Interestingly enough, Rahul Gandhi's reaction won't be very different either! Instead, the book is for audiences seeking a short and balanced account on one of India's most enigmatic leaders. That's because the narrative is built on two planes. There are, for example, detailed accounts of the author's ringside view of the Gujarat riots of , which Nag reported as the resident editor of The Times of India in Ahmedabad - how Atal Bihari Vajpayee was bullied into retaining Modi, not to mention the Gujarat chief minister's stunts like claiming a massive gas find by the Gujarat State Petroleum Corp that never was. These and many other ghosts are what Modi and his followers would best like to forget.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. One of the truly enigmatic personalities on the contemporary Indian political canvas, Narendra Damodardas Modi is difficult to ignore. From his humble beginnings as a RSS pracharak to his rise in the Hindutva ranks, and from being Bharatiya Janata Partys master planner to one of the its most popular and controversial state chief ministers, Modis mantra of change and develo One of the truly enigmatic personalities on the contemporary Indian political canvas, Narendra Damodardas Modi is difficult to ignore.
From his humble beginnings as a RSS pracharak to his rise in the Hindutva ranks, and from being Bharatiya Janata Partys master planner to one of the its most popular and controversial state chief ministers, Modis mantra of change and development is gradually finding many takers. Though he evokes vastly different reactions among the citizens for his alleged role during the Godhra aftermath, what is absolutely clear is that he indeed is racing towards the centre stage, making the General Elections look more like a Presidential system where, you either vote for him or against him.
And that, as they say, is the Modi effect. Kingshuk Nag paints the most vivid portrait of the extraordinary politician who is poised to take on a new role in the coming years. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April by Roli Books first published March 1st More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Namo Story , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 11, Manu rated it it was ok.
In these uncertain political times, the name 'Modi' evokes strong reactions depending on which side of the ideological spectrum one is. Though much is written and discussed about the once unknown RSS worker, most of the content are opinions and commentaries rather than insights. And when a book pops up on the Gujarat Chief Minister, that too by an experienced wordsmith and journalist, expectations are high.
As you leaf through the page book, a mixed bag of hitherto known facts, communal inci In these uncertain political times, the name 'Modi' evokes strong reactions depending on which side of the ideological spectrum one is. As you leaf through the page book, a mixed bag of hitherto known facts, communal incidents, political brinkmanship, individual exploits and journalistic jottings comes to the fore. Not many know that Modi ran away from his home at a young age to escape being stranded with his father's business of running tea stall near a railway station in Gujarat.
The youngster, who ended up with RSS, slowly emerged as an excellent organiser and expert on information dissemination, many a time without even the knowledge of official administration as during the time of Emergency.
Though his journey from a non-nondescript Gujarati town to the BJP power centre in Delhi before returning to his home state as a strong politician had its own drama, the narrative of 'The Namo Story' loses its steam like a jigsaw puzzle where many vital pieces are lost. Turning to the personal side of Modi, the author only superficially touches upon the personality.
Whether its about Modi's marriage or his doings during the Gujarat riots or his friends, much is left incomplete. The hurried sketch of a strong contender for the 7, Race Course Road in New Delhi, leaves the reader with a smattering of facts and quotes that befits a newspaper rather than a book.
Aug 22, Madhumita Bharde rated it liked it. I am actually surprised by how much I liked this book. In the very Preface, Nag promises that he would neither demonise nor lionise the personality; a near-impossible tall order - because there are only three kinds of people in India: Modi haters, Modi closet-fans and Modi super-fans. Needless to say, he doesn't manage to keep the promise.
There are open facts, hidden facts, concocted lies and propagated images which make strong political figures the dream for biographers. Different authors seem I am actually surprised by how much I liked this book. Different authors seem to project certain aspects more importantly than others. I am certain many more of these biographies are on their way in near future. Looking forward! May 23, Kalyan Raghu rated it it was amazing Shelves: biographies. This author did a very good analysis of Modi's campaign strategies for the election.
He gives a balanced view of opinions on Modi's positives and controversies. Must read to get an understanding of how Modi works. Jun 21, Swapnil Harsh rated it really liked it. Had read a lot and watched lot of tehelka's documentaries before reading this book. Obviously I wanted to know Mr. Modi as a person, as a leader. Its not the great book but at least gives insight of life of Modi and his work as Gujrat CM. Mar 11, HS rated it liked it. The book sketches the past of Modi's life, its probably quite descriptive too but I think the author could have done well to share more.
Nov 05, Sameer rated it really liked it. The author seems to have somewhat of a grudge against NaMo but this book is remarkably prescient in the way it reveals NaMo's development agenda to be a veil over his demagogic personality. May 24, Louis Olakkengal rated it really liked it.
Good overview of Modi. May 13, Aman rated it really liked it. An unbiased account of Narendra Modi - the causes for the opportunities he had captured before that helped him become the prime ministerial candidate for the world's biggest democracy. You get that his flaws and strengths are weighed upon equally by the author in the book by including a variety of opinions - supporters and adversaries, bureaucrats and autocrats, media and journalists, politicians and the masses, as well as Modi himself.
The open-minded approach to the subject and the lucid writi An unbiased account of Narendra Modi - the causes for the opportunities he had captured before that helped him become the prime ministerial candidate for the world's biggest democracy.
The open-minded approach to the subject and the lucid writing makes it a good read in the current political scenario. Feb 22, Mudit Sood rated it really liked it. The Namo Story is a must read for anybody who has even an ounce of interest in Indian politics.
I was never into politics. But the upcoming elections got me curious about this vicious sauce thanks to the national emergence of a leader who governed the state where I was brought up.
This book takes you through the behind the scenes of Modi and his climb on the political ladder, how he became C. M, , Vibrant Gujarat, his style of working, an overview of Gujarat's politics and finally how th The Namo Story is a must read for anybody who has even an ounce of interest in Indian politics.
M, , Vibrant Gujarat, his style of working, an overview of Gujarat's politics and finally how the top echelons of the BJP think. Apr 23, Umesh Kesavan rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , biography , politics. Tries to sketch a balanced portrait of the most talked about Indian politician today. The book suffers from lack of interviews with the subject himself and paucity of fresh insights.
But the author attempts to make up for it by interviews with businessmen and bureaucrats. The author's claims that Jayalalitha will be comfortable with Naveen Patnaik as PM are naive,to put it mildly. A quickie that tries to capitalise on the Modi "wave". Better books will be written in the near future. Jan 04, Pulkit rated it liked it Shelves: Even though this book helped me, someone with a passing interest in politics, get a deeper understanding of the man who was most likely to become and did become our Prime Minister, I felt this book's claim that it was an unbiased account of events was a false one.
All events and incidents covered in this book are written about with a clear anti-Modi bias, and there is a lot of theorizing without a lot of evidence. May 13, Kunal Gupta rated it really liked it. Jan 14, Sona Maharana rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Apr 14, Anil rated it did not like it.
Total biased book. Rare of an author to bring out a whole book in this fashion. May 29, Mayank Pandya rated it really liked it.
The Namo Story: A Political Life
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