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The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years Hardcover – 11 Dec 2014

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Pranab Mukherjee assumed office as the President of India on 25 July 2012. He has unparalleled experience in governance, with the rare distinction of having served at different times as Foreign, Defence, Commerce and Finance Minister, as also Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha five times from 1969, and twice to the Lok Sabha from 2004. A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan (2008), Pranab Mukherjee’s intellectual and political process is widely admired. He has been long acclaimed for his role as a consensus builder on difficult national issues.

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  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications India; 2014 edition (11 December 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129135744
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129135742
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ok. I have read this book end to end with the expectation that i will hear a detailed insider account of the "Dramatic Decade". But this is complete letdown and waste of time. I slept through 3 time trying to finish the book and I did it only because I wasted money buying this.

The book has too much on Bangla and Bangladesh politics but the sad thing it is not even definitive but more like a boring monologue on who was met and who was doing what. A book like Blood telegram paints a fair more descriptive picture on the same.

And about congress during Indira Gandhi years is sadly a PTI reporting wires. I expected that the Author given his current role and the age would not mince to bring the realities of the decade. But it is too drab a report even for the Author to write

In total, I would like to say is that this book is recommended for insomniacs for whom no other treatment works
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Great book if you want to know the Indira Gandhi era ... Though I am not a congress fan I loved Pranav da's narration of the "glorious times"...a true Indira loyalist. This is supposedly the first of a triology. Looking forward to the books ahead in the series.....
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good book by our president.. if u r a history lover and want to know about political history, especially after independence..... go for it... but as it was written by our President.. but he is also former minister in Congress and congress led UPA.. so may be @ some point u will find ... a PRO-CONGRESS approach... good book go for it..
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I bought President Mukherjee’s book with great hope. I thought it would be the definitive account of the politics of India during the seventies and give us an insider view on what went behind the scenes during a volatile period in the post independent Indian history.
Instead, the book reads more like a series of diary entries than a serious political analysis/commentary. Mr. Mukherjee discusses the various political events, but refuses to spend time on any of them. Even with hindsight of at least three and a half decades, he does not analyze the events, nor does he draw any learning from them. The whole of emergency takes up just one chapter and is almost exclusively focused on steps taken by the then Minister of State for Finance in tackling the menace of black money. The so-called ‘excesses of Emergency’ do not find any mention and Mr. Mukherjee washes his entire hands from the episode with a single paragraph mea-culpa.
The book is also devoid of any insider story/interesting political anecdotes. Important cotemporary characters like Y.B. Chavan, Devaraj Urs, Brahmananda Reddy and multiple other Congress and Janata Party leaders fleet in and out of the narrative, but no light is shed on the background/peculiarities of these leaders. As a result, the book reads like a strange third party impersonal narrative of events, except for in pages where Mr. Mukherjee forcefully defends Ms. Indira Gandhi. That along with an unremarkable literary style and focus on only specific events during the decade results in the book serving neither as a serious piece of historical writing, nor as an interesting insider story. Finally, the book begins and ends abruptly, without laying the background for the planned sequels to follow.
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Boring book. I brought it thinking that it would be an interesting read but it is full of boring dull letters and article. It feels more like the information is picked from multiple sources and books rather than any insider account which you expect.
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A good and precise account from Govt point of view because media has written a lot about Indira and 1970's but it's first instance when we got to know other ( i.e. Congress view).
If you are rational person , you can read it but if you are loyalist to either party( Congress or BJP) then it may disappoint you.
I find it "nice".
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By ravim TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 December 2014
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Terrible waste of even Rs 99.
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This book, the first of Mukherjee's multi-volume memoirs, will interest readers curious about Congress politics in Bengal, and the endless maneuvering that occured during Indira's Congress among regional leaders. It is a must-read for people interested in pre- and post-Partition Bengal politics, which saw much tragedy, drama and upheaval during two partitions, of 1947 and 1969-71.
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