Monday, 10 March 2008

VICE PRESIDENT RELEASES BOOK ‘WAR OF CIVILIZATIONS : INDIA AD 1857




The Vice President of India Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari released the book titled “War of Civilizations: India AD 1857” –(Volume I -The Road to Delhi; & Volume II- The Long Revolution) authored by the writer/journalist Shri Amaresh Misra at a function here today. Addressing on the occasion, the Vice President said that writing such a voluminous book is an extraordinary success. Referring to the sources in the book he said that these sources are well-authenticated. He said that 1857 revolt was a revolution which failed because it was not sufficiently organized and many people did not join it. Congratulating the author the Vice President said that he has done a great service to the nation.

The book showcases a West, the West has never seen, an Asia which Asians are unaware of and a story of the ‘Indian Mutiny’ which has never been told before. The whole Asia-Europe conflict gets a new slant. Accessible to scholars, historians, lay readers, students of military adventure and battles, ideologies, action and drama, the story of 1857 resonates with smells and sounds of an Indian caravanserai, the auburn-gray picture of high sounding, Victorian England.

The author Shri Amaresh Misra gave a brief description of the book. Former Ministers Shri K. Natwar Singh and Shri Salman Khurshid also addressed. Many dignitaries were present on the occasion.