- Paperback: 380 pages
- Publisher: Vitasta Publishing Private Limited (26 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9386473356
- ISBN-13: 978-9386473356
- Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
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A shame and a pity to be a citizen of a country whose elected leaders over generations have chosen to ignore reasons or investigate the sudden demise of the then Prime Minister, L B Shastri. Was it a MURDER? Sure, it was. Committed by who? Ball is in the current PM's court. Hope the author's stupendous effort doesn't go unnoticed, and all 'classified files' of this episode gets to see the light of day.
Although our second PM died under suspicious circumstances more than 52 years back, away from his homeland, and only a few hours after the inking of a crucial treaty ending the Indo-Pak War of 1965, yet the doubts about the cause of his death persisted in public minds as the government could not or rather did not provide transparent and satisfactory answers to those doubts. These issues had been fiercely debated over the years and a host of literatures came out centering around various theories depicting widely divergent points of view.
"Your Prime Minister is Dead" is a book which attempts to present the controversies surrounding the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri, consolidating various theories in one place.
The book begins with the reconstruction of events leading to Shastriji's tragic death and therafter. The author then goes on to explore in some detail the issues raised by the opposition and government's clarifications to dispel the doubts and to establish Shastriji's death due to natural causes.
But the controversy would not die. 'Then all of a sudden in 1967, it blew up by way of a dirty war between two Mumbai-based tabloids. Their flamboyant Parsi editors accused each other of acting at the behest of the American and Soviet intelligence services.' (Quoted from the book.)
Not only the Indian media, the international media too recorded their observations about the untimely and shocking demise of the Indian leader. Some hitherto unknown (or rather suppressed by the government) but sensational facts also came to light from these external sources. Mrs. Lalita Shastri too recorded the doubts about her husband's death in an interview published in 'Dharmayug'.
The author then analysed various conspiracy theories, which can be broadly categorised as (1) American hand, (2) Soviet hand, and (3) Indian hand. He has meticulously analyzed various angles logically and, taking into consideration the way the intelligence networks of the super powers worked in those days and also the way the Indian government and a few diplomats acted, attempted to present a fair view of the strengths and weaknesses of various theories in his book.
Towards the end of the book, he also tried to draw a parallel between this mystery with the greatest political mystery of the last century - the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, (which has, of late, stole the limelight mainly due to his research and dogged persuasion). On the basis of certain facts coming to light from Shastriji's last telephone call to his family and also from his conversations with Bose family nembers before his fateful journey, Mr Dhar feels that linking the death mystery with Netaji's disappearance mystery cannot be ruled out.
The book is an interesting reading and has all the qualities of a successful crime thriller - suspense, analytical reasoning and powerful presentation. It's a small book (288 pages) in paperback format and superbly printed and bound.
I revommend this book for all those who want to know about Shastriji'sdeath mystery.
The events, contradictions, conspiracy theories, debates, allegations, prejudices, politics surrounding the events that took place in Tashkent.
Very well written covering almost all angles thoroughly researched. He concludes with - "Countless are still restless."
Like his earlier masterpieces which have been received very well and almost created a new clan of Netaji S.C. Bose lovers across the length and breath of country. He does it again. The book has already made inroads and the tremors being felt...
This country needs to put to rest these mysteries... Rewrite it's history, If we are to prosper... The history needs a relook...
How long we have to bear this load of lies?
To hell with the secrecy... To hell with the sin silence... To hell with cowardliness...
One can finish reading this book in a day.
A must read for everyone for sure, and create pressure on govt to tell all facts of death..
While I give full marks to author, I am equally angry with Amazon's delivery service as I had placed a pre-order of the book Amazon delivered it to me week later not prioritizing according to time of order placed, Pre orders should have reached the first or second day after release.
Suggestion for all, Do buy and read the book and create pressure on govt with demand to know the truth behind murder