New book by Salman Khurshid to be out this November

A book by former Union Minister Salman Khurshid, "At Home in India: The Muslim Saga" is set to hit book stores this November, his publishers said Wednesday.

PTI| Updated: Sep 17, 2014, 14:19 PM IST

New Delhi: A book by former Union Minister Salman Khurshid, "At Home in India: The Muslim Saga" is set to hit book stores this November, his publishers said Wednesday.

"It is a comprehensive, definitive and forceful account - by a witness to recent history in the making - which highlights fact that Muslims do feel at home in India and also provides rare insights into their thought processes, their aspirations and their problems," publishers said in a statement.

The upcoming book is being published by Hay House with distribution and marketing by Penguin Books.

The book covers a wide span from late nineteenth century to the present and brings out the pivotal roles played by a galaxy of distinguished Indian Muslims.

Kurshid describes how the Aligarh Muslim University and Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia came into being and how many of their alumni became part of freedom movement.

"The author does not shy away from hypersensitive issues such as terrorism, communal riots, a Uniform Civil Code, present-day Muslim leadership (or lack of) and the place of women in Islam, with a focus on the Shah Bano case," the publishers said.

"He underscores the significance of the 'trust deficit' on the part of Muslims vis-a-vis the police (based on a recent report of the directors-general of police from different states) and spotlights the July 2014 verdict of the Supreme Court with regard to the Shariat and fatwas," Penguin said.

The former External Affairs Minister "rounds off the book with analysis of what the future could hold after the recent victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections."

The 61-year-old author has previously penned the book "Beyond Terrorism: New Hope for Kashmir" (1994) and a play "Sons of Babur" (2008).