Mandate : Will Of The People: A Book Review

Hi, Folks,


Title- Mandate: Will of the People

Author- Vir Sanghvi

Publisher- Westland

Genre- Personal Memoirs/Politics

The Blurb: Based on his personal experiences, memories and numerous interviews, Vir Sanghvi brings you a candid account of the recent Indian political history in Mandate: Will of the People.

This title offers an incisive account on the general elections that shaped today’s India. Sanghvi talks about the little-known, behind-the-scenes details, giving you insider information on men and women behind the headlines. The book also discusses the declaration of the emergency, the story of Sanjay Gandhi, the Punjab riots, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, emergence of Rajiv Gandhi, and the Bofors controversy among several other major political events of India. It also delves into several political questions that experts try to find the most suitable answers to.

About the Author: Vir Sanghvi is an Indian journalist and author. He was born in London in 1956. He graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford. He was working for India Today, and when the magazine wanted to start India’s first city-focused magazine,Bombay, it chose Vir Sanghvi to run it. At the young age of 22, Sanghvi became the editor of the new magazine and made it a success in no time. He has also anchored shows on Doordarshan and NDTV. He is currently the Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times.

Stri’s Take On It: From the title to the last page, the book has been arranged in an interesting and amusing manner. The author catches your eye right at the first page. The events are arranged in a chronological manner from Indira Gandhi’s Prime Minister period till the time when BJP came into making. This book has everything.


1. The author covers certain incidents which were never discussed much in the political history as far as I know.
2. At no point the book deviated from genre or track, and it showed the level-headed nature of the author.


Certain snippets like how Nehruji never wanted Indira Gandhi to be the prime minister, how Indira Gandhi was little scared during her first speech were noteworthy.


As they say, when I find a book to be good, I find it short. I felt the book should have been more elaborate.

Bottom line:

This book covers major incidents of Indian political history. It deciphers the true face of most of the political parties. Not only that it also shows about how the leaders of our nation are/were.

Do I recommend? Yes, only if you are interested in Indian Politics.

Rating: 4.25/5

One-liner: If you should read only one book about Indian Politics, then this is it.

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