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By Shekhar Gupta

ISBN-10: 9351362558

ISBN-13: 9789351362555

Waiting for India: the easiest Of nationwide curiosity is a suite of issues mentioned lower than renowned columnist Shekhar Gupta’s, nationwide curiosity. nationwide curiosity is a weekly column within the Indian exhibit that he writes. This e-book supplies readers a sneak peek on the altering face of Indian politics, and different nationwide concerns that happened over the last twenty years. It provides those occasions as they've got seemed within the columns, and during the phrases of the specialist author, Shekhar Gupta.

Shekar at the start all started writing nationwide curiosity within the yr 1997, starting with a sarcastic dig on Sitaram Kesri and his objectives. when you consider that then, this column won reputation, and Shekhar via his writing, persisted to carry out the truth and fact at the back of delicate concerns. Shekar’s remarkable writing abilities of dissecting the evidence, to arrive the guts of the difficulty has won him a wide readership. overlaying quite a number issues, from the ruling and scenario of the Congress, to Modi’s upward push as a pacesetter, and from the Girhotra’s case to the most recent Delhi gangrape, this booklet portrays India in its precise experience and publications the reader in figuring out the rustic.

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Many of these columns were written on scraps of paper faxed from hotel counters, my handwriting legible only to her; sometimes in chunks of garbled paras texted from my BlackBerry. Only Usha could translate all this—which she did with a smile. And another ally who can teach you to deal with any calamity—including a self-perpetuating one like me—with a smile. If you need a can-do tutorial, call Ambreen Khan. Another unusual thank-you note to two extraordinary friends and comrades. Libel, contempt of court and some laws nastier than these are hazards journalists live with.

I know some people will remark uncharitably that it is the inevitable fate of family retainers but I had expected the times would have changed. At least from the way Narasimha Rao handled her for five years, all of us could see some hope. But either we didn’t have his skills or you were a bit complacent. I cannot remember if Ghalib had said something to explain this situation. I am sure he did, the genius that he was in the ways of cruel Dilli. But it is a pity I cannot check with his official biographer Pavan Varma who, as you know, is also the spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs and is currently preoccupied with explaining away all the cancelled visits (mine as well as our foreign guests’) in view of this political uncertainty.

They were disciplined soldiers following their orders. ’ Now find me another definition of a patriot. And he never, never forgets to check if your driver has been fed a proper meal by his staff or not. Karunanidhi and Bal Thackeray formed with Badal a trinity of regional long-marchers. From Karunanidhi you learn how liberal democracy turns a secessionist into a nationalist. I asked him how he felt when he was described as a separatist. ‘I wasn’t just described as one, I was a separatist,’ he said with an honesty you didn’t find among any of his central ministers.

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