Politics is something that very much piqued the interest of the common people. This intricate game which doesn’t follow a set of rules is sure to have a lot of clandestine incidents and affairs in store- most of the times we think in this way. Vir Sanghvi’s ‘Mandate: Will of the People’ is an ideal read for those who want to have a take on India’s recent political history without spending much time.
The book unveils many a thing that are unknown to even politically conscious people. The nuts and bolts of politics from 1971 to 2014 have been presented almost in the form a fiction and, one would find it no less intriguing than any thriller
The book has catered me with trivia that have really given me a jolt. That Indira Gandhi, the iron woman of India, was not been able to read her first speech properly, was really a news to me! She was even given the name “Gungi Gudiya” (dumb doll) by veteran leader Ram Manohar Lohia.
The effects of emergency, the riot that followed Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Rajiv era, why Shankar Dayal Sharma refused to adorn the chair of the PM, BJP’s Ram janambhumi issue- almost each and every stand-alone incident of Indian politics, having a significant role in framing the future of the country during the last forty years, have been discussed here.
A concise, unbiased, narration, along with a lucid, simple yet effective language, have definitely made the book a must-read for political enthusiasts.