Rasheed Kidwai on the defining figures of Indian politics | Books Podcast

Rasheed Kidwai talks to us about his recent book, which brings an interesting mix of figures from Indian politics, some well known and some forgotten

Rasheed Kidwai talks to us about his recent book, which brings an interesting mix of figures from Indian politics, some well known and some forgotten

IIn this episode of On Book Podcast with The Hindu, we are joined by veteran journalist Rasheed Kidwai, author of “Leaders, Politicians, Citizens – Fifty Figures Who Influenced India’s Politics”. Mr. Kidwai has been a journalist for more than three decades while writing political columns for several publications. He is also a visiting scholar at the Observer Research Foundation. This book is an unusual anthology of public figures and Mr. Kidwai goes beyond the usual cradle-to-grave narrative. He unearths their whims, their fears, their insecurities, their ambitions and their disappointments. From a fascinating account the astrologer held, Chandraswami had on international leaders, including former UK Prime Minister Margret Thatcher, to India’s quirky political strategist Arun Nehru, the book brings an interesting mix of characters, some well known and a few. the forgotten.

Guest: Rasheed Kidwai, journalist and author of “Leaders, Politicians, Citizens – Fifty Figures Who Influenced India’s Politics”

Host: Sobhana K. Nair

Edited by Ranjani Srinivasan

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