Amish says extreme ideologies get more airtime and space in the public debates
After the success of his debut novel, Immortals of Meluha, Amish left a successful corporate career to churn out best sellers. His Shiva trilogy and the Ramachandra series has sparked a new interest in Indian mythology.
Amish’s latest book, Immortal India is his first foray into non-fiction. He says over the phone, “It is a collection of my columns, speeches, corporate events and debates I have participated in. It includes many things that are not in the public domain as well. I have made additions and updated many of these columns to make them more contemporary. All these works have been compartmentalized into different sections in the book, ranging from my take on religion and mythology to social issues and the study of history.”
He adds, “I use my books as a vehicle to convey my views on a range of issues, from women rights, the need for equality among classes and the battle between good and evil. Fiction is a tool to convey these thoughts to the people in an entertaining manner. I enjoyed working on this book, since I was talking about issues that are very close to me. I did not have to create a plot to incorporate my ideas in this book. I plan to write more non-fiction books too. I do not see this as a one off book.”
Has the space for a civilized public debate reduced in India? Amish says, “In this book, I have a chapter dedicated to our debates becoming increasingly polarised. In India, in the public debate space, it was also about a conversation (samvad) rather than an argument (vivaad). However, that has been changing in India, with the rise of talking heads yelling at each other on TV.”
He adds, “I think extreme ideologies get a lot of airtime and space in the public debates. It is important that centrist views also get recognised and debates are not this polarised. It is a very small section that is spoiling the need for a good public debate.”
Credit : The Hindu