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Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister

A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir by AG Noorani; India's Economy, edited by Shankar Acharya and Rakesh Mohan; The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J Bass, The Cambridge Book of Days by Rosemary Zanders; and Kai Chaand thay Sar-e-Aasman by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi. There are never enough hours in a day to read all one wishes to.

Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister designate, Delhi

I have not had the time to read any books this year.

Rajnath Singh

BJP president

Mahatma Gandhi's Hind Swaraj.

LK Advani

senior BJP leader

The three books I read this year and liked immensely are A View From the Raisina Hill by P. Balachandran, The Case for India by Will Durant and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by Balraj Krishna.

Raman Singh

chief minister, Chhattisgarh

Yugandhar, based on the life of

Krishna, by Shivaji Sawant.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister

Madhya Pradesh

I read Achhai ki Kathinai, (a Hindi translation of The Difficulty of Being Good) by Gurucharan Das. I also read Yatharth Geeta by Shri Paramhans Swami Adgadanandji.

Akhilesh Yadav

chief minister, Uttar Pradesh

Aligarh's First Generation: Muslim Solidarity in British India by David Lelyveld. The book explores Muslim cultural identity through the history of Aligarh Muslim University.

Naveen Patnaik

chief minister, Orissa

No Full Stops in India by Mark Tully

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi


The five books I'd like to mention are: Zafar and the Raj: Anglo-Mughal Delhi by Amar Farooqui; The Occult by Naiyer Masud, which I have read in Urdu many times, but the English translation has been very well-produced. I also read Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. I'd like to mention an Urdu book, which is quite disorganised, but has a wealth of information on Hindi and Urdu films: Hindustani Film ka Aghaaz-o-Irtiqa by Alif Ansari. And my favourite was Anthony Beevor's The Second World War.

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