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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY 18TH, MAY, 2019

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Kashmir As I See It  From within and afar
By - Ashok Dhar

ISBN : 978-9353334581   I I   Price : Rs.595.00S
About the Book :  Stories of the trauma and betrayal faced by Kashmiris have been told, the events retraced and analysis offered. And yet, one of the most long-standing disputes in India’s post-Independence history remains unsettled. If it were up to Lal Ded, a Sufi poet, she would offer the most difficult solution so far—to look within. Kashmir As I See It, a personal journey interspersed with geopolitical analysis, is not only about the state but also about the voice that yearns to be home again. Ashok Dhar slowly and carefully uncovers multiple layers of the conflict to show that apart from being a territorial dispute, it is also about historicity, morality and leadership—aspects that have been neglected so far. He holds that looking merely at the legality of the state’s accession is like looking at an iceberg; peace will not come if we have not examined what Kashmiriyat is. This …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 4TH MAY, 2019

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Hilal Ahmed  By - Hilal Ahmed About the Book How do we make sense of the Muslims of India? Do they form a political community? Does the imagined conflict between Islam and modernity affect the Muslims' political behaviour in this country? Are Muslim religious institutions-mosques and madrasas-directly involved in politics? Do they instruct the community to vote strategically in all elections? What are 'Muslim issues'? Is it only about triple talaq? Are Muslims truly nationalists? Or do they continue to remain just an 'other' in India? While these questions intrigue us, we seldom debate to find pragmatic answers to these queries. Examining the everydayness of Muslims in contemporary India, Hilal Ahmed offers an evocative story of politics and Islam in India, which goes beyond the given narratives of Muslim victimhood and Islamic separation. About the Author Hilal Ahmed, associate professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, writes regularly on the …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 27TH, APRIL, 2019

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Martyrdom to Freedom By - Rajesh Ramachandran  
ISBN : 9789353334611  Price : Rs.595.00 About the Book :  Nothing signifies the Supreme sacrifice, the million martyrdom, and the insufferable yoke of colonial rule more than the memory of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919: The merciless murder of nearly a thousand peaceful protesters without warning, till the ammunition ran out. The wounded were left to die without even a drop of water or the solace of a comforting hand. This was, undoubtedly, the pivotal event that turned loyal subjects of the empire into revolutionaries and unarmed. The poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore returned his knighthood, Gandhi gave up his Kaiser-e-Hind gold Medal and the people of India rejected the British rule as a brutal, racist, master-slave relationship. Nobody investigated the massacre as deeply as the tribune. While the entire Anglo-Indian press was applauding General Dyer for having perpetrated this mass murder, it was only the tribune that question…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 20TH APRIL, 2019

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A History of Judaism

By - Martin Goodman 

ISBN : 9780141038216      Price : Rs. 699.00

About the Book : --------------------------- A panoramic history of Judaism from its origins to the present Judaism is by some distance the oldest of the three Abrahamic religions. Despite the extraordinarily diverse forms it has taken, the Jewish people have believed themselves bound to God by the same covenant for more than three thousand years. This book explains how Judaism came to be and how it has developed from one age to the next, as well as the ways in which its varieties have related to each other. A History of Judaism ranges from Judaism's inception amidst polytheistic societies in the second and fi rst millennia, through the Jerusalem Temple cult in the centuries preceding its destruction, to the rabbis, mystics and messiahs of medieval and early modern times and, finally, the many expressions of the modern and contemporary Jewish worlds. Throughout, Martin Goodman shows how Judaism has b…