To those who want have a rendezvous with India, Asia and geopolitics, this is the book. But having read Menon’s first book – choices, it is striking how a suave and eloquent orator and writer has chosen a complex way of penmanship.
The book published in 2018 provides a detailed picture of life and times of Vallab bhai Patel, one of the trinity of freedom struggle spearheaded by Indian National Congress. As stated by Rajmohan Gandhi, another biographer of Patel, and as quoted in the introduction to this book while fulsome credit has been given to the other two, Gandhi and Nehru, the credit given to Patel has been niggardly. This book is invaluable to a student of modern Indian history, especially the story of Indian freedom movement from 1917 to 1947.
Goenka’s book is an important contribution to the almost non-existent literature on India’s threats from within. Goenka’s expose needs to be viewed comprehensively in connection with the hybrid threat posed by India’s north-western neighbour. The actions of the “enemies within” are the root causes of our national security threats, to which the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) only provides a supporting infrastructure. Our security forces have done a commendable job in targeting this sustaining factor. But the root cause can be addressed only by the Indian voter. For this, it is important that this book is read.
Former Spy chief Vikram Sood, in his book, The Ultimate Goal dissects and uncovers the art and craft of building narratives. He is seemingly well versed with the crafty business of narratives being done, undone and rarely course corrected. The book delves mostly on the narratives that were built in the West or by agencies controlled by the West or built elsewhere to suit the Western perceptions to meet the ultimate goal of global dominance.