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The rise of Sonia Gandhi to leader of the venerable Congress party is one of the most remarkable stories of recent times, even in the unpredictable world of Indian politics. The story of how an apolitical housewife—who was dead set against the entrance of her husband, Rajiv Gandhi, into the political arena—emerged as an astute player of the game herself is one that has never been told. Adding to the enigma is her reserve—she has given very few interviews and remains a very private person. In Sonia: A Biography, journalist Rasheed Kidwai offers the first close look at the person and the transformation that circumstance and tragedy brought about in her. He recounts the period of shock that followed Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, her ascent to leadership in 1998, the revolt by party stalwarts Sharad Pawar and P.A. Sangma, the controversies she has had to face, and he unravels the true story of her dealings with leaders such as Sitaram Kesri, P.V. Narasimha Rao, Arjun Singh and others. Sonia also gives a fascinating insight into the inner world of Congress politics and the frustrations and jealousies that ensue as various leaders, powerful in their own right, vie for the honour of being part of the inner circle. Extensively researched and crisply written, this is a compelling portrayal of a leader who is seen by many as a future Prime Minister. Printed Pages: 256. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 003085
Inhaltsangabe: Sonia Gandhi s transformation from an unsure Congress party president to the unchallenged chief of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) who led the party to victory in two successive general elections is now part of Indian political legend. Her renunciation of the prime minister s post after the Congress victory in the 2004 elections undoubtedly enhanced her moral stature in the public eye, but it is the skilled handling of the equation with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that indicates her confidence in her position at the helm of national affairs. In this fully revised and updated biography, Rasheed Kidwai tracks the evolution of Sonia Gandhi against the backdrop of the Congress party s return to power after years in the Opposition and through both UPA governments. These years have witnessed Sonia Gandhi s increasing assurance in her dealings with party stalwarts, with coalition partners and with Opposition leaders. Drawing on his long experience as a political journalist, Kidwai chronicles Rahul Gandhi s smooth passage into the front rank of the party s leadership and gives a vivid account of how Sonia Gandhi navigated such critical moments as the office of profit crisis, the UPA s 2009 election victory and the 2G Spectrum controversy.
About the Author: Rasheed Kidwai, forty-three, is Associate Editor of the Telegraph, Calcutta. He graduated from St Stephen s College, New Delhi, and holds a master s degree in mass communication from UK s Leicester University where he went on a Commonwealth India scholarship. Kidwai is a regular political commentator on various television networks, radio programmes and newspapers. He is a guest lecturer at several journalism schools, universities and media organizations.
Titel: Sonia: A Biography
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: New
Auflage: First Edition.
Buchbeschreibung New York, Harry N. Abrams Publishers., 1995. 4°. 26 cm. 208 Seiten. Original-Pappband, gebunden mit Original-Schutzumschlag. 1. Auflage. Englischsprachige Ausgabe. Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen. Sehr gutes Exemplar. First edition. English language edition. With many illustrations. Original hardcover with dust jacket. Fine copy. Artikel-Nr. 48516CB
Buchbeschreibung Thames & Hudson London 1995, 1995. orig.cloth with dustjacket (fresh and clean) 208 p. S. with 203 illustrations (115 in colour) guter frischer Zustand (Orig.Leinen geb. 4° mit Goldpräg. Orig.Umschl. Artikel-Nr. 12939