Modi Demystified: The Making of a Prime Minister

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Harper Collins, Dec 1, 2014 - Political Science - 264 pages
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3,00,000 km.
5,200 events.
10 million volunteers.
814 million voters.
282 seats.
The 2014 elections will be remembered
for a campaign that captured the public
imagination as never before. At its heart
was Narendra Modi, 63, the feisty chief
minister of Gujarat for thirteen years,
bidding to be prime minister. By the end
of the campaign, there was scarcely
anyone who had not--on television, radio,
social media or at one of his rallies--heard
his message. He too seemed to have grown
from a regional satrap to a leader with a
national stature. Long before the results
were out, the outcome seemed
a foregone conclusion.
Behind the ascent to prime minister,
though, is a story of tough politics
and hard strategy. In spite of his
achievements, minorities are wary of
his Hindu nationalist background, and
bureaucrats and party colleagues are
jittery about his reputation as an autocrat.
Most of all, he has never fully been able to
exorcize the ghosts of the riots that took
place on his watch in Gujarat in 2002,
leading to doubts among his critics about
how India's social fabric will fare during
his term.
As he gets down to write a fresh
chapter in the country's history, Modi
Demystified: The Making of a Prime
Minister takes a close-up look at his
rollercoaster ride to power. In the process,
senior journalist Ramesh Menon reveals a
man of many dimensions who will lead this
diverse nation.

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A Brief History of Gujarat
From Tea Vendor to Politician
Tremors That Shook History
A Tale of Two Cities
A State under His Sway
A Wizard with Business
Claims versus Reality
Tapping into the Power of Symbols
Competition or the Lack Thereof
The Making of a Prime Minister

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Ramesh Menon is a journalist with thirty-six years of experience in print, television and new media. He began his career with the Times of India as a reporter based in Ahmedabad in 1978. He was later India Today's correspondent in Gujarat until 1987 and, among other things, extensively reported on the state's frequent and long periods of rioting. As an Associate Editor at the magazine, he moved from Gujarat to the Northeast, Kerala and New Delhi. He has since been Executive Producer at Business India Television and TV Today, Roving Editor at and a columnist with DNA. As a freelance journalist, he won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2005 for a report on how the overuse of pesticides was turning Punjab into a poison field. He is presently Managing Editor of India Legal, the country's first politico-legal magazine. He is also an educator, filmmaker, corporate trainer and author. His earlier books were Caste and Communal Timebomb (1985) on the caste and communal violence in Gujarat; Whatever the Odds: The Incredible Story behind DLF (2011); Night Sparkle: Fascinating Stories of Indian Lighthouses (2013) and Carbon Footprint: Reducing It for a Better Tomorrow (2014). He lives in Noida with his wife Geeta. Their son Vijay works in Dubai.

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