|Politicians & Literature|
Asaduddin Owaisi | 43 | Andhra Pradesh
MP, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen
TO BE HONEST, the book that has impressed me the most has to be the Quran. The more I read it, the more peaceful I feel at heart. In this day and age, when there are so many misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, it is very important that we read the source of Islamic law. I read different interpretations by various scholars, as that helps me understand it better. Apart from the Constitution, which we politicians are required to read and re-read, the Quran has been the only book to be a guiding force behind my politics.
I’m generally drawn to non-fiction. I love books that relate historical incidents to modern issues, as well as those that talk about international issues. I’m particularly fond of AG Noorani’s works. The best thing about his books is that while other writers of history often allow their experience and opinions to influence their writing, Noorani sahab sticks to meticulously researched historical facts. I eagerly read his books on the Babri Masjid demolition, on China, on Muslim identity, on the unique relationship between Mohammed Ali Jinnah and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The last book, Jinnah and Tilak, is the fascinating story of these two different individuals coming together and drifting apart, written after what must have been an extraordinary effort of piecing together old newspaper articles and other sources.
It is easy to say that politicians don’t get the time to read, but the fact remains that we do. Though it is a bit difficult, I make it a point to carry a good book whenever I’m travelling from Hyderabad to Delhi or back. I try to read at least four pages a day, and whenever I get free time on a Friday, which is a holiday for me, I make it a point to take out at least two hours for a book and finish reading it.