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THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF PRIME MINISTERS OF INDIA

THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF PRIME MINISTERS OF INDIA

Vikas Publishing
  • 9789325980921
  • 326 pages
  • Paperback
  • 5.5" x 8.5" inches
  • Book 450.00
  • 2015

 

Exclusively Distributed by Times Group Books

The Making and Unmaking of Prime Ministers of India presents a critical examination of the tenures of fourteen prime ministers of India, whose social, political and economic policies and programmes have shaped India since Independence. It also scrutinizes Narendra Modi's past record as chief minister of Gujarat for three consecutive terms and presents an agenda for his government at the Centre.

The book traces the trajectory of India's evolution from the socialistic model of development espoused by Jawaharlal Nehru to the more pragmatic capitalistic model initiated by P V Narsimha Rao in the form of economic reforms and liberalization. It also details the domestic and foreign policies pursued by various prime ministers and their fallout.

The book offers interesting insights into India's journey from the near-total domination of the Congress Party till the late 1970s, the unstable governments provided by Janata Party, the resounding return of Indira Gandhi, her assassination, Rajiv Gandhi's dramatic tenure as PM and his assassination to the subsequent emergence of Bharatiya Janata Party as a major political force.

It looks at some epic milestones in India's diplomatic, political and military forays like the wars with Pakistan and China, the Emergency years when civil rights and elections were suspended for the first and only time in the country's modern history, the infamous Kandahar hijacking case, the Kargil incursions and many more. For anyone interested in the history of India since 1947, there is enough food for thought, a superb recap of events that have determined the destiny of our country.

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1. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru — The Nation-Builder
2. Gulzarilal Nanda — True Gandhian Follower
3. Lal Bahadur Shastri — The Diminutive Hero
4. Indira Gandhi — 'Gungi Gudiya' to 'Goddess Durga' to 'Dictator'
5. Morarji Desai — Austere and Doggedly Ambitious
6. Choudhary Charan Singh — Down-To-Earth Rustic Leader
7. Rajiv Gandhi — Man of Accords and Discords
8. Vishwanath Pratap Singh — Crusader to Vote-Bank Politician
9. Chandra Shekhar — The Pragmatic Socialist
10. P V Narasimha Rao — Demolisher of Licence-Permit Raj and Secularism
11. H D Deve Gowda — 'Humble' Farmer to Fortuitous Premier
12. Inder Kumar Gujral — The Genteel-n-Tough PM
13. Atal Behari Vajpayee — The Raj Marg to Development
14. Manmohan Singh — The Namesake Premier
15. Narendra Modi — India's Man of Destiny?
16. Agenda for the Modi Government

• List of Contributors
• Bibliography
• Index