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Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is powerful, popular and controversial. With the general elections due to conclude in May 2014, Modi’s campaign rallies have drawn unprecedented crowds. Yet, the man remains an enigma. His supporters regard him as the visionary, decisive leader India needs today. His detractors see him as a polarizing fi gure. Is Modi a Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is powerful, popular and controversial. With the general elections due to conclude in May 2014, Modi’s campaign rallies have drawn unprecedented crowds. Yet, the man remains an enigma. His supporters regard him as the visionary, decisive leader India needs today. His detractors see him as a polarizing fi gure. Is Modi authoritative or authoritarian? Decisive or divisive? A team player or a loner? Andy Marino recorded interviews with Narendra Modi during more than half-a-dozen exclusive meetings – unprecedented access to a very private man. What emerged is this riveting, objective biography of a man who could be India’s prime minister. Not shying away from the controversies that have dogged Narendra Modi, including the Gujarat riots and questions about the Gujarat model of governance and development, this political biography provides an unbiased account of possibly the most important figure in Indian politics today. Marino records hour-by-hour details of the 2002 Gujarat riots, presenting a balanced analysis of that raw wound on India’s polity. It also reveals hitherto unpublished, authenticated documents, which makes this one of the most important books of 2014. The author analyses Narendra Modi’s values, the people who shaped his thinking and the sort of national leader he will make. Personal details of Modi’s early life, his wanderings in the Himalayas between the ages of seventeen and nineteen, his rise through the political ranks, his vision for India and his personal philosophy on religion and politics are revealed in a book that is lucid, fast-paced and readable. Narendra Modi: A Political Biography is an insightful, exhaustive and impeccably researched account of the ascent of a political leader.


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Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is powerful, popular and controversial. With the general elections due to conclude in May 2014, Modi’s campaign rallies have drawn unprecedented crowds. Yet, the man remains an enigma. His supporters regard him as the visionary, decisive leader India needs today. His detractors see him as a polarizing fi gure. Is Modi a Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is powerful, popular and controversial. With the general elections due to conclude in May 2014, Modi’s campaign rallies have drawn unprecedented crowds. Yet, the man remains an enigma. His supporters regard him as the visionary, decisive leader India needs today. His detractors see him as a polarizing fi gure. Is Modi authoritative or authoritarian? Decisive or divisive? A team player or a loner? Andy Marino recorded interviews with Narendra Modi during more than half-a-dozen exclusive meetings – unprecedented access to a very private man. What emerged is this riveting, objective biography of a man who could be India’s prime minister. Not shying away from the controversies that have dogged Narendra Modi, including the Gujarat riots and questions about the Gujarat model of governance and development, this political biography provides an unbiased account of possibly the most important figure in Indian politics today. Marino records hour-by-hour details of the 2002 Gujarat riots, presenting a balanced analysis of that raw wound on India’s polity. It also reveals hitherto unpublished, authenticated documents, which makes this one of the most important books of 2014. The author analyses Narendra Modi’s values, the people who shaped his thinking and the sort of national leader he will make. Personal details of Modi’s early life, his wanderings in the Himalayas between the ages of seventeen and nineteen, his rise through the political ranks, his vision for India and his personal philosophy on religion and politics are revealed in a book that is lucid, fast-paced and readable. Narendra Modi: A Political Biography is an insightful, exhaustive and impeccably researched account of the ascent of a political leader.

30 review for Narendra Modi: A Political Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abhishek Ganguly

