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Indira - The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi
Indira - The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi

Indira - The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi

by Katherine Frank

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Language

English

Publisher

HarperCollins

ISBN

0002556464 - Year: 2001 - Pages: 567

Binding

Hardcover

Katherine Frank

Author: Katherine Frank
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 567
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0002556464

Description

In this beautifully written and engaging biography, Katherine Frank explores the personal and political fate of the leader of the world's largest democracy - ma woman who played a dominant role in the history of the twentieth century, and when it ended, was voted Woman of the Millennium.

On the morning of 31 October 1984, as she walked through her garden, smiling, hands raised and palms pressed together in the traditional Indian namaste greeting, Indira Nehru Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards. She died as she had lived, surrounded by men, yet isolated. It was a violent end to a life of epic drama.

Brought up during an era which saw the rise of Indian nationalism, she was raised to be what her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, called ' a child of the revolution' - strong in body and mind, destined to play a political role in the creation and governing of an independent India. Despite her early reluctance to embrace this role, and despite, too, ill-health and a shy, self-contained personality, Indira would become one of history's most powerful and significant leaders, presiding over a huge, complex, religiously-riven and male-dominated country.

Indira was India. Throughout childhood, love, marriage, imprisonment, mother-hood and a sequence of personal and family tragedies, her personal hopes and desires would be continually subsumed by the historical and political imperatives of her country.

MEDIA REVIEWS:

This engrossing biography captures the longings and loneliness of Mrs. G. . . It takes a biographer like Katherine Frank to redeem Mrs. G from the cloud of myth. And as she sets off to paraphrase the life of one of the 20th century's engrossingly enigmatic women, what emerges is a multidimensional story of power and paranoia, of love and longing, of suppressed sighs and unsolicited martyrdom. From day one, hers wasn't a normal life and it would remain so till the day the assassin's bullets put an end to it. The blossoming of Mrs. G, the headline-catching Empress of India, is still green in the collective memory of India. And therein lies a story of dynasty and dictatorship, of overwhelming charisma and national catharsis. ---INDIA TODAY

It's a brave biographer who will take on the subject of Indira Gandhi's sex life. ... The new biography is indeed a remarkable story of the woman in Indira, controversially focusing on her intimate side - from her first love, a German teacher at Shantiniketan, to her long pre-marital relationship with Feroz Gandhi and then Mathai, Dinesh Singh and Dhirendra Brahmachari.

----OUTLOOK

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

Katherine Frank's biography is worthy of her subject. . well written, generous, perceptive, and unsentimental.

----DAILY TELEGRAPH

This is a biography that rests on the virtues of immaculate scholarship and fluent prose. ----NEW STATESMAN & SOCIETY

Frank's composed prose is always a pleasure, her empathy with her subject deep and moving.----GUARDIAN

EXTRACT FROM INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:

Writing a biography is an art but it's also a moral activity. We can't invent and aren't free agents like novelist are... Indira's life was inherently dramatic (and sometimes melodramatic). It didn't require embellishment. What I tried to do was to recount it as vividly as I could.

Contents

List of Illustrations

Glossary

Acknowledgements

PART ONE INDIRA NEHRU

Descent from Kashmir

Hua

Breathing with Her Heels

Indu-Boy

Enter Feroze

In the Black Forest

A Veteran at Parting

The Magic Mountain

PART TWO INDIRA GANDHI

Not a Normal, Banal, Boring Life

Things Fall Apart

Metamorphosis

Towards a Hat Trick

PART THREE PRIME MINISTER GANDHI

I am the Issue

Seeing Red

No Further Growing

Drastic, Emergent Action

The Rising Son

Witch-Hunt

Fault Lines

Another Amritsar

31 October 1984

After Indira

Epilogue

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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