1991

Author: Sanjaya Baru
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ISBN: 9789384067687
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The Accidental Prime Minister

Author: Sanjaya Baru
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9351186385
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When The Accidental Prime Minister was published in 2014, it created a storm and became the publishing sensation of the year. The Prime Minister’s Office called the book a work of ‘fiction’, the press hailed it as a revelatory account of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first term in UPA. Written by Singh’s media adviser and trusted aide, the book describes Singh’s often troubled relations with his ministers, his cautious equation with Sonia Gandhi and how he handled the big crises from managing the Left to pushing through the nuclear deal. Insightful, acute and packed with political anecdotes, The Accidental Prime Minister is one of the great insider accounts of Indian political life.

The Man Who Remade India

Author: Vinay Sitapati
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190692871
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When P.V. Narasimha Rao became the unlikely prime minister of India in 1991, he inherited economic catastrophe, violent insurgencies and a nation adrift. Yet because he was unloved by his people and mistrusted by his own party-a minority in Parliament and ruling under the shadow of Sonia Gandhi-Rao lacked the mandate to combat these crises. Yet, Rao was not just able to last a full five years as Prime Minister, he reinvented India, at home and abroad. Few world leaders have achieved so much with so little power. With exclusive access to Rao's never-before-seen personal papers as well as over a hundred interviews, Vinay Sitapati's definitive biography tells the story of India's makeover in the 1990s and the story of the Deng Xiaoping-like figure who did it. Assuming power over an ossified, quasi-socialist economy burdened by inefficient industrial behemoths, Rao was instrumental in driving through a broad set of liberalizing economic reforms that transformed India. Rao's career is the ideal window through which to understand how India became a force in the global economy almost overnight. Sitapati traces Rao's life from a village in Telangana through his years in power and-afterward-his humiliation in retirement. Yet the book never loses sight of the inner man-his difficult childhood, his corruptions and love affairs, and his lingering loneliness. Meticulously researched and honestly told, this landmark political biography is a must-read for anyone interested in the man responsible for transforming India.

Strategic Consequences of India s Economic Performance

Author: Sanjaya Baru
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415431964
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In this book, Sanjaya Baru, one of India’s most respected commentators on political and economic issues, pays close attention to the strategic consequences of India’s increasingly impressive economic performance. The new turn in India's economic policies and performance in the last decade of the twentieth century; the success of Indian enterprise in the post-WTO world; the emergence of a confident professional middle-class; a demonstrated nuclear capability; and the resilience of an open society and an open economy, in the face of multiple and complex challenges, have all shaped India's response to the tectonic shifts in the global balance of power in the post-Cold War era. In this collection of academic essays and newspaper columns, Baru explores the business of diplomacy and the diplomacy of business in a rising India. The role of India's cultural and intellectual 'soft power' in shaping global perceptions of India are examined. The book offers a panoramic view of the geopolitics and the geo-economics of India's recent rise as a free market democracy, and as such will interest both experts and lay readers.

The Untold Vajpayee

Author: Ullekh N P
Publisher: Random House India
ISBN: 9385990810
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Despite his grand 'secular' statements in Parliament that bordered on the Nehruvian, Atal Bihari Vajpayee has often taken brief excursions into the hardline camp. In 1983, he made an incendiary speech during the Assam elections in which the presence of 'Bangladeshi foreigners' in the state was a big issue. Even the BJP had disowned Vajpayee's speech, which possibly inspired the massacre of over 2000 people, mostly Muslims, in Nellie in Assam. Vajpayee, one of the shrewdest politicians of India, is known for negotiating multiple contradictions: from militant nationalism to his secret family life; his stint as a communist; his indulgence in food; influence of Gandhi and Nehru; Narendra Modi and Gujarat issues; foreign policies; and his attempt to project himself as a moderate face, if not liberal, among others. Exploring crucial milestones of Vajpayee's career and his traits as a seasoned politician, the book looks at his relationship with leaders of his party and the love-hate association with RSS and its feeder organizations. Thoroughly researched, supported by hard facts and accompanied by inside stories and anecdotes, insightful interviews and archival photographs, The Untold Vajpayee would open a window to the life and times of a poet politician.

