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Book Review: Truth & Dare – The Modi Dynamic by Sanju Verma

Post the Loksabha Elections 2014, many books have been written on our current Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi (popularly known as Modiji and NaMo). His popularity is always on the rise, owing to his great work done for the country since the 2014 Loksabha elections. Well, the point is that many books that have been talking about him ‘in and out’, do not feature his work credibility in facts and stats, or say with proper detailing and depth. Those books were read by millions, but somehow sounded shallow, and wanted to take the advantage of ‘Modi Wave.’

Well, today we are discussing a book that came just two months before the Loksabha Elections 2019. It not only predicted that Modi-led BJP would be back in the power with over 300 seats but also highlighted the work done by Modi dispensation in last 4 to 5 years. Its name is ‘Truth & Dare – The Modi Dynamic’ by Sanju Verma.

The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 – Modinomics Unplugged, and Part 2 – The Meteoric Rise of the BJP under Amit Shah. The first part is mainly about Modi’s Economy – also known as Modinomics – full of facts and stats. This section stretches up to eighteen chapters. This part is an eye opener for the people with little or no knowledge about Modi-led BJP’s work towards the nation building. Sanju Verma has scored high on Modi’s credibility by starting the book with ‘The Vibrant Gujarat Model of Development’. Gujarat Model is often talked about, and in fact based on the same, people of India chose Narendra Modi as their PM twice. How was Gujarat during the rule of corrupt Congress and how did it do so well under Modi tenure is an example that talks itself.

As you delve deep, your familiarity with Modiji’s schemes and programs will grow better. The core aim of Modinomics is to uplift the poor to a good standard of living, business, thinking, health, and so on. Understanding the running schemes like Standup India, Startup India, Make in India, DBT is easy through the narration, as its credibility is backed by raw and real stats and facts.

The author has superbly compared Modi’s tenure vs. the previous two back to back tenures of UPA, then nothing was in the channel, all was in mess, because then the PM was more of a puppet than a political figure. Yes, many would find the author has done too much comparison with the last two governments of Congress-led UPA. But it was important to note the difference the BJP-led government is bringing in the current times.

Other than schemes to uplift poor and middle class section, the book also, in the first part, talks about Aadhar and DBT benefit, how GDP is calculated using the new base years, and many more aspects like Ayushman Bharat, and Digital India. The achievements that have been highlighted through this book sound true post the 23 May Election Results. NaMo is the most powerful PM in the history of democratic India, and the way he is steering India towards a different and successful league of nations is commendable. There has a lot of Economics used in the book, but it was need of the hour to make readers understand that the nation is into safe and right hands, as compared to dynasty politicians.

The second part of the book talks about the meteoric rise of Amit Shah, who is one of the most influencing politicians of today. The author, in short, has honestly covered his background and the kind of challenges he took up in states like Gujarat and UP to seal the presence of BJP. Next, important aspect of the book in the second part is ‘The Failed Amethi Model’. Amethi was ruled by Congress leaders for around 30 years but even today it has roads filled with pat holes and sumps. Why did it fail – because of lack of political will or say due to dynasty politics. Comparing Gujarat and Amethi model, you will get to know why the presence of BJP is spreading robustly across the country, while Congress is on the verge of extinction. Results speak louder than words, and it worked for Modi-Shah duo.     

Though there are only 225 pages to relish, however the gamut of knowledge and information this book doles out is way greater any other media coverage. Also, there has been a lot of buzz about exit polls, but do you know the fact that this book, which was released on 20 March, 2019, already predicted that BJP was going to win over 300 seats. It was true to the point. This shows that Sanju Verma has great acumen about politics, and of course she knows all the Modinomics like a pro.

There is a lot to learn from this book with regard to good politics and economics.  The discussion from the book does not end here; rather there is a lot to discover about BJP’s 5-year work sheet.  Grab it fast – this book is for all – be it opposition or Modi fans – or corrupt media.


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