Entry to India’s Political Discourse

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Comprehensive Booklist compiled by Avnish K. Singh for any and everyone who wishes to study and learn Indian Political Discourse.


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Capitalism vs Communism

  1. Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
  2. Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand
  3. Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  4. Conscious Capitalism, With a New Preface by the Authors: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by John Mackey , Rajendra Sisodia
  5. The Constitution of Liberty by Friedrich von Hayek
  6. Das Capital by Karl Marx
  7. Eat the Rich by P J O’Rourke
  8. Free To Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton and Rose Friedman
  9. Friedman on India by Centre for Civil Society
  10. Globalisation and its discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz
  11. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  12. The Joke by Milan Kundera
  13. The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek
  14. Rules For Radicals by Saul Alinsky
  15. Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith

Constitution of India

  1. The Constitution of India: A Contextual Analysis by Arun K. Thiruvengadam
  2. India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy by Madhav Khosla
  3. The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation by Granville Austin
  4. Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Free Speech under the Indian Constitution by Gautam Bhatia
  5. The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution by Sujit Choudhry, Madhav Khosla, and Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  6. A People’s Constitution by Rohit De
  7. Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India by Abhinav Chandrachud
  8. Sixteen Stormy Days: The Story of the First Amendment to the Constitution of India by Tripurdaman Singh
  9. Working a Democratic Constitution: The Indian Experience by Granville Austin
  10. Worshipping False Gods by Arun Shourie

Secularism- India and the West

  1. 70 Years of Indian Secularism by Sandeep Balakrishna
  2. European Secularism: Mother of Misconceptions by Sriram Sathe
  3. India’s Secularism: New Name for National Subversion, tr. Yashpal Sharma
  4. The Problem with Secularism by Koenraad Elst
  5. PseudoSecularism by Sita Ram Goel
  6. Republic of Religion: The Rise and Fall of Colonial Secularism in India by Abhinav Chandrachud
  7. Secular Agenda: to Save Our Country, to Weld It by Arun Shourie

Dalits, Caste Politics, B R Ambedkar and Buddhism

  1. Caste in Indian Politics by Rajni Khothari
  2. Caste Matters by Suraj Yengde
  3. Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making by Nicholas B. Dirk
  4. Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand
  5. The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste: The Debate Between B. R. Ambedkar and M. K. Gandhi by Arundhati Roy
  6. Dr. Ambedkar and Democracy- An Anthology by Christophe Jaffrelot and Narender Kumar
  7. Dr. Ambedkar and Untouchability Book by Christophe Jaffrelot
  8. Pakistan or the Partition of India by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
  9. The Radical in Ambedkar: Critical Reflections by Anand Teltumbde and Suraj Yengde
  10. What Congress and Gandhi have done to the Untouchables by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
  11. The Cult of Emptiness: The Western Discovery of Buddhist Thought and the Invention of Oriental Philosophy by Urs App
  12. Unforgettable Dalit Voice: Life, Writings & Speeches of M. C. Rajah by Swaraj Basu
  13. Complete works of E V Ramasamy Naicker Periyar
  14. Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra critique of Hindutva philosophy, culture and political economy by Kancha Illiah Shepherd
  15. Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution by Kancha Illiah Shepherd
  16. Samskara- A Rite for a Dead Man by U.R. Ananthamurthy (Translated from the Kannada by A. K. Ramanujan)

Gems of V S Naipaul

  1. Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey by V S Naipaul
  2. An Area of Darkness by V S Naipaul
  3. Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples by V.S. Naipaul
  4. India: A million mutinies now by V S Naipaul
  5. India: A wounded civilisation by V S Naipaul

History of India

History Writing

  1. The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth by Dipesh Chakrabarty
  2. Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud by Arun Shourie
  3. History Men: Jadunath Sarkar, G.S. Sardesai, Raghubir Sinh and Their Quest for India’s Past by T.C.A. Raghavan
  4. Invading the Sacred by Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas and Aditi Banerjee
  5. Negationism in India, Concealing the Record of Islam by Koenraad Elst
  6. Stalinist ‘Historians’ Spread the Big Lie by Sita Ram Goel
  7. What is History? by EH Carr

