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Divided We Stand: India in a Time of Coalitions Hardcover – 31 Oct 2007


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This is an encyclopaedic book with a gripping account of contemporary politics in India….the book is a pioneering effort for its distinct style, depth of analysis and open-ended inferences. The authors deserve to be complimented for presenting a complex subject in a serious and professional manner. It is a must-read for all those interested in the contemporary history of India.

(Prabhaat Khabar)

The book is a racy read and all the events of the last few decades have been faithfully chronicled.

(Mail Today)

The book is not a dry academic treatise, but a very readable, informative account, which stands out for its blunt assessment of the leading personalities of the Indian political scene, particularly those who are currently at the helm of affairs. (Frontline)

This is an encyclopaedic book with a gripping account of contemporary politics of India. It is a comprehensive and objective analysis of political parties in pursuit of power and the games they play in that process. The book unfolds several myths about parties, policies, polls and delineates the undercurrents. No analysis of ongoing politics in India could claim ` definitive answers`. The authors restrain from such a trap. The book is a `SWAT` analysis of political parties and the India polity without going for voluminous empirical data....Overall, the book is a pioneering effort for its distinct style, depth of analysis and open-ended inferences. The authors deserve to be complimented for presenting a complex subject in a serious and professional manner. It is a must-read for all those interested in the contemporary history of India. (Hindustan Times)

This is a remarkable book on the durability of coalition governments to which the Indian polity is destined for the next few decades, according to the authors who are both second- generation scholars and gifted journalists.

(The Tribune)

Dismissing the notion of bi-polarity, and resting the debate on whether coalition governments are at best a necessary evil or are better than single-party governments. Challenging many widely held views on the Indian political process, this book is a must read for anyone interested in contemporary Indian politics at the beginning of the 21st century.

(Free Press Journal)

The book helps one to understand the dynamics of tele-evangelism and explains why it is nothing but fundamentalism.

(The New Indian Express (Chennai))

About the Author

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta has been a journalist since 1977. His works cuts across different media―print, radio, television, the internet and documentary films―in three languages, English, Bengali and Hindi. He has worked full time with Business India, Business World, The Telegraph, India Today, The Pioneer and the TV18-CNBC television channel (for which he anchored a daily discussion and interview based programme for nearly six years). He has directed a number of documentary films, including one on the impact of television on Indian society ‘Idiot Box or Window of Hope’, one entitled ‘Grabbing Eyeballs: What’s Unethical About Television News in India’ and another five-part series on the resource curse of India’s main coal mining region ‘Hot As Hell: A Profile of Dhanbad’. He teaches at various educational institutions, spoken and acted as a consultant on subjects related to his areas of interest―India’s polity, its economy and media. He headed an educational institution, the School of Convergence as its director for six years. He is currently an independent media practitioner and commentator.

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