    At the age of 63, the largest democracy in the world considers Narendra Modi to be its 'youth icon', clearly championing the fact that a concrete thought process (an not age) imbibing innovation, development and progress while rooted in the Indian cultural ethos is what is required to connect to the 1.25+ billion strength of our nation. This popularity of our current Prime Minister is a reward of more than 12 years of political, ideological and pseudo-secular repression. While Modi's critics hav At the age of 63, the largest democracy in the world considers Narendra Modi to be its 'youth icon', clearly championing the fact that a concrete thought process (an not age) imbibing innovation, development and progress while rooted in the Indian cultural ethos is what is required to connect to the 1.25+ billion strength of our nation. This popularity of our current Prime Minister is a reward of more than 12 years of political, ideological and pseudo-secular repression. While Modi's critics have been more than predominant in the media, his constant push to development and need for practical solutions to India's billion problems have now made him the hero that the nation was waiting for. Andy Marino's fact and impartial analysis narrative has helped thousands of readers clearly see, through the rampant misinformation and vulgar noise, the leader that Narendra Modi very obviously is. Andy Marino's chronoligical build up of the events helps readers understand the life and times Narendra Modi and the various situations in his spiritual and political life. Every incident has been strongly backed up with facts (the appendix links to evidence, documents, web pages, surveys, reports, interviews) and thorough impartial analysis which helps to separate the truth from the noise. Andy Marino also does not shy from exposing how certain political groups and (undeserving) intelligentsia are still scott free after resorting to misinformation and falsification of facts around Modi. Clearly, they see him as a threat to the red tape Raj and dynastic poitics that has been rampant in India. Andy Marino's is a third point view on the divisive policies and 'close to autocracy' politics in India ever since Independence. It is the harsh truth that we, as Indians, need to open our eyes to. I would definitely like to thank Andy Marino to say out loud the truths that the Indian democracy was only whispering .... till now.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Swati Sharma

    A must read for all who want to know the real Modi. Marino writes with an unbiased mind. Marino analyses the Modi background, his philosophy, 02 riots, Modi's step by step actions, the Guj model, and his stature as a national leader with objective and investigative approach.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tansen

    Andy Marino, the author, states that he has tried very hard to present an objective and unbiased view on the rise of Narendra Modi from humble beginnings to be one of the most influential people in the world. While there is much to admire about Modi and his inexorable rise but as a Muslim, I have always been biased against Narendra Modi for his part in the 2002 Gujarat riots and atrocities against the Muslim community in Gujarat. I also had an opportunity to see Narendra Modi address a very larg Andy Marino, the author, states that he has tried very hard to present an objective and unbiased view on the rise of Narendra Modi from humble beginnings to be one of the most influential people in the world. While there is much to admire about Modi and his inexorable rise but as a Muslim, I have always been biased against Narendra Modi for his part in the 2002 Gujarat riots and atrocities against the Muslim community in Gujarat. I also had an opportunity to see Narendra Modi address a very large gathering of Indians in Dubai in 2015.... a once in a lifetime experience regardless of how I felt about his notorious past as the Gujarat CM. The man knows how to have the audience eating out of the palm of his hand... a wonderful orator with the common touch. After reading this book, I surprisingly began to feel if whether I just followed the popular sentiment against Modi without really understanding what really happened. As a book, i rather enjoyed this and managed to finish it in about a week of sporadic reading. That's a pretty good effort from my side for a non fiction book so no matter what I feel about the actual content, the book was well written and enjoyable to read. Unfortunately, I seriously have to question who actually commissioned this book to be written. The author who had a lot of unfettered access to Modi for a period seemed to have been brainwashed by him to an extent. Andy Marino appears to have written this book at the behest of what is probably a phalanx of spin doctors who are looking after the Modi image....maybe they actually did the final edit on the book before it went to the printers. While Marino says he's tried to play the devil's advocate to most the major events in Modi's life, Modi almost always comes out of them smelling of roses. I also learnt a lot of things I didn't know about Modi before he became Gujarat CM. He was much more worldly and well travelled than I gave him credit for.... plus he has always been a proven, extraordinary administrator. I wonder how many incidents have been glossed over or simply conveniently left out of the book. Something to ponder. Author has listed all or most of his sources at the back of the book but chances are that these sources were possibly already positively biased towards Modi so the book represents a rather one sided view on the man. I cannot fail to admit that for at least an hour after reading this book, I almost felt as if Modi was blameless so if that was the author's purpose or those of this backers then it has been very successful. At the very least, even if Modi was cleared of any wrong doing for the atrocities in Gujarat by the highest court in the land, his silence on the matter and lack of proper retaliatory action at the time still really rankles with me. Marino has tried to justify this with proof and succeeds to an extent at first reading but common sense prevailed though and I remain unconvinced. Modi is credited with the major success of "Vibrant" state of Gujarat but I never really followed his career as the CM so will not comment too much about it. As the Indian PM, Modi has been extremely active as PM of India and I don't think he has done a bad job at all. At least he seems to be doing something unlike the previous It may all be just for show but sometimes that's needed. If he manages to achieve even a fraction of the success he has had with Gujarat then he's on the right path. Worth reading but maybe in conjunction with other reading that is more critical of the man.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shashank Kulkarni

