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New Book Published by M J Akbar

“Fratelli di Sangue” – Italian Translated version of Blood Brothers

M.J. Akbar presenta il suo romanzo “Fratelli di Sangue” al Palazzo dell’Informazione

Fratelli di Sangue
Published by Neri Pozza
SBN 978-88-545-0186-7
Pagine 352 Pages 352
Euro 18,50 Euro 18.50
Collana: Le tavole d’oro Series: The tables gold

The novel was presented in Rome at the headquarters of Adnkronos on 15th January 2008
Watch the Launch Video Here.(In English)
Photo Gallery : Launch of Fratelli di Sangue

Prophet Mohammed’s wisdom ‘Ink of a Scholar is more holy than the blood of Martyr’ is right said! Great Faith, Great Reveleations, Great Concern, Great Efforts and a ‘Bold, Outspoken Voice by MJ, the Shade of Swords traces the roots of Jihad – ‘It is not an invitation to kill; it is an invitation to die’. Islamic faith demands in a holy war, the blood of faithful in the defense of their faith and this is Jihad. MJ traces the origins of Jihad, a research of hard work that has a fantastic, gripping story journeying across across centuries and continents, written after the fall of Moscow.
This book delves deep into the past for the roots of Kashmiriyat, the identity and culture that has blossomed within the ring of mountains for thousands of years.

Kashmir lies at the edge of India’s borders and at the heart of India’s consciousness. It is not geography that is the issue; Kashmir also guards the frontiers of ideology. If there was a glow of hope in the deepening shadows of a bitter partition, then it was Kashmir, whose people consciously rejected the false patriotism of fundamentalism and made common cause with secular India instead of theocratic Pakistan. Kashmir was, as Sheikh Abdullah said and Jawaharlal Nehru believed, a stabilizing force for India. Why has that harmony disintegrated? Why has the promise been stained by the blood of rebellion? The Book shows Kashmir’s struggle in the century to first free itself from feudal oppression and then enter the world of modern India in 1947. Placing the mistakes and triumphs of those early, formative years in the perspective of history, the book says how the 1980s have opened the way for Kashmir’s hitherto marginalized secessionists. Both victory and defeat have their lessons; to forget either is to destabilize the future. Kashmir and the mother country are inextricably linked. India cannot afford to be defeated in her Kashmir.

riot.jpg (13771 bytes)Earlier, I visited numerous riot- torn cities , towns and villages -Jamshedpur, Moradabad, Sarthupur, Meerut- to discover what lay behind the outbreaks of communal and caste violence that have taken place in India after Partition . In riot after riot, I pen down my findings that the basic cause for the communal frenzy is the same: poverty , economic deprivation and a history which has been perverted and misused by religious zealots.
nehru.gif (11352 bytes)This book has been published in the centennial year of Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth, this massive biography of India’s first prime minister Nehru.Critics have charged Nehru with a loss of nerve in 1947, when he rejected Gandhi’s stance of “no freedom without unity,” It is that Nehru agreed to the partition of India and Pakistan because he was convinced that Muhammad Ali Jinnah, chief Muslim separatist, was capable of setting a torch to the whole subcontinent. Jinnah, pushed for partition in order to further his own political ambitions. The book also reveals glimpses of Churchill’s vicious hatred of Indians, his unholy alliance with Jinnah and the famine the British did little to alleviate in the early 1940s. It’s the biography of Jawaharlal Nehru with the history of the Indian Independence Movement from 1890 to 1948. It focus on relationships between the British and Jinnah’s Muslim League and a read to know the Facts
siege.gif (1776 bytes)Traces the history of India since the Partition in 1947, and analyzes the current political situation and India’s future : Synopsis
India: The Siege Within is the account of achievements of India’s secular democracy as well as its vulnerability and failures. I’ve elaborated the origins and nature of the strains on Indian unity which have deep roots in history.
Byline-book.gif (4085 bytes)“Journalism is the only profession that permits you to travel without making you a travelling salesman. You become, in a way, a travelling purchaser…Words are the currency of this transaction: You buy images with words, and then you pass them with words as well” – M.J. Akbar