By Shekhar Gupta
Looking ahead to India: the simplest Of nationwide curiosity is a set of themes mentioned less than renowned columnist Shekhar Gupta’s, nationwide curiosity. nationwide curiosity is a weekly column within the Indian convey that he writes. This ebook supplies readers a sneak peek on the altering face of Indian politics, and different nationwide matters that happened over the last 20 years. It offers those occasions as they've got seemed within the columns, and during the phrases of the specialist author, Shekhar Gupta.
Shekar in the beginning all started writing nationwide curiosity within the 12 months 1997, starting with a sarcastic dig on Sitaram Kesri and his pursuits. seeing that then, this column won attractiveness, and Shekhar via his writing, persevered to carry out the truth and fact at the back of delicate concerns. Shekar’s remarkable writing talents of dissecting the proof, to arrive the guts of the problem has won him a wide readership. overlaying a number of subject matters, from the ruling and situation of the Congress, to Modi’s upward push as a pace-setter, and from the Girhotra’s case to the most recent Delhi gangrape, this e-book portrays India in its real feel and courses the reader in figuring out the rustic.
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