- Publisher : Aleph Book Company
- Release Date: 31 October 2020
- Genre: Non-fiction, Indian History, Political Structure, Political Ideology
- ISBN-13 : 978-8194735380
- Price: INR 799/-
About the Author
Through this book, Tharoor makes an excellent case for civic nationalism combined with patriotism. His arguments in the favour of it, make you believe that this is the only way every Indian can get their rightful place intact with its honour and respect.
This book is by no means a dated statistic which speaks about things long forgone. It is very well updated and talks about the current scenario with an eerie detail. It also follows it all by a detailed bibliography at the end of the book which has so many interesting references for further reading. Something about the bibliography says this discussion is not going to end with this book. It is a topic which needs more books and more discussions.
Interestingly, Tharoor just does not talk about the problems in this book. He is in no mood to simply magnify the issues and analyze them cryptically for pages and pages, endlessly. After making his point, he swiftly moves to the solutions which according to him, can help us overcome the current situation we are in.
The epilogue of the book is titled – Winning the Battle of Belonging and begins with these lines,
This book is for each one of us who are desperately looking for answers to our questions. Growing up in a nation different than what we are living in right now, we are bound to be laden with questions. Strange as it may sound, we are surrounded by questions. Ones that we ask and ones that others around us are asking. Once again taking Shashi Tharoor’s words here to emphasize on the need for answers:
The only drawback I can claim for this book is that I wish this book was for masses. Both in content and pricing, this book is not something I can say every one will enjoy reading. It definitely needs loads of patience to devour a 450 pages book, with so many details to process, understand and analyze. It also needs someone who wants to be the change they wish to see in this nation.However, this does not take away the fact that this book is extremely important. And I would not be wrong is saying, this should be considered an important academic read in our country to encourage healthy debates and invite ideas and suggestions for this.
The book does not promise to be the answer to all, but it does promise to raise a lot of questions and make us think.