by Vijaya Scundia
About the book: This is a description of contemporary India and some of its recent history in the form of an autobiography. Rajmata Scindia is a member of the Indian Parliament. As a maharani she had thousands of servants and several enormous palaces. Since Independence, which marked the end of the supremacy of the Maharajas, she has emerged as one of India’s most popular political leaders, first with the Congress party and now with the opposition. Her appeal to the masses, who see her as an image of Mother India, amazes both her admirers and her critics.
by Katherine Frank
About the book: The definitive and first non-partisan biography of one of the most formidable political figures of the twentieth century (voted Woman of the Millennium in a BBC poll, 2000)
by Nayantara Sahgal
About the book: How did Indira Gandhi reach the pinnacle of Indian politics? Did India move away from freedom under her leadership? What kind of woman was she? Indira Gandhi made unorthodox use of power and possessed a highly individual style of functioning. In this book, Nayantara Sahgal persuasively argues that authoritarianism was the inevitable outcome of Indira's personality and temperament. Her leadership marked a drastic break with the democratic tradition of her family and Indian politics. During her regime, the political landscape of India underwent profound changes. The Emergency of 1975 - 77 was used to promote her son Sanjay as her ultimate successor. The entry of her elder son. Rajiv, onto politics after Sanjay's death, and his immediate political prominence showcased Indira's essential belief in her family's right to rule. Nayantara Sahgal's personal knowledge of her cousin, in combination with her unparalleled access to letters exchanged within the Nehru family, makes for a striking and insightful analysis of Indira's tryst with political power and an unusually penetrating psychological and political portrait from an intimate family viewpoint. Praise for Nayantara Sahgal 'Her writing is . . . thoughtful and intelligent.' Shashi Tharoor 'She is brilliant . . . complex and questioning.' Pearl S. Buck
by Ajoy Bose
About the book: This revised edition of Behenji, first published in 2008, examines Mayawati’s record as chief minister since 2007. It pinpoints the reasons behind the BSP’s poor performance in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, her return to the Dalit agenda prior to the 2012 assembly elections, as well as its surprising results. Also scrutinized are Mayawati’s performance as a dalit leader and administrator, besides the rampant corruption and failure of her social engineering project during these years. Though no longer likely to become prime minister, the author sees Mayawati playing a pivotal role in UP, and, indeed, Indian politics post the 2014 elections.
by Rani Singh
About the book: Sonia Gandhi's story represents the greatest transformational journey made by any world leader in the last four decades. Circumstance and tragedy, rather than ambition, paved her path to power. Born into a traditional, middle-class Italian family, Sonia met and fell in love with Rajiv Gandhi, son of future Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, while studying English in Cambridge. Cruelly tested by the assassinations of her mother-in-law and of her husband, Sonia grew into a strong, authoritative but always private figure, now president of a coalition ruling over a billion people in the world's largest democracy. Through exclusive interviews with members of Sonia's party, political opponents and family friends, Rani Singh casts new light on Sonia. In the first mainstream biography of this inspirational figure, the author's compelling narrative retraces the path of the brave and beautiful Sonia Gandhi, examining what her life and legacy mean for India.
by Mamata Banerjee
About the book: This is India's first English translation of Mamata Banerjee's memoirs. Based on her previous writings in Bengali, this succint account spans through her life, right from her youth to her political career. Her humble upbringing comes to the forefront as she expresses her innate desire to nurture her political career with her values. A journey into the life of one of India's most renowned politicians, this memoir is poignant and forthright account of her trials and tribulations, which have inevitably contributed to both her personality and her role as a politician.
by Monobina Gupta
About the book: A timely biography of the woman who defeated the longest-serving communist government in the world Mamata Banerjee is many things to many people - to some she is a 'performer' on the stage of Indian politics; to others she is a spirited woman who made it despite having no male patrons, a leader who was tested to the limit and emerged on top. If she is adored as the quintessential woman next door who has none of the airs that mark Indian politicians, she is as strongly derided for her 'theatricality' and rhetoric. But everyone agrees that she is a fighter who never gives up. Overcoming severe odds to challenge three decades of Marxist rule in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, 'Didi' to the young and old, came up trumps to become the first woman chief minister of West Bengal. But her real challenge begins now. Will she be able to end the culture of violence and regenerate West Bengal economically and politically? Will she be able to go beyond being a rabble-rouser to become a sagacious and visionary leader? Or will her party follow in the footsteps of the CPI(M), dragging the state deeper into the abyss it has fallen into? In Didi, Monobina Gupta brings her experience as journalist and commentator on politics in the state of West Bengal to paint a fascinating portrait of one of the most important political figures in India today.