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The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh

The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh

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The book, 'Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh' has been written by Sanjaya Baru. He was appointed as the media advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. The book provides a slight peep inside the Indian political life and is a visual description of the Manmohan Singh era in Indian politics.

Summary of the book

Dr. Manmohan Singh offered, Sanjaya Baru a job with the words, 'Sitting here I know I will be isolated from the outside world. I want you to be my eyes and ears. Tell me what you think I should know, without fear or favour". The book lists all the incidents and experiences of Dr. Manmohan Singh' during his tenure as the Prime minister of India.

The book is Sanjaya Baru's account of what it was like to 'manage' the public opinion for Dr. Singh on one hand, and on the other, provide a very enthralling look at the Indian politics, which took place behind the curtains. The author was the spin doctor and a trusted advisor for the Prime Minister, for a period of four years in a row. He often noticed the situations when Dr. Manmohan Singh had a tough time with his ministers and his careful equation with Sonia Gandhi. The book also provides a narration of how Dr. Manmohan Singh handled the bigger crises, right from managing the Left to pushing through the nuclear deal.

The book provides a bird's eye view of what it was like for Dr. Singh to work in a government which had two centres of power. The entire book is very insightful, acute and completely laden up with lots of political gossip. The author was a great admirer of Dr. Manmohan Singh and was truly delighted on being given the opportunity to help the man he admired the most in Indian politics.

Dr. Singh envisioned the author to become the eyes and the ears of the prime minister and the self-appointed 'conscience-keeper' proved himself as one. He observed a huge transformation of Dr. Manmohan Singh from being a technocrat to a politician.

Reviews of the book

The book 'Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh 'has received a mixed response from the general public. While some people believe that Dr Manmohan Singh did not fulfil his responsibilities as the Prime Minister, there are others who felt quite empathetic towards him, especially after reading the book.

The book clearly shows how the prime minister was under a great deal of stress and pressure. His role was clearly downplayed and the ruling party always praised the efforts of the Gandhi family and not of the PM. Towards the end of the book, one does feel bad for Dr. Manmohan Singh, and realize that he worked tirelessly and silently for the country without receiving any appreciation from anyone.

About the author

Before writing the book, Sanjaya Baru was the chief editor of the Financial Times. He is well known as an Indian political commentator, and a policy analyst.

Product Details
Language English
Publication Date April 11, 2014
Publisher Penguin Books Limited
Contributor(s) Sanjaya Baru
Binding Hardcover
Edition 2014
Page Count 320
ISBN 10 0670086746
ISBN 13 9780670086740
Dimensions and Weight
Product Dimensions 23.5 cm x 3 cm x 15.8 cm
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  1.  Why the UPA lost the election 13 June, 2014 On
    I had prebooked this book before the election. And the book arrived if I am not wrong on the day of its actual release. The packing was quite adequate and the book was off the shelf condition.

    Regarding the book Baru has done a reasonably good job of telling us what he saw and heard during his time in the PMO. We also get to know of some of the hidden and unseen aspects of national politics like how politicians try to manipulate news to their desire.

