In the wake of preventive measures of the Government of India to curb the spread of Covid-19, and to encourage people to #StayHome, Organiser publishes a series titled ‘ #TheGreatIndianReadBookList ', a reading list recommended by India’s leading public intellectuals. The series aims to introduce to our readers a few books that every Indian must read in her/his lifetime.
Here’s a list of 10 must-read books recommended by Adv CK Saji Narayanan:
(Shri Saji Narayanan is the President of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS). He was a member of 2nd National Commission on Labour appointed by the Shri Vajpeyi Government. Professionally a lawyer and legal advisor to various Banks and other institutions. He is former Secretary Bharatiya Vichar Kendra and National Executive Committee member, ABVP.
Shri Saji was also a member of peace delegation to Pakistan and has visited Lahore and Karachi. He led the Indian Trade Union Delegation to ILO conference, Geneva, for several years and was in charge of ILO and international affairs of BMS. He has visited countries like Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan etc., in connection with training programmes and Conferences. He was elected as Vice Chairman of Central Standing Committee on Labour and Vice Chairman of Indian Labour Conference in 2011, 2012, 2018.
Shri Saji Narayanan is author of more than 15 Law Books including Law of family Court, Marriage and Divorce, Land Reforms, Civil Procedure Code, various Labour Laws etc. He was President of Thrissur Bar Association. He was a faculty resource person at National Judicial Academy, Bhopal. He is also author of more than 250 published articles and books on various subjects like labour, economics etc in English, Hindi and Malayalam. He has also worked as Director of North Malabar Gramin Bank, member of Indian Rubber Board, Director of National Safety Council, Mumbai, and Director of Consumer Education Society.)
1. Integral Humanism by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya
Integral Humanism is a series of 4 lectures delivered by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay back in 1960. It tries to present a third alternative road to be taken to the future of India rather than communism and capitalism. It pitches for a development paradigm based on the principles of India/Hinduism. It is the philosophy adopted by Bhartiya Janta Party. (Read more about the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22447359-integral-humanism)
2. Social Equality And Hindu Consolidation by Balasaheb ji Deoras
The book is English translation of the speech of third Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Shri Balasaheb ji Deoras at the Vasant Vyakhyanmala in Pune in May 1974. In this speech, Deoras Ji strongly denounced the practice of untouchability and appealed to the RSS volunteers to work towards its removal from the Hindu society.
3. Narayana Guru, the Prophet of Renaissance by P Parameswaran
P Parameswaran, fondly called as Parameswarji, was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh pracharak from Kerala, who served as the national General Secretary and Vice President of the Jan Sangh. Parameswaran ji has authored several books on Indian philosophy and society. Narayana Guru, the Prophet of Renaissance is considered to be one of the best and comprehensive biography of Sree Narayana Guru, a great Hindu spiritual leader and social reformer in India. The biographical study on the life of Sree Narayana Guru remains unequalled for content and quality.
4. Ini Njan Unaratte (And Now Let Me Wake Up) by Ranga Hari
Shri Ranga Hariji is a senior Prachaarak and highly respected thinker of Hindutva. Hariji was the Prant Prachaarak of Kerala from 1983 to 1994; Akhil Bharatiya Saha-bauddhik Pramukh in 1990 and Akhil Bharatiya Bauddhik Pramukh from 1991 to 2005. He has excellent knowledge of Malayalam, Sanskrit, Hindi, Konkani, Marathi, Tamil and English. He is a prolific writer and has written around three dozen books in Malayalam, 8 in Hindi and one in Konkani. He has also compiled three books in Malayalam and one huge collection of Shri Guruji’s works—‘Shri Guruji Samagra’ in Hindi in 12 Volumes. He has translated one book from English, six books from Marathi, two from Sanskrit and one from Hindi to Malayalam. He has written the biography of Shri Guruji in Hindi. We are presenting here the English translation of this highly acclaimed biography. Ini Njan Unaratte urges the people of Bharat to wake up to the call of the motherland and arm themselves with the lessons of history in order to confront the future challenges.
5. Bhranthalayatthil Ninnum Theerthalayathilekku (Malayalam) (From a lunatic asylum to a Holy land) by P Parameswaran ji
A prolific writer, P Parameswaran ji is best known for his penchant criticism of Communism, Islamism and Evangelism: the three threats to an open society. However, beyond his head-on ideological confrontations with his counterparts in the Communist parties, his scholarly analyses of the spiritual renaissance of Kerala and the lives of
Sree Narayana Guru, Sri Aurobindo etc. have to be critically evaluated.
Bhranthalayatthil Ninnum Theerthalayathilekku is the history of the spiritual renaissance movement of Kerala led by Sree Narayana Guru that transformed the state of Kerala from lunatic asylum to a holy land. Taking a step forward, apart from confining himself to the role of a chronicler, he laboured hard to take forward the legacy of the real spiritual renaissance of Kerala that faced a stumbling block with the spread of Communism, which sought to replace the unifying spirit of the great Hindu movement with divisive agenda of caste and political violence.
6. Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra
The Tao of Physics is a classic study of the prominent similarities between Eastern mysticism and modern physics. The central premise of the book is that the ancient and mystical traditions of the East hold a rational theoretical skeleton, which can accommodate the advanced Western theories of the modern world.
The author mostly compares the modern theory of quantum physics to the beliefs and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. In this way, he establishes a strong connect between the two different schools of thought. The author has avoided usage of complex mathematics while explaining various observations of Eastern religions.
7. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (9 volumes)
All the nine published volumes of Swami Vivekananda's works are available here. All proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Advaita Ashrama, founded by Swami Vivekananda.
In these volumes we have not only a principles to the world at large, but also, to its own children, the Charter of the Hindu faith. For the first time in history, Hinduism itself forms here the subject of generalization of a Hindu mind of the highest order. What Hinduism had needed was the organizing and consolidating of its own idea, a rock where she could lie at anchor, and an authoritative utterance in which she might recognise herself. What the world had needed was a faith that had no fear of truth. Both are found in the words and writings of Swami Vivekananda. It is the latest principles or beliefs of a modern Prophet of religion and spirituality to the mankind.
8. Bunch of Thoughts by Sri Guruji Golwalkar
The Bunch of Thoughts is a collection of the speeches, articles and interviews of the second Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sri Guruji Golwalkar.
In this book we find an in-depth, philosophical discussion on vital questions such as, how best to face the dangers threatening Bharat both from inside and the world-outside, and respond to the challenge of the times, how we need to fashion our personal and national character for fulfilling the historical necessities of the country etc, which shed light on the genuine concept of our nationhood.
9. Sri Guruji Samagra (12 volumes)(Hindi)
Sri Guruji Samagra (12 volumes) is the collection of the complete works of Shri Guruji Golwalkar.
10. Third Way by Dattopant Thengadiji
Shri Dattopant Bapurao Thengadi was a great thinker, nationalist intellectual, Hindutva ideologue, trade union leader and founder of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh.
In the background of the withering of communism and the imminent collapse of capitalism, time is ripe for exploring a more universally acceptable ‘Third Way’. Several leading thinkers like Peter Drucker and Paul Samuelson have – though guardedly – predicted that capitalism in its present form may not survive beyond the first quarter of the next century. However, the collapse of these systems cannot automatically usher in a superior world-order. Evolving a ‘Third Way’ desiderates a vast amount of preparatory work at both the intellectual and organisational levels. To pave the way for such exploration is the purpose of the essays and lectures compiles in this volume.