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In presence of a host of distinguished guests comprising India’s vice president Mohammad Hamid Ansari; former union cabinet minister Natwar Singh; MJ Akbar, minister of state for external affairs; railway minister Suresh Prabhu and other political and thought leaders, Pentagon Press has recently released a new book titled Global Terrorism: Challenges and Policy Opinion, edited by Dhruv Katoch and Shakti, which is a compendium of the proceedings of the second edition of the Counter Terrorism Conference, organised by the Government of Rajasthan and India Foundation.

Indian president Pranab Mukherjee; Home minister Rajnath Singh; Ajit Doval, former Indian intelligence and law enforcement officer; Dr Abdulla Abdulla, chief executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Malaysian deputy home minister; Md Shariar Alam, external affairs minister, Bangladesh; Ibrahim Rahimpour, Iranian deputy minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs and others, who were keynote speakers at the second Counter Terrorism Conference, are the main contributors to Global Terrorism, giving an insight into the need for co-ordinated action by all countries of the world to fight terrorism and eliminate this scourge for an imperative world peace. The views by the eminent personalities delve into vast range of issues related to terrorism, and bring forth clarity on what can and should be done, in order to fight the biggest threat to the society.

CAPEXIL, sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, took a delegation of 15 member exporters to Abu Dhabi Book Fair, UAE from April 26 –May 2, 2017. The delegation of Indian exhibitors was led by Naresh Kumar Chutani and Sunil Kumar of CAPEXIL. The chairman of CAPEXIL Ramesh K. Mittal could not attend the event due to his other commitments. National Book Trust, India and CAPEXIL had set-up stands in this fair, which was spread in an area of 31,692 sq m, attracting 1261 publishers and 272,320 visitors, 612 authors, 507 events and 200 journalists.

Kapil Raj, second secretary, Embassy of India Abu Dhabi, UAE, visited the stands of Indian publishers & printers and interacted with them to understand their success stories as well as their difficulties to export their items.

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V C Thomas, publishing and rights consultant, V C books and Manasi Subrahmaniam of Penguin Random House India have been selected for the prestigious Zev Birger Jerusalem Book Fair Fellowship 2017. Thomas is the first recipient from Malayalam publishing for this fellowship.

SAGE Publishing has released Masood Khalini’s Whispers of Wars: An Afghan Freedom Fighter’s Account of the Soviet Invasion. Launch of the book in New Delhi was flanked by a host of eminent guests comprising Shakti Sinha, president, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library as moderator alongside IP Khosla, member secretary, Indian Council for South Asian Co-operation and former Indian ambassador to Afghanistan; Dr Vishal Chandra, research fellow, Institute for Defense Study and Analyses and among other dignitaries.

In Whispers of Wars, author Masood Khalini narrates his first-hand account of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In the summer of 1986, he was barely 30 and he kept a diary while travelling through northern Afghanistan. That record has yielded this elegiac book on the Afghan people in the midst of their war of resistance against the then Soviet Union. But Whispers of War is a memoir, not a diary of self. It is a group portrait of the Afghan nation and its diverse, resilient culture in a season of extreme pressure. Masood’s journey in the book unfolds with conversations and eyewitness encountered with farmers, refugees, horsemen, villagers, and commanders.

“I encountered the pain of war through extraordinary voices—children lost to random gunfire, volunteer fighters suffering from wounds that cannot be treated properly and many such agonies,” said Masood, recalling the anguish that still lingers in his mind. Whispers of War offers an additional corrective, step by step, day by day as the book’s journey carries the humane heart of Afghanistan, to its suffering, beauty, poetry, and aspirations for peace. Masood, son of the famous Persian poet laureate Ustad Khalilullah Khalili, had reportedly spent five years in India and studied at Kirori Mal College of Delhi University in the seventies.