Thursday, February 11, 2010

Books on S. Rajaratnam

This is a list of books on S. Rajaratnam (1915-2006), one of Singapore’s founding fathers – a journalist, political activist, party ideologue, cabinet minister and senior statesman in Singapore's People's Action Party (PAP) government. Rajaratnam was born in Jaffna in Sri Lanka and raised in Seremban, Malaysia. He was educated in Malaysia, Singapore and England, from where he returned to Singapore to become a journalist before entering politics in 1959. Rajaratnam became Singapore's first foreign minister and was pivotal in conceptualising and implementing the nation's foreign policy. Present at the birth of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), he was also instrumental in ensuring a constructive role for Singapore in regional cooperation. A staunch supporter of a multicultural society, he envisioned the country as a cosmopolitan "global city".
  • The Singapore Lion: A Biography Of S. Rajaratnam by Irene Ng. Written with the general reader in mind, this is a comprehensive portrayal of Mr S. Rajaratnam - one of Singapore's most outstanding leaders, who played a crucial part in Singapore's momentous and crisis-ridden transition to independence. This is a book about the man and his wisdom.
  • S. Rajaratnam: The Prophetic And The Political edited by Chan Heng Chee and Obaid Ul Haq. This book, containing the selected speeches and writings of one of the four central figures in the PAP first-generation leadership and certainly its most prolific propagandist, is a vital document of the political thinking, strategy and goals of the leadership which shaped the development and destiny of independent Singapore. In his political career, which is as old as the PAP itself, Rajaratnam carved a special place in Singapore's history as the republic's first Foreign Minister. His speeches on the Great Powers, non-alignment, regional politics in Southeast Asia, Asean and regional co-operation, eloquently posit an interesting perspective on behalf of new states in their search for security and prosperity in a hostile and fluid international environment. This book will be of great importance and value to all those interested in the discussion of nation-building, political leadership, the politics of Singapore and the strategy of survival for small states. The first edition of this book was published in 1986. This second edition contains a new epilogue which highlights the significance of Mr. Rajaratnam's involvements with the Non-Aligned Movement, the United Nations, and Asean.
  • S Rajaratnam On Singapore: From Ideas To Reality edited by Kwa Chong Guan. This book is a compilation of key speeches and articles by S Rajaratnam. The volume is divided into four thematic sections: foreign policy, Asean regionalism, multiculturalism, and Singapore's history - broadly encompassing S Rajaratnam's most important contributions to the making of modern Singapore, including his role in the early history of its elected ruling party, the People's Action Party. Also included are original research essays that reassess his contributions, written by senior staff of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Numerous black-and-white photographs from public archives and S Rajaratnam's private collection illustrate this volume.
  • Lee's Lieutenants: Singapore's Old Guard edited by by Lam Peng Er and Kevin Y.L. Tan. Offers a new understanding of post-colonial Singapore's origins and developments. Takes a long overdue look at the capable team of loyal lieutenants who served behind the scenes, including: Toh Chin Chye; Lim Kim San; Goh Keng Swee; Kenny Byrne and Eddie Barker; S Rajaratnam and C V Devan Nair; Ahmad Ibrahim, Othman Wok, Yaacob Mohamed and Rahim Ishak; Ong Pang Boon, Lee Khoon Choy and Jek Yuen Tong and Lim Chin Siong.
  • Founding Fathers: Great Singapore Stories: 10 Unofficial Pocket Guides. These 10 informally written pocketbooks for young readers as well as busy readers present the public and political careers and also the human qualities of ten of Singapore's 'founding fathers'. All born in Colonial times, they each created building blocks, which went into the fabric of today's Republic. Cartoons, jokes, quotations and black-and-white photographs offer insights and sometimes unexpected sidelights onto the personalities and summary accounts of the subjects' political and other achievements during a period of profound social change. The ten 35-page-long books come in a slipcase and the titles are: David Marshall - The Legal Eagle Devan Nair - The Rebel with a Cause Lee Kuan Yew - The Man of Firsts Eddie Barker - The Gentleman Politician Goh Keng Swee - The Master Sculptor S. Rajaratnam - The Voice of a Nation Lim Kim San - The Big Builder Ong Pang Boon - The Unlikely Crime Buster Toh Chin Chye - The Quiet Revolutionary Othman Wok - The Dashing Peacemaker.
  • S. Rajaratnam: A Bibliography by Gandhimathy Durairaj and Linda Yip Seong Chun. S. Rajaratnam was well-known for his inspiring, thought-provoking speeches, articles and editorials. This compilation brings together all of Rajaratnam's works throughout his distinguished career as a journalist, politician and scholar. Also included are citations, eulogies and tributes to Rajaratnam upon his death on February 22, 2006. This book will be a very useful reference source to researchers interested in Singapore policies, foreign policy, history and culture.

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