Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Fwd: Tavleen Singh’s Latest Book Is A Scathing Denouncement Of The Nehru-Gandhis

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From: S G Naravane 

Sandipan Deb - June 7, 2016, 4:18 pm
The one thing about Tavleen Singh that both her admirers and detractors would agree on is that she never pulls her punches. Not for her, the clever balancing act that characterises Lutyens Delhi mediapersons, columns that end with that cop-out phrase "only time will tell", and timidity masquerading as "nuance". Singh never shies away from calling a spade a shovel.

This is an angry book—a damning indictment of our political class, our governance systems, and our bureaucracy, from the smug mandarins in our capital to the corrupt clerks in the "other" (read "real") India. Above all, it is a scathing denouncement of the Nehru-Gandhis, who have ruled the country—either directly, or by proxy—for 45 of the 69 years since Independence. "India's 'tryst with destiny'," Singh writes, "could more appropriately have been called India's tryst with dynasty." Her condemnation of Sonia Gandhi is so harsh that, reading the book, one could think that she has some- thing personal against this Italian-born lady who was "de facto Prime Minister of India" for 10 years: "Power without accountability (has) always been the leitmotif of her life in India."
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