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Pranab Mukherjee

The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years (Hardcover)

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The Dramatic Decade focuses on one of the most fascinating periods in the life of this nation, the decade of the 1970s. This was when Indira found herself engaging with the true meaning of democracy. The nation displayed her commitment to liberty by extending full support to East Pakistan’s struggle for independence. Later, between 1975 and 1977, during the Emergency, she found herself grappling with the limits of personal expression. Finally, in 1977, India saw the emergence of the politics of coalition, with the Janata Party an amalgam of Indian parties opposed to the Emergency, comprising the Congress (O), the Bharatiya Lok Dal, the Jana Sangh and the Socialists, coming to power. This was a turning point in the history of the Indian legislature. This was the decade when Pranab Mukherjee committed himself to the role of a political activist. As one of the keenest observers of and participants in this dramatic decade, Pranab Mukherjee’s insights are invaluable. Indeed, he nudges our impressions of the 1970s. For instance, recounting the urgent appeal for Indira Gandhi’s midterm resignation, he asks which democracy in the world would permit a change of a popularly and freely elected government through means other than a popular election. Can parties beaten at the hosting replace a popularly elected government by sheer agitation? Was it not prudent for those who were determined to change the government to wait till the elections which were but round the corner? Does the rule of law mean that the remedies available to the common man are to be denied to someone holding an elected office? How could anybody replace her when the overwhelming majority of Congress MPs with a two thirds majority in the Lok Sabha resolved that Indira Gandhi should continue as the party’s leader in Parliament and thereby as the Prime Minister of India? Drawing from personal diary extracts, conversations with key players of the 1970s, and vital secondary literature, Pranab Mukherjee presents an exceptional portrait of a complex nation.

4 reviews for The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years (Hardcover)

  1. Prem Thakur (Verified Purchase)

    This book is not for people who were expecting slandering gossip from Pranab Mukherjee. Frankly he is too much of a statesman to write such things. There may not be some big revelations that we don’t already know but still it gives insight in India politics of a very interesting decade.

  2. Pritam Poddar (Verified Purchase)

    I expected better from President Mukhkerjee but it seems even after quitting politics, he continues to remain loyalist of Congress. I am truly disappointed that he didn’t refer to Indira Gandhi as a monster she is.

  3. Chandanapriya S (Verified Purchase)

    What I find interesting is how Pranab Mukherjee has downplayed the role of Sanjay Gandhi in emergency. Its a completely different stance from the Congress party which tries to largely pin blame of emergency of Sanjay to protect Indira Gandhi.

  4. devender Kuwal (Verified Purchase)

    I enjoyed the book emmensly. Simple, factual, nicely written without being dry. All of it I grew up with. Therefore could relate. What have been omitted is done for good reason. But anyone interested in political history of that time aught to read it. He has lot more to say and and am waiting for the next episode . Most seasoned politician as of today.

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