Journalist, editor and writer, Ramachandra Murthy Kondubhatla, has authored a new book titled “NTR-A Political Biography” which presents a realistic picture of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR), the star figure in the discourse on cinema and politics in the two Telugu States (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana). The book, published by HarperCollins India, commemorates the centenary year of NTR. The book uncovers many facets of, NTR’s life and his impact on Politics at the state and national level.
The essence of the book:
The author provides an extensive and sequential narrative in four chapters and nearly 100 pages of the comeback of NTR in December 1994 and the rapid way in which he was systematically and ruthlessly cut to size by Chandrababu Naidu in the August 1995 revolt, which finally led to the death of the TDP founder under controversial circumstances on January 18, 1996.
Coincidentally, the first revolt against NTR that was engineered by Nadendla Bhaskara Rao, who is described as the co-pilot in the founding of the TDP, also happened in August of 1984. NTR had triumphed in that test with the entire opposition leaders in the country rallying around him in the ‘Save Democracy’ campaign.
The writer has drawn heavily not just from his own 40-plus years of covering Andhra politics but has relied on quoting and anointing text from published sources from the media and other biographies on NTR.
In the increasing genre of political biographies in India, the book definitely finds a place for its realistic presentation of NTR, who deserves to be counted among the national leaders to reckon with, post Independence and not just as a regional leader.
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