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Samrat : How the Shiv Sena Changed Mumbai Forever

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Full of anecdotes and pulling no punches, Samrat explores the life and times of Bal Thackeray and attempts to bring to the readers a unique insight into how a rather timid man from the working classes was shaped by his circumstances-and certain vested interests-into becoming a demagogue with the kind of success and following few could either dream of or replicate in the ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 2014 by HarperCollins
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Sadiq Kazi
Aug 28, 2014 Sadiq Kazi rated it liked it
Reads more like an extended version of the HT Column every Wednesday. This is less of a biography and more of an obituary to the Sena. My own take is that it is an obituary written a few years too soon. Because, the upcoming elections might just throw up a reinvented SS, and power can be an amazing panacea to everything. What is interesting about this book is an account of the milieu in which an organisation like Sena was born and thrived.
Manoj Chacko
Nov 09, 2015 Manoj Chacko rated it really liked it
Insightful details into the the making for this leader and the forces that were behind it. This is a third party 'outsider' view point and does not give any rationale of thoughts behind the slew of political flip-flops that would confuse the masses if viewed in fast forward. I am sure there could have more intriguing psychological analysis that would have been more fascinating to understand but the narrative is more from a 'reporting point of view.
This definitely take me down the memory lane an
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Vikas Datta
Jul 11, 2014 Vikas Datta rated it really liked it
Quite an insightful study into a rather murky episode of Indian politics... in fact reading it was struck by the parallels of this leader and Yasser Arafat - insofar both were charismatic leaders that ultimately condemned their supporters to a most unsustainable existence that did not presage well for their long-term future. Ms Anandan has however done a great job here in chronicling not only this political patriarch but his support from a venerable old party that has an enviable record in ...more
Annie Zaidi
Dec 11, 2014 Annie Zaidi rated it liked it
This book offers some good insights about what the political landscape of the 1980s and 1990s looked like, and some much-needed reminders about the consequences of political and moral unscrupulousness. There was much I did not know about the Shiv Sena and it's rise to power, and why people were drawn to it. Every political decision - voting for or against, joining a party even if it is headlined/bottom-lined by people you disagree with, or switching to another party - is a complex decision. ...more
Khalil
Jul 24, 2015 Khalil rated it really liked it
Decent enough insights into the history of Shiv Sena and its top leader, with possibly no competitor existing in terms of another Sena/Thakre biography
More a collection of the author's regular Sena beat columns, which then looks were edited to feel like a coherent whole.
Writing is simple, which make reading a breeze
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