Beyond confines of time

  1. The Hindus: An Alternate History by Wendy Doniger
  2. The History and Culture of Indian people 11 volumes by R.C.Majumdar
  3. The History of India Told by Its Own Historians, 8 vols by Sir H.M. Elliot and John Dowson
  4. The Incredible History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal and Sowmya Rajendran
  5. India Moving: A History of Migration by Chinmay Tumbe
  6. The Indian Renaissance: India’s Rise after a Thousand Years of Decline by Sanjeev Sanyal
  7. Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal
  8. The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History by Sanjeev Sanyal
  9. The Rediscovery of India by Meghnad Desai and Baron Desai
  10. Relevance of Kautilya For Today by K.S. Narayanacharya

Ancient Era

  1. Ancient India by R.C.Majumdar
  2. The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture, and Identity by Amartya Sen
  3. Arthashastra by Kautilya
  4. The Educational Heritage Of Ancient India by Sahana Singh
  5. A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century by Upinder Singh
  6. India in Greece or, Truth in Mythology by E. Pococke
  7. India’s Ancient Past by R S Sharma
  8. India as known to Panini by V.S. Agarwala
  9. Political History of Ancient India, From the Accession of Parikshit to the extinction of the Gupta Dynasty by Hemchandra Raychaudhuri

Medieval Era


  1. Aavarna by S L Bhyrappa (translation to English from Kannada by Sandeep Balakrishna)
  2. Advanced Study in the History of Medieval India Volume I to III by J L Mehta
  3. The New Cambridge History of India: The Mughal Empire by John F Richards
  4. A History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  5. India in the Persianate Age: 1000-1765 by Richard M. Eaton
  6. Six Glorious Epochs of Indian History by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Iconoclasm, Hindu Temples and Hindu Resistance

  1. Flight of Deities and Rebirth of Temples: Episodes from Indian History by Meenakshi Jain
  2. Heroic Hindu Resistance to Muslim Invaders (AD 636–1206) by Sita Ram Goel
  3. Hindu Temples—What Happened to Them, vol. 1, A Preliminary Survey by Sita Ram Goel
  4. Hindu Temples – What Happened to Them vol. 2, A Preliminary Survey by Sita Ram Goel, Arun Shourie, Harsh Narain, Jay Dubashi and Ram Swarup
  5. Saffron Swords: Centuries of Indic Resistance to Invaders by Manoshi Sinha Rawal

Chhatrapati and Raya

  1. Challenging Destiny: A Biography of Chhatrapati Shivaji by Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran
  2. Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji by Manu S. Pillai
  3. Shivaji and his Times by Jadunath Sircar
  4. Shivaji: The Great Maratha by Ranjit Desai and Vikrant Pande
  5. Who is Shivaji? By Govind Pansare
  6. A Forgotten Empire: Vijayanagar by Robert Sewell
  7. Raya: Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara by Srinivas Reddy

Pre-Mughal Medieval Era

  1. Alberuni’s India: An Account of the Religion, Philosophy, Literature, Geography, Chronology, Astronomy, Customs, Laws and Astrology of India About A. D.1030 by Dr Edward C. Sachau
  2.  (To be added)


  1. Baburnama: A Memoir by Annette Susannah Beveridge
  2. The History of Humayun (Humayun Nama) by Gul Badan Begum (tr. Annette S. Beveridge)
  3. The A-IN-I-Akbari, tr. H. Blochmann, vols I, II & III
  4. The Akbar Nama, tr. H. Beveridge, vols I & II
  5. The Jahangirnama: Memoirs of Jahangir, by Wheeler Thackston
  6. The Tuzuk-I-Jahangiri: The Memoirs of Jahangir, 2 vols by Alexander Rogers, and Henry Beveridge
  7. The Emperor Who Never Was: Dara Shukoh in Mughal India by Supriya Gandhi
  8. Aurangzib and the Decay of Mughal Empire by Stanley Lane-Poole
  9. Aurangzeb- The Man and The Myth by Audrey Truschke
  10. History of Aurangzib by Sir Jadunath Sircar
  11. Maasir-I-Alamgiri by Saqi Must’ad Khan (translated to English by Jadunath Sarkar)

