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Ram Madhav is an Indian politician who serves as the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was a member of the National Executive of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and has authored few books. His latest is Uneasy Neighbours: India and China after Fifty Years of the War.
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Tools and Weapons
The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
Brad Smith - Sep 10, 2019
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With a foreword by Bill Gates From Microsoft's President and one of the tech industry's wisest thinkers, a frank and thoughtful reckoning with how to balance enormous promise and existential risk as the digitization of everything accelerates.Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: when your technology changes the world, you...
Ram Madhav
Mar 21, 2020
A good book:      source
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The Lost History of Liberalism
From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century
Helena Rosenblatt - Feb 04, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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The changing face of the liberal creed from the ancient world to todayThe Lost History of Liberalism challenges our most basic assumptions about a political creed that has become a rallying cry--and a term of derision--in today's increasingly divided public square. Taking readers from ancient Rome to today, Helena Rosenblatt traces the evolution of...
Ram Madhav
Oct 22, 2019
This book is a very interesting expose of the Liberalist dogma right from its ancient Roman beginnings to today’s western identity. Largely focused on the happenings in Europe, this book highlights the long history of omissions and commissions........      source
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Rise and Kill First
The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations
Ronen Bergman - Jul 09, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF's targeted killing programs, hailed by The New York Times as "an exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject."WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN HISTORYNAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY JENNIFER SZALAI, THE NEW YORK TI...
Ram Madhav
Jul 06, 2019
Read several books on Mossad, the omnipotent Israeli intelligence service. But this one, ‘Rise and Kill First’ by journalist Ronen Bergman is markedly different. It doesn’t romanticise, not does it portray the agency as superhuman and invincible.      source
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The Lessons of Tragedy
Statecraft and World Order
Hal Brands - Feb 26, 2019
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An eloquent call to draw on the lessons of the past to address current threats to international order The ancient Greeks hard‑wired a tragic sensibility into their culture. By looking disaster squarely in the face, by understanding just how badly things could spiral out of control, they sought to create a communal sense of responsibility and courag...
Ram Madhav
May 29, 2019
Interesting book passionately arguing for the US to reacquire ‘tragic sensibility’, meaning, it should be ready to lead the struggles for maintaining a peaceful, liberal and democratic international order irrespective of the costs involved.      source
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Nervous States
Democracy and the Decline of Reason
William Davies - Feb 18, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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Hailed as a “masterpiece” (Mark Green, New York Times Book Review), Nervous States offers an astute diagnosis for why our politics has become so fractious and warlike. In this bold and far- reaching book, political economist William Davies argues that our increasing reliance on feeling over fact has transformed democracies. The spread of media tech...
Ram Madhav
May 19, 2019
Just completed this interesting book. Interesting because in a sophisticated manner it tries to suggest that once-a-holy-idea of democracy is no longer a truthful institution and post-truth influence is what drives global democratic politics today.      source
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Beyond Me
Weaving yesterday's wavering with fragile threads into tomorrow
Prof Abdul Ghani Butt - Nov 11, 2016
Ram Madhav
Dec 04, 2018
Just finished a book by Separatist leader Abdul Ghani Butt ‘Beyond Me’. Supposedly his autobiography, but largely philosophical in tone n tenor. Good read for educators, but those want to have insights into d separatist movement, Hurriyat or Kashmir terrorism will be disappointed      source
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Modern Hinduism in Text and Context
Lavanya Vemsani - Jul 26, 2018
Modern Hinduism in Text and Context brings together textual and contextual approaches to provide a holistic understanding of modern Hinduism. It examines new sources - including regional Saiva texts, Odissi dance and biographies of Nationalists - and discusses topics such as yoga, dance, visual art and festivals in tandem with questions of spiritua...
Ram Madhav
Oct 08, 2018
Rare to come across such profound research on contemporary Hinduism including Hindu women, religions n symbolism. Articles by Lavanya, Elaine n Beldio stand out. Antoinette on Sadhvis is outstanding. Scholarly book n serious stuff, not for casual reading 😊      source
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The Unending Game [Hardcover] Vikram Sood
Vikram Sood - Jul 13, 2018
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Ram Madhav
Aug 17, 2018
Good read. Lot of theory as d author informs in d beginning itself that it’s not a personal memoir.Chapters that deal with Indian experience n especially d failures are very informative.Coming from one of our former spy masters this book is worth reading to know d espionage world      source
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A Higher Loyalty
Truth, Lies, and Leadership
James Comey - Apr 17, 2018
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Former FBI Director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remark...
Ram Madhav
Jun 03, 2018
Comey, fired by Trump as FBI Director, makes a forceful case for honesty n non-partisan credentials of FBI. Held by many in US as singularly responsible for Hillary’s defeat, Comey successfully argues in d book that what he did was just his duty n nothing political. Worth reading      source
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Coalition years, The
Mukherjee - Nov 11, 2017
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An Indian politician looks back at her journey and recounts how the going got tougher with her every success, perhaps because she was a woman. Life among the Scorpions recounts the deeply fascinating and often tumultuous events that mark thirty years of Jaya Jaitly's political journey. From arranging relief for victims of the 1984 Sikh riots, to jo...
Ram Madhav
Apr 23, 2018
Engrossing personal narrative of d renowned social n political activist. Initial chapters of her childhood may not b of great interest, but d book picks up momentum from ‘80s. Brings out her strong persona thru d narrative of various dark corners of our polity. Worth reading.      source
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Durand's Curse
A Line Across the Pathan Heart
Rajiv Dogra - Sep 18, 2017
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Blood and fire have often blighted Afghanistan, the three Anglo-Afghan wars being among thebloodiest and the cruelest in its history. But Britain’s partitioning of Afghanistan will rank asthe greatest crime of the nineteenth century. That arbitrary line which Mortimer Durand drewin 1893 on a small piece of paper continues to bleed Afghanistan and h...
Ram Madhav
Jan 04, 2018
Great research on Afghanistan. D British had split Afghan first n India after 5 decades. D beneficiary was Pak. Durand Line was as fantastically nonsensical as Radcliff Line. Read this book to know why n how. Kudos to Amb. Dogra      source
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Creating a New Medina by Venkat Dhulipala
Where Borders Bleed by Rajiv Dogra