Weekend reads: Amartya Sen's hopes and fears for Indian democracy and nine others

Weekend reads: Amartya Sen's hopes and fears for Indian democracy and nine others
Amartya Sen

1. “The big thing that we know from John Stuart Mill is that democracy is government by discussion, and, if you make discussion fearful, you are not going to get a democracy, no matter how you count the votes,” Amartya Sen says in an interview with The New Yorker's Isaac Chotiner.

2. Savarkar had many faces – but Hindutva has only one: Krzysztof Iwanek, Head of the Asia Research Centre at War Studies University in Warsaw, argues in his piece in Scroll.in, that people attempting to mainstream Hindutva are wrong about the man who formulated this ideology.

3. Gandhi versus Lenin, in their time and ours: Ramachandra Guha, in his opinion piece in The Telegraph argues that Gandhi’s posthumous global reputation is rather better than Lenin’s.

4. A six-book race: This year’s Booker shortlist, praised as the most diverse selection in the award’s history, includes new books by former winners Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, writes Rohan Manoj in The Hindu Literary Review

5. The Centre recently published an advertisement in Kashmir newspaper, The Greater Kashmir, suggesting normalcy is the responsibility of the population. But Aakar Patel, in his column in The Sunday Times of India, argues that we should look at the fine print.

6. In a first interview to a foreign journalist, former Taliban commander Maulvi Manzoor, who played key role in Afghanistan war, tells Independent's Kim Sengupta about his political past and hopes for the future.

7. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna. It is one of the greatest sporting achievements – recording a time that has never been achieved before and pushing the limits of human ability, again, writes James Tapper in The Guardian.

8. Cricket administration in India: Srinivasan daughter, Shah son, Anurag brother form the the ‘new’ cricket officialdom, write Shamik Chakrabarty and Devendra Pandey in The Indian Express.

9. Instagram and TikTok impact: It’s a great time to be an influencer on Instagram or TikTok in India, writes Ananya Bhattacharya in Quartz.

10. Do elephants risk their lives to save each other?, BBC's Anna Jones explores in the wake of 11 elephant deaths in Thailand recently.

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