Created On: January 1, 2018
‘Small Acts of Freedom’, by Gurmehar Kaur (Penguin)
In February 2017, Gurmehar Kaur, a 19-year-old student, joined a peaceful campaign after violent clashes at a Delhi University college. As part of the campaign, Kaur's post made her the target of an onslaught of social media vitriol. Today, Kaur is doubly determined not to be silent. ‘Small Acts of Freedom’ is her story.
‘Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb’, by Hassan Abbas (Penguin)
In ‘Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb’, Abbas profiles the politicians and scientists involved in the development of the country's atomic bomb and the role of China and Saudi Arabia in supporting its nuclear infrastructure.
‘Why I Am A Hindu’, by Shashi Tharoor (Aleph)
Tharoor gives us a profound book about one of the world's oldest and greatest religions. Starting with a close examination of his own belief in Hinduism, he ranges far and wide in his study of the faith. He looks at the myriad manifestations of political Hinduism in the modern era, including violence committed in the name of the faith by right-wing organisations and their adherents.
‘Keepers of the Kalachakra’, by Ashwin Sanghi (Westland)
A seemingly random selection of heads of state is struck down like flies by unnamed killers who work with the clinical efficiency of butchers. Except that they leave no trace of their methods. Sanghi returns with another quietly fearsome tale -- this time of men who guard the ‘Kalachakra’-The Wheel of Time.
‘Diwali in Muzaffarnagar’, by Tanuj Solanki (HarperCollins)
Friendship between two teenage boys dissolves in the aftermath of an act of violence typical of the place they live in-the north Indian town of Muzaffarnagar. A young man comes to the same town to celebrate Diwali with his family and learns that, given his roots, his cosmopolitanism might not be an option any more.
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