gfiles magazine

January 7, 2015

Parliament: A political institution and not merely a debating club


politics non-fiction

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya reviews The Dramatic Decade, the first of a trilogy penned 

The genesis of the United Front (multi-party alliance) politics in India and the strategy to successfully manage the dialectic associated with such eventuality is perhaps the core of the first volume of political biography penned by the Chanakya of modern India, Pranab Mukherjee. It is a chronicle written by an active participant in the events of a period which would serve as a watershed in the history of  democracy in India. It is a must-read for students of politics and practitioners of ethical governance.

Dedicated “to the millions of political activists who have protected and nurtured democracy in India”, the book upholds the supremacy of the political class. It underscores that Parliament is “a political institution and not merely a debating club”

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