    I finished reading 'Narendra Modi' by Andy Marino. Following this, I read about the various described incidents on the internet and in the book's appendix. I am feeling a bit ashamed about myself. Although, not a politician-basher by nature, I have sometimes participated in what I can now describe as "absolute trash"-like politics sessions with my colleagues and people around me. I lived in Gujarat for 20 years out of my 24 - 10 of those after the Gujarat riots. It took a biography to tell me tha I finished reading 'Narendra Modi' by Andy Marino. Following this, I read about the various described incidents on the internet and in the book's appendix. I am feeling a bit ashamed about myself. Although, not a politician-basher by nature, I have sometimes participated in what I can now describe as "absolute trash"-like politics sessions with my colleagues and people around me. I lived in Gujarat for 20 years out of my 24 - 10 of those after the Gujarat riots. It took a biography to tell me that Modi did much more than just improve Surat's roads and industries. The book revolves around Narendra Modi's life. But after the first half or so, it is an analysis of Modi's stint as Gujarat CM since he took over in October 2001. Gujarat riots of 2002 have been analyzed in what appears to be an impartial manner - there is not much adulation, not much rapping. Facts presented are backed up by research - 23% of the book is the appendix and links to relevant articles, videos and documentation. The important incidents like the Ishrat Jahan case, Shah Bano case, Sohrabuddin Sheikh case, etc. have all been touched upon. There are praises for Modi's stoicism. There is a clear recommendation for where Gujarat is lagging yet in spite of its golden projection. I enjoyed the read not only because of the impartial and unemotional tone of the author, but also because (like the Steve Jobs autobiography) the author has managed to extract a lot from a man assumed to be a closed book to the outside world. And what you read will definitely impress you. Young Indians - especially if you have spent even a little time in Gujarat and experienced "development" - you need to know the man better. Especially about his quiet underground rise in the RSS and BJP ranks.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Iyer

    I am so glad i read this book. A detailed narrative. This book show how a poor son of a tea stall vendor became candidate for Prime Minister. Well researched in every regard and unbiased reporting on Modi. The book does justice by mentioning the details of the SIT report on 2002 Gujarat riots which hadn't been talked about and hence false perceptions persists. Book enlightens reader in detailed about PM Narendra Modi. It also has photos. I am came to know a lot about Narendra Modi. Despite almos I am so glad i read this book. A detailed narrative. This book show how a poor son of a tea stall vendor became candidate for Prime Minister. Well researched in every regard and unbiased reporting on Modi. The book does justice by mentioning the details of the SIT report on 2002 Gujarat riots which hadn't been talked about and hence false perceptions persists. Book enlightens reader in detailed about PM Narendra Modi. It also has photos. I am came to know a lot about Narendra Modi. Despite almost all media, opposition parties and critics bashing, Modi rises like a Phoenix before the readers. Modi as an individual has a very strong personality, very determined influenced by very patriotic personalities. Sincere in service with perfection. Rare in rare kind appropriate for leading a nation without corruption. I will recommend this book to those (like myself) who are sort of confused about the kind of person Modi is, and more importantly, want to feel relieved and hopeful that, now as the PM of India, Modi may bring about a better future for all. Our political leaders will also learn that political power is about serving the people and not about looting them. After reading this book, I want to read books on 1. P. V. Narasimha Rao 2. Lal Bahadur Shastri 3. Atal Bihari Vajpayee 4. Chakravarti Rajagopalachari 5. Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi 6. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel 7. Syama Prasad Mukherjee 8. Veer Savarkar 9. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar 10. V. P. Menon

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pramod

    Narendra Modi's political biography is a really good book and an eye opener on what really happened during the key hours of the 2002 riots. It also sheds a lot of light on the life of our PM before and way up till 2014 June-July time frame. The book looks a events with an unbiased view without the prejudices seen in most print and news media.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brijesh Chandrakar