Pre-independence History

Company and Crown Rule

  1. The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple
  2. Besieged: Voices From Delhi-1857 by Mahmood Farooqui
  3. Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor
  4. Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore by Manu S. Pillai
  5. Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis

Tipu Sultan- Tyrant vs Just

  1. Tipu Sultan: The Tyrant of Mysore by Sandeep Balakrishna
  2. Tipu as He Really Was by Gajanan Bhaskar Mehendale
  3. Tiger : The Life Of Tipu Sultan by Kate Brittlebank
  4. The Sword of Tipu Sultan by Bhagwan Gidwani

Indian National Movement

  1. The Case of India by Will Durant
  2. India from Curzon to Nehru and After by Durga Das
  3. Poverty and un-British rule in India by Dadabhai Naoroji
  4. Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism by Dinyar Patel
  5. Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past, 1883–1924 by Vikram Sampath
  6. Syama Prasad Mookerjee: Life and Times by Tathagata Roy
  7. Complete works of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
  8. The Man Who Saved India by Hindol Sengupta
  9. Nationalism by Rabindranath Tagore
  10. Nationalism and Distortions in Indian History by Navaratna S Rajaram
  11. On Nationalism by Romila Thapar and others
  12. Indian Nationalism: The Essential Writings by S. Irfan Habib

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

  1. My Experiments with Truth by M K Gandhi
  2. Hind Swaraj by M K Gandhi
  3. Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha
  4. Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World by Ramachandra Guha
  5. Gandhi and Churchill: The Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age by Arthur Herman
  6. Gandhi’s Hinduism the Struggle Against Jinnah’s Islam by M J Akbar
  7. Why I killed Gandhi by Nathuram Godse

Partition and Making of the New Republic

  1. How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise by Ornit Shani
  2. India Wins Freedom by Maulana Azad
  3. Integration of the Indian States by V P Menon
  4. Makers of Modern India by Ramachandra Guha
  5. The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India’s Partition by Narendra Singh Sarila
  6. Train to Pakistan by Kushwant Singh
  7. The Transfer of Power in India by V. P. Menon
  8. V. P. Menon: The Unsung Architect of Modern India by Narayani Basu

Post-Independence: Politics and History

Leaders of the Era

  1. Nehru: The Invention of India by Shashi Tharoor
  2. Reminiscences of the Nehru Age by M. O. Mathai
  3. Nehru’s 97 Major Blunders by Rajnikant Puranik
  4. Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi by Katherine Frank
  5. Intertwined Lives- P N Haksar and Indira Gandhi by Jairam Ramesh
  6. JP Movement, Emergency and India’s Second Freedom by M G Devasahayam
  7. Against the Tide by Minoo Masani
  8. Half – Lion: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India by Vinay Sitapati
  9. The Insider by P V Narasimha Rao
  10. The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years by Pranab Mukherjee
  11. The Turbulent Years: 1980 – 1996 by Pranab Mukherjee
  12. The Coalition Years: 1996 to 2012 by Pranab Mukherjee
  13. The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh by Sanjaya Baru
  14. The Empress: The Dramatic Life of A Powerful and Enigmatic Leader by Kalyani Shankar
  15. Gopalganj to Raisina: My Political Journey by Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nalin Verma
  16. Narendra Modi: A Political Biography by Andy Marino
  17. The Red Sari by Javier Moor
  18. The Tatas: How a Family Built a Business and a Nation by Girish Kuber and Vikrant Pande (translator)

Politics of the Era

  1. India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha
  2. Genesis and Growth of Nehruism, vol. 1 by Sita Ram Goel
  3. The Idea of India by Sunil Khilnani
  4. A New Idea of India: Individual Rights in a Civilisational State by Harsh Madhusudan and Rajeev Mantri
  5. Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India- Pradeep Chhibber and Rahul Verma
  6. The Only Fatherland: Communists, Quit India and the Soviet Union by Arun Shourie
  7. Patriots and Partisans by Ramachandra Guha
  8. Perversion of India’s Political Parlance by Sita Ram Goel
  9. Politics in India by Rajni Kothari
  10. Rethinking Democracy by Khothri Rajni
  11. Revenge and Reconciliation by Raj Mohan Gandhi
  12. Same-Sex Love in India by Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai
  13. The Scheduled Tribes of India by G S Ghurye
  14. The Verdict by Prannoy Roy and Dorab R. Sopariwala
  15. Lajja by Tasleema Nasreen
  16. The Mitrokhin Archive II: The KGB in the World Christopher Andrew

