Politics has acquired a new flavor this season. The passion and fervor with youth and adults are discussing politics around you has been an invariable characteristic in these past few months. And just so that you do not take a back seat in those enthusiastic discussions, we bring you the latest insider accounts and political biographies from this election season.
The Accidental Prime Minister
By Sanjaya Baru
Released on 11th of April this year, the book has already taken the country by storm. The author, Sanjaya Baru, worked as Media Advisor to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for 4 years. In this insider account, Baru reveals the strained and complicated nature of Manmohan Singh’s relations with Sonia Gandhi. It also sheds light on the important decisions that the PM was involved in during the 4 years that Baru served him. While the book is courting controversy due its sensitive topic during this election, the book itself is insightful, factual and full of gossip of what happens in political corridors.
The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi
By Sama Banerjee & Gautam Chikermane
In 13 months since its inception, Aam Aadmi Party has done the impossible. Led by its iconoclast leader Arvind Kejriwal, AAP in a short span has come a long way from embracing an idea to running a state. With the Indian politics being a favorite subject for jokes, puns and more worryingly, everything that was wrong with the country, meteoric rise of Arvind Kejriwal has stunned the old horses of politics and bureaucrats alike.
In The Disrupter, veteran journalists Gautam Chikermane and Soma Banerjee provide an in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of this brand-new political tapestry and how a single political party changed the contemporary political narrative in ways that are both unthinkable and unpredictable.
The Fiction of Fact – Finding : Modi and Godhra
Then terror that Godhra pogrom of 2002 symbolizes is unmatched in history of communal violence. And in the eye of the storm stood the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. And After sifting through the facts with fine-tooth comb, Supreme Court gave Narendra Modi a clean chit. In this book, Manoj Mitta researches the official documents extensively while looking for the missed pages and forgotten facts. It attempts to expose the various ambiguities and contradictions that haunted the Godhra riots investigation.
The author Manoj Mitta has over 25 years of experience of tracking and reporting issues pertaining to human rights. He is also the author of acclaimed book When a Tree Shook Delhi, which is based on 1984 Sikh riots of Delhi.
Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths
By P C Parakh
In this tell-all tale, former coal secretary P C Parakh reveals the truth beyond the infamous coal scam and other underhand dealing of the government. In 2012, india was rocked by the coal scam that was estimated at 1.86 lakh crore; the largest recorded scam in India. Comptroller Auditor General of India found that by restricting the bidding to certain corporate and handpicking the favorites, the cash-starved state lost the money in allocation of coal blocks. CBI then filed an FIR against then coal secretary P C Parakh, questioning his 3 decades of integrity and reputation. With this book, P C Parakh hits back at the ofiicials with startling truths about coal scam and dealing with the top brass of Indian politics. Unflinchingly honest, this book sheds a new light on already infamous coal scam.
Narendra Modi – A Political Biography
By Andy Marino
Leading India’s Prime Ministerial candidate race is Narendra modi, one of the most popular, powerful and controversial leaders of recent times. BJP’s decision to have its electoral campaign focused solely on giving the country a ‘Modi Sarkar’ is just another testament to the growing influence and power of Narendra Modi. This book sheds light on the contrasting models of governance in Gujarat coupled along with detailed statistical inputs. The book follows Modi right from his childhood to his meteoric political rise.
Andy Marino is an acclaimed British author and TV producer. The content for this book was derived from his exclusive meetings with Narendra Modi and his opponents, supporters and other political leaders.