Rajdeep Sardesai Releases His Book '2019: How Modi Won India'

Published by Harper Collins India, the book talks about the elections of 2019 and the factors that led to the landslide victory.

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Acclaimed journalist Rajdeep Sardesai released his book '2019: How Modi Won India' at National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) on Monday, January 13, 2020. Published by Harper Collins India, Rajdeep Sardesai has penned about what was it that gave Modi an edge over the opposition for the second time in five years? How was the BJP able to trounce its rivals in states that were once Congress bastions? What was the core issue in the election: a development agenda or national pride?

As he relives the excitement of the many twists and turns that took place over the last five years, culminating in the 2019 election results, Rajdeep helps the reader make sense of the contours and characteristics of a rapidly changing India, its politics and its newsmakers. If the 2014 elections changed India, 2019 may well have defined what 'new India' is likely to be all about. 2019: How Modi Won India takes a look at that fascinating story, which is still developing.

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The release of the book was a perfect ground for debates and discussions over the topic. Padma Shri awardee Sardesai compared Modi to Indira Gandhi. Talking about Narendra Modi's campaign Sardesai said, 

Modi's campaign was all about mandal, mandir and market. Mandal is reservation wherein he gathered the dalit votes. The market was his idea of 'New Aspirations in India'. The mandir factor is known to all. Owing to his policies, not just nationalism but 'religious' nationalism has got mainstream.

He further said, "Post 2011, after Anna Hazare's movement when people were against corruption, Modi came out as a hero. He was just the right man in the right place".   

On a lighter note, Rajdeep Sardesai revealed that he is in pro-BJP WhatsApp group on a pseudonym to see how the BJP IT cell tries to lure in people and witness their discussion.  

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