    He is winning 2019, probably 2024 too. As a close observer to the ever changing political scenario in India, I thought I had a good grasp of how politics and politicians work. I also knew that Modi was an anomaly to both left and right. But there was so much stuff that I didn't know. This book is a different kind of biography. Yes, its about Modi, but it also dealt with changing political scenario and events of the country. Any analysis of Modi's performance, his decisions are carefully scrutiniz He is winning 2019, probably 2024 too. As a close observer to the ever changing political scenario in India, I thought I had a good grasp of how politics and politicians work. I also knew that Modi was an anomaly to both left and right. But there was so much stuff that I didn't know. This book is a different kind of biography. Yes, its about Modi, but it also dealt with changing political scenario and events of the country. Any analysis of Modi's performance, his decisions are carefully scrutinized by thorough analysis of statistics, analysis of Modi's words, words of the contemporary personalities and media. I mentioned that Modi is an anomaly to both left and right both of whom are used to a hardline political and economic ideology. Obviously, due to his kind of rebellious behavior, Modi had to face hardships and oppositions from outside as well as from his own party. One of the most well researched and comprehensive chapter in this book is on riots. Any neutral person after reading that chapter would come to a conclusion that Modi has been a target of media and UPA for political reasons for over a decade. You can't help but feel anger towards Congress and media. However, book also elaborates how this whole character assassination of Modi backfired and in fact helped Modi rise to the central stage in 2014. Wherever possible, book also deals with criticism of Modi in a fair way. Answers are backed up by proper stats and research studies. Gujrat's model has been one of the greatest success stories amongst Indian states. One criticism of which has been that it isn't inclusive. These criticisms are also thoroughly answered and decimated as most of these are politically motivated without substance. A fact, that most Indians are now able to see as evident in election results. Modi has been able to put a dent to vote bank politics, BJP winning seats in even Muslim majority constituencies. How did he achieved that? You'll be answered satisfactory. Love him or hate him, you can't deny that he's the strongest PM India had in a while. He has a clear perspective of achieving developmental goals for our nation and he is one of those rare politicians from left, right, center who doesn't make all his policies for vote bank politics. No wonder everyone in the opposition has been targeting Modi. P.S. You might not like this book if you are a Congress supporter.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pallavi Kamat

    I enjoyed reading about Narendra Modi's professional journey over more than 45 years from his initiation in the RSS, then the BJP, being appointed as the prime ministerial candidate to winning a huge mandate in the Lok Sabha elections since 1984. Modi has worked his way up the cadre and demonstrated his administrative & organizational skills while organizing rath yatras throughout India and preparing for elections as a participant in the background. The media has always been overly critical of Mod I enjoyed reading about Narendra Modi's professional journey over more than 45 years from his initiation in the RSS, then the BJP, being appointed as the prime ministerial candidate to winning a huge mandate in the Lok Sabha elections since 1984. Modi has worked his way up the cadre and demonstrated his administrative & organizational skills while organizing rath yatras throughout India and preparing for elections as a participant in the background. The media has always been overly critical of Modi, especially since 2002; also refusing to accept the Gujarat model of development. He was the Gujarat CM for 3 terms before being appointed as the Prime Minister of India. As the 2019 elections approach, Modi will be looking to win a second term. Much has been done in the last 4 years but lots more still needs to be done. Read the book if you wish to get a gist of Modi's life - from his childhood days to where he has reached now.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Prasannajeet Pani

    The author has presented a prestine and articulate account of the life of Narendra Modi in a positive light, as a biography is meant to be. It is an enjoyable read and by far the best resource to understand the most important aspects of Modi's life, his marriage, RSS, godhra and it's aftermath. A must read for someone who appreciates him and a even more recommended reading for those who are yet to know and understand what Modi's model of governance and his philosophy is.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Virag Padalkar

    Complete review published on https://swarajyamag.com/books/the-mod... A very engaging and well written book that tries to delve into the making of Modi the PM-elect of India. One of the few books where an actual effort is made to understand the person rather than just cry hoarse about pre-conceived notions marketed by the media. Complete review published on https://swarajyamag.com/books/the-mod... A very engaging and well written book that tries to delve into the making of Modi the PM-elect of India. One of the few books where an actual effort is made to understand the person rather than just cry hoarse about pre-conceived notions marketed by the media.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yash Sharma

