When was the The Accidental Prime Minister: the making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh written?

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Pradeep Agnihotri asked 27-Aug-2018 in Books & Novels by Pradeep Agnihotri

When was the The Accidental Prime Minister: the making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh  written?


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UTKARSHA SINGHROUL answered 05-Jan-2019 by UTKARSHA SINGHROUL

The book “The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh” was released on April 20, 2014. The book was written by the Indian Policy Analyst “Sanjaya Baru”.

When was the The Accidental Prime Minister: the making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh  written?

The book is a memoir by the writer about the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He was the Media Advisor of Singh from May 2004 to August 2008. The book was published under the ‘Penguin India’ Publishing House. The writer even claimed through the book that the Singh was not entirely in control of his cabinet or even the Prime Minister’s Office. Instead of that maximally the Prime Minister power was exercised by the Congress Party President ‘Sonia Gandhi’. Singh was completely under the control of Congress Party President during his complete work tenure.
The writer, Sanjay Baru, even claims and mentioned this in his book that, he remembered it very well when Singh explained to him about that, “there cannot be two centers of power. It creates confusion, and I (Singh) have to accept that the party President is the center of power. The government is answerable to the party”.
After the release of the book, it became a sensation of the year. The Prime Minister Office even stated the book as a work of mere ‘fiction’. Whereas, the book was written by the Singh’s Media Advisor, who is the trusted person for all these revelations. In the book, he also mentioned about Manmohan Singh’s troubled relationship with his Ministers and a very precise and careful equation with Sonia Gandhi. As well as, how he handled the crisis of managing the left to pushing through the Nuclear Deal.
Sanjay Baru the writer of the book is not only the Media advisor of P.M. Manmohan Singh, but also the editor of India’s many Financial Newspapers like Economic Times, Financial Express, and Business Standard. As well as, he was the director for Geo-economics and Strategy, at International Institute of Strategic Studies, London. He was also the professor of Economics at the University of Hyderabad, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.