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Capitalist America preferred principle over money: Avinash Kalla

  • Author Avinash Kalla’s book ‘America 2020: Ek Banta Hua Desh’ published by Rajkamal Prakashan
  •      Book Mirror’s Ground reality of various states while visiting during the US presidential election

New Delhi:22/1/21: In the presidential elections of 2020, instead of money, America chose those values and principles for which the identity of its democracy is known in the world, said Avinash Kalla, the author of the book ‘America 2020: Ek Banta Hua Desh’.

Kalla was talking to senior journalist Sanjay Pugalia on the virtual launch of the book organized by Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh. While traveling through various states in the US during the presidential elections of 2020, Kalla has written an eye witness account of American politics and society. In his book, he says that the reality of America, the world’s oldest democracy, is not limited to its image what is shown in the media. There is a lot that does not match the much-publicized image of the world’s most developed, rich, and powerful country.

Replying to a question asked by Puglia, Kalla said that he talked to Americans who said they don’t trust their fellow Americans. This mistrust became apparent with the attack on the Capitol on 6 January. The American people attacked their own parliament. Kalla said, for this reason, he chose to mention America is a divided country in the title of the book. I wanted to show the division amongst the American public. It can also be understood from this that there are more military personnel in Washington than in Afghanistan.

Kalla said, but ultimately America chose to stand by its principles. While traveling he came across many people who praised Trump’s economic initiatives, but Joe Biden’s victory made it clear that capitalist America chose principle over money.

Kalla said that one of the things which can be learned from the American democracy is that a journalist can stand in front of the President and tell him that  he is lying;  and still, the rule does not stop him.

America 2020: Ek Banta Hua Desh is Kalla’s first book and is being published by Sarthak an imprint of Rajkamal Prakashan. Before writing the book Kalla traveled about 18 thousand kilometers by road in America during the presidential elections 2020. Not only did he record various aspects of the politics there, but also has closely documented the life struggles of the common American people.

Kalla said we have a glittering image of America in front of us. We see it as a superpower and the richest country in the world. This way, it is seen as a country of possibilities for people of all the countries of the world including India, where one can make one’s dreams come true. But this image is just one side of the coin. From what I saw while traveling through various states of America during the presidential elections, a completely different image emerged of the US which I have written in this book.

This book tells that instead of taking steps on issues related to broad civic interests, American politicians also are well-versed in the skill of using such issues for their political interests as political weapons. Had it not been so, the COVID 19 situation would have been a health issue instead of becoming a political issue. The book also narrates that how like India, most farmers, students, pensioners are facing economic problems in America.

Kalla says I have only written what I saw and experienced. America’s reality destroys our fantasies about it.

This book shows that the 2020 US presidential elections brought to the surface the divisions present within the American public on many issues like racism, public health, employment, nationalism. In addition, it also underscores the power of American democracy, when the President trying to move on the path of autocracy was thrown out of power.

About the Author:

Avinash Kalla was born on 1 March 1979 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. After pursuing Civil Engineering and MBA, he has been a journalist for ten years. Following that he pursued MA in Journalism from the University of Westminster, London. Along with being published in The Times of India, Mail Today, The Hindu, The Tribune, Deccan Herald, Rajasthan Patrika, and Gulf News, Avinash is the founder of Talk Journalism (Jaipur), a unique international organization of journalism. He has a keen interest in watching cinema and cricket, traveling, and meeting people. America 2020: Ek Banta Hua Desh is his first book.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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