“This is destiny. Here I am, on the last day of 2016, leading a coalition of diverse parties – a dark horse riding an unexpected political tsunami in a mid-term poll exactly two-and-a-half years after the general election of 2014. “
The author of this book, I gather, is especially interested in political personalities and ‘their influence on the destiny of nations and individuals.’ The book reflects this interest perfectly. As a book of fiction, ‘Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister’ is a delight to read as it very efficiently describes the life of a political enthusiast who aspires to make it big in the field of politics.
For those expecting a story filled with political clashes, hypocritical attitudes and stereotype political mud slinging, the book will be a disappointment. This is because the book is anything but stereotype. It excels in portraying the human (not necessarily humane!) side of a person stepping fresh into the slushy field of politics.
The main protagonist Siddhartha Tagore has a political background what with his father being a seasoned politician wanting his son to continue with his political lineage even though the son is not interested in it. I was instantly reminded of our ex-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who did not want to enter the political arena until politics was thrust upon him when his mother Indira Gandhi was assassinated. In the same manner, Siddhartha Tagore who wants to pursue his own life with his interests like music and the like which bloom across the shores, not in his motherland is forced to take over from where his father left after he passes away. Siddhartha realizes his father’s dream only after he is no longer alive. Rather ironical when he could have easily freed himself from the bonds he kept avoiding when his father was alive. But somehow, his father’s demise very much like Indira Gandhi’s death hastens matters for the sons, something they never really wanted for themselves in their hearts.
How much more would Siddhartha have to lose before he realizes his dream?
The love of his life, he finds abroad, only to lose her when he returns to India. With the loss is lost the desire to want anything for himself.
Is Siddhartha willing to lose all that is dear to him in life for an unknown, uncertain and lonely life in politics where none is friend and most are foes?
Will the mantle of a Prime Minister destroy all desires or would it only bury them temporarily under the mounds of excruciating circumstance and frustrating inconvenience to resurface later?
Can truthful initiative and intention of a genuine leader destroy the political enemies that wish to dismantle India?
“I, Siddhartha Tagore, do solemnly affirm…’
“All eyes from both sides of the House were riveted on the slim figure as his easy voice cut through the chamber. Something was different here today. The rumourmill had been working overtime about Parliaments’ new Harvard-educated member, one who had suitably astonished the delegation of Parliamentarians on New York’s East River with a stunning display of musical talent followed by and unaccountable display of his aquatic abilities.”
The author is to be appreciated for bringing alive the persona of a leader amidst the treachery of a profession called politics. With an interesting narrative that sifts out of cities, countries and traverses over time and space, the book is really worthy of a read. Coming at a time when politics is going through a moral turmoil, it is a book worth not missing.
And this one especially for the author: Take Zubek’s advice. Plunge into politics. Your passion for politics, political change and the interest in the human side of the politician is proof enough that you will do a fairly good job at it.
Book Title: Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister
Author: Tabrik C.
Publication: Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt. Ltd
Tabrik C is a political enthusiast, perfumer and internet entrepreneur. His special interests lie in observing, analyzing, predicting and debating the rise and fall of political personalities. He was also president of the students’s union in St. Stephen’s College Delhi where he did his post graduation in History.