Top critical review
What a disappointment. A lazy attempt at best.
10 July 2019
Coming with a lofty title, I was quite excited to read this book. Having followed Swapan Dasgupta as a journalist for many years I believe that he comes across as an erudite voice from the right wing. Every political narrative needs a philosopher and poet, and he really attempts to be one for the modern indian right wing.
I was expecting this book to be a well researched history of that narrative rooted in how indian consciousness has evolved. Sadly this book has non of that. It is a half hearted lazy attempt where the author has only written the preface of about first 100 or so pages. Most of this part is just current day politics which most informed readers already know. A journalist of Swapan Dasgupta's stature can write those 100 pages in a day or two. Ot is purely a commentary, nothing new and highly disappointing.
Remaining 300 odd pages of the book are collection of random articles, short essays and speeches from various people. Some of these people are great individuals but without context and purpose. The articles chosen are in no way best ones to represent their point of view. There are some 30 pages from Vajpayee's debate in parliament. Simply reprint of parliament records with no context why it is important to be read.
I feel this was a hasty attempt to cash in on a popular topic without putting any effort to research.
This is a waste of time and money.