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The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh (City Plans) Paperback – 16 Jul 2015
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Sanjaya Baru is director for geo-economics and strategy, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and honorary senior fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has been chief editor, the Financial Express and Business Standard. His other books include The Strategic Consequences of India’s Economic Performance (2007).
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OK..OK...You have already read some 100 reviews of this book already. You have seen the protestations of committed Congress-walas debunking the book on TV - calling it fiction, you have heard the more articulate opposition members lamenting on the devaluing of the institution of the Prime Minister.... even Vinod Mehta lampooning him in Outlook magazine and now you have to endure one more review!
Vaguely remember a couple of my friends mentioning Sanjaya in their conversations when they were doing their Masters degree in University of Hyderabad....he was a lecturer in economics there and quite popular with the students. Later he worked in ET, TOI, Financial Express etc., when he transitioned from Academia to Journalism. Since I do not track associate editors of news-papers or the editor of Financial Express ( does anyone read this...you only find this in Air India flights), never heard of him after my college days till he became the Media Advisor to the PM. Felt happy that a local Hyderabadi did good..
For someone with a not so distinguished background like him, I think he was the ‘Accidental Media Advisor’ who lucked out and got the job. Not in the same league as the legendary Sharada Prasad. Possibly, Sekhar Gupta or MJ Akbar could have done a better job (but their father was not a friend of MMS.).
I have a sneaky suspicion that the book is jointly co-authored by Dr MMS
himself. It is almost like a panegyric on Dr MMS.
Whatever the world might say about him….I have a lot of regard for Dr MMS (like I have for Narasimha Rao). Together they changed our country irreversibly for the better and we are all better off because of that….more regard for MMS than Rao…..he came up the hard way, distinguished himself in various roles in public life…and in unusual circumstances became the PM. He did whatever good he could do given the constraints….like being lumped with charlatans as cabinet ministers ( compulsions of coalition etc)….and colleagues who did not respect him and know-towed to the dynasty. The nuclear deal is something we will know the value of it 20 years from now…..At the end of the book, you will end up respecting MMS more than before.
Not the assertived in your face Sardar. More known for his social awkwardness, reticence and inherent decency. It was his bad-luck that he had a job with all the responsibility and accountability and without any power. The power being with Mrs G and later with 2G ( mama and junior).
Did not want to assert himself.. A la Rao….because he was not trained into since he was not a career politician and subservience came naturally to him as a career bureaucrat. And also he did not want to meet the fate of Rao post his PM-ship.
What I cannot understand in this book is Baru (whose official job description was : Media Advisor) meddling around in political appointments etc., Think MMS gave him more rope that what he deserved….a significantly lesser economist compared to MMS….but wordly wise / articulate and street smart…qualities that MMS did not have…Baru is like a bit of a doppelganger for MMS….and he indulged in him and gave him more power / access than what the Job description was.
Overall, unlike what the Congress Chamchas say… the genuine affection / respect of Baru for his boss comes across clearly in the book…( and I have a feeling that since Baru is also an economist…the PM was very very fond of him…he could tolerate all his faults and indiscretions like sending intemperate SMSes to editors / friends ) and as I said before…this book could have been ghost written by MMS himself. “Give me credit for the good I did and screw the Congress party/Gandhis for all the bad that happened”.It is a good parting line for his career.
Mr Baru writes well…interesting book…read it before you comment on it….overall I still admire MMS…destiny’s strange hand put a good man into a bad party.
Don’t agree with other reviews which says that Baru is squealing. Think he is a decent man who liked / admired his decent and accomplished boss and wants to come clean…only the timing of the release of the book is a tad wrong…with elections half way thru. Can’t blame Baru for this…must be some marketing chaps in the publishing house.
My rating : 3.5/5.
The following summary in the EPILOGUE Page 283 is really interesting and gives a good view of Manmohan ji’s personality .
” I had begun my association with Dr.Singh as a critic of many of his policies . As i got to know him and then work for him i became truly impressed by his intellect his humane persona his gentle and civil conduct his political instinct and his deep patriotism . I shared his vision for India in the twenty-first century : a liberal plural secular India an open society and an open economy pursuing inclusive growth and at peace with its neighbours . He was not a popular leader like Vajpayee nor an experinenced politician like Narasimha Rao. Yet he showed the country that an ordinary honest Indian an aam aadmi to use the current buzzword in politics could become prime minister through sheer hard work and professional commitment “
This is a good summary of Manmohan ji.
Another comparison on Page 284 is also looks apt :
" To my mind , he was rather like a Bheeshma . The name Bheeshma given to Devavrata means ’ the one who takes a terrible vow and fulfills it ’ . A good wise and brave man but on the wrong side defending a disreputable lot Bheeshma was a tragic hero rather than an object of pity . Bheeshma was also the king who has to lie on a bed of arrows - condemned to an unsure mandate an uncomfortable existence and an inelegant exit "
This summarises Manmohan ji stick to 5 yrs in UPA 2 to fulfill his commitment to UPA 2 partners than leaving the PM’s job.
If Manmohan ji was given free hand in selecting his cabinet and run the Government on his own UPA should have been in much better shape today.
Sanjaya Baru gave a balanced presentation of former PM Manmohan ji.
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