Author: P J RaoPublisher: East West BooksYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 240ISBN/UPC (if available): 978-81-8861-72-5
This is a fascinating account of the author's struggle as a poor boy trying to finance his education, his love marriage in 1944 against formidable opposition from family and the community at large, his career as a journalist on The Statesman and All India Radio, and then his long span as a diplomat representing India in many countries and at the United Nations.While working on Te Statesman he witnessed the Great Calcutta Killing which was unleashed on the 16th August, 1946, the Dir4ect Action Day declared by the Muslim League and the sporadic stabbings that followed for almost a year. As the sole survivor of the three Indian officials who played a pivotal role in the liberation of Pondicherry, the author reveals many little known facts of the liberation movement. Posted as an Indian diplomat in Central and East Africa in the late 1950s, he was closely associated with several prominent African politicians and with their struggle for Uhuru meaning independence. He also exposed to the world the false claims of racial non-discrimination of the white rulers of Central Africa. In Burma, he was witness to the army coup d'etat in March 1862 and the subsequent misrule and harassment of local Indians. In Canada, he handled the visits of Indira Gandhi and Prime Minister Lal Bhadur Shastri.subsequently, he overcame through deft handling, a major challenge posed his career by internal intrigue. His tenure of four years in Japan was culturally rewarding and accorded him an audience with the Emperor. As member of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations for nearly four years, he played an important role as Rapporteur of the Special Committee against Apartheid reporting developments and making recommendations each year to the UN General Assembly.After retiring from the Foreign service, the author joined UNESCO and worked in Paris and Bangkok. While in Bangkok, he had occasion to travel on official work to several countries in South East Asia and the Pacific dealing with information and cultural matters.
PrefaceIntroductionThe RootsWork as a JournalistBeginning of My Career as a DiplomatMy First Overseas PostingHazardous Drive to NairobiSojourn in BurmaEventful Assignment in CanadaHome Posting - Stay in India for Three YearsPleasant and Enlightening Stay in JapanMy New York Posting: Challenges and SuccessStayt in Paris and Bangkok after joining UNESCOAnnexure