Friday, March 18, 2011

Incorrect Politics..

Tavleen Singh is a famous journalist who covers national politics for newspapers like Indian Express and India Today. Political And Incorrect: The real India Warts and All, is a collection of columns she had written in last two decades, from 1987 to 2007. As it is a collection of political essays written when the actions are unfolding, the reading becomes much interesting. The changes that our country went through in two decades, from inefficient Nehruvian socialism, with licence raj and all, to Rao and Manmohan Singh's brave opening of barriers causing the uplifting of economy, the failure of every successive governments to do their basic job, governing and the inefficiency in dealing and finding any solution for our major crisis, Kashmir and imported terrorism is elaborated... 

The views expressed by the writer are very much out of politics. Her major grievance towards most of the successive governments is their disinterest to govern and wasting valuable time in trivial political matters which in no way is useful to the public who elected them, in first place. But at the same time, she condemns the government's effort to find a solution to Kashmir, which is basically a political issue, by giving them better governance. There are articles about the pseudo secularism of Congress and Leftist parties, that the author feels, is the main reason for the rise of Hindu extremism. Another point she elaborates much in these essays is the dependence on dynasty politics and the adverse effects it had and even has now on Indian subcontinent. The book asks lots of questions to politicians, media and common men on the current state of affairs. 

I would strongly recommend this book to every Indian (especially to our leaders) to know where we have faulted in past and how we can improve. 

1 comment:

  1. Most of our leaders need lessons in Governance..I heard Modi speak at India Today conclave yesterday and I was impressed. The man has opinion and solutions for real issues...unlike others who have no long term vision for the nation...Is this book by Tavleen something like Nandans Imagining India?