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Jaishankar signs copies of his new book 'Why Bharat Matters'

Updated on: 03 January,2024 01:29 PM IST  |  New Delhi
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'Why Bharat Matters' which talks of India's quest to ascend the global hierarchy and New India drawing strength from the country's civilizational heritage, EAM Jaishankar said that he has attempted to take a particular theme and give it "Ramayan-type" relevance. "The English edition of my new book 'Why Bharat Matters' would be out in early 2024

Jaishankar signs copies of his new book 'Why Bharat Matters'

EAM S Jaishankar. File Photo

Key Highlights

  1. Jaishankar said that he has attempted to give it "Ramayana type" relevance
  2. On December 30, he presented the first copy of his book `Why Bharat Matters` to PM Modi
  3. The English edition of my new book `Why Bharat Matters` would be out in early 2024

Amid the buzz over his new book 'Why Bharat Matters', External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar signed some of the copies of his book.

In a video posted on X, Jaishankar smiled as he signed copies of his book. While sharing the video on X, he wrote, "Contributing to a national conversation on foreign policy. Signed some copies of #WhyBharatMatters."

Speaking on his book 'Why Bharat Matters' which talks of India's quest to ascend the global hierarchy and New India drawing strength from the country's civilizational heritage, EAM Jaishankar said that he has attempted to take a particular theme and give it "Ramayan-type" relevance.

In an interview with ANI, Jaishankar spoke about how Lord Ram carefully constructed a coalition to take on Ravana and how apart from Lord Hanuman, other characters in the Ramayan such as Angad, who practised diplomatic skills in the face of difficult situations.

Asked whether his book was by an academician, a diplomat or a politician-turned-academician, Jaishankar said it is a mixture of all of them.

"The diplomat in me has, in a sense, you can say, the domain knowledge and the experience which I talk about. The politician in me feels the need to communicate that, as we said, to the everyday world, to the normal, to the 'samanya nagrik' (common citizen), you can say, and in a sense, look, if there are perhaps two sagas, two stories all of us have grown up with, this is really the Ramayan and Mahabharat," he said.

The diplomat-turned-politician said people often use a multitude of metaphors, situations and comparisons in normal lives.

"If I were to talk to you chatting, I may bring up some reference there. So why I used that was also to remind people, look, we are multiple, sort of millennia-old civilizations. When we discuss the world, can we think about doing it on our terms and in our framework, in our construct. So there was that part of it also, that for me to think of the world as you can see, what I've tried to do is to take a particular theme and to try to give it a Ramayan-type relevance," Jaishankar told ANI.

"So say, for example, I've used coalition building, how Lord Ram very carefully constructs a coalition and what it takes to construct a coalition. It doesn't happen by itself or even in diplomacy, you've heard me say before that the two preeminent examples of diplomats are Hanuman and Shri Krishna. But there are others, Angad, for example, or even his mother, Tara. These are people who, in very difficult situations, practice their diplomatic skills," he added.

On December 30, Jaishankar presented the first copy of his book 'Why Bharat Matters' to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After meeting, Jaishankar on X wrote, "Honoured to present the first copy of my book 'Why Bharat Matters' to PM @narendramodi this evening."

Sharing the text of the book, he wrote, "India's quest to ascend the global hierarchy is an endless journey. But as we take stock of the progress made and anticipate the challenges ahead, it is certainly reassuring that this is propelled by such deep national commitment and confidence. Whether it is drawing strength from its heritage and culture or approaching challenges with the optimism of democracy and technology, this is certainly a New India."

"The English edition of my new book 'Why Bharat Matters' would be out in early 2024. Do read." Jaishankar had said on X. 


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