Always a nation in the works, India is in even more a state of churn than usual right now.
Doubt and suspicion pervade in most areas – corporate, cricket, film, politics, bureaucracy, education, courts, police, medicine, media, and even civil society.
The harder we try, the lesser we seem to progress.
Banging our heads against a wall of indifference and screaming our lungs out is not delivering the truth we seek.
A simpler method might be to encourage the protagonists and perpetrators to write books.
Imagine. We may have a resurgence of remorse and a spate of confessionals. Publishers would be thrilled and we, the ignored, may finally have a feast.
Here then is my take on the state of India, disguised as a wishlist of 100 non-fiction books that would be great to read.
If written, these may free us from denial and half-truth. They could be fun too.
Let’s encourage the authors to hammer away at their keyboards and deliver these masterpieces.
1. BJP: A Real History, by LK Advani
With 70 years of life in rightwing politics, the patriarch tells all as it is. This is the fury of the scorned.
2. D, by Dawood Ibrahim
The true story of how India's most hated company was run.
3. F.Art: An Artist's Canvas, by Subodh Gupta
Why Indian art struggles.
Image: A file photo of LK Advani. (Picture credit: AFP)