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Books of the Week - Saturday, 28th May, 2022

How China Sees India and the World 
by - Shyam Saran  

About the Book
Saran questions, among other things, the Chinese claim that it was the most important and influential civilization of the ancient world, arguing that it was India who played that role.
As a work of history, How China Sees India and the World is superb and tells its story not just in big, bold strokes but also through entertaining nuggets such as the spread of the chopstick, or how the word ‘zen’ arose from ‘dhyan’.
As a work of political analysis, especially of contemporary China and India, it is erudite, acute and strongly argued, based on close readings of contemporary Chinese scholarship, CCP leadership speeches and writings, and through Saran’s own experiences as diplomat and Foreign Secretary.Utterly compelling, How China Sees India and the World is a masterpiece – a work that will become a classic.

About the Author 
Shyam Saran is a former Foreign Secretary and has served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change and as Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board.
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Books of the Week - Saturday, 21st May, 2022

MODI@20: Dreams Meet Delivery
by - Sudha Murty; Arvind Panagariya; S. Jaishankar, Sadhguru & Other

About the Book
The rise of Narendra Modi is a watershed moment in Indian politics. In fact, such is the magnitude of his influence on the country that India’s governance paradigm and political history can be easily divided into two distinct eras—pre-Modi and post-Modi.
Modi became the chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat in 2001. He was undefeated in all subsequent elections and became the state’s longest serving chief minister. While Modi strode Gujarat like a colossus, propelling multi-dimensional progress, bigger responsibilities beckoned. Modi’s exemplary success in Gujarat, paved the way for him to be popularly elected India’s prime minister in an overwhelming victory in 2014. He is a prime minister unlike anyone earlier, both in terms of appeal and body of work. As a result, in 2019, he was re-elected with an even bigger mandate.
His appeal is the result of his work in many domains over a long social, political and administrative career. Modi’s impact is not restricted to India alone, and numerous national and international polls regularly declare that he is the most popular international leader.
In 2021, Modi completed twenty continuous years as the head of a government. This book, a compilation of chapters authored by eminent intellectuals and domain experts, attempts a definitive and expansive exploration into the fundamental transformation of Gujarat and India over the last twenty years due to Modi’s unique model of governance."

About the Author
BlueKraft Digital Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that is actively working in the realm of policy and governance. The Foundation brings together a wide spectrum of leading policymakers, experts and citizens to debate, discuss, deliberate and formulate new ideas that will enrich India’s development trajectory.
Its work is primarily focused on promoting the spirit of voluntary participation in sectors such as holistic education, women and child empowerment, farmer welfare, conservation of the environment, digital and social media and diaspora relations.
BlueKraft also works in the emerging discipline of data science.
BlueKraft has published books and research papers on topics related to policy developments and bringing out unique perspectives 
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Books of the Week - Saturday, 14th, May 2022

The Struggle for Police Reforms in India : Ruler’s Police to People’s Police

by - Prakash Singh

About the Book
Police should be people-friendly and it should inspire confidence among all sections of people as the protector of their lives, property and honour. Unfortunately, we continue to be saddled with a ‘politically useful’ police which was created by the British essentially to uphold their imperial interests.
The author, a senior police officer, took upon himself the task of reforming the police and, in 1996, filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court for the purpose. It took him 10 years to get a favourable judgment from the highest court of the land; surprisingly and disappointingly, it has already taken another 15 years to get the judicial directions implemented—and the end is not in sight!
This book documents the efforts made to bring about police reforms in the country. Giving a historical background to the origin of Indian Police, the book traces its evolution during British rule and subsequently since Independence. Capturing the struggles of diverse sections of people and groups, it focuses essentially on the author’s efforts to bring about transformational changes in the Indian police.
A manifesto of a lonely and tireless crusade, the book throws light on the constraints under which the Indian police functions, its shortcomings and its inability to satisfy the democratic aspirations of the people, and what all needs to be done to metamorphose the present ruler’s police into people’s police.

About the Author
PRAKASH SINGH has the unique distinction of having commanded three major police formations of the country. He was chief of India’s largest police force—Uttar Pradesh Police—and also the world’s largest border guarding force—the Border Security Force. He was specially chosen to lead the Assam Police at a critical juncture when the United Liberation Front of Assam was on a rampage. After an illustrious career, highlighted by significant contribution to national security, for which he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, Singh devoted his post-retirement period to taking up public causes. A petition filed by him in the Supreme Court for structural changes in the police led to a landmark judgment for police reforms in 2006.
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Books of the Week - Saturday, 07 May, 2022

Open House by Piyush Pandey

About the Book
In Open House, Piyush Pandey takes the readers on a journey into his mind-his work, thoughts and experiences. He answers questions posed to him by people over the decades. Serious questions, incisive questions and frivolous questions. Is advertising a good career option? Should ad agencies work for political parties? Why does Ogilvy work for the BJP? Should citizens take the law into their own hands if they don't like the advertising? Is Ogilvy a lala company? What is the future of advertising? Is Piyush Pandey too old to be in this business?
Honest, irreverent and informative, this is a roller-coaster ride with Piyush Pandey and Anant Rangaswami who has skilfully curated the book. With its practical wisdom and deep insights, Open House will both entertain and enlighten you.

About the Author
Piyush Pandey is chairman of Global Creative and executive chairman of Ogilvy India.
He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Advertising Agencies Association of India in 2010, the Clio Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, the 'Padma Shri' (Indian National Civilian Award) in 2016 and the Lion of St Mark, alongwith his brother Prasoon Pandey, at Cannes in June 2018.
His first book, Pandeymonium, is on his life and times in advertising.
Ogilvy India has been India's No. 1 creative agency for over two decades and Piyush has been named as the Economic Times' Most Influential Person fourteen years in a row.
Ogilvy was the first advertising job that he got and that's where he continues to be.
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