India’s Economic History and Policy Approach

  1. 70 Policies that Built India: 1947 to 2017, Independence to $2.5 Trillion by Gautam Chikermane
  2. Anticipating India: The Best of National Interest by Shekhar Gupta
  3. Bankruptcy to Billions: How the Indian Railways Transformed by Shagun Mehrotra and Sudhir Kumar
  4. B R Shenoy: Economic Prophecies (Centre for Civil Society)
  5. B R Shenoy: Theoretical Visions (Centre for Civil Society)
  6. Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years by Montek Singh Ahluwalia
  7. The Cambridge Economic History of India Volume 1, c.1200-c.1750 Edited by Tapan Raychaudhuri, Irfan Habib
  8. The Cambridge Economic History of India Volume 2, c.1757–c.1970 Edited by Dharma Kumar, Meghnad Desai
  9. The Economic History of India by Romesh Chunder Dutt
  10. Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India’s Poorest Districts by P Sainath
  11. India: Planning for Industrialization and Trade Policies Since 1951 by Jagdish N. Bhagwati and Padma Desai
  12. India Unbound by Gurcharan Das
  13. India Unlimited: Reclaiming the Lost Glory by Arvind Panagariya
  14. Reason and Reform: How Policy Reforms Have Shaped India by Bibek Debroy and Diwakar Jhurani
  15. The Scam: Who Won, who Lost, who Got Away by Debashis Basu and Sucheta Dalal
  16. In Service of the Republic: The Art and Science of Economic Policy by Vijay Kelkar
  17. Transforming India, Big ideas for a developing Nation by Atanu Dey
  18. An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions by Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen

Hindutva front: BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its leaders

  1. 100 Years of RSS – P P Bajpai
  2. Builders of Modern India: Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar by Rakesh Sinha
  3. Bunch Of Thoughts by M. S. Golwalkar
  4. Democracy and Elections- A Hindutva Story by Badri Narayan
  5. Hindu Nationalism: A Reader by Christophe Jaffrelot
  6. Hindu Terror: Insider Account of Ministry of Home Affairs 2006-2010 by R. V. S. Mani
  7. Let Me Say it Now by Rakesh Maria
  8. The Indian Conservative: A History of Indian Right-Wing Thought by Jaithirth Rao
  9. Integral Humanism: An Analysis of Some Basic Elements by Deendayal Upadhyaya
  10. Jugalbandi- The BJP before Modi by Vinay Sitapati
  11. Majoritarian State: How Hindu Nationalism Is Changing India by J. Christophe and T. Blom
  12. RSS 360: Demystifying Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh by Ratan Sharda
  13. The RSS- A View to the Inside by Walter Andersen and Shridhar D. Dalme
  14. Saffron Versus Green: Communal Politics in the Central– Provinces and Berar, 1919-1947 by Kanchanmoy Mojumdar
  15. Secrets of RSS: Demystifying the Sangh by Ratan Sharda
  16. Vajpayee: The Years That Changed India by Shakti Sinha
  17. We or Our Nationhood defined – M. S. Golwalkar

Hindutva: Literature and Politics

  1. Academic Hinduphobia by Rajiv Malhotra
  2. Akhand Hindustan by K. M. Munshi
  3. Awakening Bharat Mata: The Political Beliefs of the Indian Right Swapan Dasgupta
  4. Battleground India, Prognosis of Hindu-Muslim Exclusivism by Maloy Dhar
  5. The Battle for Sanskrit by Rajiv Malhotra
  6. Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines by Rajiv Malhotra and Aravindan Neelakandan
  7. Decolonising the Hindu Mind by Koenraad Elst
  8. Defence of Hindu Society by Sita Ram Goel
  9. The English Medium Myth: Dismantling Barriers to India’s Growth by Sankrant Sanu
  10. Essentials of Hindutva by Veer Savarkar
  11. Hindus and Hinduism: Manipulation of Meanings by Sita Ram Goel
  12. Hindu Society Under Siege by Sita Ram Goel
  13. How I Became A Hindu (Reprinted with a postscript) by Sita Ram Goel
  14. The Saffron Swastika (The Notion of Hindu Fascism) vol. 1 & II by Koenraad Elst

