New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) Congress parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor announced his new book “The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi And His India” on Wednesday. Divided in five sections comprising 50 chapters, the book will arrive at the stands on October 26.
“Narendra Modi is a paradoxical man. He says one thing and does another. He gives voice to a number of liberal ideas while at the same time pandering to some of the most illiberal elements in Indian society, on whom he depends for political support. Another paradox is how a Prime Minister who prides himself on effective governance has, through his silence, appeared to condone the worst aspects of misgovernance-communal riots, lynchings, the violence of gau-rakshaks and so on. A third paradox is his talk of soaring ambitions for the country when his government’s performance is underwhelming,” the publisher Aleph Book Company said in a statement.
“The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi And His India” is currently available for pre-orders on Amazon.
In the 400-page exhaustive work, Tharoor, who has authored 17 previous books, sets out to enquire “who is the real Narendra Modi”.
“A noble, selfless leader who acts effectively in the interests of all his countrymen or an autocratic, right-wing bigot who is interested only in power and converting plural India into a Hindu Rashtra? Or something in between?”
The publisher has billed “The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi And His India” as a “brilliant study of Modi and the effect he has had on our country”. Aleph said that the book answers questions about a leader who is “reviled and worshipped in equal measure”.
“Using years of close observation, personal encounters with Modi, considerable scholarship, a deep understanding of Indian politics, and an insider’s view of the way in which government functions. Shashi Tharoor has stitched together a compelling portrait of this paradoxical figure. Never before has there been such a superbly written and devastatingly accurate account of the most controversial prime minister India has ever had,” the publisher added.
The first section takes a close look at Modi’s life and times. The other four sections look at key aspects of the way in which Modi’s government functions and the lasting and often “deleterious impact” it has had on Indian society, major institutions, the economy, foreign policy and our fundamental values, the publisher said.