Novel set against the contemporary political situation in India. The books covers the politician landscape of Indian Central Government and Andhra Pradesh from before Independence to So crafty is Rao that he book will tell you all happenings around Indira Gandhi, without. The Insider is a roman à clef by P. V. Narasimha Rao, former Prime Minister of India, that was The book was renamed The Insider, the new title suggested by Kalyani Shankar, political editor at The Hindustan Times. The Insider was released. The Insider is an account of the political scenario of India during the time of the former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, who is the author of the book.

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Rao was a long-time contributor to the weekly, writing under the pseudonym "Insider".

Rao also contacted Mallika Sarabhai , who ran Mapin publishing house, and the New York literary agent Lynn Franklin who asked him to complete the novel for publication. Rao initially planned to end his novel with the end of Niranjan's term as chief minister.

Rao, who had by this time served as a Union minister under Indira and Rajiv Gandhi was looking to retire politically, and had intended to complete The Other Half by However, he was called upon to become the Prime Minister of India. Rao then informed Franklin that he would keep the novel's publication in abeyance during his term in office.

Outlook, however, focused on the book's amorous passages, which infuriated Franklin and Rao. After the Congress comprehensively lost the elections the next year , Rao's resigned as Prime Minister and finally found time to complete his novel.

The Insider

The manuscript was edited to exclude much of the sexual content and Anand substituted Niranjan as the central character. Much of the story corresponds closely to Rao's own experiences and political career albeit fictionalised.

Anand begins his political career by rebelling against Afrozabad's tyrannical ruler. He begins his political career by contesting against the oppressive ruling party. Next, he reaches a spot where he has to choose between the current Chief Minister and his rival.

His rival soon wins the post of CM, and he is made to serve under him. Anand then moves to Delhi, at a time when Indira Gandhi takes over the reigns of power. Under her governance, the tables turn, for Anand now replaces his rival Chaudhary and becomes the Chief Minister of Afrozabad.

He then has to run the political show under her regime. The Insider reveals to the reader the state of affairs in a political scenario, narrated by a man who has had first-hand experience of it all.

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The plot centers around a character called Anand, a young man who gives up a lucrative career in the hopes of bringing about political reformation. He begins his political career by contesting against the oppressive ruling party.


When Outlook magazine was launched in it was given the manuscript of The Other Half by Nikhil Chakravartty as a major scoop for the inaugural issue. Want to Read saving….