Anticipating India (The Best of National Interest) by Shekhar Gupta

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By Shekhar Gupta

Awaiting India: the easiest Of nationwide curiosity is a suite of issues mentioned below renowned columnist Shekhar Gupta’s, nationwide curiosity. nationwide curiosity is a weekly column within the Indian exhibit that he writes. This booklet offers readers a sneak peek on the altering face of Indian politics, and different nationwide matters that came about over the last 20 years. It offers those occasions as they've got seemed within the columns, and during the phrases of the professional author, Shekhar Gupta.

Shekar in the beginning begun writing nationwide curiosity within the 12 months 1997, starting with a sarcastic dig on Sitaram Kesri and his targets. considering then, this column won reputation, and Shekhar via his writing, persisted to convey out the truth and fact in the back of delicate concerns. Shekar’s unparalleled writing abilities of dissecting the evidence, to arrive the guts of the difficulty has won him a wide readership. masking quite a number subject matters, from the ruling and situation of the Congress, to Modi’s upward thrust as a pace-setter, and from the Girhotra’s case to the most recent Delhi gangrape, this publication portrays India in its real experience and publications the reader in figuring out the rustic.

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God knows I had done enough to make Arjun Singh furious over the years. He even called me early one morning with a dire warning that if the man in whose name we ran the Indian Express (its redoubtable founder Ramnath Goenka) had been alive, I wouldn’t have lasted one more day in my job. But he always returned my call, found time whenever I asked, and then engaged. I know the great secular manipulator’s followers would chafe. But Narendra Modi, even at the other end of the ideological spectrum, is equally an old-fashioned politician, always with a ready smile and hug.

Who will give me credit for the way I isolated, and at least for two years marginalised, the BJP after Ayodhya? My friends ask me why I am whining now on being sidelined by Sonia when I spent half a century happily serving the dynasty. There is some truth in that. But those days were different. Just as a party like the Congress needs its Chandraguptas, it also needs its Chanakyas. But today if Sonia will not see the value in my famed Kautilyan skills, it is because of the one crucial mistake I made.

I asked cheekily. ’ We met several times afterwards, and on the picture wall in my office there is one showing him and me drinking white wine, the poster of a roaring tiger and a framed picture of his friend and idol Michael Jackson in the background. Of course, it did not change any of the Indian Express group publications’ critical view of him. It also didn’t deter his thugs from attacking the home of my colleague, the respected and then editor of Loksatta (Marathi only), Kumar Ketkar. The generational shift in Indian politics, outside of the dynasties, has been spearheaded by relatively younger women.

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