Book Review- Mandate: Will of the People

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Title- Mandate : Will of the People

Author- Vir Sanghvi

Publisher-Westland

Genre- Personal Memoirs

The Blurb- Based on his personal experiences, memories and numerous interviews, Vir Sanghvi brings you a candid account of the recent Indian political history in Mandate: Will of the People.

This title offers an incisive account on the general elections that shaped today’s India. Sanghvi talks about the little-known, behind-the-scenes details, giving you insider information on men and women behind the headlines. The book also discusses the declaration of the emergency, the story of Sanjay Gandhi, the Punjab riots, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, emergence of Rajiv Gandhi, and the Bofors controversy among several other major political events of India. It also delves into several political questions that experts try to find the most suitable answers to.

My View- This book interests you as soon as you look at the title. Furthermore if you have interest in Indian politics or you really want to get a knowhow of it this book is a must read. The author has done a splendid job in explaining various facts and figures that started the present Indian politics.

Arranged in a chronological manner right when Indira Gandhi became the Prime Minister till the time when BJP came into making, this book has it all.The best part is this book also covers certain incidents which were never published nor discussed anywhere in the political history.

Excerpts like Nehru never wanted Indira to be the prime minister and that Indira Gandhi was not confident enough during her first speech were like a new insight to the whole story I knew so far.

The book covers all important incidents of Indian political history. It shows the true face of political parties and the leaders of the nation. Brief, short and easy to understand this book is interesting and can be read at a stretch of few hours.

About the Author– Vir Sanghvi is an Indian journalist and author. He was born in London in 1956. He graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford. He was working for India Today, and when the magazine wanted to start India’s first city-focused magazine,Bombay, it chose Vir Sanghvi to run it. At the young age of 22, Sanghvi became the editor of the new magazine and made it a success in no time. He has also anchored shows on Doordarshan and NDTV. He is currently the Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times.

Final Verdict- I would recommend this book to all who love Indian Politics and are always interested in debate of the political parties . Overall I give 4 out of 5.

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