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Democracy on the Road

Written by: Ruchir Sharma
Narrated by: Prateek Sharma
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: History, World
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On the eve of a landmark general election, Ruchir Sharma offers an unrivaled portrait of how India and its democracy work, drawn from his two decades on the road chasing election campaigns across every major state, travelling the equivalent of a lap around the earth.

Democracy on the Road takes listeners on a rollicking ride with Ruchir and his merry band of fellow writers as they talk to farmers, shopkeepers, and CEOs from Rajasthan to Tamil Nadu, and interview leaders from Narendra Modi to Rahul Gandhi. No book has traced the arc of modern India by taking listeners so close to the action. Offering an intimate view inside the lives and minds of India's political giants and its people, Sharma explains how the complex forces of family, caste and community, economics and development, money and corruption, Bollywood and Godmen, have conspired to elect and topple Indian leaders since Indira Gandhi. The ultimately encouraging message of Ruchir's travels is that, while democracy is retreating in many parts of the world, it is thriving in India.

©2019 Ruchir Sharma (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Could have been edited better

Chapter 18, near 2:23 minutes from the end, one can hear an editing fault. The narrate gave 2 pronunciations for saffron and made a remark for the editors to choose one. Editor should have removed it.

Chapter 21, around 55 seconds to completion, the narrator gets stuck on a loop on MGNREGA, repeating it about 5 times.

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truly an insight into Indian economy

after listening to this book i feel more aware about the political scenario in India and why the Indian political leaders are so different as compared to other nations. it has really added value and knowledge about India ecosystem.