New guide traces Uddhav Thackeray’s political journey, Shiv Sena’s ‘saffron to secular’ shift
Trail of the Tiger by Radheshyam Jadhav
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New Delhi: Uddhav Thackeray’s political journey from professional advertising photographer to Prime Minister of Maharashtra is not just his story. Rather, it is a story of the Thackeray family, his father Balasaheb Thackeray’s political legacy in Maharashtra, the exponential rise of Shiv Sena as a Hindutva party, and the distinct secular leaning it has shown in recent years.
A new book by the journalist Radheshyam Jadhav entitled “Trail of the Tiger” traces Uddhav’s political journey through a journalistic analysis of media content.
Published by Bloomsbury, the book will be released on February 10th on SoftCover, ThePrint’s electronic venue, to bring out selected non-fiction books.
In his book, Jadhav analyzes various messages, interviews and the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana to produce an authentic account of Shiv Sena’s trajectory under the guidance of Uddhav Thackeray.
The book also talks about one of the greatest upheavals in Indian politics when the Shiv Sena broke a 30 year old alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and joined Sonia Gandhi’s camp while holding Sharad Pawar’s finger.
It shows the traces of Hindutva politics in the country and gives readers a glimpse into the rifts in Hindutva politics, into Uddhav’s role in reformulating, and into the irrevocable change in the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the Hindutva narrative.
Jadhav, an award-winning journalist and communications researcher, has over 20 years of field reporting experience.
He holds a PhD in Journalism and Communication Studies and was a UK Chevening Gurukul Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
As a two-time winner of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award, he was also an Asia Journalism Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
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