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CM who lives to fight another day

Naveen Patnaik has survived so long as chief minister because he knows which battles to fight and which ones to postpone for a later date

This biography of Naveen Patnaik by a respected colleague, Ruben Banerjee, is not an authorised one. As a Bhubaneswar-based reporter, Mr Banerjee was fortunate to observe Mr Patnaik at close quarters but the leader apparently did not consent to be interviewed for the book. This is not surprising. The interviews Mr Patnaik has granted in his political career (spanning more than 30 years) can be counted on the fingers of one hand. He is said to be quiet, charming, self-deprecating but ruthless in eliminating competitors and potential threats. Most political parties and their leaders tend to ...