India: From Midnight to the Millennium and beyond is a book written by Shashi Tharoor that expresses the importance that India enjoys in the global scene and how the country will contribute to the developed world in the future. Tharoor explains India’s connection with some of the most important questions that the present world is facing. The book mentions that India houses one-sixth of the world’s population, a fact that increases the chances of Indians bringing about a change in the international scenario. Tharoor, through his book, also provides answers to questions related to democracy, inefficient political infighting, religious fundamentalism, pluralism and diversity among cultural and religious traditions, the introduction of Western consumer goods, and protectionism. He whips up a book based on his political scholarship, and adds a tinge of his own personal reflections and memories in constructing this polemic work.
About the Author: Shashi Tharoor, born in 1956 in London, is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London, the India International Centre in New Delhi, and the American PEN Center (SAJA). He obtained his BA in History from St. Stephen's College and pursued his PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has worked for the United Nations since May 1978. He initially worked as the Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations in New York. He has written many editorials, commentaries, and short stories through Indian and Western publications. Tharoor has also won many journalism and literary awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His other works include The Great Indian Novel, Pax Indica: India and the World In The 21st Century, Nehru: The Invention Of India, Riot A Novel, and The Five Dollar Smile. His bibliography includes several works of fiction, non-fiction, and even illustrated books.
Medieval India: From Sultanat To The Mughals Delhi Sultanat (1206-1526) Part One looks at the historical period between the Mughal rule in India and its predecessors, the Sultanate. The author acts as a chronicler, detailing and describing all the changes that occurred in this period. Medieval India: From Sultanat To The Mughals Delhi Sultanat (1206-1526) Part One looks at India in this period and all her resultant changes and transformations in some specific fields. These fields include the Indian economy, politics, culture and other societal transformations as well. This book strives to bring together popular folklore down the ages and intensive research. There are some stories that are controversial along with some famous decisions as well. 320 years of indian history is detailed and described by the author after extensive research.
Medieval India: From Sultanat To The Mughals Delhi Sultanat (1206-1526) Part One can be called a broad survey of all these diverse changes between 1206 and 1526. This period has spawned a lot of public mass perception along with various historical research. Satish Chandra has tried to bridge the gap between these differing perceptions in this book. This period is often described as a very controversial period in Indian history. Satish Chandra has presented a detailed picture of these so called dark ages in Indian history in Medieval India: From Sultanat To The Mughals Delhi Sultanat (1206-1526) Part One. This was generally regarded as an age where rapine, and war prevailed, leaving little room for positive transformations and developments of any sort.
In 1498, when Vasco da Gama set foot in Kerala looking for Christians and spices, he unleashed a wave of political fury that would topple local powers like a house of cards. The cosmopolitan fabric of a vibrant trading society with its Jewish and Arab merchants, Chinese pirate heroes and masterful Hindu Zamorins was ripped apart, heralding an age of violence and bloodshed. One prince, however, emerged triumphant from this descent into chaos. Shrewdly marrying Western arms to Eastern strategy, Martanda Varma consecrated the dominion of Travancore, destined to become one of the most dutiful pillars of the British Raj.
What followed was two centuries of internecine conflict in one of India's premier princely states, culminating in a dynastic feud between two sisters battling to steer the fortunes of their house on the eve of Independence. Manu S. Pillai's retelling of this sprawling saga focuses on the remarkable life and work of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the last, and forgotten, queen of the House of Travancore. The supporting cast includes the flamboyant painter Raja Ravi Varma and his wrathful wife, scheming matriarchs of 'violent, profligate and sordid' character, wifeswapping court favourites, vigilant English agents, quarrelling consorts and lustful kings. Extensively researched and vividly rendered, The Ivory Throne conjures up a dramatic world of political intrigues and factions, black magic and conspiracies, crafty ceremonies and splendorous temple treasures, all harnessed in a tragic contest for power and authority in the age of empire.
