Ullekh NP is an author, journalist and political commentator based in New Delhi and Kerala. He has over two decades of experience working with India’s biggest news publications such as The Economic Times, Mint and India Today. He writes on international and domestic politics, economy, governance, public health, cyber security and cryptocurrencies. He is currently executive editor at OPEN magazine.
Honoured in 2022 by the Kerala Media Academy for his contribution to journalism, Ullekh has authored three bestselling non-fiction books and is a frequent guest on national and international television channels. A bilingual writer and speaker, he is often invited to speak at media academies, literature festivals and public events on politics, media trends, current affairs and foreign relations. As a journalist, Ullekh has done extensive interviews with luminaries from various professional backgrounds around the world. He is a football buff, and is currently working on his fourth book.
Ullekh’s last book Kannur: Inside India’s Bloodiest Revenge Politics (Penguin Viking, 2018) was an Amazon number one bestseller for four weeks after its launch, and was widely covered in the media. The book explores why the Kannur region of north Kerala is so susceptible to vendetta politics and deadly violence. How is it an anomaly in Kerala, the state with the highest social development parameters in India? Born in Kannur and brought up amidst some of the tallest political leaders of the state, Ullekh delves into his personal experiences while constructing a modern-day graph that charts out the reasons, motivations and local lore behind it. Buy it on Amazon.
His previous book The Untold Vajpayee: Politician and Paradox (Penguin Viking, 2016) is now being made into a film featuring well-known actor Pankaj Tripathi playing the lead, and is expected to release in December 2023. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of India’s shrewdest politicians, was known for negotiating multiple contradictions. Exploring crucial milestones of Vajpayee’s career and his traits as a seasoned politician, the book looks at his love-hate association with RSS and its feeder organizations. Thoroughly researched, supported by hard facts and accompanied by inside stories and anecdotes, the book opens a window to life and times of a poet politician. You can buy The Untold Vajpayee on Amazon. (It is also available in Hindi and Marathi).
War Room: The People, Tactics and Technology Behind Narendra Modi’s 2014 Win (Roli Books, 2015) was Ullekh’s first book. He covered the 2014 national elections extensively, from the badlands of Uttar Pradesh to the Orissa hinterland, from Modi’s hometown Vadnagar to the capital city’s corridors of power. This book takes you behind the scenes into how a political brand was built in a country as multi-dimensional as India. You can buy War Room on Flipkart and Amazon.
Contact: ullekh (at) gmail (dot) com
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The photo you have used for me is the photo of India’s former Prime Minister Vajpayee. 🙂