New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party's potential prime minister in waiting Narendra Modi is not just the subject of debate in television studios but in the literary world as well. There are two books on the man, both written by journalists that are now out.
Wherever one stands on the political spectrum, there is no question of ignoring CM Narendra Modi and that's something publishers are counting on. Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay and Kingshuk Nag reveal different facets of the man who is being seen as a potential Prime Ministerial candidate.
Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, journalist and author of 'Narendra Modi: The Man, The Times', said, "There is an amazing thing he told me about this amazing programme he used to do at one point called meet myself programme. He just told me in the course of a conversation while I was researching this book. He said he would actually just disappear; he would just go all by himself into some remote jungle and not be available to anybody. He would carry food for may be two days or three days to stay in the jungle all by himself. I said but what did you do? He said nothing, he just stayed with himself."
Both journalists who have reported extensively in Gujarat say they did initially have access to Modi, Mukhophadhyay says even when he started writing this book. For Nag, now in Hyderabad, that access used to be Modi's USP in some ways, but everything changed with 2002.
Kingshuk Nag, journalist and author of 'The NaMo story', said, "When he was sworn in as the CM, he went from newspaper office to office for PR. He would spend hours with chief reporters. He was very sharp with the media. But the riots changed all that. People keep asking if he's aloof. By nature he's not aloof. He's a networker. He left home at the age of 17. He went from village to village as he loves to meet people. Because of 2002, people only want to ask him if he has become aloof."
Given the amount of interest in this man, publishers are quite happy to give readers what they want - more information.