    The chaiwala who became the Prime minister of India : Narendra damodar das Modi -------------------------------------------------------------------- I was born in a very poor family. I used to sell tea in a railway coach as a child. My mother used to wash utensils and do lowly household work in the houses of others to earn a livelihood. I have seen poverty very closely. I have lived in poverty. As a child, my entire childhood was steeped in poverty. - Narendra Modi Narendra Modi, a political biograp The chaiwala who became the Prime minister of India : Narendra damodar das Modi -------------------------------------------------------------------- I was born in a very poor family. I used to sell tea in a railway coach as a child. My mother used to wash utensils and do lowly household work in the houses of others to earn a livelihood. I have seen poverty very closely. I have lived in poverty. As a child, my entire childhood was steeped in poverty. - Narendra Modi Narendra Modi, a political biography, is a well researched and a balanced book with solid facts on one of the most powerful Prime Minister, India, ever had until now. As very few people have direct access to meet and interview PM Modi, the Author of this book travelled with him before the 2014 Lok sabha elections, interviewed him, asked about his philosophy of life, about his early life in the RSS as a pracharak, his ups and downs in BJP, and he also discussed the infamous ''2002-Gujarat riots'' with balanced facts and figures. Narendra damodardas modi was born on 17 Sep 1950 in the town of vadnagar in gujarat. His father was a tea seller who used to sell tea at the nearby railway station and his mother was a housewife. Narendra was a very active child who enjoyed helping his father in their tea business. When he was only 8 years old he started attending the local shakhas of the Rashtriya swayamsevak sangh ( RSS ), but the man who became Modi's mentor and guide in the RSS was a man by the name of 'vakil saheb'. Young Narendra was a spiritual person who later leaved his home to find the purpose of his life. He travelled as far as Himalayas, wandered like a yogi throughout India and realized the spiritual Powers of hindustan. Modi's profile in the RSS had risen because of his underground activities during the draconian 1975 emergency in which he played a very active role. later in the year 1987 he joined the political wing of the RSS i.e. The BJP. And Because of his brilliant organizational skills and innovative thinking he was appointed by his party as the CM of Gujarat in Oct 2001, and he remained as the CM for 12 long years, and he transformed gujarat from a riot prone state to a manufacturing and industrial hub. The Author also discussed in this book about the 'Gujarat Model', and how the dynastic Congress party realized that modi was the real threat to the Congress hegemony. The language of the book is not that tough and there are several pictures of Modi in this book. I would recommend this book to those Readers who are interested in reading about the man who became the prime minister of India because of his talent and not because of his surname or family. My Ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5) I hope you like the Review, thanks for reading, Jai Hind.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adithya Jain

    The book charts out the journey of Narendra Modi from a boy in a small village in Gujarat to the post of Prime Minister of India. The author says that he has tried to be objective at every point. He has, in fact, talked about faults within the Modi model and has also talked about the successes of Modi.The book ultimately turns out to look quite supportive of Modi's model. But I have to admit that the author has stuck to facts and done a good enough job to makes it quite difficult for the Modi de The book charts out the journey of Narendra Modi from a boy in a small village in Gujarat to the post of Prime Minister of India. The author says that he has tried to be objective at every point. He has, in fact, talked about faults within the Modi model and has also talked about the successes of Modi.The book ultimately turns out to look quite supportive of Modi's model. But I have to admit that the author has stuck to facts and done a good enough job to makes it quite difficult for the Modi detractors to rubbish the book. The book talks about Modi's life from an outsider's perspective. It sometimes feels that it is more about what Modi has done than who Modi is. But there are times when the descriptions of Modi and his character are top-notch. The way the author describes Modi's relationship with his mother and father are examples of these. But I felt at the end of the book that I did not get a full description of the person who I wanted to read about. Maybe the author simply did not have the information or he chose not to put it all, I don't know. In a nut shell, it was a good read. A good summary of the most talked about politician of the decade. The book was released before Modi became PM, so the moment of Modi's success is not part of the book. The book is worth a read any day.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jay Jani

    Since I don't have much knowledge of literature, it is hard to know for me how Andy Marino's writing was so splendid in describing 21st century's one of the greatest man Narendra Modi.... best part of the book is that it covers a lot of aspects of Modi & his governance although 2002 portion is still a bit more than required.....while reading I almost felt as if I am watching a movie of an exceptional hero.... Marino has adopted a very well balanced approach and truly understands India a lot bett Since I don't have much knowledge of literature, it is hard to know for me how Andy Marino's writing was so splendid in describing 21st century's one of the greatest man Narendra Modi.... best part of the book is that it covers a lot of aspects of Modi & his governance although 2002 portion is still a bit more than required.....while reading I almost felt as if I am watching a movie of an exceptional hero.... Marino has adopted a very well balanced approach and truly understands India a lot better than many mediapersons within the country. A fabulous read but don't expect too many spices....people try to create it in Modi but there aren't many !

