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Friday, August 07, 2009

At last, Advani gets an Urdu publisher for his autobiography

At last, LK Advani's autobiography has been published in Urdu. He wanted to appear in print much before the elections.

But Advani couldn't get an Urdu publisher then. Most were reluctant to associate themselves with the book. Personally I feel the reason is that majority of Urdu publishers are now in business just because of sale of religious books, which are still sold in large numbers, rather than literature or other books--they might have feared reaction by associating themselves to Advani.

Delhi-based Urdu daily Hindustan Express extensively covered the event. It says that when a prominent Muslim leader of BJP tried hard to convince a well-known Urdu publisher, he agreed but on the condition that the name of the publication house would not be printed in the book. Naturally, the idea was dropped because it was thought that if a book is published without publisher's name and address, it would look undignified.

Telugu, Hindu and English editions of the book had been released during the ad blitz projecting him as Prime Minister. The aim was to reach out to Muslims but it couldn't happen. Now the book--Mera Watan, Meri Zindagi [My Country, My Life] has finally been released.

Speaking on the occasion Advani himself said that though the book has been translated in many languages, the Urdu edition has been the most important one and close to his heart. He also spoke on 'secularim', 'Hindu-Muslim harmon' and a lot.

Journalists MJ Akbar, Aziz Burney, Poet Chandrabhan Khayal, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Najma Heptullah, Rajnath Singh and editor of Akhbar-e-Mashriq Waseemul Haq were present. At the function, Rajnath Singh, said that expressed his love for Urdu.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan presided over the function. Aziz Burney lauded the book and said that it resembled with Maulana Azad's writings, reports Hindustan Express. Large number of Shia and Sunni scholars attended the event at FICCI auditorium. [Photo courtesy Hindustan Express]


urdudaaN said...

This is an Urdu book, which I will not read even if I get it for free. I will tear it and throw away in the dustbin or down the gutter.

Anonymous said...

I have to repeat it. YOU ARE OBSESSED WITH THE BJP! You definitely are.

Let the BJP go its own way. Granted that there is a certain amount of smugness among its opponents about BJPs situation, but there is no need to dance on its chest.

adal said...

Advani's auto-biography,"My country! My people!"has been reviewed by many as full of contradictions and untruths.Kushwant Singh has summed it up as :"The burial of the ghost that could not be!"This was the additional factor which led to the rout of NDA at the hustings.

Anonymous said...

Advani's image consciousness has caused the country very dearly.In 1990,he undertook the Rath Yatra to secure Hindus'support fordemolition
of heritage masjid in Ayodhya and building a grand Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple there!
His own daughter-in -law, Gowri Advani(now divorced) had submitted to Liberhan Commission in writing an affidavit stating that on the morning of 6th December, 1992, he gave specific orders to "remove the symbol of slavery"!Subsequently, the mob levelled 500 years old masjid to the ground in matter of hours! In his bokk, he sheds crocodile tears and calls it a dismal day!
On the eve of the election, he had assured that his plank will be "development" and released the manifesto promising building Sri Ram Mandir and saving Ram Setu!He went for cyber aid, bicepsbuilding,
etc.to impress voters that he is still "fit"!However, his frequent shifts of stands and double speak led the voters to dump NDA and frustrate his life's ambition.He gracelessly called PM : "Nikammah!"
While he was the Central Home Minister, one Dara Singh , burnt an Australian missionary and his too sons in his ca in Orissa!Hedefended
him.He was given "lifimprisonment"!
On the other hand, Afzal Guru was nowhere near the Pariament. Yet he was accused of masterminding the attack and given "death sentence"!He frequently demands the hanging of Afzal Guru!
After the election, he promised that parliament will NOT be affected by' walk-outs'and 'boycotts'.He did not keep up that promise!.
When dissidents in his party wanted an "introspection" and persons pinned down for defeat,he promised that the brain-storming session" will do the same.Now he has declared that "instead of focussing on the (LS poll) defeat,we will discuss how party can surge ahead?"
He has caused his coterie to get parliamentary positions and has exiled dissident Jaswant Sinha!
"He has become a liabiity to BJP " say many critics.

syahi said...

one can simply ignore if we dont like something.that is the easiest way of boycott rather than making noises against the book and make it famous(i.e.free marketing).

indscribe said...

Anon: You are as much obsessed with it then. At least have the guts to put your name and identity here.

Syahi: True.

Urdudaan, Adal, Anon2, thanks for your comments.