Author: R D Pradhan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172231733
An intimate and perceptive account of the author's experiences of working with Rajiv Gandhi, in and out of office.
The author worked closely with the young prime minister in resolving conflicts within India's polity and portrays with vividness some of the momentous decisions which have played a pivotal role in shaping India's contemporary history, including the Punjab, the Assam and the Mizoram accords of 1985/86. From the charged atmosphere of the prime minister's office, the author gives us a glimpse of the working of the Congress Party during 1991 General Elections and takes us on election trail with an exuberant Rajiv Gandhi campaigning to regain power.
The panorama of fast-moving events and maneuvering by political personalities is woven into a rich tapestry that also provide a rare insight into the style of functioning of one of the most loved political leader of our time. Written in an easy and lucid style, the account is replete with anecdotes and witticisms.
The book is also an intimately moving account of a growing relationship between a senior bureaucrat and a young politician and describes with rare sensitivity a transition from their respective chosen careers to politics.