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anurag Gupta

    The problem with a political biography, that too Indian, is that the author doesn't paint a clear picture. The author is always biased. This book has depth, and it shows how Indian politics work. Definitely worth a read if you're interested in what happened in the last few decades of politics, and Prime Minister is a fascinating subject himself, he did rise up with his work ethic and ideology to our pm from a rebellious boy who joined rss and started his political career doing petty chores. But The problem with a political biography, that too Indian, is that the author doesn't paint a clear picture. The author is always biased. This book has depth, and it shows how Indian politics work. Definitely worth a read if you're interested in what happened in the last few decades of politics, and Prime Minister is a fascinating subject himself, he did rise up with his work ethic and ideology to our pm from a rebellious boy who joined rss and started his political career doing petty chores. But now I have to read politics from another perspective to get some balance.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    The book attempts to dispel innumerous misapprehensions about a man who was on the way to becoming the Prime Minister of India. The author makes a very strong case in favour of Modi and his actions, be it the post-Godhra incidents or development indicators of Gujrat during his stint as the Chief Minister. The narration is taut and keeps the reader hooked. Some of the quotes of Narendre Modi are quite revealing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rishi

    Andy Marino have protrayed Modi life from his early days up till now. He elaborate how Modi climbed ladder by ladder by his hardship and dedication to reach the position he is now. Very inspiring story and Worth Reading!! for Modi Fans.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Niranjan

    ‘Sahase Dhairye Laxmi’, which is an old proverb best suited to explain the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Divya Saurabh

    Fascinating read! I especially loved the first parts on early years & learning the ropes. Intertwined with history & the political scene of India in the 60s and 70s and Modi’s early education ‘on the job’ in various roles.. it makes compelling reading for anyone with an interest in history /politics of India. The latter parts of the book did seem a bit ‘pro-modi’ like, if it is truly based on facts, then it’s impressive and there’s lots that most of us don’t know even today of the person who is Fascinating read! I especially loved the first parts on early years & learning the ropes. Intertwined with history & the political scene of India in the 60s and 70s and Modi’s early education ‘on the job’ in various roles.. it makes compelling reading for anyone with an interest in history /politics of India. The latter parts of the book did seem a bit ‘pro-modi’ like, if it is truly based on facts, then it’s impressive and there’s lots that most of us don’t know even today of the person who is PM of India for 5 years now. The author has a very nice gripping writing style, it reads like a book of fiction and once started I could hardly put it down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nkmgmt

    Trying to understand high profile public persons through the media blitz is like the legend of the blind men trying to understand the elephant. Driven by an agenda, the media harps and highlights one or two most controversial episodes of the personality, even risking their own credibility in the gamble. The vilification campaign running for a decade against Modi made one to wonder how on earth such an individual became accepted by a section of his party and 25 crore people of India! That is why i Trying to understand high profile public persons through the media blitz is like the legend of the blind men trying to understand the elephant. Driven by an agenda, the media harps and highlights one or two most controversial episodes of the personality, even risking their own credibility in the gamble. The vilification campaign running for a decade against Modi made one to wonder how on earth such an individual became accepted by a section of his party and 25 crore people of India! That is why it becomes vital to have access to an unbiased biography of the public person to understand his personality. http://www.strawberrykrishnareads.com...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mukesh

    India has witnessed a prime minister after a long time who speaks.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Geeta

    I have always admired innovators and go-getters. In a country with world's second largest population, it is not easy to fight or change the system unless you are super determined. It's easy to talk big and forget about it the next morning. It is easy to want good things and positive change. But it is not easy to have the courage to stand up and work towards it, risking your own life. You have to be super driven to fix the mess with almost nil to less selfish interest. If a progressing nation (or I have always admired innovators and go-getters. In a country with world's second largest population, it is not easy to fight or change the system unless you are super determined. It's easy to talk big and forget about it the next morning. It is easy to want good things and positive change. But it is not easy to have the courage to stand up and work towards it, risking your own life. You have to be super driven to fix the mess with almost nil to less selfish interest. If a progressing nation (or progressive nation) is world's hope then that nation's government (governance :-)) is the hope of the people of that nation. This book being pro-PM, it does clarify some stance against the PM. Sometimes, it's important to keep the past as past and look at what present has to offer. It is important to understand what happened but it is more important to see the results from current strategical directions to trust that we are heading in right direction. The expectations have been set by the PM. Work is being done towards achieving the expectations. Some results are delivered. And hope is all expectations will be met with good results. Appreciate PM's good intentions and courage to bring in positive change, great leadership and dedication.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Goel Vivek

