" THE INTERNATIONAL EDITOR " AWARD WINNER AND THE WINNER OF " FREEDOM OF PRESS " BY U.S. PRESS ACADEMY , IS THE GIFT OF THE GOD FOR THE INDIA , WHO PROVED THAT PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD AND SHOURIE. IS CONSIDERED AS ONE OF THE BEST ECONOMISTS AND INTELLECTUAL IN THE COUNTRY.
Arun Shourie was born in Jalandhar,in British India.. His father was Hari dev shourie, an Indian civil service fficer (ICS), who later became a consumer rights activist. His father was a magistrate at Lahore during partition of India and the family moved to India. Arun studied at Modern School, Barakhamba, and St.Stephen's in Delhi. He obtained his doctorate in Economics from Maxwell School, Syracuse University in the United States. His sister Nalini Singh is a journalist.
Arun Shourie has written about 25 books He is known for his well-researched and thought provoking writings.His writings have gained him a considerable following around the country, as well as several national and international honours. Among these are the Padma Bhushan, the Magasaysay Award, the Dadabhai Naoroji Award, the Astor Award, the K.S. Hegde Award and the International Editor of the year Award and The Freedom to Publish Award.
- In We Must Have No Price, which is a collection of his articles published earlier in The Indian Express, and of his speeches in the Rajya Sabha and several lectures that he delivered at IIT Kanpur, and elsewhere,Shourie presses for reforms in the Higher Education sector, in the economic sector and in political parties (specifically BJP, the party to which he belongs).
- In A Secular Agenda Shourie discusses various problems faced by India due to minority appeasement and pseudo-secularism practiced by the Indian politicians. The book starts with a discourse on the definition of a nation. He cites examples of other nations in Europe to counter the arguments of people who do not consider India as one nation due to its different lanuguages and religions. He argues for a Uniform Civil Code in the book] and the abolition of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. He also discusses the problem related to infiltration from Bangladesh and the inability of the Indian government to solve it.
- Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud discusses the NCERT controversy in Indian politics and attacks Marxist historiography. Arun Shourie asserts that Marxist historians have controlled and misused important institutions like the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), the National Council of Educational Research Training (NCERT) and a large part of academia and the media. He criticizes well-known historians like Romila Thapar and ilfran Habin. Shourie argues that Marxist historians have white-washed the records of rulers like
- Mohmus Ghazni and Aurangzeb.. Shourie presents examples to further his argument of how many of these text books describe in great detail foreign personalities like Karl Marx or Hoseph Stalin, while they often barely mention important figures of India or of the Indian states. Shourie writes that this is in contrast to Russian Marxist text books. The standard Soviet work A History of India (1973) is according to Shourie much more objective and truthful than the history books written by the Indian Marxists.
- Falling Over Backwards: An essay against Reservations and against Judicial populism: Shourie examines the history of reservations as to why they were originally introduced, the relevant sections in the Indian Constitution and the reasoning behind the exact words used. He then cites the rulings of courts to emphasise on the degeneration of judiciary from an upholder of the original values to openly flouting them. He examines how the Constitution was generously interpreted by consecutive court rulings to arrive at conclusions completely opposite to what the Constitution makers originally intended. He cites exact rulings and judgements to make his point. He then proceeds to discuss the introduction of reservations in promotions, the Rooster System, the arrival at the 50% limit and the subsequent flouting of it. Next, he proceeds to the logic behind the Mandal recommendations and the basis on which the same were made. He then examines the base of the commissions rulings, i.e., the 1931 census (the last time caste based census was held in India), and showcases how the findings, ambiguous to begin with by the census takers' own admissions, was conveniently used by the commission. In the final part of the book, Shourie examines the effects of reservations in bureaucracy and elsewhere, citing specific examples and cases to highlight the absurdness that has set in and its adverse effect on the institutions. He discusses the future that the trend portends, and makes ominous predictions if the slide is not stopped. Shourie ends by quoting Nehru's remarks on reservations 'This way lies not folly, but disaster.'
- Governance and the sclerosis that has set in: Arun Shourie discusses the rot prevelent in the bureaucracy and the inordinate delay that acccompanies every task. Various cases are cited along with their timeline and their motion through the various channels bringing home the inefficiency of the structure. Shourie also discusses certain incidents involving his stint as the Disinvestment minister in the Vajpayee Government. Lack of efficacy of various state governments, PSU's and departments is also discussed. Shourie suggests doing away with obsolete legislation and simplifying the processes.
- We Must Have No Price
- Are We Deceiving Ourselves Again
- Where Will All This Take Us
- The Parliamentary System
- Courts and their Judgements: Premises, Prerequisites, Consequences
- Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud
- Falling Over Backwards: An essay against Reservations and against Judicial populism
- Governance and the sclerosis that has set in
- Harvesting Our Souls
- Hinduism: Essence and Consequence
- Indian Controversies
- Individuals, Institutions, Processes : How One may Strengthen the Other in India Today
- Institutions in the Janata Phase
- Missionaries in India
- Arun Shourie and his Christian critics
- Mrs Gandhi's Second Reign
- Only Fatherland : Communists, 'Quit India,' and the Soviet Union
- Religion in Politics
- A Secular Agenda
- Symptoms of Fascism
- These Lethal, Inexorable Laws: Rajiv, His Men and His Regime
- The State As Charade: V.P. Singh, Chandra Shekhar and the Rest
- Will the Iron Fence Save a Tree Hollowed by Termites?
- The World of Fatwas
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