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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 26TH JANURAY, 2019

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Breaking Indian By - Rajiv Malhotra About the Book Anything prevalent to the current day, is sure to have its root cause dated long back in time. Sometimes, an insight into ‘why’ something is happening the way it is, leads to a greater understanding. Know about the interventions of the West on the Eastern traditions: ‘Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines’ is a book that puts light on how the various western bodies like the Church, Researchers and thinkers, Western government groups and organizations brought about a crisp distinction between the blurred identity of the Dravidians and the Dalit communities and also the other parts of the 'then India'. Half a decade of research and information gathering from multiple reliable sources has finally led to the compilation of ‘Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines’. The researchers followed the trail left behind by the business groups, which are deceiving in nature and …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 19, JANUARY, 2019

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THE OXFORD INDIA GANDHI By - H Gopalkrishna Gandhi About the Book The Oxford India Gandhi looks beyond the plaster-cast image of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma. Gandhi’s autobiography ends in the late 1920s, several historic years before his assassination in 1948. This book seeks to fill that void left by Gandhi himself. Edited by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the book tells Gandhi’s story in his own words—the story of his life as he himself might have narrated it to a grandchild. Through speeches and articles, and also the more informal diary entries, letters, and conversations, the writings unfold chronologically unexplored facets of Gandhi’s evolving world view, his responses to persons and events, relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. The result is a collection that manages to look beyond the oft-repeated details—into the little things that almost always went unnoticed.  The Oxford India Gandhi offers a look into the personal life of one of the subcontinent’s most public …

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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 12TH JANUARY, 2019

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The Man Who Saved India By - Hindol Sengupta  About the Book There is perhaps no political figure in modern history who did more to secure and protect the Indian nation than Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. But, ironically, seventy years after Patel brought together piece by piece the map of India by fusing the princely states with British India to create a new democratic, independent nation, little is understood or appreciated about Patel's enormous contribution to the making of India. Caricatured in political debate, all the nuances of Patel's difficult life and the daring choices he made are often lost, or worse, used as mere polemic. If Mahatma Gandhi was the spiritual core of India's freedom struggle and Jawaharlal Nehru its romantic idealism, it was Sardar Patel who brought in the vital pragmatism which held together the national movement and the first ideas of independent India. A naturally stoic man, Patel, unlike Gandhi or Nehru, wrote no personal history. He famously argu…