On the eve of Jan 26thIts almost 58 years from when that hotch-potch of a constitution was framed from the constitutions of various other countries*.

On this note, here are 3 short essays on India I thought made worthy reading: Taken from Shourie’s “A Secular Agenda – For Strengthening our Country, for Welding it”

Essay 1 - “But we aren’t even one nation”  Essay 2 - “Yes, India is different” 


             Essay 3 - “Nationalism - things to do”

here’s a book review:

The description from indiaclub.com says :

In this book, the author argues that a Secular Agenda is contingent on three things: purging public discourse of double standards, and grounding it in facts; reviving the national spirit; and getting the best into public life – persons of integrity and competence, persons who are dedicated to the country. For that reason not only are the first and last parts of the book devoted to these matters, they are the themes that permeate the entire book.

Lastly, much has been written about Arun Shourie.

The one word which first comes to mind to describe him is simply – Patriot. Few people have spent the time and energy the way he has, and of course – much can be learned from this example. Hard to put down in words, but subconsciously, the takeaways are not being missed.

From the last few paras of this bio,

Vinod Mehta, editor of the Sunday Observer which has generally been hostile to SHOURIE, concedes that he has been able to establish an extraordinary rapport with readers who believe that he has no axe to grind, no ideology to promote, no party to push but only a commitment to truth. He is not popular in journalistic circles, however, “because he creates problems for his peers; his success threatens the established methodology. His brand of journalism demands that you get out into the heat.”

Another reason SHOURIE gets the response he does, Mehta adds, is because of the way he writes: “his prose is direct, simple and emotionally charged. . .the outrage, indignation and concern jump up from the cold type in contrast to the [usual] ponderous, abstruse and dull columns in the daily press.” He notes that some of SHOURIE’s admirers have reservations about his style and feel a good sub-editor could do wonders with his copy. But Mehta concludes that India for years has had an emasculated press, too easily bought and sold, and SHOURIE has partially restored its credibility. SHOURIE has been recognized by his international peers as well. In May 1982 the World Press Review in the United States named him editor of the year.