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  1. 5 out of 5

    Da

    First up, I am a Modi supporter. And people, whether they are pro or anti-Modi, would want to believe what they want to believe. On the riots and demonization of Modi - I distinctly remember the heart wrenching image of Ansari pleading with folded hands for his life, splashed on all major newspapers (I definitely remember seeing it in The Hindu) during the riots period. I did put in some effort to gut my heart into reading the human rights watch report (http://www.hrw.org/reports/2002/india...) b First up, I am a Modi supporter. And people, whether they are pro or anti-Modi, would want to believe what they want to believe. On the riots and demonization of Modi - I distinctly remember the heart wrenching image of Ansari pleading with folded hands for his life, splashed on all major newspapers (I definitely remember seeing it in The Hindu) during the riots period. I did put in some effort to gut my heart into reading the human rights watch report (http://www.hrw.org/reports/2002/india...) but couldn't read beyond the first few pages. And yes, I watched the Rajdeeps and Barkhas of the world standing up for the cause of the affected communities and believed them. But what did happen over a period of time is, the more noise people made, the more I started thinking if all of this is just one big propaganda. Is it just a TRP game, or is it something bigger than that? I am big fan of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's oratorical skills, his conviction and deeds as a leader and hence became a supporter of BJP. And then, I did come across a few news articles on development in Gujarat under Modi's leadership. There is something really quite about the good work (which is now coming to light) that Modi has been doing. 2001 was one of the worst year's in Gujarat's history when a massive earthquake (apparently equivalent to 300 Hiroshima bombs) rattled the lives and economy of the state. 20,000 people lost their lives. 2002 was the riot year, in which about 1000+ lost lives. The impact of the earthquake, a natural calamity which unfortunately cannot be attributed to Modi, has sent Gujarat back several years. What was surprising is - the humungous amount of work that is required to build the economy back, heal wounds of various communities that has been rattled by the natural calamity and the riots in the next year - is not covered with the same vigor, scrutiny, prudence as that of the 'puppy' remark (which was again quoted out of context and heavily misinterpreted), not apologizing for the riots etc by the secular / 'secular' media. I recently came across 3 separate instances and these are first hand accounts, not of people who live in Gujarat but people who have visited Gujarat. One of them went to the border areas in Great Rann of Kutch. He spent two weeks staying there and interacted with the BSF folks posted there. One of the things that army folks said was, a decade back, they used to get a tanker lorry that supplies water once a week. Most of the days, they used to take papers for basic human needs everyday. Water, Electricity was a scarcity. Today, there is 24/7 water supply and electricity. Another friend, who has an interesting background - a Kashmiri Pandit whose parents had to leave the valley decades back, was in Gujarat for a short time. The roads and infrastructure (public transport), safety for women, etc were much better in Gujarat than any other state he has lived / visited. He underlined the fact that his wife felt a lot more safer while staying in Gujarat than any other city they visited. These can be dissed as anecdotal evidence, but there are many such anecdotal evidences that are emerging slowly in the high decibel media world today. There are many verifiable claims that are placed in this book, on the steps taken by Modi to rebuild Gujarat. If not for his leadership - Gujarat coming out of the massive earthquake and riots would have been caught in a vicious downward spiral. I personally feel holding the state board examination and panchayat elections soon after the riots despite severe opposition is the defining moments of Modi transforming from a BJP karyakartha to a strong leader. The ferocious attacks by different leaders and media houses that has been amplified multiple times in the last 12-18 months made me gravitate more and more towards Modi. Something needs to be either seriously wrong OR absolutely right about this man for people to hate him so much. The clinching moment was when he said to one of the news channel when they were asking for apology - Why need an apology? If I am guilty, hang me - and he said it very forcefully, with a lot of conviction (Give me a punishment that will send out a message to 100 crore Indians that will prevent this kind of incident happening in the next 100 years - something like that). And remember, the entire government machinery was with the opposition party at the center. I truly believe he is a very hard working person, workaholic who will only gain enemies as he progresses and gets people around him be pushed to their limits - He will also not look at Indians as Hindus, Muslims, Christians but as a billion Indians and bring the much needed refreshing energetic approach to our economy. I voted for Modi Sarkar. Coming back to the book: I read the book only this week, many days after elections results. I strongly feel, some of the contents from this book should have been distributed freely to large number of people during the election campaign. It would have really been an alternate perspective to what Modi was being portrayed in the media. About the narrative style of the book: The editing could have been much better - The entire content could have been said in 75% of the current volume, and it would have only been more effective. Nonetheless, this is a highly recommended book to all those who believed or still believe that Modi is a demon - atleast read this book with an open mind - do a dip stick test on the claims in this book (the sources are given at all relevant places) - and if you believe that even 50% of what is claimed in the book is right - that will be a great start to the end of our 'secular' media folks existence.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Prasanna Mody

