on 3 April 2014
Rogue Elephant's release has been well-timed to coincide with India's elections and it is a clear and pacey account of the main issues confronting India's voters, such as violence against women and children, corruption and crony capitalism, as well as the flawed political parties and their leaders vying for power.
What really stood out for me were the portraits of some of the main political leaders, as well as of those trying to keep them in check. These included various courageous social activists, whistle-blowers and right-to-information campaigners as well as a controversial TV journalist. All in all, it is a good read by a journalist who knows India well.
on 11 June 2014
A must read for anyone who lives or spends time in India. A journalist who knows India well, is perceptive, brave and cuts through all the clichéd nonsense you regularly read from within. Addressing some sensitive subjects in a powder keg political landscape Simon's brave opinions are a refreshing change in a country where the ugly subject of censorship is never far from the lips.
As good a book as you will find on the true India and how it's past has shaped it and what it could potentially go on to be.