India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in our Time Hardcover – 29 Jan 2015
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About the Author
Shashi Tharoor is the bestselling author of fourteen previous books, both fiction and nonfiction, besides being a noted critic and columnist, a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. He served 29 years at the United Nations, culminating as Under-Secretary General Kofi Annan’s leadership. As India’s official candidate to succeed Annan as UN Secretary-General, he emerged a strong second out of seven contenders. On returning to India he contested the 2009 elections on behalf of the Indian National Congress, and was elected to Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram. Reelected in 2014, he chairs Parliament’s External Affairs Committee. Shashi Tharoor’s books include the path-breaking satire The Great Indian Novel (1989), the classic India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997) and most recently, the visionary Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century (2012). He has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, was honoured as New Age Politician of the Year (2010) by NDTV, and pioneered among Indian politicians the use of Twitter, where he has over two and a half million followers, as of 2014. Dr Tharoor earned his Ph.D. at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the age of 22, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a Global Leader of Tomorrow. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for overseas Indians.
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India Shastra,Dr Shashi Tharoor's fifteenth book published in January this year is a compelling deconstruction of the NDA, supplemented by a comprehensive analysis of the current socio- economic scenario in India.
The compilation of the full one hundred essays ranging from the Mighty Mr Modi to the Magnificent M.F.Hussain are thoroughly enlightening,humorous,comprehensive and resolute all at once .
It is beautiful how passionately Dr Tharoor describes his 29 years of service with th United Nations with such humility inspite of having held such prestigious positions at the helm. Certain incidents are particular moving and reveal the true humanitarian service rendered by th UN to the world .
I wish the book could be read by the giant Kunwar Natwar Singh and the flamboyant Mayawati ! I am sure they will both be honored and humored in reading through the pages dedicated to them.
I am amazed at th bonhomie and mildness which pervades all the 473 pages alike inspite
of His having sustained the media ordeal in the last year and the half! There is not even half a page of bitterness or indifference towards anyone whatsoever! An Inconsequential "troll" is humorously and deservedly dismissed as nothing more than a "Meddling Politician"!
Shashi Tharoor is as graceful as ever and remains mellow throughout the expanse of the enormous book !
Each time he takes us through History and reincarnates the Mahatma, I am reminded of the GreatIndianNovel .....of Bhishma aging into the Mahatma ....the death of the immortal Bhishma that immortalized the Mahatma, and the decripititude of Princess Amba;The Mango March and the Rise of Jawharlal Nehru ....
Shashi Tharoor is himself a master tactician to have woven entire imaginations out of the real and the ethereal .
(What is fascinating is how he retains all the information and all the statistics that have been provided in the various chapters! Is it all from memory or does he actually look up some references !????.....I would really really like that
to be answered ))
The entire first half of IndiaShashta is dedicated to the methods and madness of Mr PM , but a very positive vibe runs across the pages ! Is the writer genuinely hopeful of a prosperous India in the years to come...considering the incumbent government's Hindutva bent , a self obsessed minister at the top and such manifest antagonisms and not to mention the grinding poverty and homelessness of the millions of Indians !?
Dr Tharoor's argument that poverty can be alleviated is a distant distant reality ....or a dream !...
I truly admire him for being so humbly connected to his roots ! The love and affection for his homeland Kerela and its people lends another dimension to the book . I wish to visit kerela someday to turn th vicarious experience into reality .
However Rudyard Kipling fell from grace as I neared th end of the Shastra ! IF is one of the most moving and revered poems of all times , but no longer I guess .....!!!
All in all its a very engaging and enriching Read. His writings are a class apart ! Surely, a copy must be given to members of the opposition, who, if they embrace it in all honesty could imbibe quite a few pointers for the greater good !
Dr Tharoors next book is eagerly awaited !
Though I hope it will be set in more fictitious environs ..
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