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The many faces of Vajpayee

A biography of India's first non-Congress PM to serve a full term offers an insightful and engrossing narrative

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Suhit Kelkar
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Author: Sagarika Ghose
Publisher: Juggernaut
Pages: 432 
Price: Rs 799

In recent years, we have been seeing a number of high-profile releases of biographies of politicians associated with the Sangh Parivar. These books seem to stake their subject’s claim to uncle-of-the-nationhood, as if to offer Sanghi alternatives to the Gandhi-Nehrus. In so doing, it’s not that facts are always massaged; more usually, calamitous actions are made palatable through generous and glowing interpretations of motives or contexts. The idea, I suppose, is to write an Indian historical narrative that is, if not entirely Congress-mukt, at least one in which Congress figures are diminished

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First Published: Feb 18 2022 | 11:25 PM IST

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