    Nice read. Book focuses on two things during Narendra Modi's tenure as chief minister of Gujarat. How he handled rehabilitation of people after earthquake in Gujarat . Secondly how he handled Godhra and post Godhra riots. In the current media scenario where Modi is demonised as anti Muslims, Madhu Kishwar accounts of very detailed analysis to dispell the myths surrounding him . She makes each point by quoting an article from a daily print report quotes (quotes based on report and not on article Nice read. Book focuses on two things during Narendra Modi's tenure as chief minister of Gujarat. How he handled rehabilitation of people after earthquake in Gujarat . Secondly how he handled Godhra and post Godhra riots. In the current media scenario where Modi is demonised as anti Muslims, Madhu Kishwar accounts of very detailed analysis to dispell the myths surrounding him . She makes each point by quoting an article from a daily print report quotes (quotes based on report and not on article written by an elite editorial). The book is definitely a worth read to know about Narendra Modi and his working style. It burst lot of myths about Narendra Modi and 2002 Gujarat riots (each point backed by verifiable newspaper report quotes). If you want to know what actually happened in 2002 riots then this book is definitely worth reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rathi

    I was neutral about NaMo for a long time. Much like the author, the incessant baiting of the media made me sit up and take notice and wonder why anybody in the world deserved such a treatment. Even if 1% of the book is true, it shows the kind of grave injustice done to a well-meaning person, by repeatedly maligning him and pronouncing him guilty without a verdict. Madhu Kishwar's book is not just revealing but is very interesting. A lot of things that Mr.Modi has done in Gujarat - I wish he does I was neutral about NaMo for a long time. Much like the author, the incessant baiting of the media made me sit up and take notice and wonder why anybody in the world deserved such a treatment. Even if 1% of the book is true, it shows the kind of grave injustice done to a well-meaning person, by repeatedly maligning him and pronouncing him guilty without a verdict. Madhu Kishwar's book is not just revealing but is very interesting. A lot of things that Mr.Modi has done in Gujarat - I wish he does it at the national level too. I also wish my state had such a CM, who genuinely loves his/her state and people and wants to do good by them. This is a book for people who are willing to look at the other side of the media scripted story and not for those who think it is cool to hate Modi.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vasu Adunutula

    really good book - opened my eyes to understand how Modi has been working over the past decade! It is scary to imagine the kind of one sided news that is dished out by the English media... this book has prompted me to look beyond the headlines and question the garbage being dished out against Modi.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bindesh Dahal

    Busts unfair demonology of Narendra Modi. Very very good!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Avinash K

    Excellent read. A lot of work by the author. Read and consider for yourself if the media and other political parties have been fair to Narendra Modi.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bindu Vinod

    Modi is an inspiring individual indeed. Today 17th Sep his birthday. Wish him well for a long life to do the most amazing things to mankind.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shitiz Srivastava

