- Pub Date : APRIL 2022
- Author : Kidwai, Rasheed
- Language : English
- ISBN: 9789391028169
Category: Non-fiction/Politics and Current Affairs
- Binding: Paper back
- Imprint: Hachette India
- Page extent: 312 pp
- Cover Price: Rs 499
ABOUT THE BOOK
Who are the figures who in their lifetime impacted the story of Indian democracy? How did their stances on major issues change the face of the republic? And what were they like in their personal lives?
Seasoned journalist Rasheed Kidwai captures the essence of 50 contributors to India’s politics after Independence – some famous, some infamous, some unmistakably at centre stage, others on the fringes of it. From game-changers Pranab Mukherjee, P.V. Narasimha Rao and Jyoti Basu; crowd-pulling swashbucklers Sheikh Abdullah, Laldenga and Balasaheb Thackeray; and crusaders Kanshi Ram, Maulana Madani, Namdeo Dhasal to mavericks Chandraswami, Amar Singh and Ajit Jogi; charismatic leaders A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Sheila Dikshit; possessors of star power J. Jayalalithaa, Vinod Khanna and M. Karunanidhi; and skilful navigators Jaipal Reddy, Ahmed Patel and V.C. Shukla – Kidwai brings to readers a highly readable account of the highs and lows of the careers of some of the most prominent actors in India’s political arena and a sneak peek into the lesser-known aspects of their lives and personalities.
Traversing ideologies and bringing into focus the human element of governments, the profiles in Leaders, Politicians, Citizens present a compelling history of Indian democracy and riveting insight into its political culture.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rasheed Kidwai is a journalist, author, columnist and political analyst. He is a visiting Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Formerly associate editor of the Telegraph, Kidwai tracks government, politics, community affairs and Hindi cinema. Kidwai is author of Sonia: A Biography, 24, Akbar Road: A Short History of The People Behind the Fall and Rise of the Congress, Ballot: Ten Episodes that Have Shaped India’s Democracy, Neta Abhineta: Bollywood Star Power in Indian Politics, Bharat ke Pradhanmantri: Desh-Dasha-Disha and The House of Scindias: A Saga of Power, Politics and Intrigue.
A graduate from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, Kidwai holds a Master’s degree in mass communications from Leicester University, United Kingdom. He also contributes as a political analyst to numerous television channels, including News 18, ABP News, NDTV, IndiaAheadNews and India Today TV.