By Shyam Verma
Shashi Tharoor is not simply famous diplomat but a good writer as well. The diversity of Indian culture has been well explored by him in his books. If you have read any of his works you will realise that he has done a fine job of blending the past of the Indian themes with what is to come.
If you have read his Show Business and The Great Indian Novel you will realize hy he is being referred as the finest satirical writers of English today. Though his work focuses primarily on comedy and satire but Tharoor actually asserts that his novels have certain degree of moralizing works hidden as entertainment.
Midnight to Millennium is Tharoor’s recent work which is inspired by the golden jubilee anniversary of India’s Independence. This non fiction work of Tharoor is a prefect blend of India’s past and future. If you have liked his earlier writings then Midnight to Millennium will definitely not disappoint you .
This amazing work by Tharoor has not only tried to bring light on various challenges that India has been facing for the last five decades but also on the ones that are waiting for us in the future.
He has skilfully taken up diverse matters like caste, democracy, the troublesome legacy of Indira Gandhi, partition of India and Pakistan and many others. He has beautifully presented how Indian people having different cultural backgrounds, religions and ethics blend so well to have one nationality. He focusses on the history of India along with various attempts since independence that have been made to call India as one united nation. He places emphasis on various other issues which has gripped the Indian nation since a long time. Some of his chapters are a real eye opener while other forces you to think about your past as well as future.
The “Scheduled Castes, Unscheduled Change” is among the best chapters of the book which is a really wonderful as it satires on the law of the Government where 49.5% seats of the federal government jobs are reserved for the backward classes leaving the general class actually into a state of discrimination. It clearly states that with such high percent of reservation you need to be a backward to move forward in life.
In this latest work Tharoor like many other observers has also seen the most widespread problem of India which is criminalization and corruption. There are many other chapters in the book that will arouse your interest. These problems in his work are not presented with a purpose to highlight them but with optimism that the countrymen will definitely find a solution to all of then within the framework of democracy and political scenario.
Thus Shashi Tharoor's From Midnight to Millennium is a great piece of work and a must to go through.