The western world has always had a clear idea of what war is. Kill your enemies, destroy the resistance. Hundreds of years ago, a Chinese general found himself at the helm of the army of one of the many small countries that existed in China at the time. Sun Tzu believed in what some would find a counter-intuitive principle. War’s sole purpose and motive was to capture territory and people, not to slaughter them. Sun Tzu's fundamentals stemmed from the game of Go, a game that was rooted in its principles of territorial exchange and superiority. Despite the strangeness of this concept, it would prove devastating to westerners each time they ignored it. During the time of the Vietnam war, the American forces had been swept into North Vietnam in a sort of crusade. The war began with the soldiers being considered heroes. How, then, did it end with the chaotic rallies and riots which demanded their return home? How did the Americans fail even after holding on to better weapons? The Viet Cong followed simple tactics, tactics which were centralized around Sun Tzu’s principles. They didn’t care about killing more people.
They cared about upsetting the enemy through guerilla techniques, using spies to gather information and throw their opponents off, and winning territories that mattered. Western warfare said that was a strange and cowardly way to fight. Sun Tzu would have been proud of them, encouraging their actions and calling the westerners mad for even thinking there was some manner of glory or honor in battle. War was only an extension of the policies of the state to Sun Tzu. Its fulfillment was the sole progress of state discussions and requirements.
This book is attributed to Sun Tzu, despite several accounts that it was written even before he might have been born. It contains views on every aspect of military conduct, ranging from movement of troops to the advantage of high ground over low. The book has since been considered to be a definitive text on warfare and on management. Sun Tzu would have found it strangely fitting that battles had moved from the field back into the courtly board rooms of modern royalty. War, after all, is merely an extension of the affairs of the state.
Ram Sharan Sharma’s Prarambhik Bharat Ka Parichay, published by Orient Blackswan, is a comprehensive book in Hindi on ancient India. It offers deep insights into the social, political, economic, religious, and other aspects of early India. It contains a large number of illustrations and is filled with facts and figures to understand the origin of various features of the Indian subcontinent.
About Ram Sharan Sharma: Ram Sharan Sharma was an eminent historian of Ancient and early Medieval India. He was a professor at Patna University, Delhi University, and the University of Toronto, and was also a Senior Fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Dr. Sharma was also the founding Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research.
Kalam shares his vision and dreams for a developed India yet again. He continues to emphasize the importance of changes we need to adopt in our governing methods. Kalam, along with V. Ponraj, have put together in this book, the ideas for a better political leadership to bring about dramatic change in our country’s growth and development. The former president also explains how the diverse states in our country can contribute individually to development. The book is candid and forthright with the authors’ genuine aspirations and perspectives for a better, evolving nation.
About the Authors A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was the eleventh president of India. He is honoured with the highest civilian awards, including the Bharat Ratna. He is unarguably one of the most inspiring personalities of India, who is fondly referred to as The Missile Man of India. He has authored several best-selling books like Ignited Minds, Wings of Fire, India 2020, Indomitable Spirit and Target 3 Billion. V. Ponraj is the Advisor to the former President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
Covering the story of a millennium in India's history, this book discusses India's advancement from a country which existed and fought on its own into a country on the global scale. Beginning with the global situation in the 800s, Satish Chandra describes the political map of the world at that timeline and then progresses to India and her city-states. Describing the Chola empire to the South, he progresses to showcase the difference between the scenarios by bringing in the North, where the Turks were ready to advance. He describes how the Delhi Sultanat was established and how it organized the entire north. It shifts back to the south and discusses the rise of the Vijayanagara Empire, and the advent of the Portuguese to the south. A majority of the book discusses the Mughals and the Afghans and how the Mughal Empire rose, and eventually fell, in India. This Hindi translation of the original beautifully captures the story of India between the 800s and the 1700s.
About Satish Chandra: Satish Chandra is an Indian Historian, writer and academician. The son of a leading businessman from the former United Provinces, he is a former professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has also served as the Chairman of the University Grants Commission of India and the General President of the Indian History Congress.
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