    A wonderful read and couldn't resist myself to avoid any pause despite many senior preferences and time constraints. I didn't know that much about this great personality and never did bear that much respect for him ever before. For instance, a few months back I passed by his General Election rally in Chennai and saw a huge crowd but not wished to listen or even to see him. (No hared, but due to no such great likes). Today on finishing the life story, I get even angry on myself that how foolishly I A wonderful read and couldn't resist myself to avoid any pause despite many senior preferences and time constraints. I didn't know that much about this great personality and never did bear that much respect for him ever before. For instance, a few months back I passed by his General Election rally in Chennai and saw a huge crowd but not wished to listen or even to see him. (No hared, but due to no such great likes). Today on finishing the life story, I get even angry on myself that how foolishly I wasted the opportunity that day. Well, It is a very good read as I came to known about many different tactics of Modi sir. A complete different way of thinking.. ...to provide pointers to few- "modernization without westernization", "Panchamruts- The 5 Shaktis", "Gramin/Dalit vikas mela", "Removing the poverty by empowering the poor not by - Free Food disctibution"... and many such... One more thing at last, I have read only Marino's view and depiction on Modi sir, who always defended and presented proofs in his support. So, I can't say if someone new presents a different picture with his/her views.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Prameet Kamat

    Like many of you, I have been confused about the political narrative of our country over the last year or so. Been hearing sharply polarizing views from people whose perspective I respect. Parts of the Modi narrative in particular have been inspiring and part despairing. Over the last year, have been trying to read all political books being written, gleaning bits and pieces of startling information and facts. Facts contrary to the either of the mainstream narratives in place today. One such book Like many of you, I have been confused about the political narrative of our country over the last year or so. Been hearing sharply polarizing views from people whose perspective I respect. Parts of the Modi narrative in particular have been inspiring and part despairing. Over the last year, have been trying to read all political books being written, gleaning bits and pieces of startling information and facts. Facts contrary to the either of the mainstream narratives in place today. One such book is the book by Andy Marino "Modi- a political biography". As an unbiased biography, it has no value. Its quite clearly a mouthpiece work. But that's its value, in the fact that Modi speaks. On everything that we have asked of him. He uses chronology to present the logic of his assertions. So, For a balanced view, especially for supposed liberals (who knows what that means, I barely know my lefts from my rights, forget about my centres) like me, its important to read some of these perspectives. One comforting fact, its startlingly bereft of any dogma, religious or political. I loved that. Prameet Kamat

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sudhir R

    British writer Andy Marino has come up with a fantabulous compilation... This is something you call, 'getting under the skin of a project'... The selection of words, lucid language, and the content without sermonizing or getting hagiographic is miiiind blowing... It is said that he had the chance to be with Modi for quite a sometime, and even he acknowledges the same in his preface... Yes agreed but on top of all this, to put life into your piece of work to this meticulous tune is commendable, a British writer Andy Marino has come up with a fantabulous compilation... This is something you call, 'getting under the skin of a project'... The selection of words, lucid language, and the content without sermonizing or getting hagiographic is miiiind blowing... It is said that he had the chance to be with Modi for quite a sometime, and even he acknowledges the same in his preface... Yes agreed but on top of all this, to put life into your piece of work to this meticulous tune is commendable, and is the ullage of class of a writer... And the USP is the way he holds the bearing, as the protagonist he is handling is a huge persona, who is all over the place with all his elements discussed in all forms of media and medium... This book reminds me of the film 'Gandhi' a masterpiece work on an Indian by a British film maker Sir Richard Attenborough, even today Gandhi's screenplay (By John Briley) is considered as one of the best screenplay ever written... I was really disappointed when this book got over, as I wanted to keep on reading it... Keep on reading it... Keep on reading it...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Animesh Mitra

