and educational squad with its branches in brain- washing, ""reform through labor"", confessionals, propaganda on American use of germ warfare is also observed through Indian eyes. While generally upholding the ideas of the Moraes book, the present one does not consider the possibilities of Communism in India nor the history of China leading to totalitarianism, and remains more of a report of things seen than an inclusive commentary.

Pub Date: Sept. 2nd, 1953
Publisher: Harper