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The story of Amit Shah’s political life, struggles, rise and triumph is little known. For a leader who is often referred to as the Chanakya of Indian politics, who has dominated India’s fast-paced and complex political stage since 2014, has altered its electoral map by leading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to successive historic victories post the May 2014 general elections, there is very little that is recorded or narrated.
Yet, the curiosity that he continues to generate, the interest that he elicits from people across the spectrum is increasing by the day. Most of what is written about Amit Shah is based on conjectures, hearsay, assumptions and biases. The real Amit Shah, the once booth-worker and now national president of the largest political party in the world, the leader who can clinically plan a sharp electoral strike and with the same precision can discuss political philosophy, the master strategist who has pushed the BJP to an organisational pinnacle and yet talks of scaling peaks, a man who is unhesitant and forceful in his stand on nationalism and on anything which concerns India’s national interest, has remained in the shadows, in the margin, self-effaced.
The story of how he expanded the BJP into a pan-Indian party and the convergence of organisational science and ideology that has made the BJP a unique and formidable political entity is a story that needs to be told.
This is an account of Amit Shah’s personal and political journey, an account of the ideological world that shaped him, an account of the party that he is leading and shaping today. It is for the first time that his story is being told—an authentic, no-holds-barred and detailed narration of one of the most influential leaders of our times.
To the political worker, to the observer, scholar and student of Indian politics as well as to the lay and interested reader who have no position but are intrigued by the unfolding of Indian politics since the summer of 2014, this book is bound to be a fascinating exploration through the political life and journey of one of its central characters.
About the authors:
Anirban Ganguly is the Director of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation (SPMRF), the think tank of the BJP. He is the National Co-In-Charge of the Library and Documentation Department of the BJP and member of the Policy Research Department of the party. He has extensively worked in the areas of public policy, political research and ideological issues.
Dr Ganguly is also a scholar of civilisation, history, politics and culture and is a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), Ministry of Human Resources Development, Member of the Governing Board of Auroville Foundation (MHRD), Member of the Visva-Bharati Samsad (Court), Santiniketan. Between 2010 and 2013 he was a Senior Fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi.
Dr Ganguly had his early education at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry, and holds a master’s degree in International Relations, a postgraduate diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism and a PhD in education from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Dr Ganguly has authored, edited and co-edited the following books, Making of New India: Transformation under Modi Government (2018), Syama Prasad Mookerjee: His Vision of Education (2017), The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India’s Foreign Policy (2016), Redefining Governance: Essays on One Year of Narendra Modi Government (2015), Swami Vivekananda, Buddha & Buddhism (2014) and Debating Culture (2013), Education: Philosophy & Practice (2011). He is a columnist with a number of leading dailies.
Shiwanand Dwivedi is a Senior Research Fellow at SPMRF. Born in Sajawon, a village in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh, he received primary education from the public-funded school of his village and completed higher education from Buddha Post Graduate College, Deen Dayal Upadhyay University, where he showed his keen interest in reading and writing on issues of national importance. He is a prolific author, writing regularly in Hindi on topics related to politics, democracy and social-economy in reputed newspapers and magazines.
Dwivedi has edited the book Parivartan Ki Ore which was published after the completion of two and a half years of the Modi government. He recently edited the book Naye Bharat Ki Ore on the completion of the five-year term of the BJP government.