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Price of the Modi Years Broché – 14 novembre 2021
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Columnist, author and political commentator, Aakar Patel has long been a close observer of the political scenario. In Price of the Modi Years, he seeks to explain the data and facts on India’s performance under Narendra Modi.
Modi’s predecessor as prime minister, Manmohan Singh, had once said that Modi would be a disaster as prime minister. This book shows how. It concedes Modi’s popularity; this is an accounting of the damage he has wrought. It is the history of India since 2014 assessing the damage across the polity from the economy, national security, federalism, foreign relations, legislations and the judiciary to media and civil society.
Our memories are not long, news cycles are transient and incidents are forgotten or misclassified as being only episodic, unless documented, unified and placed together as a record. And therefore this book—a history of these present times.
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- Éditeur : Westland Non-fiction (14 novembre 2021)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9391234224
- ISBN-13 : 978-9391234225
- Poids de l'article : 460 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.15 x 23.4 cm
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Essentially, in the book, the author has simply done Google search after search (or something equivalent) and simply quoted articles presented in the press: mainstream and alternative. Needless to say some cherry picking of articles has been done. However, the book reeks of banality and simply reads as a collection of articles written on Mr. Modi, which are of questionable veracity. We have all heard tons of conspiracy theories -- however, writing them down without the weight of evidence and scholarship is a different matter. For a foreigner or somebody who is interested in current affairs in India yet has never watched the news will find some of the content new. However, for most people who are tuned in to TV, Twitter and print news, these are all old stories -- we have all heard many versions of them, and nobody is in a position to judge what is true and what is not. These are transformative times in a relatively young yet old nation and a work of scholarship with rigorous analysis and first-person interviews could have been produced. What we instead get is a collection of gossip. It reads more like a tabloid than a serious book. There are no unique insights, no original research, no interviews, and no new information (even citing unknown sources or friends of XYZ).
This is a worrying trend; even other books in this genre are of a very similar type where the authors simply writes a book on current affairs or military intelligence by Googling. Unless real authors collect real stories and provide unique scholarly insights, such books will never interest a discerning reader.
Commenté en Inde le 12 décembre 2021
He has given a long reference check at the end of every chapter to support his views.
I found the book revealing on mattters of interest,
The book is backed by solid facts and whether you belong to any political party or ideology Its a must read book to catch up with the the real news and facts of India which are conveniently not talked about even by the opposition parties.
I implore every Indian to read to know where our nation is going and even though we may not stop it individually, but atleast we know how and why we have come to a situation like this where inflation is at its highest and no one asks the question of liberty and freedom rights of the citizens.