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India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears by Ravi Velloor (review)

India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears by Ravi Velloor (review) Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 2 (2016), pp. 315–17 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-2h © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears. By Ravi Velloor. Singapore: Straits Times Press, 2016. Softcover: 368pp. India Rising is a deft chronicle of India during 2004–14, an eventful decade marked by several major developments in Indian politics. During this period, the left-centre United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ruled India. The decade which started with the unexpected victory of the Congress-led UPA, went on to become a “Dysfunctional Diarchy”, with executive power split between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born widow of Rajiv Gandhi. As the Chairperson of the UPA coordination committee and President of the Congress party, she firmly controlled the levers of power. The book ends with the decimation of the Congress party in the general elections of 2014 in which the Congress failed to secure enough seats in the Lok Sabha to formally claim the title of the official opposition. With a gripping narrative style and innovative design, the book is an exciting addition to new writing on India, by an ace journalist with privileged access to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears by Ravi Velloor (review)


Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 2 (2016), pp. 315–17 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-2h © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears. By Ravi Velloor. Singapore: Straits Times Press, 2016. Softcover: 368pp. India Rising is a deft chronicle of India during 2004–14, an eventful decade marked by several major developments in Indian politics. During this period, the left-centre United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ruled India. The decade which started with the unexpected victory of the Congress-led UPA, went on to become a “Dysfunctional Diarchy”, with executive power split between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born widow of Rajiv Gandhi. As the Chairperson of the UPA coordination committee and President of the Congress party, she firmly controlled the levers of power. The book ends with the decimation of the Congress party in the general elections of 2014 in which the Congress failed to secure enough seats in the Lok Sabha to formally claim the title of the official opposition. With a gripping narrative style and innovative design, the book is an exciting addition to new writing on India, by an ace journalist with privileged access to the seats of power and scenes of action, crucial to the narrative. Velloor’s selection of the salient facts of the decade — adroitly chronicled in a precise timeline (pp. 31–33) — shows a fine balance of the UPA at its most effective and at its nadir. There were moments of glory for the UPA such as the opening of the “first bus service in 60 years between Srinagar, capital of Jammu and Kashmir, and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir” in 2005 (p. 30), the signing of the civilian nuclear cooperation agreement between the...
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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 2 (2016), pp. 315–17 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-2h © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears. By Ravi Velloor. Singapore: Straits Times Press, 2016. Softcover: 368pp. India Rising is a deft chronicle of India during 2004–14, an eventful decade marked by several major developments in Indian politics. During this period, the left-centre United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ruled India. The decade which started with the unexpected victory of the Congress-led UPA, went on to become a “Dysfunctional Diarchy”, with executive power split between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born widow of Rajiv Gandhi. As the Chairperson of the UPA coordination committee and President of the Congress party, she firmly controlled the levers of power. The book ends with the decimation of the Congress party in the general elections of 2014 in which the Congress failed to secure enough seats in the Lok Sabha to formally claim the title of the official opposition. With a gripping narrative style and innovative design, the book is an exciting addition to new writing on India, by an ace journalist with privileged access to the

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Published: Aug 13, 2016

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