Beyond a Billion Ballots & Shade of Pink

Beyond a Billion Ballots: Democratic Reforms for a Resurgent Nation by Vinay Sahasrabuddhe from Wisdom Tree.

Beyond a Billion Ballots is an insightful advocacy of a range of political reforms aimed at making India a resurgent republic. In the process, the book reviews various challenges faced by democracy the world over, focussing on issues pertaining to the lack of robust development of its institutions, particularly the political parties.

Holding the 'crisis of purpose' in party politics responsible for the weak organisational health of parties, the author unfolds a link between activism bereft of ideology, representation sans results and democracy without deliverables. Written more from a practitioner's view point, the book builds a strong case for liberating political parties from the trap of populist politics through a set of key systemic changes in India's democratic infrastructure.

In our Politics section, Rs. 795, in hardback, 328 pages, ISBN: 9788183283229

A Delicate Shade of Pink by Erkki Tuomioja from Wisdom Tree.

Who was Hella Wuolijoki? Behind her public roles as a dramatist, business-woman and director of the Finnish Broadcasting Company, was she really a spy? And what about her sister, Salme Pekkala-Dutt who married Swedish-Indian Rajani Palme Dutt, an ideologue for the Communist movement in many countries, including India? Why has Salme remained an unknown entity in Finland though she was a strong background force in the Communist Party of Great Britain?

At the end of the nineteenth century, the Murriks, a middle-class Estonian family had four daughters and a son. Two of the daughters, Ella and Salme, became Finnish citizens, with Salme adopting British citizenship later on. But both also turned into revolutionaries, who idealised Stalin and the Soviet state. Which of their roles in the international network of Socialists and wartime political intrigues were real and which were imaginary?

In our Biography section, Rs. 995, in hardback, 390 pages, ISBN: 9788183283250