2014: The Election That Changed India by Rajdeep Sardesai

By Rajdeep Sardesai

The 2014 Indian basic elections has been considered as an important elections in Indian historical past due to the fact that 1977. It observed the decimation of the ruling Congress occasion, a awesome victory for the BJP and a brand new variety of campaigning that broke each rule within the political video game. yet how and why?

In his riveting publication, Rajdeep Sardesai tracks the tale of this pivotal elections via all of the key avid gamers and the large information tales. starting with 2012, whilst Narendra Modi gained the nation elections in Gujarat for a 3rd time yet set his attractions on a much bigger prize, to the scandals that crippled Manmohan Singh and UPA 2, and relocating to the back-room suggestions of staff Modi, the extreme missteps of Rahul Gandhi and the political dramas of an election yr, he attracts a breathtaking photograph of the 12 months that modified India. Page-turning, filled with insights and nice photos, and written with a media insider s eye, 2014 is political storytelling at its very best.

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Along the Path. The Meditator's Companion to the Buddha's by Kory Goldberg, Michelle Décary

By Kory Goldberg, Michelle Décary

This particular guidebook offers useful and encouraging info for meditators who plan to go to the sacred websites the place the Buddha lived and taught in India and Nepal. The publication deals a wealthy anthology of reports when it comes to all of the pilgrimage websites hooked up to the Buddha's lifestyles and instructing, in addition to important maps, artistic art, and non secular narratives from skilled tourists. every one web site access contains insider info and information with special descriptions of transportation, lodging, and native delicacies; recommended tours and actions within the area; and highlights of demonstrated Vipassana mediation facilities most suitable to house traveling meditators.

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A State in Denial: Pakistan's Misguided and Dangerous by B. G. Verghese

By B. G. Verghese

A kingdom in Denial through veteran journalist B.G. Verghese explores a subject matter of vast worldwide significance—Pakistan, and the place it's situated with regards to India and the world.
After a brisk review of the occasions that experience come to outline post-Independence Pakistan—the conflict for Kashmir; the combination of Karat and Hyderabad into India; the construction of Bangladesh—Verghese, drawing from infrequent archival fabric, ways topics that experience lengthy been contentious—the Indus water treaty, Siachen and A.Q. Khan’s risky nuclear forays.
Even whereas interpreting Pakistan’s present-day plunge into inner dissent, self-made jihadi extremism, provincial competition and armed forces rule, Verghese deals a gradual means out of the nation’s self-made dilemmas—by encouraging Pakistan to develop into greater than the Indian ‘other’, and urging it to maneuver clear of fundamentalism and embody the syncretic, Sufi-infused Islam it as soon as knew. B.G. Verghese’s final booklet is a strong reminder that the center factor with Pakistan isn't really Kashmir—rather, it's the loss of a transparent identification, the absence of a favorable ideology, and the reluctance of the country to totally settle for its heritage.

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Maharana Pratap: Mewar's Rebel King by Brishti Bandyopadhyay

By Brishti Bandyopadhyay

Within the villages of Rajasthan, there are nonetheless hardy, previous, weather-beaten males whose eyes fill with tears as they bear in mind the problems confronted via Maharana Pratap, their indomitable hero, in difficult Akbar, the main robust emperor of the time. within the current global of realpolitik, Maharana Pratap's struggles opposed to the Mughals may maybe look inconsequential. even if, this couldn't be farther from the reality: Maharana Pratap has encouraged rulers when you consider that he fought opposed to the Mughal emperor over part a millennia in the past. within the early thirties of the final century, the progressive Surjya Sen invoked the identify of this mythical courageous warrior to awaken his fans whereas laying a siege after which ransacking the Chittagong armoury of the British.

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Historical Dictionary of Sri Lanka by S. W.R. de A Samarsinghe, Vidyamali Samarsinghe

By S. W.R. de A Samarsinghe, Vidyamali Samarsinghe

The island state of Sri Lanka possesses a wealthy and occasionally stricken heritage that stretches again over 2,500 years. based on the nation's "origin myth," it used to be first settled by way of a band of seven-hundred younger males led through a Bengal prince who used to be banished from his native land via his father, the king in 483 B.C. The civilization grew upon the industrial prosperity of rice and tea cultivation that encouraged the construction of 1 of the main refined hydraulic platforms within the historic world.Sri Lanka's historical past has now not been completely idyllic, in spite of the fact that. The cultural and technological advances enriched lives, but in addition created a weak spot that outdoor invaders may well take advantage of. consequently, the Singhalese were governed by means of Southern Indian invaders, in addition to the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British.The historic Dictionary of Sri Lanka presents a one-stop source for the heritage of this interesting kingdom. Dictionary entries conceal the folks, locations, and occasions that experience formed this state and are additional supplemented by means of an in depth chronology, statistical tables, graphs and appendices. contains bibliography.

