Book review | Between You and Me by Atul Khanna
Author: Atul Khanna
No. of pages: 291
Published by: Bloomsbury India
Published on: 18th September 2018
My rating: ★★★★☆
A young soul trapped in an old body.
A ticking clock slower than time.
Can this be the ironic destiny of 600 million bright and young Indians? Are we born free and yet trapped by our circumstances?
Between You and Me is a conversation that makes the reader ponder about the much-needed transformational changes for the twenty-first century. Why should we get up to act only when we are pushed to the corner? After all, a stitch in time saves nine. Could it be that the parameters of economics, administration, democracy, and social and political constitutions were all ideated and executed for another era? Will tinkering with these institutions help or are fresh ideas needed?
Encompassing an extensive discussion and analysis of what comprise our society-government, economy, education, healthcare, science, technology and so on-this book gives the reader a holistic view of India and helps in deriving solution-oriented ideas for a new societal design and structure which will ensure a thriving democracy. It presents the hope and aspiration of an ancient society that wants to break through the colonial legacy and land safely into the future. It is a gripping petition with operating models for redefining the citizen's role-from the audience to the hero-which, if implemented, would bring societal moksha of peace, power and prosperity.
Seldom have I come across such a thoroughly penned down Nonfiction. Atul Khanna has written this book for us fellow Indians. To show us the path for a better nation, to show us that there's a chance for us and to give us hope about a better and stronger nation. He has deconstructed bits and pieces of the very foundations that make up our country and gives way for his readers to understand it better.
The book starts with Karna and Eklavya's story. The two forgotten heroes in the Indian epic, Mahabharata, who were no doubt good at heart yet were wrongfully misunderstood by everyone. The author goes on to write about how these heroes were mistreated based on there societal background, and how these same societal constructs have been lodged in today's India and in turn shaped the country as it is today. The author also gives his readers a chance to know the forerunners of Indian politics (such as Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Indira Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Mohammad Jinnah and Narendra Modi, to name a few) and how their personality and personal whims drove the country.
Throughout the book the author delineates several points and measures, that would help the constitution. First he proposes some petitions on behalf of the citizens. Though not 100% plausible, the Indian justice system could pay heed to these petitions. Next, he sketches his ideas on how the constitution and public institutions can be reformed for the betterment of the individual as well as the country.
What I liked best about the book is the author's honest wishes to change the system. He has researched every bit. His proposals are neutral that would be benefit both the parties, the ruler and the subordinates. Not only that, the author even gives a basic structure about what the future would be like if really the said petitions and changes were granted.
Extremely thought out, this book is of an immense help for readers like you and me to understand our country better. To understand the mechanisms and the runners of the society, so that in the near future we know what is required on our behalf. I would like to suggest you to read this book more than twice. A treasure of a book like this requires your in-depth understanding.
Between You and Me is a well written, thoroughly researched book. The chapters have pointers and paragraphs, both. The only caution I can give you is that you can't read it in one go. This book will require your patience, understanding and attention. Though I'd prefer a crisper version of this book, so that nothing goes over my head on the first read, I wouldn't mind reading it again for the sake of enriching my knowledge about the country I'm living in.
Atul Khanna is a risk-taking, self-taught entrepreneur who is connecting people, cultures and technology, often ahead of its time. He has built enterprises in manufacturing, engineering, machine vision, life sciences and now education by building an Indian-European knowledge corridor over the years. He lives a quiet, joyous life with his family and friends in Pune, India, and travels to Europe for work.
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