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“Let this book be your companion and guide as you try to make sense of the forthcoming tumultuous events in Indian politics.”
Parsa Venkateshwar Rao offers a lucid and wide-ranging analysis of the momentous changes that have transformed the Indian economy and society and the challenges that the political system has to cope with after economic reforms and the rise of majoritarianism. Written in an accessible and cogent style, this book will serve as a useful introduction for understanding some of the key political developments that have impacted democracy in the last 30 years.
Parsa Venkateshwar Rao describes India’s turbulent history of the past decades but concentrating almost exclusively on economic reforms and the rise of Hindu fundamentalism, the first portrayed as necessary and the second as populist electoral adventurism. Concentrating on policy statements and debates, he ventures into the unenviable look of assessing contemporary history. Philosophers warn that the owl of Minerva’s wisdom flies after the twilight. Parsa wants us to turn to present continuities. He does this with acuity.
The past shapes the present in both direct and tangential ways and provides an understanding of our times. Combining the strengths of a scholar of politics and that of an observer journalist, Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr seeks to capture a crucial period in India’s political history, bookended by two prime ministers, Rajiv Gandhi and Narendra Modi. The book provides important insights into the often overlapping processes of economic reforms and political Hinduism that came to dominate this three-decade period in ways that irrevocably changed India.
Tough-minded journalism demands a sense of openness, a power of judgement and a ruthless sense of professionalism. It requires both a relentless sense of facts and an unflagging sense of judgement. Parsa Rao combines these qualities in a book that traverses across two eras, the age of Rajiv Gandhi and the Modi era. In comparing the two, he creates a choreography of different styles of politics, bringing out the differences and limits of each era. Rao is demanding as a writer, insisting that the reader think through the book with him.