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Making Sense of Pakistan (Columbia Hurst) by Farzana Shaikh

By Farzana Shaikh

As soon as a version of Muslim enlightenment, Pakistan is now dealing with a deadly Islamist risk. Many think this can be as a result of Pakistan's partnership with the us, whereas others see it because the final result of an authoritarian rule that has marginalized liberal opinion whereas growing inroads for the spiritual right.Farzana Shaikh argues that although exterior affects and family politics have undoubtedly formed Pakistan, an uncertainty in regards to the that means of Pakistan and the importance of "being Pakistani" lies on the middle of the state's social and political decline. Making feel of Pakistan exhibits how those issues have contributed to the unfold of Islam within the public sphere. they've got additionally widened the distance among own piety and public morality, compromising the country's fiscal foundations and social balance. This uncertainty has additionally affected Pakistan's overseas coverage, which compensates for the country's bad experience of nationwide id. much more ominous, nationwide insecurities have given upward push to a deadly symbiosis among Pakistan's militia and Muslim extremists, rival contenders within the fight to redefine the that means of Pakistan. Drawing on large examine into the origins and evolution of the rustic, Shaikh follows the forces of tradition and beliefs that burdened Indo-Muslims within the years prime as much as Partition and proceed to resonate during the kingdom. (6/1/09)

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Song of Kali by Dan Simmons

By Dan Simmons

"O negative spouse of Siva / Your tongue is consuming the blood, / O darkish mom! O unclad Mother." it really is amazing that ahead of scripting this first novel, Dan Simmons had spent merely and a part days in Calcutta, a urban "too depraved to be suffered," his narrator says. thankfully again in print after a number of years within which it used to be not easy to acquire, this wealthy, weird and wonderful novel virtually reeks with surroundings. the tale issues an American poet who travels together with his Indian spouse and their child to Calcutta to select up an epic poem cycle concerning the goddess Kali. The Bengali poet who wrote the poem cycle has disappeared less than mysterious circumstances.

Horror critic Edward Bryant calls Song of Kali "an exactingly developed, brutal, and uncompromising examine of the measure to which an evil position may well permeate and steep all that makes us human" and writes that it embodies "the stance of a psychologically violent novel a few violent society as a defensible and unquestionably ethical paintings of art." Song of Kali received a global fable Award. --Fiona Webster

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Man for All Seasons by Kingshuk Nag

By Kingshuk Nag

From being one of many earliest individuals of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Vajpayee blossomed right into a best competition MP via the overdue Sixties, went directly to turn into exterior Affairs Minister within the short-lived Janata executive and, ultimately in 1999, to go the 1st non-Congress executive to accomplish a whole time period in place of work. That it used to be a coalition executive made the feat all of the extra amazing, and testifies to the truth that notwithstanding wedded to a right-wing political ideology, Vajpayee didn't think within the politics of exclusion.
A protégé of Jana Sangh stalwarts like Syama Prasad Mukherjee and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Vajpayee gained the admiration of Jawaharlal Nehru, was once consulted via his daughter Indira Gandhi—whom he by no means lacked the braveness to criticize—and befriended through fiery alternate unionist George Fernandes even sooner than they turned political allies. He hence displayed an strange skill to hold alongside all colours of political opinion—an skill that got here to the fore whilst he headed the nationwide Democratic Alliance executive among 1999 and 2004. And in the back of this public character used to be an strange own existence, performed with such dignity as to stay freed from innuendo.
In this booklet, journalist Kingshuk Nag lines the political trip of this tall parliamentarian of over 4 many years, who was once conferred the Bharat Ratna in December 2014. Atal Bihari Vajpayee: a guy for All Seasons is a definitive account of the lifestyles and occasions of 1 of India’s so much illustrious non-Congress leaders.

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