Mandate : Will of the People by Vir Sanghvi is 156 pages long and that is both the best and worst thing about this book.
I may never agreed to read and review this book if it was a big book, especially considering that most of non-fiction acts like sleeping pills for me. The small size is the USP of this book, that prompts even non-bookish people who wants a concise version of recent Indian political history to pick this one up. But when I started reading this one and wanted to know more about the incidents described in this book, I realized that it is a major drawback too.
Mandate talks about India between 1971 to 2014 and there is no credible explanation why he choose not to tell about Indian politics before 1971. I assume he wanted to stick mostly to the events that happened during his journalistic career. Vir Sanghvi talks about the major turning points or events in the Indian political scenario – the rise of Indira Gandhi, the Emergency, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the emergence of Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, the Babri Masjid demolition, the Godhra riots etc until the ascension of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mandate delivers what it promised. A take on the Indian political scenario in the past 40 years written concisely in 150 pages. I did feel the craving for more information while reading certain sections, but then that is beyond the scope of what Vir Sanghvi intended to do.
This book might be as unbiased as it ever can be, and this is very important in the times when mainstream media houses are accused of being biased to a certain political party. But then you never know. Nevertheless I enjoyed reading every page of this book and the knowledge that I gained about Indian political history is just great.
I recommend this book to all the people who are interested in Indian history and don’t want to read long books.
Release: February 2015
Publisher: Westland Publishers
Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through Writers Melon, but the opinions are my own.