Need For Quality Books About Indian Politics
I just finished reading Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward and started reading State of Denial by the same author. The book Plan of Attack gives the reader a detailed account of how President Bush and his allies planned and executed the ouster of Saddam Hussein. I am not sure how much of Bob’s account is true but for me, reading that book gave me an idea about how the American democracy works. It gave me a picture of a typical day of various administrators under President Bush. It also shows us the amount of work the elected representatives carry out in the form of meetings/discussion before important policy decisions are made. These kinds of books also help the readers to judge their leaders and decide for themselves if they are making right decisions.
I read Against All Enemies written by Richard Clarke, who served as the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter terrorism under President Clinton and President Bush. In this book he narrates in detail what happened in Washington following 9/11 terrorist attack in the US. Various meetings/strategies, policy changes following 9/11 are described in this book. A common US citizen can understand what actions their Government took when their nation faced a great danger.
I have been reading a hell lot of books about current affairs of US lately. I am more interested in reading such books about India. I am yet to find a good book similar to few I read about US. I am very much interested what, then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao and his cabinet colleagues did before and after Babri Masjid was demolished. I like to know if they discharged their duties correctly and judiciously during the time of crisis? I like to know about the detail discussion then Prime Minister Vajpayee and his cabinet colleagues had when India was fighting a war in Kargil against Pakistan. Can I find a book similar to Against All Enemies which describes how Indian executive executed the plan for defeating Pakistan in Kargil war? I am yet to find a good book on these topics.
Again in May 2004, when then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee lost the confidence vote on the floor of the Lok Sabha by 1 vote I am sure lot of political maneuvering might have taken place behind the scenes. If such a thing has happened in US, the whole world could have read about all the political dramas that had taken place through 100’s of books that might have been published and few could have become best sellers also. If such kinds of books are published with the same frequency in India as in the US then we could know the dirty politics played by our politicians to stay in power.
I believe such kinds of books are very much necessary. Now if an American interested in knowing how the various Presidents have carried out their responsibilities he has tons of books to refer to, but what about the situation in India. Most Americans know what is a typical day of their President. How many of us know what a typical day of Indian Prime Minister is like?
I use to think why there is less number of books about current affairs/public figures in India? It is not because we don’t have good writers. I feel majority of Indians are not interested in going in depth about the various political issues. Majority of Indians feel that politics and politicians are dirty and they don’t want to know much about them and their policies. They fail to understand that various decisions taken by their leaders are going to have a direct impact on their lives. Publication of various books/articles helps the common people to understand how our leaders make decisions and if they have made the correct decisions.
QUALITY BOOKS ON CURRENT AFFAIRS HELP US TO UNDERSTAND OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM BETTER