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The book in my hand

A weekly column on what celebrities are reading and planning to read.

Indira Jaisingh





Right now I am reading The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age by Martha Nussbaum. I started reading this book to understand the current political situation in India of lynching, killing and beef politics. She distinguishes between attitudes in Europe and in the U.S., which she considers more tolerant on issues like wearing the head-scarf. I am nor sure if her analysis is correct. Each country seems to have its own favourite persons to be intolerant towards. Also, when it comes to India, “intolerance” seems an inappropriate word to describe what is happening.

(Indira Jaisingh is former additional soliciter general of India)

S. Jaishankar





I just finished Michael Pillsbury's The Hundred-Year Marathon. It provides insights on both China and American anxieties about that country. I have started on Gerald Posner's God's Bankers, which seems a real-life version of The Da Vinci Code. I have a habit of reading multiple books at one time. So I’m simultaneously in the middle of Osman Samiuddin's The Unquiet Ones on Pakistani cricket history. I usually carry around an old favourite for comfort in travel: currently G.K. Chesterton's The Complete Father Brown.

(S. Jaishankar is Foreign Secretary)

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