    This is my first Book on Modi and bought it because of the title. Must say the title was very catchy. It has all the elements that have been an integral part of Modi's political Journey, apart from Modi of course, – Muslims and Media. I always wanted to know what happened in Godhra on the unfateful morning of 27th February 2002 because my version of the incident was a very abstract one and my source of information was media and few political chatterboxes in my life. I always wanted to know that This is my first Book on Modi and bought it because of the title. Must say the title was very catchy. It has all the elements that have been an integral part of Modi's political Journey, apart from Modi of course, – Muslims and Media. I always wanted to know what happened in Godhra on the unfateful morning of 27th February 2002 because my version of the incident was a very abstract one and my source of information was media and few political chatterboxes in my life. I always wanted to know that whether my evaluation of Modi as a great politician and a man who will reform India was right or not. I became a right-wing supporter, a nationalist and a proud follower of my own religion because of Modi and after his win in 2014. It was only after that I got interested in politics and started actively reading about it. The book was super interesting for the first 100 pages. New and surprising information about Modi’s tenure in Gujrat was revealed and I discovered how the Media bias tried to destroy him despite him trying to do the right thing. The image of Modi as Muslim hater was merely a campaign from the opposition because I checked the Gujrat Poll results of 2002, 2007 and 2012 and they were all in favour of Modi and nearly one-third of Muslims of Gujrat voted for him every time. That is completely opposite of what media proposes and showcases. Even after the unfortunate Godhra Incident, Modi won by a huge margin with the support of both the Hindu and Muslim community because he didn’t differentiate people based on caste and religion in his working model. He helped everyone. There is a difference in the narrative of what the media told us and what was actually happening in Gujrat. Sonia Gandhi, Ahmad Patel, Teesta Seetalwad, Rajdeep Sardesai, Barkha Dutta are few names which are taken again and again in the book and how they tried to destroy the Brand Modi with no personal vendetta against him, but simply because he represented the majority section of the population of India and was proud of his culture and religion. Even I agree that Modi does not work for vote otherwise he wouldn’t make the decisions he had taken in his first tenure both as CM of Gujrat and the PM of India. People like Praveen Togadia who vehemently supported Modi before he became CM and voted for him as Cm candidate turned against him after Modi because Modi refused to be guided by one ideology or organization. Unlike Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi is a supremely talented politician as well who knows how to win elections and how to mould situation in his favour. Vajpayee's biggest drawback was his too ethical and moralistic attitude and then expecting the same from his enemies. He would forgive everyone and help everyone and try to be a good man. That is why he was loved and respected by everyone but he lost elections. Modi is more practical. He does every right thing at the right time. He knows how to bend his head in front of someone and touch their feet and he also knows how to reply the bitter enemy in his own language. Best talent of Modi is that he becomes unresponsive when he feels angry or irritated but never uses bad words for anyone, unlike his contemporary opposition. He knows that any wrong words coming out his mouth will not be forgiven by media and will be repeatedly shown to destroy his image. He knows it is better to run away from Karan Thapar show than to answer the derogatory questions which do not make sense and will only further tarnish his image. The book is well investigated and thoroughly researched, there is no doubt about that. There are lots of references to several links, footnotes and all open for the reader to verify the matter in case he wants to check himself. Having said that, after 100 pages the books starts to repeat itself. The same points are reiterate again and again and you start to wonder whether the author had started to run out of content. At times it appears that last 200 pages were written in order to fill pages to make it a thick publication and nothing else. Initially, the book was providing proofs and was blasting the myths about Modi one by one and how he was mistreated by Congress and his own people. It gives you a great insight into the Godhra riots incident and quotes many testimonies of people who were present there at that time. It also unmasks the fake news agenda carried by NDTV against Modi and how they all were trying to portray him as a religious extremist when in truth, he had been working all along for the good for people without any bias. You believe everything written in the first half of the book but the problem comes in the second half. It is here that the author starts portraying Modi like a God’s child and someone who can never do anything wrong in life. It is here that you start to feel biased in the writings of the author. The best part is that she knows it and writes about it in the end. She elaborates that even ten years after the 2002 Godhra incident, there is only hate writing and reporting done by media for Modi. They were still trying to project him as a villain rather than a saviour. They were still blaming him for Godhra despite supreme court stating otherwise and SIT set by government clearing him of all charges. They were all adamant on proving him religious fanatic but the more hatred they spread for him, the more victorious he came out to be. Kishwar says she was frustrated by the frequent media attacks on Modi based on false shreds of evidences and purely out of prejudice. For once she wanted to write a book about him where there are only good things about him. I am a hardcore Modi fan and I believe that he is a human, a great human indeed, but not God. He has his own set of flaws. Not that I have seen any till now, but I am sure there are many. The book was sometimes proving him to be a flawless man, but forcefully. This book was not about showing the different sides of the same incidences. This book is clearly not about opinions or arguments. The author makes it clear at the beginning itself that this book is written to tell people that why Modi is a not a monster as Media has made him to be. First half was a fluent read and I finished it in one day but the second half was a drag and it took me two weeks to finish it. I finished it by skipping most of the parts as every testimony in it was saying the same thing one after another and they were all talking about Gujrat as it was some heavenly abode after Modi changed it. I don’t have a problem with praising Modi and his work but it was just too sweet that it becomes unbelievable and boring after a while. Overall a good book and I don’t have many problems with it. If the pace Kishwar maintains in the first half was as speedy in the second half, then it would have turned this book into a massive blockbuster in my opinion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gautham

