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  • For a quarter of a century, Ruchir Sharma has been doing in India what political pundits should have done in the US, UK and France to understand Donald Trump, Brexit and the gilets jaunes protestors: he has left the big cities and listened to voters in the mofussil or provincial parts of the subcontinent. ... Above all, the trips allowed Sharma to predict and understand the rise of the Bharatiya Janata party's charismatic Narendra Modi, the collapse and later revival of the Congress party under the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, and the enduring influence of regional politicians such as Nitish Kumar in Bihar and the late J Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu

    Victor Mallet, Financial Times
  • Sharma's account of his travels offers a fascinating insight into the quixotic characters populating India's political landscape. Along the way, we meet mavericks and ministers, holy men and hoaxers. Sharma is a diligent, informed and sympathetic guide

    Oliver Balch, Prospect
  • A high-speed, breezy drive through two decades of electoral politics

    Menaka Doshi, Bloomberg
  • An immediate must-read. A definitive one-volume on the modern India

    Tom Keene, Bloomberg's Editor-at-large
  • Packed with nuance and detail of the many Indias that make India

    Vogue

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