Books and Authors - Current Affairs for April,2017

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▼ Congress leader Veerappa Moily's new book   [04-11-17]

Former Union minister and senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily today presented the first copy of his book ‘The Flaming Tresses of Draupadi’ to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Moily has a political career for over five decades, starting from being Karnataka in-charge of the Congress in the 1970s and then as minister in the Manmohan Singh cabinet.

Veerappa Moily: Know More

  • Born: 12 January 1940 Moodabidri
  • Party: Indian National Congress
  • Governor: Khurshed Alam Khan
  • New Books: The Edge of Time, The Flaming Tresses of Draupadi

▼ New book on Indian Railways   [04-3-17]

The Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on 30 March 2017 released a book on the Indian Railways - “Indian Railway-The weaving of a National Tapestry.”

The book was jointly authored by Bibek Debroy (Member, NITI Aayog), Sanjay Chadha (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce) and Vidya Krishnamurthi.

The theme of this book is the historical development of railways in India.

The book is divided into chapters dealing with different periods of development in chronological order.

It builds its foundations from periods prior to 1853, when the first commercial passenger railway was inaugurated.

The authors wanted to create a cross between an academic book and a coffee table book.

The result is a narrative built around a series of anecdotes of railway history. The book manages to convey considerable amounts of information in a conversational manner.

The story begins with the early plans for building railways in the Indian sub-continent in the 1830s, continues with the debates in the 1840s and the advent of the railways in the 1850s and 1860s.

The final chapter, which covers the period of consolidation and change during the 1870s onwards, is the most absorbing.

The last chapter covers the period from the beginning of the 20th century until independence. The book is perhaps best characterised as Indian Railway History - An anecdotal version.

Indian Railways: Know More

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Number of employees: 1,331,000
  • Founded: 16 April 1853
  • Revenue: 1.683 trillion INR (US$25 billion, 2015–2016)
  • Chief Subsidiary: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation
  • Parent organization: Ministry of Railways

Chronology of events
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has received the first copy of the Book titled ‘Hope in a challenged democracy; An Indian narrative’ authored by Shri Ashwini Kumar, from the former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, on 10 April 2017 released a book titled Gandhi in Champaran authored by noted writer Dinanath Gopal Tendulkar at National Mahatma Gandhi Museum in New Delhi.