    This book is an eyeopener, it doesnt judge either of the three mentioned in the title but merely presents facts and real incidents about the Modi Regime.Its a non-fictional documentation, the author Madhu Purnima Kishwar tours the whole of Gujarat, talks to innumerous people irrespective of cast , creed and class and quotes their experiences this is the result of the evidences she collects. Every incident in this book revolves primarily around the three main factors Modi, Muslim and Media. It dis This book is an eyeopener, it doesnt judge either of the three mentioned in the title but merely presents facts and real incidents about the Modi Regime.Its a non-fictional documentation, the author Madhu Purnima Kishwar tours the whole of Gujarat, talks to innumerous people irrespective of cast , creed and class and quotes their experiences this is the result of the evidences she collects. Every incident in this book revolves primarily around the three main factors Modi, Muslim and Media. It discusses in depth the participation of all three of them and gives the vantage point view of the happenings. Its surprising, to see that even though Modi is painted communal by antagonist media and prejudiced leaders why is it that Muslims of Gujarat look forward to him and believe in him. It not just talks about the positives, it talks about the inefficiencies and how it was overcome, how conflicts were turned to collaborations, how every negative scenarios were converted to opportunities towards progress. This is an assessment of Modi and his governance based on perception from diverse people whom she met.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Harini Raghavan

    The book presents a great collection of facts from various speeches and government records. The author clearly presents a whole bunch of relevant information that helps us in understanding the true picture. This is also a great book to understand a few successful leadership tips. Modi seems to be an awesome leader and extremely focussed on the problem and its great that someone with just pure ground experience has achieved so much. I love his style where he believes in collective action together The book presents a great collection of facts from various speeches and government records. The author clearly presents a whole bunch of relevant information that helps us in understanding the true picture. This is also a great book to understand a few successful leadership tips. Modi seems to be an awesome leader and extremely focussed on the problem and its great that someone with just pure ground experience has achieved so much. I love his style where he believes in collective action together by masses for the upliftment of a place.. Not only one learns about the truth on what happened but I also got some good tips on leadership. A great read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vinay Naikwad

    This book is the print version of the video recorded interviews of the common people (Hindus, Muslims and Christians all alike) of Gujarat about their views on the 2002 riots. Read for yourself how the Congress and the likes of Owaisi have spread lies about the episode and how their views contradict the Gujarat peoples' views who have witnessed and survived the riots. There cannot be any version truer than this!! This book is the print version of the video recorded interviews of the common people (Hindus, Muslims and Christians all alike) of Gujarat about their views on the 2002 riots. Read for yourself how the Congress and the likes of Owaisi have spread lies about the episode and how their views contradict the Gujarat peoples' views who have witnessed and survived the riots. There cannot be any version truer than this!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nikhil Rao

    (Note: Read this book in April, 2014 and wrote my thoughts down then. Hope people don't lose their shit over what I am posting and remember to keep dialogue civil and courteous) Modi, Muslims and the Media is the first part of what is planned as a trilogy of books on Narendra Modi and is based on detailed primary research conducted by Madhu Kishwar over the course of several months in 2013-14. It talks about Modi’s work as Gujarat’s Chief Minister, the Godhra riots and its aftermath, the various (Note: Read this book in April, 2014 and wrote my thoughts down then. Hope people don't lose their shit over what I am posting and remember to keep dialogue civil and courteous) Modi, Muslims and the Media is the first part of what is planned as a trilogy of books on Narendra Modi and is based on detailed primary research conducted by Madhu Kishwar over the course of several months in 2013-14. It talks about Modi’s work as Gujarat’s Chief Minister, the Godhra riots and its aftermath, the various inquiry commissions into Modi’s role in the riots and finally goes on to make some observations about Gujarati society and culture. The book relies heavily on conversations with bureaucrats, party workers and citizens of Gujarat who present Modi as the person who brought about positive change in Gujarat. Kishwar talks about many welfare schemes and initiatives undertaken by Modi and devotes several pages to the rebuilding of Kutch and Bhuj after the 2001 earthquake. She interviews Zafar Sareshwala, Asifa Khan and a few other Gujarati Muslims about their perception of Modi. They reject the activism of people such as Teesta Setalvad, who have expended their energies in bringing justice to victims of the riots, and have favourable things to say about Modi, his style of working and the condition of Muslims under his rule. It then goes into details of the report brought out by the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team report paints a picture of Sanjiv Bhatt, the former IPS officer as a disgruntled and tainted man who fabricated his testimony against Narendra Modi for personal gains. At times, the narrative gets too hagiographic and one wonders if Kishwar has abandoned academic neutrality, if only in reaction to her claim that Modi is constantly demonized by sections of the media. Several pages are filled with transcripts of Modi’s speeches. The book could have used a good editor; not less than thirty times does one encounter the phrase “I will cover so and so in detail in my subsequent books.” If the story Kishwar tells in this book is indeed true, large sections of the media and many public spirited citizens who have spent their time and a lot of ink dismissing Narendra Modi as a fascist, murderer and a liar owe him another chance. If Kishwar is wrong in her facts and arguments, this book is an attempt at historical revisionism of the worst kind. Despite its flaws, Modi, Muslims and the Media is worth reading, if nothing else, to improve the quality of public discussion – currently reduced to football hooliganism and shouting from both sides - about the person who could well be our next Prime Minister.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nitin Ghatkar

