Malevolent Republic by K.S Komireddi is an impassioned plea for India’s reclamation through a detailed account of the history of a modern Indian nation. A critical account of post-Independence India from Nehru to Modi, K.S. Komireddi charts the unsound course of Indian nationalism.
Under Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party, India has undergone the most total transformation since 1991. The ‘invisible threads’ Nehru said held together with an improbable union divided by language, religion and ethnicity have snapped under the burden of Modi’s Hindu-supremacist rule. The author delves into the missteps of the nation’s founders, the mistakes of Nehru, the betrayals of his daughter and her sons, the anti-democratic fetish for technocracy inaugurated by Narasimha Rao and carried to the extremes by Manmohan Singh.
The book offers the glimpses of the new India which the author claims to be “culturally arid and intellectually vacant”. The democratically elected leaders and their policies laid down the road on which Hindu nationalists rode to absolute power, notes the author.
This blistering account is an eye-opener to a nation which is collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions.