BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 10TH APRIL, 2021

GANDHI: His Engagement with Islam and the Arab World 
by - Abdulnabi Alshoala 

About the Book
How Gandhi viewed Islam and his legacy in the Arab world The Arab world has witnessed, during the last decades not long ago, the ugliest and most horrifying images of extremism, violence and terrorism, fueled and reinforced by ideas and speeches of mobilization in the name of religion. These ideas and speeches incite hatred, and bloodshed, fragmenting society and putting the very foundations of civilizations at stake. If these ideas are not addressed, they will inevitably result in the establishment of a dangerous intellectual deviation, pushing the whole Arab nation to the abyss of despair, frustration, crisis and decay. In the midst of these harsh and desperate circumstances, the author revisits Gandhi’s intellectual heritage and ponders over Mahatma’s two focal points—gandhi’s decisive stance against any and all forms of injustice, discrimination, violence and terrorism, whether they are apparent or hidden under the guise of politics, religion, nationalism or racism; and his fair and equitable attitude on the issues relating to Arabs and Muslims, stemming from his appreciation of Islam and the persona of Prophet Mohammed. This position is apparent in support for the rights of Indian Muslims in South Africa and then in India, as well as, in his reluctant understanding and sympathy for the idea of Muslims separating from India to establish Pakistan. The topic then continues to address Gandhi’s opposition to zionism and his refusal to the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, a stance that boldly drew the lines of Indian policy which continue to support the overall Arab and Islamic cause. Through these different stages in the life of Gandhi, the author sheds some light on some of the briery and paradoxical precursors that paved the way for the separation of Muslims from India, such as the issue of the caliphate and the apprehension of Muslims towards some of Gandhian stances. Gandhi: his engagement with Islam and the Arab world is an effort seeking to address issues faced by Islam and the Muslim countries in a Gandhian way.

About the Author
Born in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the author visited India for the first time in 1969 during the celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. He continued to live in India over the next four years, completing his studies in the fields of Political Science and Public Administration from University of Mumbai (St Xavier’s College), all the while continuing to practise his journalistic passion. During his professional career, the author was elected in the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry after which he became a member of the Advisory Council in the Kingdom of Bahrain. From 1995 to 2005, the author was appointed as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and later served as Minister of State. After completing his ministerial mandate, he went back into business in the private sector, founded the Bahrain India Society and became the Chairman of Dar Albilad for Journalism, Publishing and Distribution.
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BOOK OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 3RD APRIL, 2021

The XX Brain: 
The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women 
to Prevent Dementia
by - Lisa Mosconi 

About the Book
Women are far more likely than men to suffer from anxiety, depression, migraines, brain injuries, strokes and Alzheimer's disease. But, until recently, scientific research has focused on 'bikini medicine,' assuming that women are essentially men with different reproductive organs.
The XX Brain presents groundbreaking research showing that women's brains age distinctly from men's, due mostly to the decline of a key brain-protective hormone: estrogen.
Taking on all aspects of women's health, including brain fog, memory lapses, depression, stress, insomnia, hormonal imbalances and the increased risk of dementia, Dr. Mosconi introduces cutting-edge, evidence-based methods for protecting the female brain, encompassing diet, stress reduction and sleep. She also examines the effectiveness of hormonal replacement therapy, addresses the perils of environmental toxins and explores the role of our microbiome. Luckily, it is never too late to take care of yourself.
About the Author
Dr Lisa Mosconi, PhD, is the director of the Women's Brain Initiative and the associate director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she serves as associate professor of Neuroscience in Neurology and Radiology. She also is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. Formerly she was the director of the Nutrition & Brain Fitness lab, and led the Family History of Alzheimer's disease research program at the NYU Department of Psychiatry. She is a board-certified integrative nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 27TH MARCH, 2021

Republic of Hindutva
How the Sangh Is Reshaping Indian Democracy 
by - Badri Narayan

About the Book
For many years, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has been working towards social reconstruction in India, which is then used by the Bharatiya Janata Party for political benefit. Contrary to popular understanding, the RSS has transformed to become more technologically savvy and socially inclusive, making the message of Hindu nationalism appealing to a large section of Indians. It has been actively mobilizing Dalits, tribals and other marginalized communities to assimilate them into the Hindutva metanarrative. Instead of wiping out caste from electoral politics, the RSS plays up the identity of disadvantaged groups, which translates into votes for the BJP. Drawing on extensive field research in the heartland of Uttar Pradesh, this pathbreaking book shows how through well-planned strategies of appropriation and social work, Hindutva forces are radically reshaping Indian democracy

About the Author
Badri Narayan is a social historian and professor at G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. His research interests range from popular culture, social and anthropological history to Dalit and subaltern issues. Writing in English and Hindi, Narayan is the author of The Making of the Dalit Public in North India: Uttar Pradesh, 1950-Present (2011), Fascinating Hindutva-Saffron Politics and Dalit Mobilisation (2009) and Women Heroes and Dalit Assertion in North India (2006). He has also been the recipient of the Fulbright Senior Fellowship (2004-05) and the Smuts Fellowship, University of Cambridge (2007).
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