Hinduism: Historical Texts, Religious Texts and Philosophical Texts

  1. Atharvaveda Hindi Translation by Shri Damodar Satwalekar
  2. Bengali Mahabharat by Kashiram Dasi Mahabharata
  3. The Bhagavada Geeta, English translation by Swami Prabhupada and Swami Chidbhavananda
  4. Brahma Sutra Bhasya by Sankaracarya translated by Swami Gambhirananda
  5. Encyclopedia of Hinduism 11 volumes
  6. The Hindu Way of Life: S Radhakrishnan
  7. A History of the Dharmashastra by P V Kane
  8. History of Indian Philosophy by Surendranath Dasgupta
  9. Katha Upanishad (Conversation between Nachiketa, a young boy with a philosophical bent of mind and Yamaraja, the God of Dharma and Death on the issue of life and death)
  10. Mahabharata Sanskrit Text with Hindi translation by Gita Press Gorakhpur
  11. Manusmriti
  12. Mandukya Upanishad With Gaudapada’s Karika and Shankara’s Commentary by Swami Nikhilananda
  13. The Principal Upanishads by S. Radhakrishnan
  14. Purāṇic Encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani
  15. Rigveda 2 volumes Hindi translation by Shri Damodar Satwalekar
  16. The Rigveda A Historical Analysis by Shrikant Talageri
  17. Samkhya Karika of Isvara Krsna with the Tattva Kaumudi by Vacaspati Mishra translated by Swami Virupakshananada
  18. Samkhya Karika of Isvara Krsna (Text-Translation and Commentary- Yuktidipika) Translated by S.S. Suryanarayana Shastri. Edited by Dr. N. C. Panda
  19. Samaveda Hindi translation by Swami Bramhamuni Parivrajak
  20. Uniqueness of Carvaka Philosophy in traditional Indian thought by Bhupender Heera
  21. Who is a Hindu? by Koenraad Elst
  22. Yajurveda Hindi Translation by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati
  23. Yagnavalkya Smriti

Indian Classics

  1. Meghnad Badh Kavya by Michael Madhusudan Dutt
  2. Menu Charitamu by Peddanna (Telugu classic)
  3. Panchatantra by Pandit Vishnu Sharma
  4. Raag Darbari by Sri Lal Shukla
  5. Tattvopaplavasimha of Jayarasibhatta, English translation by V.N.Jha
  6. Thirukkural Translations of GU Pope and Rajaji

Islam, Islamism and Kafirs

  1. The Holy Quran English Translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Marmaduke Pickthall, Mohammad Habib Shakir and Sahih International.
  2. The Calcutta Quran Petition by Sita Ram Goel
  3. The Complete Infidels’ Guide to the Koran by Robert B. Spencer
  4. The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS by Robert Spencer
  5. Jizyah and the Spread of Islam by Harsh Narain
  6. The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, ed. Andrew Bostom
  7. The Legacy of Muslim Rule in India by K S Lal
  8. Muslim Separatism: Causes and Consequences by Sita Ram Goel
  9. Muslim Slave System in Medieval India by K S Lal
  10. Rangeela Rasool by Pandit M. A. Chamupati
  11. The Satanic Verses by by Salman Rushdie
  12. Understanding Islam through the Hadis by Ram Swarup
  13. The World of Fatwas or Shariah in Action by Arun Shourie

Mother Teresa and Misdeeds of Missionaries

  1. The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens
  2. Mother Teresa: The Untold Story by Aroup Chatterjee
  3. Holy Bible English Translation (King James Version and American Standard Version)
  4. 2000 years of Disbelief: Famous People with the Courage to Doubt by James A. Haugt
  5. Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun by Sister Jesme
  6. Christian Missions and Hindu Resistance by Sita Ram Goel
  7. Crusade in India: Christianity’s Struggle for Survival in the Post-colonial world by David Frawley, S.V. Seshagiri Rao and Navaratna S. Rajaram
  8. The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey
  9. The Goa Inquisition: The Terrible Tribunal for the East by Anant Kakba Priolkar
  10. Harvesting Our Souls by Arun Shourie
  11. History of Hindu Christian Encounters (AD 304 to 1996) by Sita Ram Goel
  12. Malabar and The Portuguese by K.M. Panikkar
  13. Missionaries in India by Arun Shourie
  14. Arun Shourie and his Christian Critic by Fr. Augustine Kanjamala
  15. The Myth of Saint Thomas and The Mylapore Shiva Temple by Ishwar Sharan
  16. Niyogi Committee Report on Christian Missionary Activities by Niyogi Committee
  17. Sati, Evangelicals, Baptist Missionaries, and the Changing Colonial Discourse by Meenakshi Jain
  18. Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, his Tribals and India by Ramachandra Guha

World History and History of Other Parts of the World


  1. The Geography of Thought, How Asians and Westerners think differently and Why by Richard E Nisbett
  2. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yual Noah Harari
  4. The Storm of War: A New History of The Second World War by Andrew Roberts
  5. The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray
  6. War: How Conflict Shaped Us By Margaret MacMillan
  7. The World Economy by Angus Maddison two volumes
  8. Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Reads on United States

  1. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
  2. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  3. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
  4. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  5. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
  6. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch
  7. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
  8. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  9. A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton
  10. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  11. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  12. Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
  13. Witness by Whittaker Chambers

United Kingdom

  1. The Constitutional History of England by F.W. Maitland
  2. Churchill: The Power of Words by Sir Winston Churchill and Martin Gilbert
  3. Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts
  4. The English and Their History by Robert Tombs
  5. Ghosts of Empire by Kwasi Kwarteng

Other parts of the World

  1. Africa: A Biography of the Continent by John Reader
  2. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano
  3. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
  4. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
  5. Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts
  6. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy
  7. A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes
  8. Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World by Seth M. Siegel
  9. Start-up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
  10. The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
  11. Mao Zedong by Jonathan Clements
  12. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel
  13. Tibet: The Last Months of a Free Nation: India Tibet Relations (1947-1962): Part 1 by Claude Arpi
  14. Will Tibet Ever Find Her Soul Again?: India Tibet Relations 1947-1962 – Part 2 by Claude Arpi
  15. Tibet: When the Gods Spoke India Tibet Relations (1947-1962) Part 3 (July 1954 – February 1957) by Claude Arpi
  16. The End of an Era: India Tibet Relations 1947-1962: India Exists Tibet (India Tibet Relations 1947-1962) Part 4 by Arpi Claude

International Relations and India’s Foreign Affairs

  1. Clash of Civilisations by Samuel P. Huntington
  2. The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
  3. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John Mearsheimer
  4. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  5. Animosity at Bay: An Alternative History of the India-Pakistan Relationship, 1947-1952 by Pallavi Raghavan
  6. The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide Book by Gary J. Bass
  7. Durand’s Curse: A Line Across the Pathan Heart Book by Rajiv Dogra
  8. Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention by Gary J. Bass
  9. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10,2001 by Steve Coll
  10. India in the United Nations: Interplay of Interests and Principles by C S R Murthy
  11. India and the World: Through the Eyes of Indian Diplomats by Surendra Kumar
  12. India’s World: How Prime Ministers Shaped Foreign Policy By Rajiv Dogra
  13. Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power by Aparna Pande and Christophe Jaffrelot
  14. The Nepal Nexus: An Inside Account of the Maoists, the Durbar and New Delhi by Sudheer Sharma
  15. Pax Indica- India and the World of the 21st century by Shashi Tharoor
  16. Strategic consequences of India’s economic performance by Sanjaya Baru

