72nd Republic Day

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Republic Day reads

As we honour and celebrate the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect, here’s a list of insightful reads you can immerse yourself in on the 26th of January. From APJ Abdul Kalam and Tagore to Romila Thapar and Aatish Taseer, these essays and books will get you thinking about the nation as an independent country and one of the world’s largest democracies.

  • Freedom and the Idea of India

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In this seminal essay, acclaimed historian Romila Thapar re-examines the idea of India – always under threat, sometimes robust. 

  • Exile in the Age of Modi

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From his state of involuntary exile, author and journalist Aatish Taseer writes of Modi’s India and his own relationship with the country.

  • Insights from Wings of Fire by APJ Abdul Kalam in 15 mins

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This is a story about the struggles and achievements of a small-town boy who went on to become a key player in Indian Space Research and Missile programs. He later became the President of India. In this book, he has described the people who have had a profound impact on his life and his deep faith in God.

  • The Indian Struggle

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Written while Bose was in exile, the original manuscript was seized by the colonial government. The book was banned in India by the British and was only released in the country after India gained independence. It chronicles the history of the freedom movement to end British rule over India.

  • Nationalism

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First published in 1917, this insightful critique of the concept of nation and nationalism remains a seminal text. It delves into different constructs of nationalism, and warns against the perils of blindly aping Western notions of it in a country as diverse as India. 

  • My Experiments with Truth

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My Experiments with Truth is the autobiography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, covering his life from early childhood through 1921. Gandhi wrote it at the behest of his co-workers, who encouraged him to explain the background to his public campaigns.


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