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The insider

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The Insider is a roman à clef by P. V. Narasimha Rao, former Prime Minister of India, that was first published in 1998. It was Rao’s first novel and created a storm when excerpts from the original manuscript were published in the launch issue of the Outlook magazine in 1995.

The novel is set in the fictional State of Afrozabad, which is modeled on the Indian city of Hyderabad, the capital of the state of the then Andhra Pradesh and present Telangana and follows the political career of its protagonist Anand a naive idealist who goes on to become the prime minister of the nation. Much of the story corresponds closely to Rao’s own experiences and political career albeit fictionalised.

Anand begins his political career by rebelling against Afrozabad’s tyrannical ruler. As he rises within the political party of which he is a member, Anand is drawn into the tussle between Chief Minister Mahendranath, a character modeled on Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, and his political rival Chaudhury, who is based on Kasu Brahmananda Reddy. As Chaudhary and his partner Shekhar successfully replace Mahendranath with Chaudhury as Chief Minister, Anand is made a minister under Chaudhary.

While serving as minister, Anand has a steamy affair with another legislator, Aruna whose character is said to have been based on the three-time Congress MP Lakshmikanthamma.[10] Described as “the most convincing of the characters” and “Anand’s only weakness besides his addiction to Congress politics”, the two eventually break up. In the meanwhile power in Delhi shifts from Nehru to Indira Gandhi and Anand becomes her unwavering loyalist. Under her, Chaudhury resigns and Anand becomes the first high command “nominated Chief Minister” of Afrozabad. When he tries however to pilot a bill on land reforms through the legislature, the inability to do so being the original cause for Chaudhury’s replacement, he encounters a strong landlord lobby and is moved out of the state by Indira Gandhi to undertake party work.

Ayodhya 6 December 1992

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Ayodhya 6 December 1992 is a book written by P. V. Narasimha Rao, the tenth Prime Minister of India, and published by Penguin Books on 1 August 2006. Narasimha Rao had decreed that the book be published after his death, and accordingly it was published in August 2006. He claims that the book is not an “exercise in self-righteousness or justification”, the content of the book indicate an attempt by him to absolve himself and his government of the responsibility for the failure to prevent the removal of the controversial structure known as Babri Masjid. Narasimha Rao had assumed office in June 1991, and by that time the Ramjanamabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue was already in a state of serious alarm requiring intervention, including state intervention, to resolve the issue. The book attempts to offer the explanation rather than an answer to two baffling questions, namely, in view of thousands of Karsevaks converging in the Hindu holy city of Ayodhya from all over India,

including some of them from Nepal and other countries of the world, why did the federal government did not take necessary and adequate steps to protect the controversial structure (that is, the Babari Masjid) from possible damage? The reason for non-dismissal of the state government of Uttar Pradesh, headed by Kalyan Singh, by invoking Article 356 of the Indian constitution.

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