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On 23 May 2019, when the results of the general elections were announced, Narendra Modi and the BJP-led NDA coalition were voted back to power with an overwhelming majority. To some, the numbers of Modi's victory came as something of a surprise; for others, the BJP's triumph was a vindication of their belief in the government and its policies. 

Irrespective of one's political standpoint, one thing was beyond dispute: this was a landmark verdict, one that deserved to be reported and analysed with intelligence - and without bias. Rajdeep Sardesai's new book, 2019: How Modi Won India, does just that. What was it that gave Modi an edge over the opposition for the second time in five years? How was the BJP able to trounce its rivals in states that were once Congress bastions? What was the core issue in the election: a development agenda or national pride? 

As he relives the excitement of the many twists and turns that took place over the last five years, culminating in the 2019 election results, Rajdeep helps the listener make sense of the contours and characteristics of a rapidly changing India, its politics and its newsmakers. If the 2014 elections changed India, 2019 may well have defined what 'new India' is likely to be all about. 2019: How Modi Won India takes a look at that fascinating story, which is still developing.

©2019 Rajdeep Sardesai (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Gives you a deep understanding of Indian politics

If you want to go behind the scenes and really understand what makes the world's largest democracy tick, this book is it. You have to have some basic knowledge of Indian politics as this book assumes you are at intermediate or advanced level. There are chapters where Sardesai could have given the reader a bird's eye view rather than the detailed statistics (i struggled to stay awake at these points) but the subject matter is very interesting.
I think Sardesai has been quite unbiassed even though it is clear that Modi now has an antagonistic relationship with him.
The sheer depth of what the Modi Shah duo have achieved is well documented here. Overall a great chronicle on Indian politics.

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  • 01-18-22

Average book with misguiding title

Unfortunately, this book reads more as an apologia for Congress and Rahul Gandhi rather than the reasons behind BJP’s win. Should have been titled ’Why did Congress lose 2019’.

Much of the information about BJP is based on hearsay, which is disappointing.

Will serve those better, who are new to Indian politics and need a high level summary of the workings of different parties and personalities.

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