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Hindutva: Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism
Jyotirmaya Sharma| Penguin| Rs 299

Hindutva, says the author of this book, is the dominant expression of Hinduism, not just a perverted manifestation of it. Those who say, ‘Hinduism is a way of life’, miss the question that follows: Who is a Hindu? What does a Hindu do? To Sharma, the writings of Dayananda Saraswati, Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda and V D Savarkar show consonance on six critical areas related to building Hindu identity – importance of monochromatic identity, masculinity, its relation to other faiths, victimhood, importance of Vedas and Upanishads and abuse and aggression as a legitimate tool of public discourse. This is the second imprint of Sharma’s book and includes a revised introduction and an additional essay. Must read for anyone interested in Indian polity.


My Father Baliah
YB Satyanarayana| Harper Collins| Rs 299

In this touching tale of hardship and resilience, dreams and determination, Satyanarayana recounts the tale of three generation of Madiga (chamar) family and its journey from caste-riddled Vengapalli in Karimnagar district in Telangana to the modern world that the casteless cities represent. The story of the struggle has all the ingredients of poverty and caste hate that the author’s family suffered. The horror of growing up untouchable, says Satyanarayana, lies in its practice by society and its internalization by the dalit. Education helps get rid of this complexity. But it can’t be done in one generation. It requires time. In the case of his family, it took three generations to fully integrate with progressive idea of India.


Talking Numbers
SS Khaamba| Akshar Publications| Rs 294

“I have named my work Talking Numbers because the numbers present in the dates of birth, really talk, always giving guidance,” says the author of this book. Khaamba claims to have perfected the ‘calculative number science’ based on the series of numbers evolved by medieval Italian mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci. Fibonacci became famous in 12th century for introducing Hindu-Arabic numeral system to European commerce. It was particularly suited for commercial book-keeping, conversion of weights and measures and the calculation of interest. How this applies to numerological predictions, one doesn’t know. Khaamba, however, claims to have reinvented it for everyday use – enumerating how to act in the present and what to expect in the future – based on the date of birth.

(An edited version of the above reviews appeared in the Sunday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 15 January 2012)

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