About the Book

This is the first easy-to-read book about recent Indian political history. Pegged on the general elections that shaped today’s India, Mandate: Will of the People tells the story of Indian politics in a gripping, pageturning style. Vir Sanghvi, the well-known journalist and TV anchor, draws on his personal experiences and memories as well as scores of interviews to piece together an incisive and candid account of what went on behind the scenes. Peppered with little-known details and insider information, this book tells the stories behind the story and brings alive the men and women behind the headlines. Mandate: Will of the People contains the real story of the declaration of the Emergency, the rise and fall of Sanjay Gandhi, the Punjab insurgencies, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the bloody riots that followed her death. It tracks the emergence of Rajiv Gandhi, and explains the Bofors scandal that contributed to his defeat. Many of the questions that linger over Indian politics are answered here: how did Narasimha Rao become Prime Minister? Why did he liberalise the economy? What was the Ram Mandir agitation really about? Why didn’t Sonia Gandhi agree to be PM? And how did Manmohan Singh’s weakness clear the way for Narendra Modi. If you have to read one book about Indian politics – then this is it.

About the Author

Vir Sanghvi is probably the best-known Indian journalist of his generation. He became editor of Bombay magazine at 22, making him the youngest editor in the history of Indian journalism. He went on to edit Imprint and Sunday, then India’s largest-selling weekly newsmagazine. From 1999 to 2004, he was Editor of the Hindustan Times before being promoted to Editorial Director, a post he held till 2007, after which he continued at the paper as a columnist and advisor. His television career has included several award-winning shows on the Star TV Network, NDTV and other channels. Most recently, he has anchored two highlyregarded political series on NewsX, a channel he helped found. He has a parallel career as India’s leading food and travel writer and TV presenter. His many books include the best-selling Men of Steel, Rude Food (which won the Cointreau prize for Best Food Literature book in the world) and Madhavrao Scindia, A Life.

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9789384030391
Publisher: Westland
Binding: Paperback
Language: ENGLISH
No of Pages: 156
Returnable: N
Width: 127 mm
ISBN-10: 9384030392
Publisher Date: 12 Mar 2015
Height: 195 mm
MediaMail: Y
PrintOnDemand: Y
Spine Width: 9 mm