Current Affairs June 2017 - Books


1 - "Ministry of Utmost Happiness" authored by Arundhati Roy released

Arundhati Roy

The book "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" which has been authored by Arundhati Roy was released recently. It is fiction-based novel and will be published by Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin India.

"The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" will be published in 30 countries and 26 languages. The book is already on Amazon’s "top 50 best-seller books" list. Arundhati Roy had won the Booker prize for her previous novel "The God of Small Things".

2 - Former Union minister Jairam Ramesh launched a book called "Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature"

Jairam Ramesh

Congress president Sonia Gandhi launched a book called "Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature” written by Mr Jairam Ramesh.

The book describes how Indira Gandhi led India to the path of conservation and made it a priority of economic development and the unexplored aspect of Indira Gandhi’s life — her love for nature.

This book is published by Simon & Schuster. Jairam Ramesh presented first copy of the book to the Congress President, besides to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former minister Karan Singh and Priyanka Gandhi.

3 - Book on Vajpayee ‘Yug Purush, Bharat Ratna, Atal Ji’ released


BJP MP and author Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ officially handed over the first copy of the 450-page book titled -‘Yug Purush, Bharat Ratna, Atal Ji’ to the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

The book will be officially released in near future. The book is based on life of politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his debut in politics.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the 10th Prime Minister of India for term from 1998 to 2004. He was honoured with Bharat Ratna award in 2014.

4 - David Grossman bagged the Man Booker International Prize 2017

David Grossman

The 63-year-old David Grossman’s novel ‘A Horse Walks into a Bar’ bagged the Man Booker International Prize 2017. This novel bagged the prize for the year’s best fiction in translation, due to its Israeli comedy.

With this award, he became the first Israeli author to win the Man Booker International Prize.

“A Horse Walks into a Bar” throws light on the effects of grief and its character is challenging and flawed.

5 - The fifth Bhupen Hazarika Award was given to Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi

Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi

The Fifth Bhupen Hazarika National Award, 2017 was honoured to Arunachal Pradesh writer Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi with prize money of 51,000 rupees, a memento and a certificate.

He has done creative work in a dozen novels, and numerous short stories and plays, all in Assamese language. Some of his best novels like Mauna Onth Mukhar Hriday bagged Sahitya Akademi award in 2005.

The Bhupen Hazarika National Award is an award, instituted by Sarhad, a Maharashtra-based organization.

6 - ‘The Emergency-Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’ book launched

Emergency-Indian Democracy

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu launched a book titled ‘The Emergency-Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’ written by A. Surya Prakash, Chairperson Prasar Bharati Board.

The book launch was organized as part of the daylong convention organized to mark the anniversary of the Emergency by Megh Nirghosh Media in Ahmedabad.

The book details about the failure of media and the judiciary to stand up against emergency and highlights the role of Sarvodaya, Rashtriy Swayam Sevak Sangh in restoring the democracy in the country.