This isn’t a book about election time rhetoric, fiery speeches, insensitive and provocative comments, controversies about freedom of expression and bans on books, films, beef and foreign artists that hit the headlines and are discussed ad nauseum in Prime Time TV debates. Instead it flags some of the burning social issues which cry out for attention but don’t interest well-known writers of by-lines or the diplomats turned columnists as they aren’t sexy enough and talking about them might not be politically correct. The book also offers somewhat unconventional perspective of influential personalities like Vivekananda, Pt Ravi Shankar, Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and Arvind Kejriwal.
In spite of having spent 28 years abroad serving in Mexico, Chile, Hong Kong, Syria, UK (London), Mozambique, Libya, USA (Chicago) and Kenya and concurrently looking after India’s relations with Swaziland, Malta, Eritrea and DRC, Surendra has never been emotionally detached from social issues confronting India. He is also the author of Legends of Indian Cinema; Kokila: A Novel; Beyond Diplomatic Dilemmas and Modi's Midas Touch in Foreign Policy Founded Indo-American Friendship Association, New Delhi in March 2010.