Source : Times of India
After her debut book Small Acts of Freedom social activist and ambassador for Postcards for Peace, Gurmehar Kaur is all set to release her next book in 2019. Titled The Young and the Restless: Youth and Politics in India, the book will be published by Penguin Random House India.
“This book follows the journeys of nine youth leaders, their aspirations for the youth population, their aspirations for themselves, and most importantly their aspirations for the nation. It explores whether their politics only mimics the politics of their older party leaders or if they have the ideas and passions and motivations of the demographic they
represent,” reads a press release by the publisher.
Gurmehar Kaur was caught in a controversy in 2017 when one of her previous videos went viral wherein she voices her opinion about war and its effect. Her statement “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him” stirred up a nation-wide debate. Months after the controversy, Gurmehar penned her debut book Small Acts of Freedom, a deeply personal family history, which was released by Penguin Random House India in 2018.
Talking about her next book, Gurmehar said in the press release, “I don’t know if I’m an activist in the truest sense. Maybe I am, and maybe I am not. The label was plastered on me at a very young age. But here is what I have always been: a storyteller Stories have the power to change the world, and they have changed mine. In this book are stories that I believe the country of 650 million people under the age of twenty-five should know.”
Manasi Subramaniam, Senior Commissioning Editor, Penguin Random House India said in the statement, “If Small Acts of Freedom was personal, The Young and the Restless will be political. But the two can never be too far apart from each other, as is clear from Kaur’s personal politics. Her commitment to social progress is unquestionable. She is a gifted writer and speaker, has political awareness, and a rare clarity of thought. We are delighted to be publishing her second book next year.”
Meru Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief, Literary Publishing, Penguin Random House India, said, “Gurmehar Kaur is a rebel and a star. With The Young and the Restless, she voices an entire generation’s political anxiety – and makes it clear that she’s here to ask the tough questions and be a part of the change.”
The Young and the Restless by Gurmehar Kaur is set to release in April 2019.