Book Review

Moral Foundations of Politics

Ram Madhav, June 1, 2020

I have completed this online course on “Moral Foundations of Politics” If today we are enjoying lives under liberal democratic state traditions, these were not the product of our times. Through a process of great inquiry the scholars in the west have evolved political theories and philosophies. Learning about them is a fascinating experience. Ian […]

Lectures on the Ramayana

Ram Madhav, May 15, 2020

“aadau raam tapovanaadi gamnam , hatva mrigam kanchanam|vaidehi harnam jatayu marnam sugreev sambhashanam ||baali nigrahanam samudra tarnam lankapuri daahnam |paschaadravan kumbhkaran hananam etadhi ramayanam ||” This was how Tulsidas had summarized the great epic Ramayana one verse. ‘Ram went to forests, went after the golden deer to kill, Sita was kidnapped, Jatayu killed, friendship happened […]

Will China rise as disruptive force? An insider’s perspective

Ram Madhav, May 10, 2020

Completed a very interesting 2nd online course from Tsinghua university on whether China will rise as a disruptive force in d world. Lectures were insightful and also candid. Those interested in knowing d current thinking of d Chinese academics on FP issues may consider d course

Global Media, War and Technology

Ram Madhav, May 6, 2020

Just completed a course on Global Media, War n Technology from a prestigious university. Interesting course into history of media. Good details about MIME network – Military, Industry, Media & Entertainment. Also how Al Qaida n ISIS used digimedia. Good course for media students In one exercise I found a startling fact that for the […]

Do Morals Matter ? – Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump

Ram Madhav, May 4, 2020

Joseph S. Nye, renowned American political scientist and philosopher, is famous for his conceptualisation of ‘Soft Power’. That has revolutionized the foreign policy thinking of every country in the world significantly. In this latest gripping work that I finished reading, “Do Morals Matter – Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump”, Nye takes the […]

Fifty Secrets of Singapore’s Success

Ram Madhav, May 4, 2020

Tommy Koh is a well-respected former diplomat and eminent scholar from Singapore. He has edited this fascinating book “Fifty Secrets of Singapore’s Success”. Divided into 50 small chapters, this book very eloquently articulates the inspiring achievements of Singapore in various fields of life. It is the story of a nation’s journey from a backward underdeveloped […]

Identity – Contemporary Identity Politics and the struggle for recognition

Ram Madhav, May 4, 2020

Fukuyama doesn’t generally disappoint. But not with this book. ‘Identity’, his latest book published in 2018, is his critique of the identity politics in the world. It is a known fact that the phrase ‘identity politics’ was a Liberal invention to decry growing nationalist sentiments in different parts of the world. In this book Fukuyama […]

Tools and Weapons – The promise and the peril of the Digital Age

Ram Madhav, May 4, 2020

A fascinating, and a bit frightening account of the digital world we live in, this book is a must read for all tech entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, developers, and more importantly those in governments dealing with or regulating digital technology affairs. Authored by no less a person than the President of the world’s leading IT giant Microsoft, […]

Missing in Action – The prisoners who never came back

Ram Madhav, May 4, 2020

Hats off to Chander Suta for this brilliant, well-researched and intriguing book ‘Missing in Action’. It is the story of those men in uniform – personnel from army and air force – who have been missing while in combat since the 1965 and 1971 India-Pakistan wars. There was no such category in the Indian armed […]