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Rajiv Gandhi to Narendra Modi

Rajiv Gandhi to Narendra Modi
Broken Polity, Flickering Reforms

March 2019 | 240 pages | SAGE Select

For the first time, the political story of India from the mid-1980s to the second decade of the present century is reconstructed through the first-person narratives of political leaders, revealing their inmost thoughts in their public utterances, offering weak arguments for their unforgivable lapses, speaking in eloquent terms of their achievements and sometimes showing uncharacteristic humility in what they said in their public speeches, in the Lok Sabha, in their blogs.

From Rajiv Gandhi’s confession about how and why he came into politics, Narendra Modi’s graphic description of his inner agony during the Gujarat riots, Vajpayee’s disarming confession about Nehru, Narasimha Rao’s stoic stance in a letter to his childhood friend, Advani’s confessions in the Lok Sabha about why television was pressed into service during the Kargil War, what emerges is a historical drama of Shakespearean range and an intensity which is more than what brilliant historians and acute political analysts can hope to achieve. The book shows that the first draft of history is found in the words of politicians in parliament and in the government. It captures the immediacy of history-in-the-making, and the palest platitudes of politicians that acquire rare poignancy.

Foreword by Lord Meghnad Desai
Midnight’s Children: Rajiv Gandhi, Narendra Modi
Economic Reforms: Precursor to Inheritor
Rajiv’s Camelot: Blink of a Dream
Rajiv’s Fall: Furies Unleashed
Traumatic Turn
Ending the Free Fall
Winds of Change
Ayodhya Agony
Apologetics of Vandalism
BJP’s Moment of Truth
Romancing Pakistan
The Bomb Gambit
Love and War
General Bluffs: Agra Blues
Modi’s Inferno
Sonia’s Revenge
Manmohan’s Finest Hour
Spectre of Corruption
The Short Long March
Missing Crescendo
Epilogue: Dream and Reality
Suggested Readings

“Let this book be your companion and guide as you try to make sense of the forthcoming tumultuous events in Indian politics.”

Lord Meghnad Desai,
Economist, author and politician

“Written in an accessible and cogent style, this book will serve as a useful introduction for understanding some of the key political developments that have impacted democracy in the last 30 years.”

Zoya Hasan,
Professor Emerita, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University?, New Delhi

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ISBN: 9789353282981