India’s Military History and Intelligence Agencies + Learnings from Others

  1. The Brave: Param Vir Chakra Stories by Rachna Bisht
  2. Himalayan Blunder: The Curtain-Raiser to the Sino-Indian War of 1962 by J. P. Dalvi
  3. India’s Most Fearless by Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh
  4. India’s Most Fearless 2: More Military Stories of Unimaginable Courage and Sacrifice Written by: Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh
  5. India’s Wars: A Military History by Arjun Subramaniam
  6. Let Bhutto Eat Grass by Shaunak Agarkhedkar
  7. Let Bhutto Eat Grass: Part Two by Shaunak Agarkhedkar
  8. Kargil: From Surprise To Victory by General V. P. Malik
  9. Mashkoh: Kargil as I saw It by Brig. Umesh Singh Bawa
  10. Mission Overseas: Daring Operations by the Indian Military by Sushant Singh
  11. Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service by Michael Bar-Zohar , Nissim Mishal
  12. Open Secrets: India’s Intelligence Unveiled by Maloy Krishna Dhar
  13. RAW: A History of India’s Covert Operations by Yatish Yadav
  14. R. N. Kao Gentleman Spymaster by Nitin Gokhale
  15. War Despatches: Indo-Pak Conflict 1965 by Harbaksh Singh
  16. Watershed 1967: India’s Forgotten Victory Over China by Probal Dasgupta
  17. We Must Have No Price: National Security, Reforms, Political Reconstruction by Arun Shourie

Pakistan and its leaders

  1. Balochistan: Bruised, Battered and Bloodied by Francesca Marino
  2. Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2016 by Steve Coll
  3. India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just be Friends? by Hussain Haqqani
  4. Jinnah: His Successes, Failures and Role in History by Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmed
  5. Jinnah Often Came to Our House by Kiran Doshi
  6. The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience by Christophe Jaffrelot
  7. Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military by Hussain Haqqani
  8. The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan by Ayesha Jalal

Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh

  1. Article 370: A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir by AG Noorani
  2. Crisis in Kashmir by Pyarelal Kaul
  3. Curfewed Nights by Bashrat Peer
  4. Kashmir Documentation, Pandits in Exile by Panun Kashmir movement
  5. Kashmir Dispute 1947-2012: Volume 1 & 2 by A. G. Noorani
  6. A Long Dream of Home: The persecution, exile and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits by Siddhartha Gigoo and Varad Sharma
  7. My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir by Jagmohan
  8. Our Moon has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita

States of India: Politics and Policy

  1. Assam: Accord, Discord, and Nationalism by Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty
  2. Bengalis Portrait of a Community by Sudip Chakravarty
  3. Bloody Islands by Deep Haldar
  4. Shiksha: My Experiments as an Education Minister by Manish Sisodia

Western Classics

  1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  2. Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape by Susan Brownmiller
  3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  4. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  5. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  6. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  7. The Histories of Herodotus by Herodotus
  8. Iliad by Homer
  9. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
  10. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  11. Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning Victor Frankl
  12. The Making of the Modern World: Visions from the West and East by Alan Macfarlane
  13. The Mother by Maxim Gorky
  14. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  15. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  16. Orientalism by Edward W Said
  17. The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  18. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  19. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  20. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  21. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  22. Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
  23. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  24. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  25. Two Treatises of Government by John Locke
  26. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Anti-Woke Literature

  1. Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  2. The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater
  3. The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Santayana by Russell Kirk
  4. Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition by Sir Roger Scruton
  5. The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature by Gad Saad
  6. Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left by Roger Scruton
  7. How to Be a Conservative by Sir Roger Scruton
  8. The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff
  9. Blackout by Candace Owens
  10. The End of Gender by Dr. Debra Soh
  11. The Great Melody by Conor Cruise O’Brien
  12. Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by Abigail Shrier
  13. A Parasitic Mind by Gad Saad
  14. Who Stole Feminism? by Christina Hoff Sommers

Woke Literature

  1. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
  2. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S Herman and Noam Chomsky
  3. Who Rules the World? By Noam Chomsky
  4. Woke by Titania McGrath
  5. What the Nation Really Needs to Know: The JNU Nationalism Lectures
  6. How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley
  7. How the World Works by Noam Chomsky

Business Skills- In Application

  1. Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as you negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro
  2. Getting to Yes: Negotiating an agreement without giving in by Roger Fisher
  3. Let’s Talk Money: You’ve Worked Hard for It, Now Make It Work for You by Monika Halan
  4. Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  5. The Power of a Positive No: Save the Deal, Save the relationship, and Still Say No by William Ury
  6. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

General Good Reads

  1. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
  2. How to read a book? by Mortimer J. Adler
  3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  4. The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris
  5. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
  6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  7. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris

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