New book to document journey of BJP, Modi’s current popularity – books
A new book will explain the dominance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP in Indian politics through the 100-year history of RSS, Jana Sangh, who later became BJP, and the association of its founding leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna. Advani.
The book, “Jugalbandi: The BJP Before Modi”, is written by political scientist Vinay Sitapati. It will be released under Penguin’s ‘Viking’ label on November 23.
Based on private newspapers, party documents, newspapers and more than two hundred interviews, it claims to be the “most authoritative account” of the BJP and a “must read” for those interested in the ideology that now rules India.
“The total dominance of Modi and the BJP in Indian politics seems to have happened very suddenly. But it’s actually a 100-year story. ‘Jugalbandi’ takes the reader through that story, through the creation of the RSS, Jana Sangh and BJP, and through personalities like Vajpayee and Advani, whose relationship was quite extraordinary, and the young Modi and Amit Shah. If the reader just wants a book to know the history of the new India, this is the place, ”Sitapati told PTI.
According to the editors, from the “creation of Hindu nationalism in the 1920s to the formation of the BJP government (1998-2004),” Sitapati’s book provides the backstory of Modi’s current dominance in Indian politics.
“It begins with the creation of Hindu nationalism in response to British-induced elections in the 1920s, goes on to the formation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1980 and ends with its first national government, from 1998 to 2004.
“And it follows this journey through the tangled lives of its ‘jugalbandi’ founder: Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani,” the editors said.
Sitapati has authored “Half Lion,” which was the best-selling biography of the former Prime Minister of India, PV Narasimha Rao. He currently teaches at Ashoka University.
(This story was posted from a cable agency feed with no changes to the text.)