Book 53 of Year 2017 – “A Question of Order” by Basharat Peer

Official Title – A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen

Genre – Non fiction

Book Length – 176 pages

Reading Time – 3.5 hours

Style/ Plot – When I picked this book, I was not sure what to expect. l knew it would be political but did not know to what extent.

It details how the democratically elected leaders of India and Turkey were elected/ rose into power; and how certain elements are used to divide voters (i.e. religion, caste system, social standing etc).

The stories told are quite sad in some cases. in other cases, they stir up some anger in me. How are people manipulated in such a way to cause untold harm and destruction all in the name of a belief/system/politics?

Favourite Quote – “Nationalism is used to stifle all thinking…The culture of collective narcissism to stifle all individuality, the promulgation of uncontested definitions of nationalism to pre-empt all debate over genuine national interest, the constant hunt for contrived enemies of the nation, is suffocating thought.

Rating – 3.5/5


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