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The Battle Of Belonging: On Nationalism, Patriotism, And What It Means To Be Indian Hardcover – 31 October 2020
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‘Shashi Tharoor’s The Battle of Belonging is a passionate defence of civic nationalism. [It] is many books rolled into one...full of erudition interspersed with personal anecdotes. You find the raconteur and the public intellectual…vying with each other to catch the reader’s attention. But in the final analysis the book hangs together and the message is clear.’ -The Hindu
‘The Battle of Belonging retraces the evolution of the Indian nationalism and analyses the present-day churn on the topic. The book, well researched and scholarly, provides a historical background of the genesis of the idea of nationalism in a western construct, before going on to focus on the essential questions related to Indian nationalism.’ –The Week
‘Anyone who has…read through the 400-plus pages of Shashi Tharoor’s The Battle Of Belonging will come away staggered by the extraordinary scholarship…well integrated into the argument’- Open
‘The range of scholarship that Tharoor offers and his delineations of key ideas are superbly impressive’- Financial Express
‘Shashi Tharoor’s views on India today and the idea of nationalism.’- The Tribune
‘Shashi Tharoor’s new book provides an analytical overview of patriotism to readers grappling with swiftly changing definitions of nationalism.’-Hindu Business Line
‘He brings in a touch of logic and gets it backed by an array of authorities and authors he quotes from.’- New Indian Express
‘... (The Battle of Belonging) remains a must-read for the sheer brilliance of Tharoor as a writer and also because of the personal stories and anecdotes he has up his sleeve.’- Daily Guardian
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- Publisher : Aleph Book Company (31 October 2020); Rupa Pub, 7/16 Ansari Road-110002
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 462 pages
- ISBN-10 : 8194735386
- ISBN-13 : 978-8194735380
- Item Weight : 670 g
- Dimensions : 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Importer : Rupa Pub, 7/16 Ansari Road-110002
- Packer : Rupa Pub, 7/16 Ansari Road-110002
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tharoor in his Magnum opus presented his case strongly, forcefully, and emphatically for civic nationalism twinned with patriotism, which would indeed, give every Indian their rightful honoured place in the twenty-first century and beyond. He also sought to balance the common good with individual rights and group rights so that individual freedom is not undermined in the name of cultural autonomy. He has also countered the Daniel A. Bell's work "The China Model" where Bell argued that authoritarian regime of China can be viable model of governance, or say, the alternative to Indian and Western liberal democracy.
This book is well updated, deals with current empirical reality, and furnishes normative critique of existing regime in India while completely exposing them from their roots - their ideologues and ideologies, social media bigotry, soft bigotry subtly perpetuated by leaders at the centre, and most importantly why does the masses are associating themselves with them, not only within territorial boundary of nation but beyond it - Diaspora nationalism.
Book has many things to offer and provides further works citation which is essential and updated. He speaks for the "New India" where no one gets lynched for the food you eat, marginalised for the faith you hold dear, criminalized for the person you love, or imprisoned for making use of fundamental rights guaranteed by our own Constitution. He called this book a paean to an India, not an elegy, and certainly not a dirge!
By Sobhan George Abraham on 5 November 2020
The arguments appear to be changing the narrative as per convenience with the sole motive of demeaning each and every action of a single political figure.
By Rashid on 7 November 2020
By Jimmy on 25 January 2021