    Fabricated Hagiography penned by a mysterious wordsmith whose background is vague. An unknown author wrote this ordered hagiography as propaganda pamphlet of RSS. BJP and VHP gave plenty of remuneration to this invisible wordsmith to authored this political hagiography with purpose to make the image of a butcher brighter, who conducted reprehensible pogrom, orchestrated abhorrent genocide, perpetrated abominable holocaust, masterminded culpable ethnic cleansing and planed contemptible riots. Mod Fabricated Hagiography penned by a mysterious wordsmith whose background is vague. An unknown author wrote this ordered hagiography as propaganda pamphlet of RSS. BJP and VHP gave plenty of remuneration to this invisible wordsmith to authored this political hagiography with purpose to make the image of a butcher brighter, who conducted reprehensible pogrom, orchestrated abhorrent genocide, perpetrated abominable holocaust, masterminded culpable ethnic cleansing and planed contemptible riots. Modi who is a despicable murderer, obnoxious killer, ignominious rioter, execrable pogromer; his hands are red with blood, with despondency, despair and cry of destitute innocents, impecunious minorities who were helpless, vulnerable and marginalized.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rhema Vaithianathan

    Great insight into India and the new Prime Minister and crucial reading since people are calling the next decade India's to lose. Shows how Modi came to power by micro-managing his image - from designing his own shirts for the campaign to white-washing the Gujarat affair. Still can't decide whether his true interests lie - whether he is really a son of the BJP and is a hindu nationalist or whether it was cynical opportunism. The answer to this question will decide India's next decade. But a well Great insight into India and the new Prime Minister and crucial reading since people are calling the next decade India's to lose. Shows how Modi came to power by micro-managing his image - from designing his own shirts for the campaign to white-washing the Gujarat affair. Still can't decide whether his true interests lie - whether he is really a son of the BJP and is a hindu nationalist or whether it was cynical opportunism. The answer to this question will decide India's next decade. But a well written and crafted biography. (Also New Zealand makes a cameo appearance when it is pointed out that even New Zealand PM got a call returned from him before Obama!).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Akshata

    I kept in mind that most biographies and auto-biographies are hagiographic, yet this book turned out to be a non-dramatic, balanced narration of the man and his motives. Marino's effort to stay neutral is evident, and in some places feels forced; but he states facts and presents the other side in all places, however briefly. It can at least be used as an index to probe further since nothing in the political arena is straightforward anyway. The fact that Marino is an outsider is the saving grace, I kept in mind that most biographies and auto-biographies are hagiographic, yet this book turned out to be a non-dramatic, balanced narration of the man and his motives. Marino's effort to stay neutral is evident, and in some places feels forced; but he states facts and presents the other side in all places, however briefly. It can at least be used as an index to probe further since nothing in the political arena is straightforward anyway. The fact that Marino is an outsider is the saving grace, he manages to see beyond deep rooted biases that any Indian might have had in writing such a book. His research is extensive and he weaves it together in a very readable form. Kept turning the page!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vivek

    Picked it up at the airport to kill time - pun not intended. The book though titled a political biography gives enough details into the mind, philosophies and principles behind the working machine that is Modi. How a village born tea seller transformed into a tech aficionado is a story worth reading. If you refrain from being selectively microscopic on Modi's career (not that you will find any fodder for preconceived opinions)- which the author has done in writing this book, you will be well inf Picked it up at the airport to kill time - pun not intended. The book though titled a political biography gives enough details into the mind, philosophies and principles behind the working machine that is Modi. How a village born tea seller transformed into a tech aficionado is a story worth reading. If you refrain from being selectively microscopic on Modi's career (not that you will find any fodder for preconceived opinions)- which the author has done in writing this book, you will be well informed about Mr. Prime Minister.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Swapna

    We needed a leader like him as much as he deserved to lead our country ! The book reinforces my view with known and not so known reasons for the same! A book about a leader with integrity, patience, foresight/vision, conviction with balance , growth-centric - innovative - open mind with equally strong implementation skills - all in all one who stands up to his name (meaning of name and historical icon with the name too!) ! Very well narrated book with analytical tone.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bredo Erichsen

    For me biographies often are to positive. And this is not an exception. Mr Modi is explained as a genius from early days. Well he has achieved a lot in Gujarat so no we follow to see what he manage in India in total. The book is worth reading while we wait for result, it is not done in some months to change India.

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