Lest we begin taking the existence of India for granted. In this book, Ramachandra Guha takes on the difficult job of instilling a reasonable degree of patriotism in your average armchair skeptic without resorting to India-Pakistan jingoism or sanctimoniously reminding us of our glorious ancient history. He succeeds magnificently by furnishing an insightful post-independence (albeit Nehruvian) narrative history of India that sheds light on the unprecedented miracle that is the nation-state of India. This book is essential reading for every Indian who’s interested in understanding how we’ve come to be the way we are and where we might be going. After all, why must history end where India’s tryst with destiny begins?
New Kid On The Block
There is a fresh force out to upset the lucrative gravy train that has become the lot of Tamil Nadu politics. Out of the second floor of a nondescript building in Kilpauk, a motley crew of civil society activists, stockbrokers, rickshawwallahs, teachers, are preparing a roadmap for political revolution in Tamil Nadu from scratch. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a primarily North Indian party with a Hindi title, has entered the alien political terrain of Tamil Nadu on an anti-corruption plank with the 2014 General Elections in its crosshairs. Their numbers are rapidly multiplying. The movement is adding a thousand members to its rolls each day. Within two months of its inaugration, AAP Tamil Nadu has acquired a staggering 1,00,000 members, according to party sources. Continue reading
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”