A CANDID CONVERSATION
WITH ATUL KHANNA
Atul Khanna has built enterprises in manufacturing, engineering, machine vision, life sciences and now education by building an Indian-European knowledge corridor over the years.
He lives with his family and friends in Pune, India, and travels to Europe for work.
He has been Knighted by the Finnish Government, an award for the best foreign-owned company in Sweden, and a Lifetime Achievement award from Deccan Chamber of Commerce.
Atul’s firm Tooltech engineers German cars, trains, machine vision and high-end technology equipment for marquee European firms.
He coordinates the work of Scientists, Engineers, to create a sum that is greater than its part on a global concurrent engineering model.
His first book ‘Between You and Me: Flight to Societal Moksha’ is published by Bloomsbury.
a flight to societal moksha
a movement. a transformation. a conversation.
Original, solution oriented, thought provoking ideas to re architecture parliamentary democracy, deepen it, widen citizen ownership, equality and widen the purpose of governance. The setting, it’s body is India, but it is a soul reflection of the universal. The march from 19th century ideas, executed in the 20th century, but irrelevant in the fast march of the 21st century – a century that needs not tinkering but new ideas. It aims to empower the young, 600 million in India alone, to be the natural champions they are instead of potentially being its victims.
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Between You and Me is a vast conversation on solutions, brimming with ideas, idealistic yet concrete, a tapestry of unique colours that is set to challenge the prescriptive constitution and structure of India. Will India switch from being follower and precedence driven, to be being thought leader and innovation driven for the vast change to harness its young generation?
The aim of the book is to empower the young and share original, futuristic, thought provoking ideas to re architecture parliamentary democracy, deepen it, widen citizen ownership, equality and widen the purpose of governance. Needless to say, ideas of the 19th century executed in the 20th century; will not work in the 21st century because this century needs its own tools in order to ensure a thriving democracy.
It presents the hope and aspiration of an ancient society that wants to break through the colonial legacy and land safely into the future. It is a gripping petition with operating models for redefining the citizen’s role—from the audience to the hero—which, if implemented, would bring Societal Moksha of peace, power and prosperity.
A flight to societal Moksha challenges the existing structures and provokes the youth to think out of the box to combat challenges in order to bring Societal Moksha which is the creation of a fair and equitable society; fair not in outcomes but in opportunity.
PREVIEW OF THE BOOK
“Between you and me” takes on Societal and Economic issues of present day India. It is different in that that it finds solutions to the present day woes by addressing the core root causes which have got us here in the first place. From societal inherited problems, to current day economics where India lags behind in industry, agriculture, etc. the book addresses various topics including the one in Kashmir.
The author identifies the shortcomings and limitation of our constitution and the inherent colonial bias therein. As a first step the Author makes 9 petitions to the Supreme Court asking them for modern day interpretation, before moving towards a change of constitution.
This book is really addressed to the 600 million Indians who live in freedom, but find themselves trapped in an archaic system. The book is a must read which brings a fresh breeze to an old and stale debate.
Manifesto as conversation. This is a book brimming with ideas for the transformation of society, politics, democracy, administration and the economy, all couched in a discursive format through which the author, an entrepreneur, analyses problems with how things are done at present and then presents his suggestions…Read more
The book has already become a success, he (the author) has already spoken at literature festivals. This is not a launch this is a celebration.
Mr. Satyajeet Krishnan
A book like this has never been published! It talks about issues and areas that are close to India …
If you read Atul’s book you will find what new India can be about. This is for the 600M youngsters, what we have been through they shouldn’t, they should look at the real new India.
Mr. Rajiv Berry
Managing Director, Bloomsbury Publishing India
It is indeed a Successful Businessman’s Manifesto for the 21st Century India! Do take time to read this thought-provoking book, and share your views on it with Atul.