On My Terms

Author: Sharad Pawar
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ISBN: 9789385755422
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Sharad Pawar is one of India's key public figures. Through his five- decade-long career, during which he has never lost an election, he has served as chief minister of Maharashtra four times and as India's defence minister and minister for agriculture. On two occasions he came close to becoming the country's prime minister. He has often bucked the trend, preferring policy and pragmatism over populism, and won admiration for his administrative acumen and consensual politics. Eyewitness-at the highest levels-to India's and Maharashtra's history since the 1960s, he shares in this memoir his reflections on coalition politics, the loss of democracy in the Congress Party (with which he began his political life), the state of agriculture and industry in the country, and the absolute necessity of social harmony and a liberal, inclusive ethos for India's future. As he does this, he also gives us rare information about many crises and turning points: Emergency and its impact on national and regional politics; the fall of the Chandrashekhar government in 1991; the signing of the Punjab Accord between Rajiv Gandhi and H.S. Longowal; the Babri Masjid demolition; the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993; the devastating earthquake in Latur; the controversy over the Enron power project; and Sonia Gandhi's dramatic decision to give up the chance to occupy the country's highest office. Throughout, the narrative also contains candid and fascinating assessments of some of the biggest names in Indian politics, among them, Indira, Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi, Y.B. Chavan, Morarji Desai, Biju Patnaik, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Chandrashekhar, P.V. Narasimha Rao, George Fernandes and Bal Thackeray. 'On My Terms' is a rich, insightful and remarkably frank memoir by one of India's most experienced and influential political leaders, and a valuable document of the country's recent political history.

Ayodhya 6 December 1992

Author: P. V. Narasimha Rao
Publisher: Penguin Global
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I Cannot Count How Many People, Both Friends And Opponents, Have Hurled At Me The Question, Why Did You Not Impose President S Rule In Uttar Pradesh In Order To Save The Babri Masjid From Vandalism On 6 December 1992? Indeed, This Question Must Be Examined . . . P.V. Narasimha Rao Was The Prime Minister Of India When, In December 1992, Kar Sevaks, Flouting A Supreme Court Order, Streamed Into Ayodhya In Thousands. On 6 December, To The Horror Of The Entire Nation, They Attacked The Babri Masjid And Began To Demolish The Structure. The Communal Riots That Followed Ripped Apart The Secular Fabric Of The Nation. Even Today, The Ramjanmabhoomi Babri Masjid Dispute Has Not Been Resolved, And Ayodhya Remains A Hotbed Of Political Intrigue And Communal Tension. Could Nothing Have Been Done To Prevent What Happened At Ayodhya On 6 December 1992? Why Did The Union Government Take No Action When The Kar Sevaks Were Flouting A Supreme Court Order? Why Were Paramilitary Forces Not Deployed To Protect The Babri Masjid When It Was Under Imminent Threat? Why Did The State Government Of Uttar Pradesh Not Intervene In Any Way, And Why Did Senior Bjp Leaders Watch Helplessly Even As The Mosque Was Being Torn Down? And Why Did It Take So Long For President S Rule To Be Imposed On The State? Ayodhya: 6 December 1992 Records Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao S View Of What Really Happened At Ayodhya, And Why. Comparing The 6 December 1992 Incident With The Unsuccessful Attack On The Babri Masjid By Kar Sevaks In 1990 (When Mulayam Singh Yadav Was Chief Minister Of Up And A Janata Dal Government Ruled At The Centre), Rao Discloses In No Uncertain Terms How The Issue Of Building A Ram Mandir At Ayodhya Was Politicized For Electoral Benefit. Discussing Article 356 Of The Constitution At Length, He Explains Why It Was Inadvisable To Place Up Under President S Rule. Drawing On The Supreme Court Order, Parliamentary Proceedings, Eyewitness Reports And His Own Political Insights, He Presents A Comprehensive Account Of The Machinations That Led To The Attack On The Babri Masjid, And Indicates Who Might Have Gained From It, And How. Written In The Mid- 90S, After Rao Stepped Down As Prime Minister, And Published Posthumously According To The Author S Wishes, This Book Is The Key To Understanding One Of The Most Important Political Moments Of Modern History, And To Recognizing The Dangers Of Exploiting Religious Sentiments For Narrow Electoral Benefits.