The accessible story of an inaccessible character in Indian politicsbooks Updated: Mar 09, 2012 19:17 IST
Jatin Gandhi and Veenu Sandhu
Rs 499 pp 267
Its tempting to read this book to find out why Rahul Gandhi went terribly wrong in the UP elections. But actually, this authoritative (not authorised) biography, provides us with clues aplenty as to why the Congress debacle in UP is not going to make Rahul turn the at work bulb off. At least not yet. Take Priyanka Gandhis 2009 quote that authors Jatin Gandhi (no relation to Rahul) and Veenu Sandhu use early on in the book:
The other thing that I think is great about him as a politician is that he doesnt have this thing that he absolutely has to succeed every time. And, hes very good with things in which, perhaps, in the short term, he wont succeed but he can see that there is a long-term success. He will work through that short-term failure.
This book is full of such useful background that the reader can use to paint his own picture about the Congressman.
The husband-wife team of Gandhi and Sandhu, both journalists, dont pretend to bring to the pages new facts and facets about Rahuls life. What they do is provide a very readable narrative of the mans political life (a bit of personal life in the chapter The Shaping of the Personality) till date.
And unlike most of the books on politicians or public personalities, for that matter Rahul isnt a hagiographic gush-fest or apologia. Its an accessible story of an inaccessible character in contemporary Indian politics.
Sunil Rai is a Delhi-based writer