Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Book Review: The Accidental Prime Minister : The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh

The Accidental Prime Minister : The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan SinghThe Accidental Prime Minister : The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh by Sanjaya Baru
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The review for this book can be divided in two parts. One, the authors presentation which deserves full marks. The author seems in complete freedom to express his views. The biggest worry for a book of this kind is that the author could be curbed by the high profile officials, which doesn't seem to be the case here. The books gives a balanced view on the two terms served by Dr Manmohan Singh. This is a must read for someone who has the slightest interest in Indian politics. For others too it contains a good account on the leadership, politics in general, the importance of image building etc.

Moving to the second part of review, if you have ever criticized Manmohan, you must read this book. The author allows the reader to form his own opinion quoting instances from his experience. And in my view Manmohan is an idol. Yes, he did loose out on his image in his second term quite miserably and deserves some flak for that too. But he deserves an immense respect for his integrity, patriotism, selflessness and for just being who he really was. As you read the book you feel for him. You wish he had some more power, you wish he had established his authority a bit more and lastly you wish he was on the right side. To end with I wouldn't call Dr. Singh the accidental prime minister but a great intellect just fallen in the wrong place at the wrong time. India will do well to home more people like him in politics.

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