    एकम् सत् विप्राः बहुधा वदन्ति (Ekam Sat Viprāha Bahudhā Vadanti) English: "Truth is One, though the Sages know it by many names. As the name suggests, it highlights the inter-relations between them. I dont want to judge this book as " Pro Modi" but the amount of evidence given by author is mind blowing. This is a universal truth that prsperity brings ability to question status quo. same is true in Western UP, Gujarat and N-W Maharashtra about Hindu & Muslims. We are so self centered that we are una एकम् सत् विप्राः बहुधा वदन्ति (Ekam Sat Viprāha Bahudhā Vadanti) English: "Truth is One, though the Sages know it by many names. As the name suggests, it highlights the inter-relations between them. I dont want to judge this book as " Pro Modi" but the amount of evidence given by author is mind blowing. This is a universal truth that prsperity brings ability to question status quo. same is true in Western UP, Gujarat and N-W Maharashtra about Hindu & Muslims. We are so self centered that we are unable to grasp the international politicisation of Hindu-Muslim conflict in India. But I do consider unlike author that equality of opportunity which is more sustained but is required in unbiased way to weaker sections of society without affectimg sensitivities of Majority community. This has distinguished us from society of USA, Pakistan, S Arabia, Iran & even mainland China. So this book presents another dimension of Narendra Modi which was blocked by media and experienced by Modi during his entire Chief Ministership. You can read Nilanjan Mukhopadhyaya's book to get both sides of story

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anchit

    I had this book for about 9 months on my shelf before deciding that I was done with it. I read 1/3rd of this book before dropping it. Once again, for my skills that's a great job I did. :) The book provides people's first hand accounts about their own interaction with Modi. It's personal and makes it feel sincere. I learnt some things about our PM and felt a greater respect for him. I had started reading this book much before the elections happened so the timing was all the more helpful to gain an I had this book for about 9 months on my shelf before deciding that I was done with it. I read 1/3rd of this book before dropping it. Once again, for my skills that's a great job I did. :) The book provides people's first hand accounts about their own interaction with Modi. It's personal and makes it feel sincere. I learnt some things about our PM and felt a greater respect for him. I had started reading this book much before the elections happened so the timing was all the more helpful to gain an interest in the topic. This book brings out Modi as an incredible character - very patient, knowledgeable, thorough, responsible, respected and respectful and a bunch of other characters. I'm happy that our country has him as our PM.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pradeep Kanthan

    The book gives out reasons why Mr Modi was not in control of events of the 2002 Godhra carnage, as he was appointed chief minister just a couple of months before the incident. It attempts to exonerate him. It chronicles the work done before his appointment as CM in the disaster relief of Kutch. The book is also devoted to his ‘deal’ with the Muslim community. Interesting read for those who want to know Mr Modi’s work in Gujarat which may disappoint a comparison with Mr Modi the PM.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gaurang

    A bit repetitive at the end. The book looks very one sided, but the author gives names and facts so it does not look made up. Its strange how the media actually misspread all the information. A must read

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aditya Shankar

    A very top-quality analysis that will help the readers understand the realities behind the glimmer that media generates on the screens. Modi and Muslims are always presented as oxymorons and that's not the reality. Madhu has written a good book on these issues and tried to present the reality. A very top-quality analysis that will help the readers understand the realities behind the glimmer that media generates on the screens. Modi and Muslims are always presented as oxymorons and that's not the reality. Madhu has written a good book on these issues and tried to present the reality.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gv

    A bit short on research & data but Well written and probably the only book that offers a comprehensive & persuasive alternate perspective & View point.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Swarup

    The book asks relevant question related to current political scenario in India but at times becomes monotonous in doing so.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Mckay

    Read a few pages then realized this book was a poorly edited rant. First book I've returned to Amazon, it was that bad. Read a few pages then realized this book was a poorly edited rant. First book I've returned to Amazon, it was that bad.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nidhi Panwar

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nilesh Patil

  23. 4 out of 5

    Slïm Shadý

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Rajesh Pillai

  26. 5 out of 5

    Srinivas Vellore

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Panwar

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ritesh Chaturvedi

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Jacobs

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aditya

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