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Netas: Leaders Who Defined India's Politics

Shashi Tharoor (Author) Nayantara Sahgal (Author) Ors. (Author)

Since Independence, for better or for worse, we have put our faith in the leaders we elected. This fascinating book explores how the individual leadership styles of certain netas reorganized India's political landscape. If Nehru brought a more democratic style, his daughter, Indira Gandhi, centralized authority; if C.N. Annadurai initiated an entirely new stream in Indian politics, namely, the Dravidian parties, his follower MGR wooed the masses through personal charisma. While Kanshiram attempted to unite the oppressed under the umbrella term 'bahujan', Vajpayee strengthened the majority's claim to power. From Narasimha Rao to Manmohan Singh, Nitish Kumar to Mayawati, and the inimitable Mamata Banerjee, these netas continued to reset the terms of the debate. Introduced by a renowned journalist, Netas offers an intimate view of eleven leaders who left their unique stamp on Indian politics.

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About the author

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor After taking his doctorate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, Shashi Tharoor worked for the United Nations in various humanitarian, peace-keeping and management roles for nearly thirty years. He was Under- Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information during the tenure of Kofi Annan and was the runner up in the election to replace him in 2006. He is an acclaimed novelist, author and newspaper columnist. He has 11 books and hundreds of articles to his name. His non-fiction titles include Nehru, the Invention of India (2003) and India: from Midnight to the Millennium (1997). His novels include The Great Indian Novel (1989) and Riot (2001). He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Indian cricket, which he has followed avidly from afar, and has played in such cricketing hotbeds as Singapore and Geneva.

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Title Netas: Leaders Who Defined India's Politics
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.05.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780670092635
length 304p.