A book achieves what Parliament could not

  • Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Apr 30, 2013 00:39 IST

A book penned by a dozen young parliamentarians has done what endless debates and discussions in Parliament could not — devising a roadmap and vision to tackle the challenges the country faces.

India: The Future is Now — a book edited by Shashi Tharoor and published by Wisdom Tree — is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday. The initiative allows the young politicians to navigate through the political minefield while offering ideas which matters for the young Indians.

The book, while taking a broad sweep of the problems grappling the country, offers remedial solutions to the major problems that confront India.

While Anantkumar Hegde discusses agriculture, education and the environment, Jyotiraditya Scindia emphasises on inclusive growth. Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo discusses hunger, corruption and political change, and welcomes the role of regional parties. MB Rajesh offers a critique of economic reforms and suggests an alternative approach to addressing urgent problems of inequality while Milind Deora examines development at a time of rapid urbanisation.

“More youngsters are convinced that they cannot afford to be apolitical any more. Young people keeping away from politics will only restrict the progress of our country…,” writes Shashi Tharoor in his editor’s note.

“I hope this book, in its own little way, will play a role in changing the political discourse in India. The youth, across the social and economic spectrum, are looking up to the young politicians to fulfill their aspirations. The book reinforces that we seem to be going in safe hands,” says Shobit Arya founder and publisher of Wisdom Tree.


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