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The Insider

P.V. Narasimha Rao (Author)
Synopsis This is the revised edition of the hardcover publication released in 1998. Four new chapters and a revised epilogue are added to make the narrative reach a definite stage in the story.  The Insider is a book that emerges from the hidden heart of Indian politics. Through a deft interweaving of fact and fiction, it tells the compelling, often shocking as well as heart-rending truth about Indian politics.  It is the story of Anand, a young firebrand nationalist who abandons a promising career to join the freedom struggle. Beginning by opposing the oppressive monarchy in his state, he continues in the political process after India's independence. But soon he comes face to face with several disillusionments: the hypocrisy, naked opportunism, corruption, treachery and in-fighting that are endemic to the political process. Still, his determination to help bring about a social transformation keeps him going. Inevitably, however, he falls foul of numerous entrenched interests and realizes the hazards of attacking the status quo in an attempt to change it.  As we accompany Anand on his journey of fulfillment and failure, we are given a graphic view of the way politics is made to work. The author shows that despite the corruption and cynicism prevalent in politics, a genuine spirit of service and dynamism is by no means absent.  Explosive, illuminating and true to life, The Insider entertains and provokes serious reflection at the same time, and will be the subject of lively debate for years to come.
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About the author

P.V. Narasimha Rao

Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao served as Congress minister in Andhra Pradesh, and became chief minister of the state in 1971. In 1973, he was elected to the Lok Sabha, and went on to hold several cabinet posts under Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, including those of foreign minister and home minister. After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991, Rao was chosen to lead the Congress party, and became prime minister of India. Leading a minority government, Rao was the first prime minister from outside the Gandhi-Nehru family to serve out a full five-year term. Rao resigned as Congress president after the party lost the 1996 general elections. He died in December 2004.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Insider
Format Softcover
Date published: 04.07.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0140271171
length 833p.