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Dewanand is a Hindu writer and researcher (born 1966) living in the Netherlands and born in Surinam. He has studied for mechanical engineering at the Delft University of Technology (in the Netherlands). Articles of him in the Dutch language has been published in: Multined (weekly national newspaper), Surinam Weeknews, Hindorama, Hindulife ezine, and almost 200 critical articles in Dutch are published on his international website (Critical Podium Dewanand at http://www.dewanand.com). Dewanand has published about seventeen books on his website. Now he is writing fulltime in English.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (February 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449071368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449071363
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,722,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Walsh on July 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
A little learning is a dangerous thing, according to Alexander Pope, who wrote at a time when the Netherlands was still establishing itself as a leading exponent of European finance capitalism, a proponent of imperialism and an upholder of the virtues of cultural Renaissance. On land largely recovered from the sea and at the mercy of technological failure at any moment, the Dutch polity overcame religious divisions and control of its land and resources by the Spanish aristocracy to fashion a modern state that is now widely admired for its tolerant nature, for the extraordinary extent to which its people can speak foreign languages (Dutch itself being a little tricky, apparently) and the Total Football tradition introduced by the genius Johann Cruyff, among other achievements. However, we can never escape the events of the past, the dark results of which can lie like a nightmare on the brains of the living. In the case of the Netherlands (of which Holland is a part, in a similar way that England is part of the United Kingdom) that dark past is represented by its imperial past. One episode was the colonization of Surinam, on the American mainland. The connection between the two countries has now adopted a post-colonial aspect, with the former master offering routes out of poverty through the use of soft power in the form of scholarships and the like.

This brings us to author Dewanand, with `100% Indian genes' and a student of engineering, who came to the Netherlands as a student some years ago in his late teens and has remained in the country for some decades subsequently. His time has not been altogether happy, for we learn that he has spent some time in prison (p.136) and appears to have suffered from repaying `bulky' interest rates on student loans (p.15).
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