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My Country My Life
My Country My Life

My Country My Life

by L K Advani

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English

Publisher

Rupa

ISBN

9788129113634 - Year: 2008 - Pages: 986

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Hardcover

L K Advani

Author: L K Advani
Foreword/Introduction: Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 986
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129113634

Description

My Country My Life is an extraordinary Self-portrait of India's leading political personality - L K Advani. As an immigrant who was forced to abandon his beloved Sindh, which became a part of Pakistan after India was partitioned in 1947 on the basis of the communally inspired Two Nation theory, Advani gives a poignant first-person account of that tragedy. With a career spanning six decades as a political activist in post-1947 India, during which he has been a ring-side viewer of, and participant in, almost all the major socio-political developments in India, Advani is uniquely qualified to offer a perspective on Independent India's political evolution.



The apogee of Advani's achievements was his seminal contribution, together with his senior colleague Atal Bihari Vajpayee, towards ending the Congress Party's dominance over India's polity by building the Bhartiya Janata Party as a viable alternative for governing India.



The book provides a riveting , insightful and assertive account of Advani's fight for democracy during the Emergency, his Ram Rath Yatra for the reconstruction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya that resulted in the biggest mass movement in independent India since independence and catalyzed a nationwide debate on the true meaning of secularism, and his years as India's Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister in the Vajpayee-led government of the National Democratic Alliance between 1998-2004.



My country My Life is a testimony to what Advani's admirers as well as his critics have always known him for: the gift of clarity of thought, strong convictions and forceful articulation. This is a candid reflection on himself, his party and his nation that is likely to engage readers in a tour de force with India's leading statesman. In a country where political memoirs, especially those who are still active in politics, are rare, this book is a landmark.



FROM THE FOREWORD



Advanji has been my friend and comrade-in-arms for over fifty years. He has never compromised on his core belief in nationalism, and yet has displayed flexibility in political responses whenever it was demanded by the situation. He has an open mind that always absorbs new ideas from diverse sources. I am certain that My Country My Life will be read widely, and with interest, by people from diverse backgrounds. For mirrored in it is the remarkable journey of a sensitive human being and an outstanding leader whose best, I hope and pray, is yet to come.

Contents

Acknowledgement

Foreword by Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Prologue



PHASE 1



Triumph of freedom, Tragedy of Partition

Sindh and India: An unbreakable Bond

My First Twenty Years in Sindh

Partition: Who was Responsible?



PHASE 2



Migration from Sindh to Rajasthan

My Work as a RSS Pracharak

Mahatama Gandhi's Tragic Assassination

Dr. Mookerjee and the Formation of the Bharatiya Janta Party

The Thrill of Participating in the First General Elections



PHASE 3



Moving from Rajasthan to Delhi

The Organiser Years

The Bliss of Family Life

My Entry into the Delhi Metropolitan Council

Pandit Deendayal Upadhaya

The Beginning of My Parliamentary Career

The Journey from Kanpur to Kanpur

Two Events that Changed History

Emergency: Democracy Imprisoned



PHASE 4


The End of the Darkest Period in Indian History

My Stint in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry

The People Betrayed: The Fall of the Janta Government

Return to Indira Gandhi

The Lotus Blooms

The 1980s: The BJP"s Phoenix-like Rise

The Ayodhaya Movement

The Trauma and Triumph of Punjab

The Entry and Exit of Two Prime Ministers in Two Years

Five Years of P V Narasimha Rao's Government

Three Prime Ministers in Two Years

The Swarna Jayanti Rath Yatra: A Patriotic Pilgrimage



PHASE 5



The Beginning of a New Era

The Kargil War: a Decisive Victory for India

The NDA Returns to Power

Review of the working of the Indian Constitution

At the Helm of the Home Ministry

\Cross-Border Terrorism

Pakistan-s Proxy War

Dealing with the Kashmir Issue

Vajpayee- Musharraf summit in Agra

Securing Assam and North-East for the Future

Naxalism, other Challenges and Initiatives

Communal Violence in Gujarat: Propaganda versus Reality

Defeat in the Polls: Turmoil in the Party

My Pakistan Yatra

'I Have No Regrets.'

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Statesman with a Poetic Soul

Reminiscences and Reflections

In Pursuit of Meaning and Happiness in Life



Epilogue

Appendices

References

Glossary

List of Acronyms

Index

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