    While it is not a page turner it is a good but slow read.
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  2.  Very interesting account on an insider's view of the PMO 24 August, 2014 On
    This is a very interesting book discussing at length how the PMO worked during UPA1. It is clear that Sanjay very rightly holds Dr. Manmohan Singh in high esteem as do all of us. However the book does not shy away from highlighting various loopholes and drawbacks in PM Manmohan singh's primeministership. I would highly recommend this book to anyone curious about learning the functioning of the UPA government.
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  3.  osome book 16 April, 2014 On
    this book show about the happnigs of government . this book is good i would say every body should read this book . the writer had written all the details how Dr manmohan singh became prime minister and how all the scams happen .all the details of spams are given .
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     Book Review | The Accidental Prime Minister 2 June, 2014 On
    Excellent Minister Manmohan Singh when mentioned he considered that record can be gentler to help them in comparison with modern-day marketing. He doesn't have to hold back regarding historians. His or her erstwhile marketing agent Sanjaya Baru features published a new guide that isn't solely sort to help Singh nevertheless is effusive throughout its compliments regarding them. This Unintentional Excellent Minister: This Producing and also Unmaking associated with Manmohan Singh is simply by layout a new guide intended to repair this trustworthiness of India’s 13th Excellent Minister.
    From fiscal policymaking to help stopping India’s nuclear apartheid, Baru will find simply no mistake along with Singh. In the author’s sight, Singh’s primary innings (2004-09) seemed to be excellent; the 2nd around, beginning 2009—by which usually period Baru experienced quit this Excellent Minister’s Office—was packed with problems regarding Singh.
    Unwittingly, even so, this Manmohan Singh who comes forth within the guide is in a large remove through the observed graphic of the apolitical and also tactically naïve head who stumbled this perfect minister’s task inadvertently. Baru isn't going to say and so immediately nevertheless includes enough ideas, dispersed all over the guide, that display Singh within a different lighting.
    A couple are usually value writing: Singh’s mind-set and also reaction to file corruption error and also the unwillingness or maybe incapability to quit because perfect minister in the right period. Each shown fatal to help the graphic.
    Look at file corruption error primary. Singh’s reticence to help take on the erring acquaintances is just not a program associated with the politics disadvantages nevertheless among particular choice.
    “Dr Singh’s general mind-set in the direction of file corruption error in public areas living, which usually acquired by way of the career throughout govt, seemed to me to get he could themselves conserve the maximum requirements associated with probity in public areas living, nevertheless may not demand this specific about people, ” Baru publishes articles within the guide. (p84)
    In the event that it is correct, the item makes clear a great deal concerning the nature associated with file corruption error throughout the govt. This mind-set that Baru ascribes to help Singh is one particular fitted to a new municipal servant—detached and also aloof—but one which is unsuitable for the scalp associated with govt. While later on situations demonstrated, it was file corruption error that struck this United Modern Alliance’s (UPA) accomplishments the most. Singh’s passivity seemed to be definitely a reason why the challenge purchased this sort of harmful proportions.
    The 2nd individuality characteristic, the incapability to quit when he jogged in rough politics weather is just as difficult. Throughout UPA-1, Singh effectively utilised this risk associated with resignation to get the India-US municipal nuclear deal removed previous a new sceptical Our lawmakers control. One particular reason why that risk worked well seemed to be this lack of a new next rung head who can control if Singh quit. Through UPA-2, that problem ended up obviated: Rahul Gandhi seemed to be on the horizon. At the time, along with one particular crisis immediately after yet another hitting the govt, Singh withdrew the give. Following your nuclear deal, he certainly not endangered to help step down.
    It truly is challenging never to determine that Singh utilised this risk to help step down as a arranged unit. But getting utilised the item when, he understood it would not perform again.
    Baru improves this query nevertheless decides to shield the grasp. “Should he have got resigned in the primary whiff associated with scandal, having moral obligation with the file corruption error associated with people, rather than shielding the federal government? Maybe. Might he have got resigned? Maybe not. This celebration could have hounded them regarding ‘letting the item down’. It'd have got next offender them associated with wanting to occupy this substantial moral ground and also giving up throughout theory to stop staying sacked regarding not ‘delivering this goods’. In the event the indy you are using turns into a new wagering action it is tough to help dismount, ” Baru publishes articles (p281). This can be activities like an adroit defence.
    Had Singh quit when factors started choosing a flip with the more painful, the celebration as well as control could come in problems rather than Singh. But he thought i would remain about right up until the celebration reached believe he seemed to be a new liability. This author from the Unintentional Excellent Minister features a lot of this sort of details when Singh can have consumed choosing one to visit. Baru comes to an end simply by featuring how Singh willingly opt for different training.
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