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BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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THE NEW BIHAR By - N.K Singh 
About the Book : During the 1990s, Bihars development failed to benefit from the acceleration in Indias economic growth, principally because of a steep decline in the already low standards of governance.This changed dramatically after November 2005, when The Nitish Kumar government came to power. Within a short time, major initiatives were launched in improving governance, infrastructure, education, especially primary and for girl children, health and agriculture. The last six years have shown that rapid economic development is possible in Bihar. To maintain the momentum of growth, the recent improvements in governance have to be consolidated and strengthened. Eminent economists like Amartya Sen, Kaushik Basu, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Meghnad Desai, Shankar Acharya and Arvind Virmani analyse the remarkable turnaround witnessed by Bihar. Experts Tarun Das, Deepak Parekh, Lord Billimoria, K.V. Kamath and Isher Judge Ahluwalia speak of the opportunities and challe…

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America in The Asian Century By - M. Rasgotra
About the Book :  An incisive and sagacious compilation of essays by experts in the field of foreign policy and politics - scholars, senior journalists, writers - defining the role of the United States of America in Asia over the last decades and analysing its relevance and importance in the coming years. These well-researched essays provide a significant and crisp analysis of the politics of the region and raise and answer questions like: Will America be able to maintain its leadership in the global arena? Will America have a role in shaping the 21st Century? Or will it be China's Century? Will America's balanced relations with major Asian powers be the catalyst of stability and peace in the Asian Century? Edited by one of India's most distinguished experts on foreign policy, former Foreign Secretary Maharajkrishna Rasgotra, this book attempts an assessment of the quality and extent of America's presence in and policies towards va…

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INDIAN GARDEN FLOWERS By - AMARJEET SINGH BATTH
ABOUT THE BOOK This is a comprehensive manual discussing all the factors that make gardening a joyous affair and covers everything an amateur gardener needs to know in order to grow seasonal flowers. It is a delightful, comprehensive and scientifically accurate manual with 76 rich and colourful illustrations. It gives details from the conception of a garden to reaping its rewards. Brief propagation details along with post-planting care and usage of manure and fertilizers will forego dependency on the shallow knowledge of the local mali. Written in a lucid and concise style and complimented with beautiful real-to-life illustrations, this handy reference guide will prove to be extremely useful to a novice as well as an expert gardener.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Amarjeet Singh Batth served the Indian Army as short service commission officer in the Armoured Corps after completing his post-graduation from the Punjab University, Chandigarh. An avid trav…

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An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions By - Jean Dreze , Amartya Sen
About the Book :  When India became independent in 1947 after two centuries of colonial subjugation, it immediately adopted a firmly democratic political system, with multiple parties, freedom of speech and extensive political rights. The famines that had been so common in the colonial era disappeared, and steady economic growth replaced the almost complete stagnation characteristic of the long rule of the Raj. The growth of the Indian economy, which has quickened over the last three decades, became the second fastest in the world. Despite a recent dip, it is still one of the highest among nations. Maintaining rapid as well as environmentally sustainable growth is an important and achieveable goal for India. In AN UNCERTAIN GLORY, two of India's leading economists argue that the country's main problems lie elsewhere, particularly in the lack of attention paid to the essential needs of the people, especi…