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First and foremost, with no offence if you are a Modi admirer, don't go by the title of the book to make up your mind of picking the book, a little reference would be of great boon.  I would not like to present myself as an ardent fan of Modi, but I do applaud his qualities as the man speaks on his performance and achievements and not like hollow politicians.  The irking question that has been raised as to a mass Murderer or Development Man?  It truly depends on which side of the spectrum he is viewed from, because Narendra Modi is one of those politicians whose name prompts extremes of hate-filled anger or outright adulation.  Despite polarizing Gujarat and India in more ways than one, Modi brilliantly does what it takes to survive in a democracy that is win elections.

This book is written by veteran journalist and writer, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, after several in-depth interviews, meticulous research and extensive travel through Gujarat, this book reveals hitherto unknown aspects of Narendra Modis psyche, as a six- year-old boy selling tea to help out his father and distributing badges and raising slogans at the behest of a local political leader; abandoning his family and wife in search of his definition of truth; initiation into the RSS as a fledgling who ran errands for his seniors; his idea of Gujarati pride and Indianness; and finally, his meteoric rise which gave him a distinct identity post the 2002 Godhra riots.  It is a definitive biography of a man who may have challenged the basic principles of a sovereign secular nation but emerged at its destination as an undisputed and larger-than-life leader.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay dropped college and picked up journalism as a career in the early 1980s.  He worked and wrote for several newspapers and magazines like The Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Outlook and The Statesman.  He currently also presents a weekly show A Page From History on Lok Sabha TV which showcases historical debates and issues.  He is also the author of The Demolition: India At The Crossroads published in 1994.  Nilanjan is also a playwright and one of his plays has been performed by a leading amateur theatre group.

MY TAKE:  It may sound blunt and harsh but without fail this book is anti-Modi.  The writer has left ethos and values of writing professionals to gutters.  One person needs to express his neutrality in words by showing the real intent and then going on to express views which may also be negative, but in this case author has only showcased his intent to write biased remarks without study in contrast.  There is freedom of speech but this kind of writing causes waste of time.  The worst thing about this book is the misleading title.  Such is the title that Modi lovers will end up buying this book rather than Modi haters eventually causing further hate towards writer or publisher.  So the choice is yours, which side you are and then make the pick.

 

BOOK DETAILS

AUTHOR:  Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay

PUBLISHER:  Tranquebar

LANGUAGE:  English

NUMBER OF PAGES:  420 Pages

PRICE:  Rs. 351

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