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Trading Power

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | English Non-fiction

Trading Power

Full Title: Trading Power: The Inside Story of How the People's Mandate was Betrayed in the 2019 Maharashtra Election

Author: Priyam Gandhi-Mody
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

In October 2019, the Assembly elections held in Maharashtra saw a decisive mandate in favour of the pre-poll Mahayuti alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena, against the Maha-agahdi alliance of the Nationalist Congress Party and the Indian National Congress. But what followed shook the very foundations of democracy in the state.

With the Shiv Sena unexpectedly staking claim to the chief minister's post, and the BJP unwilling to give in to their ally's demand, the battle for the coveted top spot began in earnest. As President's Rule was imposed, heavy backdoor politicking commenced and the four parties in the fray tried frantically to establish post-poll partnerships to be able to form government. Featuring swiftly shifting alliances, the abandonment of long-held party ideologies, dynastic bombast and overnight reversals, more than a month of high-octane drama culminated in Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena taking oath as chief minister of Maharashtra on 28 November 2019. The BJP - the single-largest party in the legislature, with almost double the seats of the second-in-line Shiv Sena - found itself side-lined and left out of power.

Recounting in dramatic detail the behind-the-scenes negotiations and renegotiations in the high-stakes battle for political control of India's financial capital, Trading Power throws into sharp focus the manipulations, manoeuvres and narrow motivations that rule politics in the country today, ultimately leading to a gross betrayal of the people's mandate.

About the Author: 

Priyam Gandhi-Mody is a strategist specializing in political advocacy and brand building. An advanced understanding of state affairs and a tenacious ability to build high-profile networks enable her to implement effective political communication strategies. While she is happy to be analysing politics, she ensures that she finds time to write, especially about her unique experiences and the interesting people she encounters in her profession.

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