Shashi Tharoor served for twenty-nine years at the UN, culminating as Under-Secretary-General. He is a Congress MP in India, the author of sixteen previous books and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. His Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India was a Sunday Times bestseller and was named as a Financial Timesbook of the year.
‘Shashi Tharoor is the most charming and persuasive writer in India. His new book is a brave and characteristically articulate attempt to save a great and wonderfully elusive religion from the certainties of the fundamentalists and the politicisation of the bigots.’ — William Dalrymple
Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest and greatest religious traditions. In captivating prose, Shashi Tharoor untangles its origins, its key philosophical concepts and texts. He explores everyday Hindu beliefs and practices, from worship to pilgrimage to caste, and touchingly reflects on his personal beliefs and relationship with the religion.
Not one to shy from controversy, Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of ‘Hindutva’, an extremist, nationalist Hinduism endorsed by India’s current government. He argues urgently and persuasively that it is precisely because of Hinduism’s rich diversity that India has survived and thrived as a plural, secular nation. If narrow fundamentalism wins out, Indian democracy itself is in peril.
Why I Am a Hindu (2018), Tharoor’s latest book, offers a profound re-examination of Hinduism, one of the world’s oldest and greatest religious traditions. Opening with a frank and touching reflection on his personal beliefs, Shashi Tharoor untangles Hinduism’s origins and its key philosophical concepts
In his new book writer and politician Shashi Tharoor delves deep into the spiritual traditions and philosophy of the religion and presents his own understanding and convictions. From the ‘Hinduism of habit’ practised by ordinary believers to manifestations of political Hinduism
Salil Tripathi will be in conversation with Dr. Shashi Tharoor at the book launch of ‘Why I Am A Hindu’ at Rowley Manor.
Salil Tripathi is the Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International, elected at the 81st PEN International Congress in Quebec City, Canada. From 2009-2013 he was co-chair of the Writers at Risk Committee at English PEN. Salil is an award-winning journalist and writer. He was born in India and has been a foreign correspondent in Singapore and Hong Kong and now lives in London. He is contributing editor at Mint and Caravan in India. His articles have also appeared in major international newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, New Statesman, Guardian, Independent, Far Eastern Economic Review, and many others.
His awards include the Citibank Pan Asia Economic Journalism Award in 1994, Bastiat Prize (third prize) in 2011, and Red Ink Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2015. His books include Offence: The Hindu Case (Seagull, 2009), The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy (Aleph, 2014 and Yale University Press, 2016), and Detours: Songs of the Open Road (Tranquebar, 2015). He is currently working on a book about Gujaratis.
In a parallel life, he is senior adviser, global issues, at the Institute for Human Rights and Business.
Sunday 1 July 2018
Book launch – Outdoors in the beautiful grounds with the author speaking about the book and a surprise element at 5.30pm at Rowley Manor. Entry Fee: £15 per person
Meet the Author – have books signed with a 3 course dinner at 8pm: £40 per person. Please book early to avoid disappointments.
Venue: Rowley Manor Hotel, Rowley Road, Little Weighton, HU20 3XR
To book, please get in touch with Amanda Hewitt-Jones at Rowley Manor on 01482 848248