The Enabler Narendra Modi : Breaking Stereotypes
Narendra Modi rode the wave to walk into 7, Race Course Road, and became the second RSS pracharak (bachelor preacher) Prime Minister of India. Before him, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had flung open the office for the saffron outfit. Vajpayee firmed up the BJP as a reliable alternative at national politics. Yet he could not knock out the Congress. The RSS and Congress are existential foes of each other. Vajpayee over the years had become a centrist due to the uniqueness of his times. In contrast, Modi wears the RSS on his sleeves. In the 2014 verdict, Modi gave near mortal blows to the Congress. The grand old party is left with self-doubts. The journey down the hill for the Congress is not yet over. The Congress leaders are aware that a decade of Modi rule would snap the life support of the party. Modi too is aware of the fact, and accordingly has co-opted regional parties, while keeping the Congress at arm's length. The script of quarrelsome Indian polity with the advent of Modi was written in the 2014 verdict. Modi government could push a few of the key legislations early in its life only after the President Pranab Mukherjee delivered straightforward message to the Opposition. The voice of sanity lost its audience quickly. And the BJP and Congress are back sparring, while holding the legislative progress of the country hostage their narrow considerations. It was simplistic to run down Modi magic in 2014 as advertisement blitzkrieg. The popular narrative in India had been hostage to the New Delhi clique. The larger political class of the BJP and Congress, besides the media formed this clique. They stayed unaware of disconnect with the fast changing realities of India. The clique was a prisoner of stereotypes turned into institutionalized group-thinking by the television driven media. The Modi juggernaut left the clique gasping for breath. The clique was event obsessed, and conveniently ignored the depth of change in the society. The yearning of the young India did not blip on the radar of the clique. So, they believed a fractured mandate was on the way, and when faced the reality to the contrary of their expectations they began drumming up the advertisement blitzkrieg narrative. The book -- The enabler Narendra Modi - goes beyond events, and shares insight, anecdotes, and perspective behind the tectonic shift in Indian politics. Besides the book attempts to reveal facets of the man of the moment, whom his rivals call 'emperor of Indian politics'.
- Paperback | 302 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.53mm | 521.63g
- 04 Jun 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white
About Manish Anand
Manish Anand is a political journalist working for Asian Age newspaper. He lives in New Delhi. He has widely travelled length and breadth of India to connect with the people and gauge the pulse of the nation. He is also a regular commentator on India's foreign policy on external service division of All India Radio. His commentaries on India's relations with the world are broadcast across the world. He was born in 1974. Even before he began working as a journalist in New Delhi, Manish was struck by vibrancy of Indian democracy. For him, democracy is a great leveller and elections are opportunities for people to give new directions to the country. Even though vast stretch of India has come under the influence of Maoist violence, Manish believes democracy is the best bet for the poor of the country. And for that to happen in the real sense, political parties must deliver on economy and avoid the politics of rhetoric with which most of the outfits are obsessed in the country. Manish has interviewed most of the political personalities in India in his career spanning one and a half decades so far. He is also a blogger and has written many commentaries on Indian politics.