Review : Modi demystified by Ramesh Menon

The making of a prime minister
Author: Ramesh Menon

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The book Modi demystified, The making of a prime minister provides an interesting glimpse of the life of the current prime minister of India . The prime minister Narendra Modi was born on 17 September 1950 in Vadnagar, in Mehsana in Gujarat. His father Damodardas was a grocer who also ran a tea stall near Vadnagar Railway station. As a young boy, in addition to studying in at B.N high school. Due to his family’s poor financial condition, he also helped his father from a young age, serving tea to railway passengers. His oratory skills were noticed at a young age, and he liked to take part in debates and acting in plays.

Modi joined the RSS at the young age of eight in Vadnagar, and joined the Gujarat RSS headquarters in Ahmedabad in his twenties. He was noticed as a honest, sincere worker with good organizational skills. This book is useful because it gives information about the caste combination in Gujarat, the lower sections of society are KHAM (Kshytriyas, Harijans, Adivasis, Muslims) , while the upper classes are Brahmins, Banias, Patidars . As the BJP grew in India as a political party, Narendra Modi also grew in power and was made Gujarat Chief Minister in 2001.

While the progress of Gujarat in the last decade has been well documented in the media, less in known about his working style and how he managed to have a tight grip on the state when he ruled it. Unlike most politicians including his successor Anandiben Patel in Gujarat, who have accusations of nepotism against them, one of the most admired qualities of Narendra Modi, remains on how he did not let his family benefit from the great powers he had. He himself led a very disciplined life, waking up early in the morning and working till late at night. He would listen to all information the officials would provide him, and take a decision quickly. He genuinely tried to understand and solve the problems of the people. Computers and internet were used extensively in Gujarat, unlike Goa where the government websites are getting hacked repeatedly.

Compared to other politicians Narendra Modi as a chief minister had a very effective public relations machinery working for him. According to the author , he is the most image conscious politicians , and takes a lot of care to ensure that his photos are taken from the right angle. All aspects are well planned , how he will dress up, where he will talk, what will be spoken, and his brand management. For a spartan person, journalist Binoy Prabhakar wrote in economic times, that he has a personal groomer. The modi government in gujarat hired Apco worldwide a Washington based lobbying firm, to improve his image and reportedly paid the firm $25000 monthly.

In the 2014 general elections, most people were tired of the congress government due to the high levels of corruption, lack of jobs and opportunities. Realizing that people were eager for change, the BJP launched a very high profile and aggressive campaign , asking the indian electorate to vote for BJP and Narendra Modi in particular who was the prime ministerial candidate. There were few other leaders in India who had been promoted extensively like Narendra Modi, so BJP was able to win the elections with a comfortable majority and Narendra Modi became the prime minister.

The book Modi demystified, The making of a prime minister by Ramesh Menon, who worked for Times of India, India Today is a good read, because it presents a balanced view of Narendra Modi, including positive and negative aspects of Gujarat when Modi was the chief minister like development, technology, Godhra incident, encounters, Ishrat Jahan case, Muslims in the state.

Modi demystified
The making of a prime minister
Author : Ramesh Menon
First published :2014
Harper Collins Publishers