When we think of politicians, never do we imagine them as smart people who can weave words into great books. Our mind has adapted a much corrupted images of politicians. But, world has seen some of the best literature being penned down by politicians. We all know Julius Caesar was one of the best authors of Latin Prose including the The Commentarii de Bello Gallico (The Gallic Wars). Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Lenin and many more have left inedible mark on history through their literature.
India has her own share of politicians who have penned down amazing books. Let us have a look at 9 must-read books penned down by Indian politicians.
9. Discovery of India
Author: Jawaharlal Nehru
When Nehru was jailed from 1942-1946 for his participation in Quit India movement, he utilized his time to pen down his knowledge about Indian history in the form of the book “Discovery of India”. He has covered the progress and development of India from the time of Indus Valley Civilization to that of British Empire, analyzing the Indian life and philosophy at the same time.
8. The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments with Truth is the autobiography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, which is considered to be among “100 Best Spiritual Books of the 20th Century” is also one of the most read book all over the world. Gandhi recounts the story of his life starting from his childhood to 1921 and throws light on how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.
7. The Broken Wing: Songs of Love, Death and the Spring
Author: Sarojini Naidu
Sarojini Naidu, born Sarojini Chattopadhyaywas not just a politician who became the first woman president of Indian National Congress but also a child prodigy, freedom fighter, and poet, whose poetry has touched many hearts. Her book ‘The Broken Wing: Songs of Love, Death and the Spring’ is a collection of very soulful songs including ‘The Gift of India’.
6. Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence
Author: Jaswant Singh
This book released in 2009 is responsible for the expulsion of Jaswant Singh, former Finance Minister of India and an External Affairs Minister, from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). In the book, Jaswant Singh tries to analyze the partition of India and how it was not just Jinnah who can be held responsible for it. Somehow, he views were not welcomed by his party.
5. Does He Know a Mother’s Heart: How Suffering Refutes Religion
Arun Shourie, the winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1982, in this touching book tells us how and why he has eventually gravitated to the teachings of the Buddha and the lessons the teachings of Buddha holds for mankind today. Shourie deviated from his usual form of writing for this book which appealed to many readers.
4. A Foreign Policy for India
Author: I.K. Gujral
The hardcover 337 pages book ‘A Foreign Policy for India’ comes from I.K. Gujral, who served as the 13th Prime Minister of India from April 1997 to March 1998.Gujral’s vision for India’s relationship with her neighbors which went beyond notions of mechanical reciprocity, and tried to establish for a stable and peaceful region which is an essential prerequisite for progress has come to be known as “Gujral Doctrine”. A must read book for politicians and foreign diplomats.
3. My Country My Life
Author: L. K. Advani
Lal Krishna Advani, a leading political personality of India came out with a book of 1,040 pages which narrates autobiographical accounts and events in the life of the leader along with the event in the Indian politics and India’s history from 1900 till date. Presenting his life in 5 different phases the book can be regarded as part-memoir and part-manifesto.
2. The Great Indian Novel
Author: Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor with his political experience and writing skills blends the Freedom Struggle and politics of India with the epic Mahabharata in his book, ‘The Great Indian Novel’. Tharoor’s hilarious satire targeting both the Indian quirks and the blundering of the British rulers, won him international acclaim and many awards.
1. India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium
Author: APJ Abdul Kalam
Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who is also our most distinguished scientist, along with his close associate Y.S. Rajan examines India’s strengths and weaknesses in depth to bring out a vision of how India can emerge among the world’s top economic powers in the year 2020 in this book. He strongly propagates his dream of a developed India through his vision for India in 2020. Must read for all Indians to share and make his dream come true.