Holiday Reads X Year-end highlights from Penguin Random House

MODI & INDIA: 2024 and the Battle for Bharat | Commentative Argumentative Book on Political Parties by Rahul Shivshankar and Siddhartha Talya
Chronicles the emergence of, and the battle for a new republic in the making.

2014 was a monumental year in Indian politics. Will 2024 be one too?

The victory of the Modi-led BJP in 2014 changed the face of Indian politics in a revolutionary way. Now equipped with the majority in the Lok Sabha, the authors describe the processes undertaken by the National Democratic Alliance. 2019 was marked with writing of transformational laws and policies. The book hopes to emphasise the impending consequences of such a shift in narrative, with discourses of ultra nationalism and majoritarianism of a Hindu Rashtra to convey to the readers the severity of it all. This is presented in this thrilling book through careful research with elements of argumentation and evocation to highlight the battle of the emergence of this new republic and the importance of the 2024 election to curb such a shift of India.

Rahul Shivshankar has been a progressive–conservative TV and print journalist for nearly three decades. Currently a primetime anchor and consulting editor with TV18, Rahul has been the editor-in-chief of Times Now and NewsX. He was one of the youngest leading writers at the Times of India.

Siddhartha Talya began his career in journalism in 2008. He is a news anchor with an interest in politics, history and sports. If not reading, cycling or listening to an audiobook, he treasures the joys of café-hopping.

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Muslim Politics in India | Unapologetic commentary on introspection of intolerance, persecution and fundamentalism in muslim politics by Hamid Dalwai
Reads of the changing attitudes of Indian Muslims towards democracy and modernism

Inspired by the views of Ram Monohar Lohia, this book’s author, Hamid Dalwai, expresses in words the issues besetting the Muslim community. Elevated by his experience in the Socialist Party, the author continues modernising Muslim advocacy through his social work. He espouses and calls for the introspection of the values and issues of modern Muslim discourses through this riveting book. He continued to rebel against Muslim orthodoxy of issues concerning women’s emancipation from the abolishment of triple talaq and other secular issues. At its heart, ‘Muslim Politics in India’ exhibits the same fervour, candour, eloquence, and dedication that guided Dalwai’s work as a social worker. It hopes to offer a observant examination of post-independence Muslim politics with as much reverence and information it had when it was first published three decades ago.

HAMID DALWAI was a journalist, social reformer and writer. His novel Indhan is recognized as his first significant contribution to Marathi literature. He founded the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal in the 1970s, and in his short life he relentlessly pursued religious and political reforms in the country.

DILIP PURUSHOTTAM CHITRE (1938–2009) was a bilingual poet and critic writing in Marathi and English, besides being a painter, film-maker and translator. He was the co-founder and editor of Shabda, an influential magazine dedicated to Marathi poetry. The first volume of his collected Marathi poems, Ekoon Kavita, and his translations of the saint–poet Tukaram’s poems in Says Tuka received the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Sahitya Akademi translation prize respectively, in 1994.

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Pain | A memoir of the unseen agony of existence beyond death by Shweta Singh Kirti
Helps successfully complete the long journey of acceptance and fulfilment of life’s curveballs.

How many of us are ever fortunate enough not to witness the death of family members? Pain is universal and inescapable. But nobody deserves to be under a spotlight while going through it. However, for this book’s author, Shweta Singh Kirti, that was the case, when her brother, Sushant Singh Rajput passed away. What the author hopes to convey through this book is that while pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. She hopes to influence us to rise above this suffering and look beyond the materialistic boundaries that shackle our world.

Shweta Singh Kirti combined her fusion of business acumen and spirituality into a passion project called Damara Kids, an online mindfulness programme for children. Here, she imparts mindfulness and meditation techniques, fostering focus, concentration and self-mastery, empowering them to unleash their potential. She serves as an inspiration to many, standing as a thought leader in the realms of holistic well-being and spiritual enlightenment. Following the tragic loss of her brother, Sushant Singh Rajput, she embarked on several months of extensive solitary retreats. This profound and transformative experience gave birth to her first book, Pain: A Portal to Enlightenment.

The Great Indian Manthan | A guide of the Indian State ed. Pushparaj Deshpande and Gurdeep Singh Sappal
 Deep dissection of the State, statecraft and Republic of the Indian State

his thought-provoking book features 13 essays penned by some of India’s foremost policymakers and practitioners, including Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Hamid Ansari, Sitaram Yechury, Madan Lokur, Ashok Lavasa, Dr. Thomas Issac, and more. The essays within “The Great Indian Manthan” meticulously dissects the norms underpinning the diverse institutions of the Indian State and objectively analyzes constitutional and institutional deviations. In doing so in a measured and methodical manner, the book plugs a glaring lacunae (since institutional capture and deviations have not been mapped with such objectivity or inside detail). The book also poses innovative ideas to redress structural issues that can be sustainably implemented. Finally, we strongly feel that this one-of-its-kind book on Indian governance and statecraft is going to be tremendously influential in shaping the thinking of foreign governments, diplomats, academics, journalists, corporate houses, activists and anyone working on India.

Pushparaj Deshpande has worked on policy and politics with various legislators, a consulting firm, the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies and the Congress Party. He is the series editor of the Rethinking India series (Penguin) and the Reshaping India series (Routledge).

Gurdeep Sappal is the All India Congress Committee in-charge (administration) and adviser to the Congress president. He was the officer on special duty to the former vice president of India, Hamid Ansari. He was also the former CEO and editor-in-chief of Rajya Sabha TV and is an executive trustee of Samruddha Bharat.

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