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Book review of The Lotus Years: Political Life in India in the Time of Rajiv Gandhi

Aditi Phadnis 

Every time they sit down to write a story, political reporters are beset by two gnawing anxieties: Whether their version of events is accurate and not slanted even unconsciously in favour of x or y source; and how much to say — and not say.

A lot of what you know cannot be written (those two silly clauses, Section 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code governing defamation, you know) and as a result, a huge amount of information goes unreported. Ashwini Bhatnagar’s book on Rajiv Gandhi, because of his enormous depth and breadth of knowledge about politics in the Congress, ...

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First Published: Fri, March 27 2020. 01:52 IST
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