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Anticipating India: the best of national interest

By: Gupta, Shekhar.
Series: Express Book Series. Publisher: Noida Harper Collins Publishers 2014Description: xxxvi, 515 p.ISBN: 9789351362555.Subject(s): India - Politics and government | National security - India | India - Economic conditionsDDC classification: 320.954 Summary: I am a shameless, old-style reporter type. I never stop talking to anybody my writing may have torn into, or not answer phone calls from anybody whomsoever. Generally, Indian politicians have that quality as well ... I have not just argued, but even fought, with the three who so remarkably personify the shift in our politics that is generational as well as political and philosophical: Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi ... All three will evolve in the months to come: Modi towards mainstream moderation, Kejriwal towards a little establishmentarian calm and Rahul will shed some diffidence and risk avoidance. Together, the trio will lead a brilliant cast of political characters who—and I say this with absolute certainty and unbounded gratitude—will never leave me short of an idea when I sit down to write the next National Interest. - Shekhar Gupta How many, in a Mumbai room full of Hermes ties and finance whizkids, are Dalit? What if Mahesh Bhatt’s son, David Headley’s friend, had been a Muslim? Why is Delhi getting better as a city and Mumbai going downhill? When did the Congress first start shrinking its prime minister? When did it become clear that Narendra Modi would take over his party? Who are the HMTs? And what does an angry Arvind Kejriwal say about us? Raising such questions is the hallmark of Shekhar Gupta’s National Interest, the most eagerly awaited news and current affairs column in Indian journalism. Informed by three decades and more of formidable reporting and a credibility that gives Gupta unrivalled access to decision makers in government, politics and business, the best of these columns in Anticipating India explain and interpret, provoke and predict change for more than a billion people. A riveting first draft of modern Indian history, Anticipating India interprets everything from the successes and failings of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh to the ascent of Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal, from the forces that have deepened Indian federalism and constitutionalism to the public mood that keeps a check on excesses in the use of political power. Each chapter in Anticipating India, in its questioning of power, its use and abuse, carries within it ideas of India that challenge conventional wisdom, shatter stereotypes and, in the end, question our long-held assumptions of who we are as a nation and a people.
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I am a shameless, old-style reporter type. I never stop talking to anybody my writing may have torn into, or not answer phone calls from anybody whomsoever. Generally, Indian politicians have that quality as well ... I have not just argued, but even fought, with the three who so remarkably personify the shift in our politics that is generational as well as political and philosophical: Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi ... All three will evolve in the months to come: Modi towards mainstream moderation, Kejriwal towards a little establishmentarian calm and Rahul will shed some diffidence and risk avoidance. Together, the trio will lead a brilliant cast of political characters who—and I say this with absolute certainty and unbounded gratitude—will never leave me short of an idea when I sit down to write the next National Interest. - Shekhar Gupta

How many, in a Mumbai room full of Hermes ties and finance whizkids, are Dalit? What if Mahesh Bhatt’s son, David Headley’s friend, had been a Muslim? Why is Delhi getting better as a city and Mumbai going downhill?

When did the Congress first start shrinking its prime minister? When did it become clear that Narendra Modi would take over his party? Who are the HMTs? And what does an angry Arvind Kejriwal say about us?

Raising such questions is the hallmark of Shekhar Gupta’s National Interest, the most eagerly awaited news and current affairs column in Indian journalism. Informed by three decades and more of formidable reporting and a credibility that gives Gupta unrivalled access to decision makers in government, politics and business, the best of these columns in Anticipating India explain and interpret, provoke and predict change for more than a billion people.

A riveting first draft of modern Indian history, Anticipating India interprets everything from the successes and failings of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh to the ascent of Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal, from the forces that have deepened Indian federalism and constitutionalism to the public mood that keeps a check on excesses in the use of political power.
Each chapter in Anticipating India, in its questioning of power, its use and abuse, carries within it ideas of India that challenge conventional wisdom, shatter stereotypes and, in the end, question our long-held assumptions of who we are as a nation and a people.

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