S Venkat Narayan
President, Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia
This was the first time when I was reading book of this genre. This book proved to arouse my interest in such genres. I came to know about many facts which were unknown to me. Overall, it was surely a lengthy read. I took three days to complete the book but after finishing I realized that the book was worthy all the time. Recommending it to all those who are interested in knowing in deep about the country…Read more
This book makes you think a lot about the society. The book has been written well just as a conversation. The way it has been written down is really commendable with detailing and such great vocabulary. A thought provoking book our society needs…Read more
The narrative style is quiet good, it’s like the book is actually doing the conversation which will make the readers hook to the book. Author has expressed his hopes for better India and how we the people and constitution can join hands for country upliftment…Read more
The book talks about lots of things. From Indian’s growth, development to Indian’s struggle. Not only this but also it talks about India’s great personalities and political leaders. I must say that book is very well researched. The readers can find lots of information about different topics. A must read book…Read more
This book is about the economy, governance, Ancient India, Modern India, Administration, Science, technology, education, agriculture and the best part is he has discussed about the greatest personalities in India which everyone need to know. A lot of unknown facts i could know…Read more
Politics disinterests me. But, reading this masterpiece I am aware of those facts every citizen should know. Other than that, how much your decision matters in the upliftment of your nation. Had a great time reading this book. In short, it’s an eye opener to me…Read more
Why is it an important book you ask? Because the author asks you the why of our system! He asks you questions which you probably never thought of and suggests methods and positions which may bring about change. He suggests to not only be focused on changing the driver but the car itself (driver being the leader and car being the system…Read more
I loved how Khanna drew some hard-hitting parallels to ask crucial questions. For example, he asks why the land acquisition of Worli Sea Face sounds so preposterous when it’s been done all the time in rural India? “Is it one law for us and another law for them?” asks the author…Read more
‘Atul’s Between You and Me’ is very well researched, documented, which is not always the case. Kudos to the authors’ diligence. I honestly believe the information in this book left me contemplating lots of things that before reading this book I would have never thought of. Even now, if everyone in this country — or even most people — had a thorough understanding of what’s contained within these pages and took action to combat it, we could right our ship…Read more
This book felt like a intellectual conversation happening where author gave us an holistic view about present day India. He even talked about politics and political leaders like Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi…Read more
This book is an eye-opener. It represents the sentiments of a common man about the current situation of the Indian politics and at the same time it throws light on the practices that are responsible for it…Read more
I really appreciate opinion and mentality or we can say thought process of the author and we majority people should read and develop such to bring change in our country. Rather than blindly following rumours, news or social media publicity…Read more
Dr. Ruchi Patel
Atul Khanna covers a lot, from the everyday problems of an Indian citizen to politicians and everything in-between. We get to know about our Economy, the changes in people’s lives due to actions at the grander scale. How politicians and economy map out the society we live in and also, how is it all evolving over time…Read more
Uday veer Singh
The book provides new theories for a new structure to thrive in this current democracy. It provides an opportunity for the confidence, trust or hope or whatever we wish to call to amplify an ancient society and to land it safely in future. It provides theories to redefine the role of each citizen; fro not just being a spectator to being a performer. These theories when implemented or put into an action plan would definitely bring a realization of peace, power and prosperity or need I put I tin a better way “MOKSHA” to the society…Read more
Sidhu Vinod Narayan
Blaming our politicians or only one people will not help, we as citizens need to be aware of our own rights and choices. It is impossible for one to govern correctly when the whole foundation to the tip of the institution is a decayed and out of date mass…Read more
Honestly, I’d say that despite the unusual style in which this book was written, I quite liked it. It felt as if the author is talking directly to me by raising those questions and throwing them on my face (and in a way, he probably is)…Read more
Extremely thought out, this book is of an immense help for readers like you and me to understand our country better. To understand the mechanisms and the runners of the society, so that in the near future we know what is required on our behalf. I would like to suggest you to read this book more than twice. A treasure of a book like this requires your in-depth understanding…Read more
We celebrate our republic day on 26th January. But many of us don’t know what is the meaning of being republic. Beyond the fundamental rights and duties, very few know about the constitution and its crux. Atul Khanna is one among those rare people and has written a book that lays bare the double standards and shortcoming in our constitution…Read more
The book makes the readers ponder about the various challenges that we are currently facing and the need to bring about social and political changes to overcome the same. It also reminds the readers as to how the development and implementation of fresh ideas and perspectives will benefit the nation…Read more
India Cafe 24
India must be built on people’s goals not on ideologies is a truth, the leaders must make a note. The author’s observation about why we do well abroad not here in India, every citizen must know and be ashamed. Let the author’s words be prophetic that 20 million jobs be created in our country. Overall, the book is revolutionary. A must read by scholars, politicians and educators…Read more