Book2

EVALUATING BRAND MODI

Perhaps Brand Modi Ka Tilism is the first book which carries in depth analysis of Lok Sabha Election 2014 to Bihar assembly election 2015. This book tries to bring out the truth explaining historic political changes in the country, their complexion, hidden and unhidden aspect of winning and losing of election.Why Modi won in 2014 Lok Sabha election? What were the mains reasons? Why Modi's magic in Bihar and Delhi did not work? What were his strategies to win election, why he failed to perform in assembly election of Delhi and Bihar. Is he not able to deliver on the tall promises which were made during the Lok Sabha elections? Whether people are reading too much into the assembly election results of two states? The 13 chapters in the book are based on thorough research on different aspects. The 2014 Lok Sabha Polls proved extra-ordinary for one single reason - a political party, which for long faced isolation, romped home to a thumping victory under a leader named Narendra Modi, who was considered a political pariah both nationally and internationally. However, soon thereafter questions have been raised on Modi wave. The query became stronger after BJP lost assembly elections Delhi and Bihar. The milestone development in modern Indian politics has been variously explained, largely by journalists-turned-writers. This book however is different. Most of the tomes which appeared on post 2014 Lok Sabha elections are compendiums of news reports thinly disguised as research-based work. Though Dharmendra K Singh, author of Brand Modi too is a journalist but he has taken the pains to go beyond the jumble of daily reportage to give answers through diligently collected statistics. In 240 odd pages, the writer has tried to build a systematic narration through 13 well-planned out chapters. The sub-title of the book covers five major issues, which according to the author dominated in the polls - The story of Changing mood of voters, why changing very fastely, Modi wave, Rise of 'Hindu' vote and Desire for Development, inspirational voters like middle class and impact of media..This subtitle gives indication of being introduced to a very complex narrative. The 2014 polls were the first elections which witnessed both the polarization of the votes of the majority community and their desire for development aggregate in support of the same candidate. Though a similar phenomenon was witnessed in 1984 too, when Rajiv Gandhi led the Congress to power but then he had the support of the largest minority group too.

Compny To Crown

ESSAYS ON COLONIAL MOSAIC

Colonialism in India, economic and non-economic, and its resistance by people in different forms has been the subject of analysis for more than two centuries. The Company Raj of the British East India Company which begun its rule from a part of Bengal in 1757 gradually acquired the entire territorial sovereignty of Mughal India by 1850. The 1857 rebellion, however, sealed its fate in India. It was replaced by the Crown. But in the period of a century, the Raj actuated a kind of social transformation that was rarely known in the pre-colonial Indian history in such a short span and at such a vast scale. It was a substantive break from the past which changed the elite structure, nature of state and ushered in new technology and economy. This book analyses this period of history spread over a century (1757-1857) admirably which is aptly captioned as Company to Crown with the logos of both on the cover page. The Company, which was formed on 31st December, 1600 by 218 members, knights, aldermen and burgesses 'to trade with East in spices and in other products prized for their utility or beauty in the West', became the state since 1757. Interestingly, the Company had raised its first troops of approximately 250 sepoys only nine years ago, in 1748, at Madras. Yet, it could defeat a much larger Indian force within three hours at Plassey in the rainy season speaks volume about its nature and functioning. And it may be further added here that the Company had lost the battle just a year ago to the army of Nawab of Bengal. The book contains eight chapters on diverse aspects of Company Raj contributed by young scholars teaching and researching in the field affiliated to different universities in Delhi. Almost all papers are of high quality. But the best, to my liking, is the chapter 'Educating the Colony' written by Sudipta Bhaarat and the best part in it is that he informs us that Voltaire had a strong liking for the Oriental knowledge so much so that he believed it to be the 'cradle of all arts and it is therefore to the East that the West owes everything' (p.134).

Book 1

GIVING FRESH INSIGHT

Amidst the ongoing surrogacy debate, author Pinki Virani has come out with a book that is no less than a revelation. Politics Of The Womb draws on a wide-ranging investigation and research to present a damning indictment of what is sold to desperately wanting-to-be parents as miraculous medico-technology. It states the actual failure rates of IVF and other reproductive techniques. It points to the futility of such artificial assistance that deals with a father passing on his genetic infertility to his IVF-child. The book uncovers something called an ‘IVF-package’ which becomes the woman and her unborn, through which a newly born baby is denied colostrum - its fundamental foremost-hour feed, from breast milk. This shocking, first-of-its-kind exposition of the workings of the reproduction industry also lays bare what is done to a woman’s body through such hyper-medicalisation. As it does the placing of parts of the womb in the marketplace, divided up and traded as ova, uterus. With little concern for the cancers which can be a possibility. The development of reproductive technologies and the associated commodification of pregnancy since the 1980s are inseparable more so, in a country like India where people suffer from abject poverty and impoverishment. Politics Of The Womb comprehensively tracks the death of commercial surrogates. The emotional exploitation of a female’s body.The genetic thefts.The rampant human and ova trafficking. The moral compass lost procedures behind “designer offspring”. And the very real risk of broken babies and breaking mother. Are such secrets being intentionally suppressed? Buried, because of the bottom line which is a just business for a burgeoning repro tech industry? For long, women in our society have been blamed for not being able to get pregnant and take the family name further. Through this book, Virani has highlighted the basic essence of a journey of a woman’s life, childless. Among life s choices is to have children or remain child free.

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