5 Books to Read Before You Vote This Election

1 Posted by - April 16, 2014 - Must Reads

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

accidental prime ministerReleased 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

the disruptor

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

Manoj Mitta

the fiction of factThen 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

PC ParakhIn 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

narendra modi a political biographyLeading 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.

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  • hemen parekh April 30, 2014 - 6:13 am Reply

    What would they name it ?

    Mahatma Gandhi named his autobiography ,

    ” My Experiments with Truth ”

    If some of our politicians were to author their own biography ( – even if actually written by ghost writers ) , what would they name it ?

    Here is my guess :

    > Man Mohan Singh…………… In Search of Silence

    > Sonia Gandhi……………….. The Guns are Booming

    > Robert Vadra ( Kin-politico ).. From landless to landlord in 40 days

    > Suresh Kalmadi………………. The Game Theory

    > Pawan Bansal ……………….. Toofaan Mail

    > Shriprakash Jaiswal…………. The Dark Matter Underground

    > Ashwini Kumar……………….. Superior to Supreme

    > Kapil Sibal…………………….. Two-timing Lawyer

    > P Chidambaram……………… Re-Count to Re-Instate

    > Kamal Nath …………………. A Road Less Travelled

    > Prafulla Patel………………… Gone with the Wind

    > A Raja……………………….. Last Come , First Served

    > Dayanidhi Maran…………….. Quid- pro- Quo

    > Kanimozi……………………… Father Knows Best

    > Jayalalithaa…………………… Heaven – for those who touch my feet

    > Mamta Banerjee……………. The Triumph of the Lawless

    > Narendra Modi………………… Gujarat – that is India

    > Arvind Kejriwal……………….. AK-49 and lesser Weapons

    Feel free to add to the list

    In case they decide to come out with their biographies , one thing is certain

    Royalty percentage will need to be the same – or more – than the percentages that they are used to get so far !

    And , the branding rights will be sold separately !

    What with the way current Lok Sabha elections are going , most of these Netas will have plenty of time on hand to pen their travails !

    Don’t miss the next year’s Jaipur Literature Festival

    * hemen parekh ( 30 April 2014 / Mumbai )

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