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Strange Burdens: The Politics And Predicaments Of Rahul Gandhi

Release date: 28 August 2023
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Strange Burdens is not a biography but a book of political commentary. It examines and analyses R... Read More

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Strange Burdens is not a biography but a book of political commentary. It examines and analyses Rahul Gandhi's ideas and leadership since he officially entered politics in March 2004. It journeys all the way to the conclusion of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Srinagar on 30 January 2023 and captures the dilemmas of his
disqualification a couple of months later.

The narrative here crawls across two decades with the intention of understanding Rahul Gandhi's politics and predicaments, confusions and contradictions, triteness and triumph, as well as his burdens and benignity. It is not the purpose of this book to understand his failures and successes in tabular columns but speculate in the best traditions of political commentary why he is where he is, both politically and as an individual. The book does not seek to answer questions about his suitability or unsuitability for a public role but is rather focused on how he has been caught in the currents of history. It is not a myth-busting or myth-making exercise, nor is it an inquisition; it is a pursuit of political insight.

Since the book is about Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party, it cannot not be about Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Examining one automatically illuminates the other. The book looks at the contrasts and convergence of the two personalities and the two parties they represent.

 

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Title: Strange Burdens: The Politics And Predicaments Of Rahul Gandhi
Author: Sugata Srinivasaraju
Publisher: Vintage Books
SKU: BK0479492
EAN: 9780670098859
Number Of Pages: 336
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 28 August 2023

About Author

SUGATA SRINIVASARAJU is a bilingual journalist, author and columnist. He has editorially led some of the major print, television and digital news brands in the past. He has been a Chevening scholar in the UK, fellow of the Aspen Institute in the US and is currently a Homi Bhabha fellow.

Srinivasaraju's books include Furrows in a Field: The Unexplored Life of H.D. Deve Gowda; Keeping Faith with the Mother Tongue: The Anxieties of a Local Culture; Pickles from Home: The Worlds of a Bilingual; and in Kannada, Kittale, Nerale, Perale: Avasarakke Yetukida Maatu Baraha, which won him the ViChi literary prize. His book Phoenix and Four Other Mime Plays won him the Karnataka Sahitya Academy's translation prize.

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