- 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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About the Author
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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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
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.Read more ›
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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I appreciate this man a lot. Liked his statement of power packed eventsPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is very difficult to write since the author is our current President of India. Over-allegiance to a family?Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My expectations about pranabmukharjee is very high. After reading this book how he was appointed as president of India..waste of money waste of time.. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shaik B.
Better you take a history of any time you would find more interesting than this. It's a bland book with boring details. Couldn't even read first 10 pages.Published 5 months ago by suchi
A very interesting read. I like his sense of writing and narrating facts. It's clear and precise, paragraph wise and it's not boring. A book worth reading I must say.Published 6 months ago by Linda Sailo
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